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  • The Life and Times

    published December 6, 2006

    The Life and Times' just-released The Magician fits more intriguing twists into its 22 minutes than many bands boast in their entire... More >>

  • Hypocrisy

    published November 22, 2006

    Extraterrestrials — at least the carnivorous breed that drip acidic drool from their fangs — should be the lyrical property of brutal... More >>

  • Norma Jean

    published November 15, 2006

    An ideal headliner for the grassroots-minded Radio Rebellion Tour, Norma Jean packs venues without airplay, easy hooks or categorical genre... More >>

  • Ed Gein

    published October 18, 2006

    With every new Texas Chainsaw Massacre installment, the tethering to Ed Gein's crimes (the source of the original film's "based on a... More >>

  • Dresden Dolls

    published October 18, 2006

    When St. Louis last saw the Dresden Dolls, the punk-cabaret duo was cavorting with local pole-dancers and screening fan-submitted animation... More >>

  • Music Showcase Schedule

    published September 6, 2006

    Best Blues Artist Bennie Smith The royal pantheon of blues guitar is... More >>

  • William Elliott Whitmore

    published August 30, 2006

    William Elliott Whitmore has toured with Clutch and Converge, so uninitiated concertgoers who spot his name on a bill often expect a... More >>

  • Haste the Day

    published August 9, 2006

    Haste the Day derive their moniker not from emo stalwarts Saves the Day but instead from nineteenth-century author Horatio Spafford, whose... More >>

  • Sisters of Mercy

    published July 26, 2006

    Surveying the view from a portable stage at the Riverport Amphitheatre (now the UMB Bank Pavilion), AFI's Hunter Burgan wondered, "How did I get... More >>

  • The Roots / Talib Kweli / the Pharcyde

    published July 26, 2006

    Talib Kweli's sixth album, Ear Drum, doesn't drop until September, but the Brooklyn emcee has already contributed to 2006's... More >>

  • Rancid

    published July 26, 2006

    Back in 1995, Warped Tour seemed like a can't-lose way to see scores of punk bands for an absurdly low ticket price. But as Warped became an... More >>

  • The Ditty Bops

    published July 26, 2006

    The Ditty Bops arrive in the area midway through a cross-country bike tour — a different approach to band travel that fits the... More >>

  • Cattle Decapitation

    published July 12, 2006

    Literate bovines, take comfort: Despite its alarming name, Cattle Decapitation means you no harm. In fact, this all-vegetarian, San Diego... More >>

  • Between the Buried and Me

    published June 28, 2006

    The name Between the Buried and Me exudes death-metal morbidity, but the North Carolina band grabbed its moniker from a Counting Crows lyric. It's... More >>

  • Chiodos

    published June 21, 2006

    Some music historians define punk in terms of groups that challenge rock's standard practices — regardless of whether they sound anything... More >>

  • Slayer

    published June 14, 2006

    Civilization remains largely intact in the aftermath of the National Day of Slayer (6/6/06), proving that devotees refrained from chemical... More >>

  • Demiricous

    published June 7, 2006

    2006 is the year of the thrash flashback, with Slayer, Overkill and a reunited Anthrax spreading the shred disease. In the two decades since these... More >>

  • Blackheart Metallic

    published May 17, 2006

    Merging heavy metal's satanic symbol with love's shorthand icon, the heartagram ranks among modern music's most popular designs. "The symbol is... More >>

  • Minmae

    published May 10, 2006

    One of the most expansive-sounding trios in indie rock, Minmae started as Sean Brooks' lo-fi singer-songwriter project. After adding fellow... More >>

  • The Life and Times

    published May 3, 2006

    Like Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and his short-lived Zwan, Shiner's Allen Epley bid his influential '90s outfit farewell and assembled a... More >>

  • Flee the Seen

    published April 12, 2006

    Flee the Seen's just-released debut full-length, Doubt Becomes the New Addiction, opens with the 45-second track "Celebrate the... More >>

  • Dream into Action

    published April 5, 2006

    Self-Made Woman If the whole is the sum of its parts — and, by extension, the artist the sum of her work — then Dar Williams... More >>

  • The M's

    published April 5, 2006

    The M's exude big-city cool while playing catchy garage rock, meaning this group is to Chicago what the Strokes are to New York. Yet... More >>

  • Reggie and the Full Effect

    published March 22, 2006

    Reggie and the Full Effect's catchy pop numbers improve exponentially on stage, where they benefit from colorful costumes,... More >>

  • Panic! At the Disco

    published March 15, 2006

    Panic! At the Disco's teenage members sport anachronistic '60s-squire haircuts, an apt look for a group that generates Beatlemania-caliber... More >>

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