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2005 Stories by Annie Zaleski

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  • Beat Happenings

    published September 21, 2005

    The End: After 260 weeks of free films, the last reel of Frederick's Free Monday Movies at Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street;... More >>

  • Eyez on the Prize

    published September 14, 2005

    It's the Friday before Labor Day, and rapper Ebony Eyez is hanging out on the cozy patio of her grandmother's house in north county. Lounging... More >>

  • Rock You Like a Hurricane

    published September 14, 2005

    The scene at the Schlafly Tap Room on Sunday night seemed like any other late-summer show. Beer flowed freely as the Trailer Park Travoltas worked... More >>

  • Fundamental Elements

    published September 14, 2005

    Given Bob Schneider's propensity for being a musical chameleon who dabbles in rap, twang, rock and everything in between, it's difficult to say... More >>

  • Locals Only

    published September 7, 2005

    One of the perks of my job is the sheer number of free CDs I receive in the mail. Sure, getting a mail bin a day filled with packages can be... More >>

  • The Perishers

    published September 7, 2005

    Mope-rock bands sprouted like mushrooms in the wake of Coldplay's success, though very few captured the genuine spirit of Chris Martin's earnest... More >>

  • The Valley Arena

    published September 7, 2005

    Although Long Beach, California's The Valley Arena is merely two years old, its list of accomplishments resembles that of a veteran band.... More >>

  • Beat Back Katrina

    published September 7, 2005

    In light of the hurricane devastation, four local bands -- Bourbon & Waterloo, Not Quite Nashville, Trailer Park Travoltas and Falling Martins --... More >>

  • Kick out the Jams

    published August 31, 2005

    Stevie Stone sports a pristine Cardinals jersey as he sits in the funky downtown offices of Coolfire Media, but the talk on this late-August... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cutie

    published August 31, 2005

    What Death Cab for Cutie does best on its major-label debut, Plans, is capture flashbulb moments of melancholy -- the dissolution of a... More >>

  • When the Levee Breaks

    published August 24, 2005

    Not long after I moved here, I started hearing about Live on the Levee, a free three-day event beneath the Gateway Arch, replete with local and... More >>

  • Yellow Swans at the Czech American Educational Center

    published August 24, 2005

    It takes a special kind of band to open up for Xiu Xiu -- a group whose live shows are notorious for being as cathartic and unsettling as a... More >>

  • Say Anything

    published August 10, 2005

    As the members of SoTheySay walk into Meshuggah on a recent weekday afternoon, they look unmistakably like a band. Guitarist Nick Walters wears an... More >>

  • Signal Hill Transmission

    published August 10, 2005

    Scott Warren no longer lives in St. Louis, but the Signal Hill Transmission co-founder hasn't forgotten his Midwest roots. The LA-based... More >>

  • St. Louis Ska Fest III

    published August 10, 2005

    Now that culture vultures are rapidly mining every aspect of the 1990s for inspiration -- a rumored reunion of the Spice Girls was the last,... More >>

  • Good Advices

    published August 3, 2005

    An Angle at the Hi-Pointe, 1001 McCausland Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4. Tickets are $9; call 314-781-4716 for more information. More >>

  • Marjorie Fair

    published August 3, 2005

    Record labels often use movie soundtracks to pimp out newly signed acts they hope are poised for success. Marjorie Fair, for instance,... More >>

  • He's Only the Piano Player

    published July 20, 2005

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  • Jackhead

    published July 20, 2005

    Hundreds of groups like Jackhead exist in the Midwest bar-band circuit, sweating grit and twang with equal resolve. But the area quartet --... More >>

  • The Love Experts

    published July 20, 2005

    Much like Halley's comet, cicadas and Bono's humility, the Love Experts appear only occasionally. But when the band finally does emerge for... More >>

  • Rust-Belt Racket

    published July 13, 2005

    Akron, Ohio, is the type of rust-belt city that teenagers with big dreams ache to leave as soon as they receive a diploma. Lying an hour or so... More >>

  • Halfacre Gunroom

    published July 13, 2005

    Don't be fooled by the prominent Deathwish Records symbol on the back of Halfacre Gunroom's criminally overlooked 2004 debut album,... More >>

  • Letter Perfect

    published July 6, 2005

    Billy Corgan at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Tickets are $30; call 314-726-6161 for more information. More >>

  • Alphabet Soup

    published July 6, 2005

    It's really not surprising that the members of They Might Be Giants have started releasing records geared toward children, considering how... More >>

  • Lost Parade

    published July 6, 2005

    We incorrectly reported the date of Lost Parade's June 11 show headlining Mississippi Nights: Catch the local rockers -- who merge Eve 6's... More >>

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