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  • 2006: The Year in Music

    published December 27, 2006

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  • Auld Lang Lou

    published December 27, 2006

    It's entirely too easy to look back on the year in St. Louis music and be as mopey as your garden-variety teenage goth. After all, it's certainly... More >>

  • DJ Rap

    published December 27, 2006

    While it's perplexing (and certainly sad) that most jet-setting superstar DJs are men, it's a comfort to know that DJ Rap is still... More >>

  • Blinded by the Light

    published December 20, 2006

    A to Z can't cop to being a huge fan of classic rock. No, not even a year and a half of living in St. Louis has changed that. But we do admit to... More >>

  • The Rugs / Wormwood Scrubs / Finn's Motel

    published December 20, 2006

    Springfield, Missouri, was the unlikeliest of rock meccas in 2006, given the blog-love bestowed upon Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and... More >>

  • Local Motion: Well Hungarians

    published December 20, 2006

    We'd like to think that the Well Hungarians' RFT awards — Best Country Band 2004 and Best Band Name 2005, Readers' Choice... More >>

  • Punk's Not Dead

    published December 13, 2006

    Stlpunk.com was the premiere social-networking Web site in town — and a place for local musicians and fans... More >>

  • Black Tie Dynasty / Berry / Hibernauts

    published December 13, 2006

    Had Black Tie Dynasty's full-length debut, Movements, actually been released in the 1980s, John Hughes would have fallen all over... More >>

  • Angels and Airwaves

    published December 13, 2006

    By now, it's rather obvious that the Great blink-182 Schism was anything but amicable; the tight-lipped silences and thinly veiled digs from the... More >>

  • Gwen Stefani

    published December 13, 2006

    Gwen Stefani is still pushing the limits of ridiculousness on The Sweet Escape; after all, it takes a person quite secure in her... More >>

  • Genius of Pop

    published December 6, 2006

    When XTC's Andy Partridge is reached via phone at his home in England, he's doing exactly what one expects the prolific studio musician to be... More >>

  • Ludo Demo

    published December 6, 2006

    When we last left the members of Ludo ("Jigga What?" October 11, 2006), they had just signed a contract with Island/Def Jam Records. Not much had... More >>

  • Imogen Heap

    published December 6, 2006

    The Shins aren't the only ones who have Zach Braff to thank for a career boost. Imogen Heap had toiled in relative obscurity in America... More >>

  • Local Motion: So Many Dynamos / The Ghost of the Forest / Berlin Whale

    published December 6, 2006

    Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard praised local indie-shamblers So Many Dynamos profusely at his band's packed Pageant show last week.... More >>

  • Blog-alicious

    published November 29, 2006

    Perhaps owing to its status as the media capital of the United States, New York receives the lion's share of attention for its music/MP3 blogs,... More >>

  • New Day Rising

    published November 22, 2006

    Nearly six months after opening, the Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue; 314-621-6565) boasts a healthy show schedule full of local acts, DJs... More >>

  • Let's Get Physical

    published November 22, 2006

    Running with the Treadmill Ok Go may be Internet phenoms thanks to the video for "Here It Goes Again" — a... More >>

  • Paul Westerberg & Various Artists

    published November 22, 2006

    While Paul Westerberg has always been fond of breaking out Replacements chestnuts live, he seems to be softening the anti-'Mats stance he often... More >>

  • Cleaning Out Our Closet

    published November 15, 2006

    If you saw the punk-rock baby emblazoned on the cover of last week's RFT, you'll know exactly why A to Z has been so frazzled lately. (A... More >>

  • My Chemical Romance

    published November 15, 2006

    Ever get the feeling that modern rock is now all about one-upmanship? The Killers are reaching for Springsteen's lofty heights. Panic! at the... More >>

  • Long Live Rock School

    published November 8, 2006

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  • The Divorce

    published November 8, 2006

    The members of Seattle's The Divorce are quite the overachievers on their aptly named second album, The Gifted Program. Vocalist... More >>

  • Local Motion: The Art School Boys / Instrumental Quarter

    published November 8, 2006

    Tony Renner's known for his many groups — shoegazing noiseniks Ne Plus Ultra ( More >>

  • Come Together

    published November 1, 2006

    Whenever talk turns to the late Frederick's Music Lounge, the word "community" is tossed about quite liberally — thanks especially to the... More >>

  • Relient K

    published November 1, 2006

    Canton, Ohio's Relient K may be the most unassuming popular band in all of emo-dom. The quintet formed in 1998 and immediately found a home... More >>

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