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  • Roll Over Beethoven

    published October 25, 2006

    In a fairy-tale world, Chuck Berry's 80th birthday bash — which took place on Wednesday, October 18, at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504... More >>

  • Rocky Votolato

    published October 25, 2006

    Holiday hootenannies at the Votolato household are probably a lot quieter now that brothers Cody and Rocky no longer play together in the... More >>

  • Open Spaces

    published October 18, 2006

    A couple of weeks ago, A to Z ventured downtown to the upstairs stage at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) to see a show... More >>

  • Jigga What?

    published October 11, 2006

    As A to Z exclusively revealed last week on our blog, www.riverfronttimes.com /blogs (bookmark that... More >>

  • The Killers

    published October 11, 2006

    On Sam's Town, Killers vocalist Brandon Flowers makes it very clear that he wants to be Bruce Springsteen; just listen to the Boss-esque... More >>

  • R.E.M.

    published October 11, 2006

    Compile the best of R.E.M.'s earliest output on one CD, and it's easy to see why the then-quartet ultimately became one of the biggest bands in... More >>

  • Kick, Push...Coast

    published October 4, 2006

    As we went to press, A to Z discovered that Blueberry Hill's long-running Friday-night hip-hop event, the Science — which is broadcast... More >>

  • Cyndi Lauper

    published October 4, 2006

    Cyndi Lauper's crazy hair, outrageous clothes and Noo Yawk accent pegged her as a patron saint to goofballs, thrift-store queens and... More >>

  • Roman Numerals/The Bureau/Ghost in Light

    published September 27, 2006

    Add the kicky synth-batdances created by locals the Bureau to the surging post-rock of fellow club haunters Ghost in Light —... More >>

  • Round 'Em Up!

    published September 20, 2006

    A to Z's favorite holiday is Christmas. Baking cookies (gingerbread!), decorating the tree, making an annual pilgrimage to church and, of course,... More >>

  • Veruca Salt

    published September 20, 2006

    Like the night-and-day Wakefield twins of Sweet Valley High fame, Veruca Salt main ladies Louise Post and Nina Gordon have taken... More >>

  • VAST

    published September 20, 2006

    VAST majordomo Jon Crosby successfully caught the tail-end of the eclectic alternative age with 1998's "Touched" (a creepy thunder-roll... More >>

  • Measure for Measure

    published September 13, 2006

    Dateline: noon on Monday, September 11 — an overcast, slightly chilly day. It's the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and the day after the annual... More >>

  • Bye Bye Bye

    published September 13, 2006

    Even though there's an endless appetite for radio-friendly music, many pop-oriented artists eventually become bored with the straightforward... More >>

  • Muse

    published September 13, 2006

    By this point in Muse's career, comparing the band to Radiohead is a lazy move — at best. Whereas the latter thrives on atmosphere and... More >>

  • The Prids

    published September 13, 2006

    The Prids are one of the few bands associated with Nebraska that aren't haunted by the shadow of Omaha indie-fairy-dust-sprinklers Saddle... More >>

  • KT Tunstall

    published September 13, 2006

    It's easy to get the wrong impression about Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall if you've only heard her bare-bones single "Black Horse... More >>

  • Also Playing: Casper and the Cookies

    published September 13, 2006

    Lo-fi-pop school is in at 8 p.m. sharp at St. Louis University's Billiken Club (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard; 314-977-2020) on... More >>

  • RFT 2006 Music Showcase

    published September 6, 2006

    As I said in a recent column, I'm as nervous and proud as a mother hen about this year's showcase. Even though I've been in St. Louis for well... More >>

  • Music Showcase Schedule

    published September 6, 2006

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

  • Pointe Blank

    published September 6, 2006

    William Elliott Whitmore took the stage at the Hi-Pointe this past Thursday, August 31, several days before the venue shut its doors. But the Iowa... More >>

  • Kings of Leon

    published September 6, 2006

    U2 is certainly fond of hand-picking unorthodox support acts for their shows; just consider Kanye West's appearance at the Savvis Center last... More >>

  • Also Playing: Forget Cassettes

    published September 6, 2006

    It's a great week for indie-rock fans in town, with atmospheric post-rock trio Forget Cassettes coming to Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue;... More >>

  • Last Call (Again)

    published August 30, 2006

    The MySpace bulletins and e-mails arrived fast and furious on Friday, August 25, as word spread around the city that the Hi-Pointe (1001... More >>

  • Primal Scream|Kasabian

    published August 30, 2006

    Even when Primal Scream didn't match the creative heights reached by Screamadelica's rave-worthy blissouts or the electro-punk of... More >>

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