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  • From a Faraway Town...Not!

    published August 23, 2006

    A to Z knows the power of a club that plays good music. Why, when she was a freewheeling college student in Boston, she saw Interpol — yes,... More >>

  • Finn's Motel

    published August 23, 2006

    Move over, Love Experts. Theres a new kid in town specializing in meticulously constructed pop songs that are years in the making: Finns... More >>

  • The Lot

    published August 23, 2006

    Last year's model of the annual Lot music festival shone the spotlight on some of the areas best bands (and best beer). This year's edition... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 23, 2006

    Get these motherfucking emo bands off this motherfucking album. No, really — get these motherfucking emo bands off this motherfucking... More >>

  • Live! Local! Bands!

    published August 16, 2006

    There's nothing A to Z likes more than a road trip. She doesn't care to where, whether it's Chicago, Louisville or Kansas City (even rickety I-70... More >>

  • Second Story Man / James Will & the Engines of Creation

    published August 16, 2006

    Louisville's Second Story Man played Kentucky's recent Forecastle Festival alongside Sleater-Kinney, but the tunes on its MySpace profile... More >>

  • Ska Fest V

    published August 16, 2006

    Now that the cult of emo is apparently beginning to show signs of disintegrating — perhaps as its fans enter high school and discover the... More >>

  • Mother Superior

    published August 9, 2006

    It's during the fall concert season — traditionally the busiest time of the gigging year — that St. Louis' status as a forgotten city... More >>

  • Time Warped

    published August 2, 2006

    If there was any doubt that Moog-punks Ludo always have local crowds eating out of the palms of their hands, the quintet's Warped Tour performance... More >>

  • Get in the Van

    published August 2, 2006

    What happens when local garage-punks the Vultures and trashabilly kings Johnny O & the Jerks embark on the "Spirit of St. Louis" tour to the east... More >>

  • Big City Rock / October Fall / NEEDTOBREATHE

    published August 2, 2006

    With apologies to the late, great Material Issue, this triple bill is nothing short of a pop overthrow. October Fall's piano-heavy tunes... More >>

  • Local Motion: The Daybreak Boys

    published August 2, 2006

    With song titles such as "Gonna Get Pissed Tonight" and a sleek dance-punk sound a few steps removed from the Killers or the Strokes, one would be... More >>

  • Fiesta, Forever

    published July 26, 2006

    Mea culpa: We accidentally omitted Polarized Mind from the list of Best Electronic Band nominees for this year's RFT Music Awards. Sorry... 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 >>

  • Punk-o-Rama

    published July 19, 2006

    Ah, Warped Tour, that annual emo marathon that's Christmas, a birthday and summer vacation all rolled into one for many music fans. Now in its... More >>

  • I Can See for Miles

    published July 19, 2006

    It's hard to find many local artists who are prolific record releasers. This isn't a complaint; it's merely an observation. A to Z understands... More >>

  • Def Leppard/Journey

    published July 19, 2006

    The vintage Def Leppard Hysteria T-shirt I often sport (to the derision of friends) isn't an ironic fashion statement; it's a show... More >>

  • Also Playing: Dressy Bessy

    published July 19, 2006

    Guess who's back in town playing Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-0009) on Thursday, July 20? That's right, it's... More >>

  • And the Nominees Are...

    published July 12, 2006

    A to Z admires David Bowie for many things: his alien electronic experiments, his crunchy glam glitter riffs and, of course, his impeccable... More >>

  • Wreckless Eric

    published July 12, 2006

    Wreckless Eric has packed quite a few lifetimes into his 30-year musical career. There's his stint as one of the original artists on the... More >>

  • Now It's Overhead / Tilly and the Wall

    published July 12, 2006

    Saddle Creek darlings Now It's Overhead — who opened R.E.M.'s 2004 Fox Theatre show — successfully capture the enigmatic brooding... More >>

  • Casey on the Beat

    published July 5, 2006

    It's easy to be cynical about the time-warp mentality that often seems to permeate the St. Louis music scene, the sense that its bands are too... More >>

  • Hot Fun, Summer in the City

    published July 5, 2006

    With so many activities to choose from, summer is the season of over-committing and double-booking. To prevent such catastrophes in concertgoing,... More >>

  • Touch of Grey

    published July 5, 2006

    It's been a long, strange trip for Bob Weir, the guitarist and San Francisco native who co-founded the Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia. Weir is... More >>

  • Gin Blossoms

    published July 5, 2006

    In retrospect, what made countless 1990s alt-bands atrocious wasn't their lack of talent; it was radio's insistence on constantly shoving their... More >>

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