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2007 Stories by Christian Schaeffer

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  • Crazy Bowl (No Wraps)

    published October 17, 2007

    At one time or another, we’ve all shamed ourselves at the bowling alley, trying in vain to become the next Pete Weber or Jeffrey Lebowski... More >>

  • Nato Caliph

    published October 17, 2007

    homespun Cipher Inside takes backpacker hip-hop to its logical conclusion: Beginning with... More >>

  • Sea Wolf/Nada Surf

    published October 17, 2007

    You would be forgiven for hating Sea Wolf based solely on its name: The great "wolf"-based band-name craze imploded in 2005, and the "sea"... More >>

  • This Year's (Re)Model

    published October 17, 2007

    Elvis Costello has taught us some hard lessons throught his 30 years in the business: Accidents will happen, girls talk and girls named "Alison"... More >>

  • Dinner in Any Language

    published October 10, 2007

    Back in 1919, while delegates from the world’s major powers were drafting plans for the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference, St.... More >>

  • The High 5's

    published October 10, 2007

    homespun On their full-length debut, One Track Minds, the High 5's retain the off-the-cuff,... More >>

  • Dionne Warwick

    published October 10, 2007

    It would be easy to talk about Dionne Warwick only in terms of her work with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. As the muse-in-residence of the... More >>

  • The Addams Family

    published October 3, 2007

    Of all the stately residences on television, the towering mansion of The Addams Family is one of the most famed, ranking somewhere between... More >>

  • Leo

    published October 3, 2007

    homespun If an emo band makes a record nearly devoid of histrionic screams and endless shredding, is it... More >>

  • Art with Heart

    published September 26, 2007

    Pity the poor child artists of the world; for all of their hard work at finger-painting and crayon-scribbling, the best these pint-size Picassos... More >>

  • Chiaband

    published September 19, 2007

    What happens when some university-educated jazzbos empty their spit valves all over a fake book of rock & roll classics? Usually, a disaster: If... More >>

  • The Good Life

    published September 19, 2007

    No longer the baby brother to Tim Kasher's Cursive, the Good Life has shaken off the side-project mantel and become a dependable force in... More >>

  • Love Meno Tender

    published September 12, 2007

    Author Joe Meno (pictured) is a hero to a certain stripe of literary punk rocker. Operating out of Chicago (where he teaches creative... More >>

  • The Hail Marys

    published September 12, 2007

    Hail Marys lead singer Katie Gates claims that her instrument is her throat (rather than voice), and while it's a fair assessment of her singing... More >>

  • The New Pornographers

    published September 12, 2007

    Things are shifting, however minutely, for the New Pornographers. In recent years, the band has swapped its trademark straight-shooting... More >>

  • Theodore

    published September 5, 2007

    homespun On its debut album, Theodore mines the darker territories of Americana by using a handful of... More >>

  • Go Ask Alice

    published September 5, 2007

    Few debut albums sound as fully formed as the White Rabbits' Fort Nightly. The sextet plays smart, collegiate indie-rock that — while not... More >>

  • Theodore

    published August 29, 2007

    homespun On its debut album, Theodore mines the darker territories of Americana by using a handful of... More >>

  • What Wine Goes with Zoo?

    published August 22, 2007

    The Young Zoo Friends are a group of twenty- and thirty-somethings focused on the preservation and advancement of Forest Park’s beloved Saint... More >>

  • Gotta Get Back in Time

    published August 22, 2007

    Local singer Charles Glenn has made a career of performing at weddings and banquets and belting out the national anthem for our local... More >>

  • Sleep State

    published August 22, 2007

    homespun Straight outta High Ridge, Missouri, the two-piece experimental punk outfit Sleep State isn't... More >>

  • The Lot

    published August 22, 2007

    LOCAL MOTION For years now, Metropolis St. Louis' The Lot has been a festival... More >>

  • Sundance Kids/Cataldo

    published August 15, 2007

    A young man named Shelby leads a rotating cast in the Sundance Kids. He has a strong and strident voice, one with a few vocal tics shy of... More >>

  • The Redwalls

    published August 15, 2007

    In examining the career of the Redwalls, the Mersey-indebted foursome's recording career has followed something resembling a bell curve.... More >>

  • The Poster Service

    published August 15, 2007

    For rock & roll collectors, most of their bounty comes from the ephemeral and temporary. A torn ticket stub, tossed-off guitar pick or splintered... More >>

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