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2007 Stories by Christian Schaeffer

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  • Melody Den

    published August 8, 2007

    It has to be hard for a St. Louis-based alt-country band led by a throaty lead singer to escape the shadow of Son Volt. Marc Chechik's outfit... More >>

  • Rock & Roll Revelation

    published August 8, 2007

    When Gillian Welch plays to a sold-out crowd this week at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, it will be in a format quite familiar to her fans. There... More >>

  • This Evening Is Richie-Rich

    published August 1, 2007

    In the course of his 30-plus year career, Lionel Richie has made the rare journey from pop-superstardom to soft-rock punch line and back to... More >>

  • The Adversary Workers

    published August 1, 2007

    For a band that so desperately wants to be heard, the Adversary Workers took a strange route in releasing its latest batch of anarcho-punk songs.... More >>

  • Small Kahunas Need not Apply

    published July 25, 2007

    Radio celebrities have it tough. Virtually unrecognizable by sight (unless you count the eternally handsome Casey Kasem), DJs rely on their golden... More >>

  • Kenny Loggins

    published July 25, 2007

    The biggest misconception about Yacht Rock (the hysterical online show which chronicles the creation of soft-rock hits by the Doobie... More >>

  • The Ottomen

    published July 25, 2007

    homespun The term "arrested development" takes on new meaning with the release of the Ottomen's Back... More >>

  • Krewe Cuttin' a Rug

    published February 7, 2007

    With its ties to various Christian sects, Mardi Gras has always operated on the duplicity of overindulgence and self-denial; wanton, almost... More >>

  • Star-Crossed High Schoolers

    published February 21, 2007

    Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, as you will recall, concerns the forbidden love between two individuals who belong to rival families... More >>

  • The Sign of the Supercross

    published February 28, 2007

    If you're like us, you have often wondered about the different kinds of motorcycle-based activities available to sports fans. Motocross takes... More >>

  • The Lord of the Dance

    published March 7, 2007

    The creator of more than 400 works and the founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine remains a monolith in the world of American... More >>

  • The March of March

    published March 14, 2007

    St. Louisans know how to adapt to other cultures in the name of a party, whether they spout broken French phrases at Mardi Gras or chomp the wurst... More >>

  • A Whale of an Exhibit

    published April 4, 2007

    What do you get when you mix a whale-skeleton replica, a chess match and Argentine tango? Find out this weekend as local husband-and-wife... More >>

  • Best of the West

    published April 18, 2007

    Like the Book of Love, no one is quite sure who wrote the Great American Songbook. Cole Porter? Sammy Kahn? Duke Ellington? While its authorship... More >>

  • Much Ado ´Bout Nothin’, Y’all

    published May 23, 2007

    Theater companies have long experimented with setting the works of William Shakespeare in new locales. For the seventh annual Shakespeare Festival... More >>

  • Jazz in Motion!

    published May 30, 2007

    In his sleeve notes for Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, pianist Bill Evans draws an analogy between jazz music and a style of Japanese... More >>

  • Summertime and the Livin’ Is Cheesy

    published May 30, 2007

    It may be heresy to say this during allergy season, but let’s hear it for the glory of mold. Not only do these fungi keep us healthy through... More >>

  • Making Castles Out of Sand

    published June 6, 2007

    The act of building a sandcastle on the ocean shore is as joyous as it is soul-crushing. You build, shape and sculpt that wet, gloppy sand into a... More >>

  • Take That!

    published June 6, 2007

    Think that Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro were really breaking new comedic ground with their Meet the Parents twofer, do ya? Wrong! Young... More >>

  • Beer, Garden

    published June 13, 2007

    The folks at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood) do more than just craft cold, frothy ales and lagers — they look... More >>

  • Where Are You?

    published July 11, 2007

    When David Byrne famously asked “Well, how did I get here?” in the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime,” he wasn’t... More >>

  • Parlez-vous Français?

    published July 11, 2007

    On Bastille Day (July 14), the nation of France commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison with a hearty dose of military pomp and... More >>

  • Her Serena Majesty

    published July 18, 2007

    Few family sports dynasties can rival that of the Williams sisters, whose domination of the tennis world shot them to rock-star status earlier in... More >>

  • Whistler/Pete Yorn

    published July 18, 2007

    St. Louis music fans died a little death when much-loved Nadine hung it up for good after its 2003 record Strange Seasons failed to catch... More >>

  • Local Motion: Red Water Revival

    published July 18, 2007

    homespun In the Frostbidden Years comes with a narrative slightly less complicated than a Coheed... More >>

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