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2008 Stories by Christian Schaeffer

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  • Little Joy

    published November 19, 2008

    The Strokes have been on hiatus since 2006, but if the band members keep making great records on the side, the New York quintet needn't hurry... More >>

  • The Sweet Science of Printing

    published November 12, 2008

    Pat Benatar once taught us that love is a battlefield, and while she was so, so right, it appears that in the world of competitive poster-making,... More >>

  • Eco-Disco

    published November 12, 2008

    As a musical genre, disco has made the full orbit from ubiquitous to object of derision and back again to fond acceptance. And while the highly... More >>

  • Gentleman Auction House

    published November 12, 2008

    We know, we know: It's just the middle of November and Christmas music is already creeping ahead of its established day-after-Thanksgiving... More >>

  • The Punch Brothers

    published November 12, 2008

    Nickel Creek was one of those rare bands whose musical genius matched its mass appeal. The mix of country, folk and bluegrass went over like... More >>

  • Sammy Hagar

    published November 12, 2008

    As residents of this city, St. Louisans don't necessarily agree on everything. We'll quibble about small stuff — pizza-crust preferences,... More >>

  • Raglani

    published November 5, 2008

    Joseph Raglani has created textured ambient music around town, but his latest full-length Of Sirens Born is his first for well-known... More >>

  • South San Gabriel/Centro-matic

    published November 5, 2008

    Over the past few years, St. Louis has been blessed with bi- and tri-annual concerts by the Denton, Texas, combo Centro-matic. The... More >>

  • Feeling Wordy at 30

    published October 29, 2008

    The written word has played a central role in Jewish faith and culture — you've heard of that little book called the Torah, yes? It's... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 29, 2008

    Bunnygrunt leader and erstwhile record-label magnate Matt Harnish has been putting out his annual Christmas compilations for nearly seven... More >>

  • Neil Diamond

    published October 29, 2008

    Don't count Neil Diamond out — not yet, anyway. His upcoming show at the Scottrade Center was rescheduled twice due to a bout of... More >>

  • B-Sides considers campaign songs and talks costumes with Dressy Bessy

    published October 29, 2008

    The idea of using pop songs as campaign themes makes sense. Ever since Bill Clinton famously commissioned Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" for his... More >>

  • Use Your Allusion

    published October 22, 2008

    Some of the most long-lasting art makes its mark through gentle, subjective interpretations of a scene instead of direct representation. For... More >>

  • Czech Yourself

    published October 22, 2008

    Taking its name from the Czech word for "daybreak," the all-girl choir Jitro is the pride of Hradec Králové in the Czech... More >>

  • Kentucky Knife Fight

    published October 22, 2008

    Imagine the Replacements suffering through sweltering Midwestern summer nights instead of cold Minnesota winters, and infused with a little... More >>

  • Jonathan Richman

    published October 22, 2008

    When talking about Jonathan Richman, critics and fans find it nearly impossible to refrain from using the word "childlike." The term is... More >>

  • Headlining a headbanger fest, Glenn Danzig celebrates a career in and out of metal, while Michael Zapruder's intricate pop songs transcend the singer-songwriter tag

    published October 22, 2008

    Glenn Danzig is the Devil's curator for the Blackest of the Black Tour, a metal mini-festival he's been presenting and headlining... More >>

  • Last Nights Vice

    published October 15, 2008

    It's hard to know what vices the members of Last Nights Vice engage in (aside from dropping the apostrophe from their band name); the songs on... More >>

  • Local H

    published October 15, 2008

    You may not realize it, but you know at least one Local H song. The guitar-and-drums duo was an alternative rock darling in the... More >>

  • Jackson Browne

    published October 15, 2008

    Is it a compliment or an insult to say that it's so easy to take Jackson Browne for granted? His mellow, introspective songs fit... More >>

  • The Caucasian Persuasion

    published October 8, 2008

    Christian Lander began his website Stuff White People Like ( More >>

  • Splitface and June 16th

    published October 8, 2008

    Area hip-hop producers Splitface (Nate Womack) and June 16th (Chris Krug) join forces on Raydeeohh, an album that's evenly balanced... More >>

  • Sian Alice Group/A Place to Bury Strangers

    published October 8, 2008

    Members of Spiritualized, the Jesus & Mary Chain and Gang Gang Dance make cameos on Sian Alice Group's 2008 debut, 59.59. As... More >>

  • Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships

    published October 8, 2008

    It's a fair guess that Robert Pollard named his latest project Boston Spaceships in honor of the bubble-domed spacecraft... More >>

  • Road to Everywhere

    published October 1, 2008

    Few roadways are as beloved as US Highway 66. The stretch of asphalt begins in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles, cutting through the heart of St.... More >>

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