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  • Homespun: Leadville

    published August 12, 2009

    If we're being honest with ourselves, St. Louisans know that our town's contribution to the national rock & roll scene in the last twenty years... More >>

  • Space Parlour CD Release

    published August 12, 2009

    As host of The Space Parlour on KDHX (88.1 FM), Nick Acquisto pulls double-duty. In addition to playing great indie rock, oddball folk... More >>

  • Homespun: The Northwoods

    published August 5, 2009

    Since the Northwoods started making waves around town last year, it's been nearly impossible to mention the acoustic duo's name without also... More >>

  • Blinded by the Light: Blind Pilot follows up its Decemberists tour dates with a headlining show of its own

    published August 5, 2009

    There are few universal truths in rock & roll, but here's a widely accepted dictum: It sucks to be an opening band. If you're lucky, the... More >>

  • Ernie Isley

    published August 5, 2009

    Ernie Isley may be the youngest of the Isley Brothers, but he changed the group's trajectory with his inventive playing and tender... More >>

  • Homespun: Fattback

    published July 29, 2009

    Fattback's Canary might be the most fun local album released so far this year. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has caught... More >>

  • What Day Is It?

    published July 29, 2009

    December may seem like a long way away, but take notice: Jim Carrey is coming for your most cherished Christmas memories. He began his campaign in... More >>

  • John Lee Hooker Jr.

    published July 29, 2009

    Pity the poor scions of music royalty, always walking in the shadows of their famous parents. And while it's gotta be tough to be, say, Jakob... More >>

  • Guster

    published July 29, 2009

    It wasn't so long ago that a fresh-faced, slightly gawky guitar whiz named John Mayer was opening for Guster, a Boston quartet that used... More >>

  • Homespun: The Funky Butt Brass Band

    published July 22, 2009

    St. Louis and New Orleans may be separated by 700 miles, but the cities have plenty in common: French ancestry, lapsed Catholics and... More >>

  • Incubus/The Duke Spirit

    published July 22, 2009

    When Incubus hit the national stage in the mid-'90s, the California quintet sounded like kissing cousins to Omaha's 311 — mainly... More >>

  • Homespun: Exercise

    published July 15, 2009

    Rising from the ashes of lovable spazz-pop band Berlin Whale, Exercise takes a more spacious, meandering view of the pop song on its... More >>

  • Puttin' the Beth in Macbeth

    published July 15, 2009

    Even the most cursory, CliffsNotes-aided, night-before-the-test-cram-session review of Shakespeare's Macbeth has to note the... More >>

  • Legends of Funk Tour

    published July 15, 2009

    No less an authority than Professor George Clinton gave voice to a hopeful nation when he declared, "We want the funk/We GOTTA have that funk."... More >>

  • Little Feat/Madahoochi

    published July 15, 2009

    Formed in 1969 by former Frank Zappa sidemen Lowell George and Roy Estrada, Little Feat married the twang of Southern rock with the... More >>

  • Review + Photos + Setlist: Sheryl Crow with Elvis Costello under the Arch, Saturday, July 11

    published Jul 12, 2009

    Major League Baseball knows how to throw a party. The MLB shock troops descended on St. Louis this week in a blaze of red, white and blue, all in preparation for this week's All-Star Game. And while ... More >>

  • Fifth Time's A Charm

    published July 8, 2009

    For all the simple joys the game of baseball provides — game-winning home runs, split-finger fastballs, on-field acrobatics — it's the... More >>

  • Homespun: Grace Basement

    published July 8, 2009

    Grace Basement bandleader Kevin Buckley may be a world-class Irish fiddler, but his gifts for harmony and melody don't stop at jigs and reels.... More >>

  • Indie Rock Ice Cream Social

    published July 8, 2009

    Time was, ice-cream socials were only found in church halls and grade-school gymnasiums. But why should sharing sweet treats and fellowship be... More >>

  • Homespun: The Radical Sons

    published July 1, 2009

    The boys in the Radical Sons are pretty smart. Before you can harp on the just-post-teenaged quartet for being a shameless throwback to nervy,... More >>

  • The Red-Headed Strangers

    published July 1, 2009

    Named after Willie Nelson's best album, local group the Red-Headed Strangers knows something about classic country songwriting and even... More >>

  • Richard Swift/The Fray/Jack's Mannequin

    published July 1, 2009

    "Sorry, Mr. Swift, but you're much too fat/and could I convince you to wear a cap?" So begins Richard Swift's "Artist & Repertoire," a... More >>

  • Homespun: B & E

    published June 24, 2009

    Chords to Live By is a clever title for B&E's first full-length, but it's a bit misleading: There's only one type of chord this quintet... More >>

  • The Avett Brothers

    published June 24, 2009

    The Avett Brothers aren't exactly a hard sell: Seth and Scott, two handsome, bearded brothers from North Carolina, play sweetly ragged... More >>

  • BFA, MFA, A-OK

    published June 17, 2009

    A question for all you recent college graduates: What, exactly, do you have to show for your four-plus years in higher education? Let me guess... More >>

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