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2010 Stories by Christian Schaeffer

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  • Homespun: Thom Donovan

    published April 28, 2010

    As the leader of LaPush, Thom Donovan made smart, catchy modern rock that refracted his love of Britpop through the lens of... More >>

  • Soul Brothers and Sisters! A Tribute to James Brown

    published April 28, 2010

    The list of American musical geniuses and game-changers is short but sweet. While Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder all advanced the... More >>

  • Local indie darlings Jumbling Towers celebrate the release of the long-awaited Kanetown City Rips

    published April 28, 2010

    After a long absence, Jumbling Towers is again gracing St. Louis stages with its hypnotic, carnivalesque indie rock. Singer, pianist and... More >>

  • Homespun: Resoldered

    published April 21, 2010

    The crunchy, snotty, breakneck pop-punk made famous by bands such as the Descendents and the Dead Milkmen is reborn in the metro East quartet... More >>

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    Cassie Morgan and Beth Bombara craft sweet, melancholy folk music

    published April 21, 2010

    Something about the term "singer-songwriter" is synonymous with solitude. Whether it's Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell or Johnny Cash, the solo artist... More >>

  • We Are Totally Serious

    published April 21, 2010

    If Tiger Woods' recent scandal has taught us anything, it's that fans expect civility and decorum on and off the playing field. So perhaps it's... More >>

  • The Album Leaf

    published April 21, 2010

    When Album Leaf leader Jimmy LaValle began recording his beautifully minimal album In a Safe Place in 2004, he received the... More >>

  • After the Flood

    published April 14, 2010

    Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, we’re still sifting through the literal and metaphorical debris. The storm and... More >>

  • Homespun: Jailbox

    published April 14, 2010

    Jailbox may rep for Perryville, Missouri, but the quartet stakes a sonic claim to the melodic and sensitive British rock made popular by... More >>

  • Vieux Farka Touré

    published April 14, 2010

    In a sad bit of synchronicity, singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré released his 2006 debut album just months after the passing... More >>

  • The Door Is Closed

    published April 7, 2010

    Nora Helmer, the tortured protagonist of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, wears two faces. To her doting and condescending husband... More >>

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    Sleepy Kitty brightens up Cherokee Street

    published April 7, 2010

    On the evening of November 4, 2008, the world's eyes were on Chicago. The city's political star, Barack Obama, had just been elected president... More >>

  • Homespun: Rockwell Knuckles

    published April 7, 2010

    Choose Your Own Adventure, the latest release from local hip-hop artist Rockwell Knuckles, isn't just a nod to those well-thumbed... More >>

  • Homespun: Tilts

    published March 31, 2010

    Call it a hunch, but the four fellows in Tilts seem to be products of the '80s. The name of the quartet's debut, Cassingle, refers to an... More >>

  • Bassnectar

    published March 31, 2010

    When you name your musical outfit Bassnectar, you'd better have the feel-good vibes (and the low-end) to back up such a ridiculous... More >>

  • Cleaving Twain

    published March 24, 2010

    The public conception of Mark Twain is most certainly that of the bushy-mustached raconteur who could spin off both sharp witticisms and trenchant... More >>

  • The Helium Tapes

    published March 24, 2010

    The Helium Tapes isn't wasting any time. The band released its self-titled debut last fall and now, a mere fourteen months later, the excellent... More >>

  • Homespun: Magnolia Summer

    published March 24, 2010

    No one can accuse Magnolia Summer leader Chris Grabau of getting lazy. Sixteen months after the release of the band's most recent (and... More >>

  • tUnE-yArDs/Xiu Xiu

    published March 24, 2010

    It's not hard to spot the art-school damage when listening to tUnE-yArDs, the one-woman band helmed by Merrill Garbus. A lo-fi,... More >>

  • Homespun: Last to Show First to Go

    published March 17, 2010

    On its first outing, Last to Show First to Go unloads a baker's dozen of kinder, gentler heartland rock & roll songs. Singer and guitarist... More >>

  • John Mayer

    published March 17, 2010

    In the past few weeks, hating John Mayer has grown from a hipster pastime into a full-contact sport. Following a particularly damning... More >>

  • Sound Tribe Sector 9

    published March 17, 2010

    While the jam-band scene continues to flourish at home and abroad, the days of endless, guitar-based "explorations" may be coming to a close.... More >>

  • Wiz Khalifa

    published March 10, 2010

    Home of the championship-winning Steelers and Penguins, Pittsburgh is a sports town first and foremost. But with the recent rise of Wiz Khalifa,... More >>

  • Califone

    published March 10, 2010

    For much of his career, Tim Rutili has served as a bandleader, first in Red Red Meat and more recently in the experimental folk band Califone.... More >>

  • Homespun: Dear Vincent

    published March 10, 2010

    The local quartet Dear Vincent writes tightly constructed folk-rock songs that spin out with the precision and delicacy of a music box's... More >>

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