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  • Eleanor Friedberger

    published October 27, 2011

    The distribution of power for the sibling band the Fiery Furnaces has long been simplified thusly: Older bro Matthew Friedberger writes the lyrics... More >>

  • Chromeo

    published October 20, 2011

    You need a healthy dose of nostalgia, either real or imagined, to get down with Chromeo. The Montreal-based duo is made up of guitarist/vocalist... More >>

  • Homespun: Palace

    published October 20, 2011

    The new indie-pop quartet Palace works best in twos: The band is made up of two men and two women, it employs two keyboardists, and lead vocal... More >>

  • Matthew Sweet at the Duck Room, 10/15/2011: Review and Setlist

    published Oct 17, 2011

    Matthew Sweet | Miles Zuniga Blueberry Hill's Duck Room October 16, 2011 Your feelings on the current wave of twenty-years-gone nostalgia could have indicated your level of excitement for this weeke... More >>

  • Homespun: Caleb Travers

    published October 13, 2011

    When Caleb Travers released Blue Weathered Dreams with his then-backing band Big City Lights in 2007, his lovely, sonorous voice and... More >>

  • Matthew Sweet

    published October 13, 2011

    At the start of 1991 Matthew Sweet was a Midwestern boy with an Athens, Georgia, pedigree and a couple of stalled albums to his name. By the... More >>

  • St. Vincent

    published October 6, 2011

    Like the marriage of her wide-eyed, porcelain-doll visage and her buzz-saw guitar licks, St. Vincent leader Annie Clark has made a career out of... More >>

  • Homespun: Morgan Nusbaum

    published October 6, 2011

    If you've previously encountered Morgan Nusbaum as the harmonically gifted bassist/backup vocalist for the dear, departed 75s or as the... More >>

  • Smith Westerns

    published September 29, 2011

    It's easy to love the Smith Westerns for its deft touch, with shimmering pop hooks and fuzzy, '60s-damaged guitar musings. It's easy to hate the... More >>

  • Oneohtrix Point Never/Raglani

    published September 29, 2011

    If old analog synths were as easy to use as some people claim, all the keyboard-collecting dorks would sound as lush and evocative as Oneohtrix... More >>

  • Rolling Stones Tribute Band To Get Its Rocks Off At Off Broadway Tonight

    published Sep 23, 2011

    Just when you thought that St. Louis' love for cover nights and tribute bands couldn't swell our collective hearts any further, a promising new venture in classic-rock recreation hits Off Broadway ton... More >>

  • Okkveril River's Top Five Creative Writing Tips

    published Sep 20, 2011

    Perhaps thanks to singer Will Sheff's creative writing background or its Russian literature-derived band name, Okkervil River wears the tag of "literate rock & roll" more than any other band not named... More >>

  • Psychedelic Furs/Tom Tom Club

    published September 22, 2011

    Although it hasn't released a new full-length album in twenty years, Richard Butler's Psychedelic Furs still tours with its droll brand of... More >>

  • The Bottle Rockets

    published September 22, 2011

    The Bottle Rockets has stood tall on local and national stages over its fifteen-plus-year tenure, but that doesn't mean that Brian Henneman's... More >>

  • Vacancy

    published September 1, 2011

    Author Robert Olen Butler has never been shy about injecting a certain amount of whimsy into his poetry and prose. The stories in his 2004... More >>

  • Okkervil River

    published September 15, 2011

    When it was announced that the Okkervil River's Will Sheff would be producing this year's I Am Very Far, one wondered how much tighter the... More >>

  • Homespun: The Funky Butt Brass Band

    published September 8, 2011

    The Funky Butt Brass Band has never had a problem outlining its influences. By amalgamating New Orleans-bred brass band funk and soul into a... More >>

  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at the Pageant, 9/3/2011: Review and Setlist

    published Sep 04, 2011

    Gillian Welch and David Rawlings The Pageant September 3, 2011 When the mechanics of a rock & roll concert get thrown out of whack -- when the lights flicker, when the bar service halts, when the A/... More >>

  • Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

    published September 1, 2011

    In interviews surrounding the release of this summer's The Harrow & the Harvest, Gillian Welch has chalked the album's eight-year... More >>

  • Homespun: Adult Fur

    published September 1, 2011

    Ryan McNeely has produced tracks for the likes of Rockwell Knuckles, Scripts N Screwz and Tech Supreme, and his dense, layered backing tracks... More >>

  • Homespun: The Mhurs

    published August 25, 2011

    The Mhurs is a maddening band. At times, the Belleville quartet's second record is overflowing with good ideas, solid hooks and bold vocals. At... More >>

  • Steely Dan

    published August 18, 2011

    When the famously tour-shy Steely Dan resumed recording and gigging once again in the early aughts, expectations were somewhat guarded. The band's... More >>

  • Peach

    published August 18, 2011

    The local guitar-rock trio Peach hearkens back to a simpler time, when sludgy alt-rock moodiness and strident female singers could shake the... More >>

  • Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

    published August 11, 2011

    In the past year, St. Louis transplant Pokey LaFarge has made a lot of famous friends and fans: He has recorded with Jack White, played the... More >>

  • Chuck Berry

    published August 11, 2011

    Unlike so many other architects of rock & roll, Chuck Berry has stuck around long enough to tell his story and reap the rewards of being... More >>

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