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    Homespun: Seven-inch Singles from Sleepy Kitty and Kentucky Knife Fight

    published October 11, 2012

    Seven-inch singles are still the best way to get to know a band. If you can't kick out the jams in under four minutes per side, perhaps the... More >>

  • The Psychedelic Furs and the Lemonheads

    published October 11, 2012

    Nostalgia package tours normally try to re-create a moment in time or a certain strand of music with the pairings of once-and-again bands. Not... More >>

  • Nee Gets Muscular on Finches: Read the Review and Listen to the EP

    published Oct 04, 2012

    With a catchy and captivating take on electro-pop and enough smarts to marry buzzy hooks with a kitschy/glam style, Kristin Dennis turned her Née project into a must-watch act on the rise. Her first ... More >>

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    Homespun: Née

    published October 4, 2012

    With a catchy and captivating take on electro-pop and enough smarts to marry buzzy hooks with a kitschy/glam style, Kristin Dennis turned her... More >>

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    First Aid Kit

    published October 4, 2012

    You can't tell the story of First Aid Kit without a few modern conveniences that helped in the process: The Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara... More >>

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    Metric

    published September 27, 2012

    The Occupy Wall Street protest recently reached its one-year anniversary, and it's fitting that the civil unrest that marked 2011 fueled some... More >>

  • Burrowss Debut Album: Review and Full Preview Stream

    published Sep 19, 2012

    Emily Keefauver and Matt Stuttler began playing together in the small but musically fertile community at Greenville College in Illinois. The pair moved to St. Louis and began playing as the Kerouacs a... More >>

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    Homespun: Burrowss

    published September 20, 2012

    Emily Keefauver and Matt Stuttler began playing together in the small but musically fertile community at Greenville College in Illinois. The... More >>

  • Nick Lowe

    published September 20, 2012

    It's hard to think of another artist who has settled into middle age as comfortably and admirably as Nick Lowe. The former king of pub rock and... More >>

  • Old Capital Square Dance Club: Album Review and Live Videos

    published Sep 12, 2012

    For whatever reason, the best Americana bands are often the fruits of two distinct musical voices -- Tweedy and Farrar are still the gold standard in this town and beyond, but the shared songbooks of ... More >>

  • Homespun: Old Capital Square Dance Club

    published September 14, 2012

    For whatever reason, the best Americana bands are often the fruits of two distinct musical voices — Tweedy and Farrar are still the gold... More >>

  • Saint Orleans' New Mixtape: Read the Review, Listen and Download Free Here

    published Sep 05, 2012

    Rapper Saint Orleans takes his name from his own geographical biography -- he was born in New Orleans and resides in St. Louis. It's no accident that both cities have deep, specific styles of regional... More >>

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    Mike Keneally

    published September 6, 2012

    Say the word "Zappa" in polite company and watch people either foam at the mouth about their favorite Mothers of Invention album or mumble... More >>

  • Golden Curls: Read the Review and Listen to the Warm Fiction EP

    published Aug 30, 2012

    Singer and keyboardist Sarah Downen began writing songs over the Internet with guitarist/keyboardist Noah Blackwell last year, and the resulting songs, released as Golden Curls, are soundtracked for t... More >>

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    Alan Evans Trio

    published August 30, 2012

    When Soulive drummer Alan Evans decided to strike out on his own, he didn't stray too far from the sound that made his main gig so beloved of... More >>

  • A Greasy Good Time

    published August 16, 2012

    While we’re normally loathe to give props to that eternally fake-tanned, frosted-tip-sporting TV personality Guy Fieri, his love of diners... More >>

  • Ryan Wasoba's Music for No Reason: Read the Homespun Review and Listen

    published Aug 22, 2012

    It probably comes as no surprise that about half of your music critic friends here at Riverfront Times have, at one time or another, performed in working bands themselves. The same drive that leads to... More >>

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    Purity Ring

    published August 23, 2012

    Don't pick up Purity Ring's debut full-length Shrines expecting to hear a rainbow of sounds; the Montreal duo of Megan James (vocals)... More >>

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    Homespun: Ryan Wasoba

    published August 23, 2012

    It probably comes as no surprise that about half of your music critic friends here at Riverfront Times have, at one time or another,... More >>

  • Our Town, Brick by Brick

    published June 7, 2012

    Local filmmaker Bill Streeter is something of a patron saint to a whole host of St. Louis musicians. His long-running Lo-Fi Saint Louis series has... More >>

  • Little Big Bangs Easter Egg Demo: Review and Preview Stream

    published Aug 17, 2012

    Ed. Little Big Bangs' debut release is the subject of this week's Homespun column. You can listen to a stream below and see the band on August 28 at Lemmon's with DeathTram and Skarekrau Radio. For a... More >>

  • Life for Life (and Lycopene)

    published August 9, 2012

    If you know anyone with a home garden or a CSA share, chances are you’ve been offered a tomato or ten this summer. The juicy red fruit is... More >>

  • Jon Hardy on his Hard Year and the Public's Return to the Stage
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    Jon Hardy on his Hard Year and the Public's Return to the Stage

    published Aug 16, 2012

    In late 2010, Jon Hardy & the Public released an EP titled A Hard Year. The band couldn't have known what kind of year lay ahead of it. In September of last year, a few weeks after the Public's well-r... More >>

  • Homespun: Little Big Bangs

    published August 16, 2012

    For all the possible interpretations of the Little Big Bangs' band name — sexual pun? Hairstyle critique? Custer's Last Stand reference?... More >>

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    Bobby Bare Jr.

    published August 16, 2012

    If you thought you had a handle on Bobby Bare Jr., think again. The Nashville misfit can do country-soul, sure — it's literally in his... More >>

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