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  • Karate Bikini's Sauce of the Applehorse: Review and Preview Track

    published Aug 10, 2012

    One of the ironies with power pop is that while it's the quintessential teenage soundtrack -- a mix of hormones, harmonies and bright-eyed optimism -- the best practitioners of the form are usually on... More >>

  • Millions of Peaches

    published August 2, 2012

    Unless you’re a school-aged whippersnapper dreading the opening bell of the first day of school, St. Louis summers can seem long -- even... More >>

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    Homespun: Karate Bikini

    published August 9, 2012

    One of the ironies with power pop is that while it's the quintessential teenage soundtrack — a mix of hormones, harmonies and bright-eyed... More >>

  • EarthDance Benefit

    published August 9, 2012

    The "do it yourself" mantra is much more than a motto for punk-rock showgoers — it's a way of life for musicians, artists and promoters... More >>

  • Arson For Candy: Review and Preview Track

    published Aug 03, 2012

    Ed. Arson For Candy's debut EP was the subject of this week's Homespun column. You can purchase the release on iTunes and listen to "Old Jane" below. If the band name Arson for Candy sounds like a pa... More >>

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    Homespun: Arson for Candy

    published August 2, 2012

    If the band name Arson for Candy sounds like a particularly hellish form of delinquent-youth recruitment — or an inversion on those... More >>

  • Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween

    published August 2, 2012

    When Aaron Freeman, a.k.a. Gene Ween, decided to retire his nom de rock and focus on his solo work, he ended his nearly 30-year partnership... More >>

  • Homespun: Union Electric

    published July 26, 2012

    For a songwriter accustomed to working with big ideas and long-form song cycles, Tim Rakel, of ragged Americana purveyor the Union Electric,... More >>

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    Jessica Lea Mayfield

    published July 26, 2012

    It's the curse of the young artist to stay forever in the shadow of an older, wiser, more famous benefactor. And while it's true that Jessica... More >>

  • Indigo Girls at the Pageant, 7/21/2012: Review and Setlist

    published Jul 23, 2012

    The Indigo Girls | Shadowboxers The Pageant July 21, 2012 A good-sized crowd came to the Pageant on Saturday night to dance, sing, sway and canoodle along to the music of the Indigo Girls, but you h... More >>

  • Bound for Glory

    published July 12, 2012

    American songwriter Woody Guthrie had a way with pithy slogans, from the rousing “This Land Is Your Land” to the militant message... More >>

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    Homespun: The Reeling Gilly

    published July 19, 2012

    Laren Loveless was playing drums at KDHX's tribute to R.E.M. in late April, bashing the hell out of the kit during a bruising swing at "Bang &... More >>

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    Big Freedia and the Divas

    published July 19, 2012

    It's no knock on Frank Ocean's recent admission of a formative homosexual relationship, but the pairing of hip-hop and queer identity politics... More >>

  • Teresajenee Electric Yellow: Review and Album Stream

    published Jul 11, 2012

    Ed. Teresajenee's new project, Electric Yellow, had its official release last week. She will play next Wednesday, July 18, as part of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Whitaker Music Festival. Admissio... More >>

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    Gaslight Anthem

    published July 12, 2012

    Musical coronations seem to happen more quickly these days. It took Tom Petty ten years to become a Traveling Wilbury and share the stage with... More >>

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    Homespun: Teresajenee

    published July 12, 2012

    Near the end of "Hi America," the second track on Teresajenee's new album Electric Yellow, she breaks into a bit of spoken word: "I... More >>

  • Brevity is...Wit.

    published June 28, 2012

    Waste enough time on YouTube and you’ve no doubt seen fan-made edits of major motion pictures, trimming the fat and condensing the... More >>

  • Live Theater in the Alley

    published June 14, 2012

    Any playgoer has learned to anticipate the moment right as the house lights go down, for the emphatic shushing to turn off your cell phones and... More >>

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    Amy LaVere

    published July 5, 2012

    Certain moments on Amy LaVere's Stranger Me sound like gentle lullabies, but that doesn't necessarily make for easy listening. Beneath... More >>

  • Beyond "Amazing Facts"

    published June 21, 2012

    Astute readers of Riverfront Times (hey, that’s you!) will no doubt recognize the collaborative pen-and-ink work of Kevin Huizenga... More >>

  • The Vaad's Kissing the Sea on the Lips: Review and Album Stream

    published Jun 26, 2012

    Ed. The Vaad is the subject of this week's Homespun column. Copies of the Vaad's debut, Kissing the Sea on the Lips, should come with a foldout map -- street names and specific locations are that imp... More >>

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    Muses: Sunyatta and Kevin McDermott's musical partnership

    published June 28, 2012

    The RFT Music Showcase is built around beautiful incongruities. This year's installment found jean-shorted punks playing on the sunny... More >>

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    The Mynabirds

    published June 28, 2012

    Imagine Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" as a political rallying cry instead of a sultry kiss-off, and you have an idea... More >>

  • The Great Grandfathers' St. Anthony's Fire: Preview "Fans of You" Here

    published Jun 21, 2012

    Ed. The Great Grandfathers' debut will be officially released on June 26. Christian Schaeffer reviewed the album in this week's print edition. Brothers Lucas Severin Prize and Trevor Deiderich Prize ... More >>

  • Homespun: The Great Grandfathers

    published June 21, 2012

    Brothers Lucas Severin Prize and Trevor Deiderich Prize got their charmingly antiquated middle names from their great-grandfathers, and that... More >>

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