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    STL Loud 4

    published June 21, 2012

    For the past two years, local producer Ryan Albritton has been dutifully recording local bands in his R&R Music Labs studio and compiling the... More >>

  • Spectator's Dreamy New EP: Listen Now, Before the July 13 Release

    published Jun 13, 2012

    Ed. Spectator's In the Brick EP will be officially released on July 13 at Off Broadway with Bockman. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $8. You can buy the record now for $4 on Bandcamp. Dream-... More >>

  • Homespun: Spectator

    published June 14, 2012

    Dream-pop bands rarely get both sides of the hyphen right. Beach House may wrap its organ-fired whims in a beautiful, engrossing gauze, but... More >>

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    Dukes of September Rhythm Revue

    published June 14, 2012

    Hometown hero Michael McDonald's career has been liberally sprinkled with collaborations. From his tenure as a Doobie Brother and a drop-in... More >>

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    Twangfest

    published June 7, 2012

    The annual American roots music festival Twangfest turns sixteen this year, and its organizers have put together an especially sweet birthday... More >>

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    Homespun: The Skekses

    published June 7, 2012

    If you came across the Skekses through its debut Notes on the Collapse of an Alternate Universe, you were no doubt confronted with the... More >>

  • St. Louis Breakdown

    published May 17, 2012

    That jazz and blues music has strong roots in St. Louis is not just a point of pride -- it’s a point of fact. And while our most famous... More >>

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    Orgone

    published May 24, 2012

    Call it the Sharon Jones effect: Funk bands are no longer able to make waves based solely on instrumental prowess and stone-cold groovesmanship... More >>

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    Homespun: Ou Où

    published May 24, 2012

    Patrick Weston and Travis Bursik of experimental duo Ou Où defy you to hang a name on them. As an instrumental band that uses samplers,... More >>

  • The Educated Guess' Charlie Brumley on Symphonic Pop and Soundtracking the Civil War

    published May 18, 2012

    Back in 2008, the Educated Guess released two fine, grandiose albums, Beautiful Strangers and West Skyline Drive, that paired big-sky Americana with well-orchestrated arrangements that called to mind ... More >>

  • Radio on the TV

    published May 10, 2012

    Every week thousands upon thousands of the public-radio faithful gather around the hi-fi for This American Life, the Ira Glass-hosted... More >>

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    Homespun: Bruiser Queen

    published May 17, 2012

    Few other talents have been as rewarding to watch develop and evolve as Morgan Nusbaum's. She's played in bands since high school but came to... More >>

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    Madeleine Peyroux

    published May 17, 2012

    A jazz singer's trajectory from crooner to artist almost necessarily follows this path: Start out with standards to prove yourself, judiciously... More >>

  • Adult Fur's New Remix Project RÁN is Out Saturday: Review and Album Stream

    published May 10, 2012

    Adult Fur's RÁN remix album will have its official release at a listening party this Saturday, May 12 at Brennan's. It starts at 9 p.m., admission is free, and you'll be able to buy posters and downl... More >>

  • Synth Sculptor Raglani Blurs the Line Between Noise and Pop on Husk and Beyond

    published May 09, 2012

    Joseph Raglani is one of St. Louis' pre-eminent synthesists, an instrumental musician whose releases, under various guises, recalls elements of ambient sound-scapes, minimal krautrock rhythms and head... More >>

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    Homespun: Adult Fur

    published May 10, 2012

    Ryan McNeely gets the tables turned on him for his RÁN remix album. As a producer, McNeely's been responsible for creating tracks... More >>

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    Maps & Atlases

    published May 10, 2012

    Cross-promotion has become a form of survival for mid-level indie bands given shrinking record sales and dwindling returns on regional touring.... More >>

  • Shakespeare in the Streets

    published April 26, 2012

    William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest believing it would be his final play, and he drops some subtle references to the illusory magic of... More >>

  • Homespun: Voight-Kampff

    published May 3, 2012

    Philip K. Dick-heads will remember the Voight-Kampff machine from Blade Runner, the empathy-detecting polygraphs that separate humans... More >>

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    Homespun: Plastic News

    published April 26, 2012

    On Plastic News' Sore Eyes LP, the formula is simple: Put some pre-808 drum-machine beats behind uncomplicated keyboard chord changes.... More >>

  • M83

    published April 26, 2012

    Anthony Gonzalez was either born twenty years too late or ten years too early. He's been the force behind M83's synth-and-shoegaze symphonies... More >>

  • Brothers Lazaroff's New Record is Out this Weekend: Review and Video

    published Apr 19, 2012

    Science Won Release Show. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Boulevard. $10. 314-726-4707 Through fate, musical kinship or blackmail, Jeff and David Lazaroff landed perhaps the m... More >>

  • iPhoneography

    published March 1, 2012

    Now that smart phones have the convenience of a laptop, personal assistant and surrogate mother wrapped up in a steely graphite rectangle,... More >>

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    Mucca Pazza

    published April 19, 2012

    For a certain stripe of one-time high school jock, a Mucca Pazza show must look like a reunion gone awry: In this punk-rock marching band, the... More >>

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    Homespun: Brothers Lazaroff

    published April 19, 2012

    Through fate, musical kinship or blackmail, Jeff and David Lazaroff landed perhaps the most enviable backing band in town for their roots/rock... More >>

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