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  • Rough Shop's New Album is Out Saturday: Review and Video

    published Apr 12, 2012

    Rough Shop Beneath the South Side Bridge Release Show: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10 to $13. Rough Shop has always been a band of old souls. Its three principles -- g... More >>

  • Caroline Smith

    published April 12, 2012

    With a songbird's warble and a coterie of fuzzy, buzzy indie-folk signifiers, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps makes a joyful noise... More >>

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    Homespun: Rough Shop

    published April 12, 2012

    Rough Shop has always been a band of old souls. Its three principles — guitarists Andy Ploof and John Wendland and bassist Anne Tkach... More >>

  • Van Dyke Parks at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 4/5/2012: Review and Setlist
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    Van Dyke Parks at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 4/5/2012: Review and Setlist

    published Apr 06, 2012

    Van Dyke Parks | Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra April 5, 2012 The Luminary Center for the Arts Van Dyke Parks embarked on his first-ever tour this year at the age of 69. It has been a limited... More >>

  • Van Dyke Parks on His Invisible Career, Surviving the '60s and the Role of the Beta Male

    published Apr 04, 2012

    Van Dyke Parks doesn't give interviews; he speaks in pull-quotes and aphorisms. If Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker had spent their formative years among rock & roll royalty, as Parks did as an arranger,... More >>

  • Such Great Heights

    published March 22, 2012

    Mountain film festivals at posh ski resorts are nothing new. Watch any gossip website for long enough and you’ll see celebs in ski boots at... More >>

  • Homespun: JBJR

    published April 5, 2012

    James Bishop is a beatmaker and a producer, a calling that is inestimably vital though often invisible to casual hip-hop listeners. He won last... More >>

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    Van Dyke Parks

    published April 5, 2012

    With a style rooted in classical know-how but guided by a restless, fluid vision of American music, Van Dyke Parks has been the unseen hand in... More >>

  • Chrissy Renick's New EP is Out Friday: Review and Preview Tracks from Earlier Work

    published Mar 29, 2012

    The EP release show is this Friday at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room Chrissy Renick is a young pianist and singer who was apparently sneaking Alicia Keys and Aaliyah singles in between piano lessons. Her... More >>

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    Homespun: Chrissy Renick

    published March 29, 2012

    Chrissy Renick is a young pianist and singer who was apparently sneaking Alicia Keys and Aaliyah singles in between piano lessons. Her love of... More >>

  • Hidden Lakes' Model Airplanes: Review, Video and Album Stream

    published Mar 22, 2012

    Fractured Army quietly called it quits last year after a few years of in-town gigging, recording and a memorable turn as Pat Benatar for An Under Cover Weekend in 2010. (Because who doesn't love "We B... More >>

  • Listen to the Art, Man

    published January 12, 2012

    In 1977, David Bowie famously wondered about "Sound and Vision" in a song with that very name, a fitting query for an artist who's as focused on... More >>

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    Homespun: Hidden Lakes

    published March 22, 2012

    Fractured Army quietly called it quits last year after a few years of in-town gigging, recording and a memorable turn as Pat Benatar for An... More >>

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    Andrew Bird

    published March 22, 2012

    Watching an Andrew Bird concert is a little like viewing one of those time-lapse videos of a high-rise being built: With architectural... More >>

  • Celebrating Chopin

    published March 8, 2012

    For all the famous writers who once called St. Louis home only to leave us in the dust -- T.S. Eliot and Jonathan Franzen, we’re looking in... More >>

  • An Interview with Tom Waits' Tribute Organizer David Anderson

    published Mar 15, 2012

    When David Anderson isn't busy leading local psych-folk quartet Tenement Ruth his his wife Melissa, he can be found on stages and in studios around town as an in-demand session player, and he's lent h... More >>

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    Homespun: Jason & the Beast

    published March 15, 2012

    The title of Jason Braun's latest release, Made This for You: The Mix Tape as Literature smacks of a term paper's heading, but that's... More >>

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    Rosie Thomas

    published March 15, 2012

    Pin a label on Rosie Thomas at your peril. Her pop-laced folk albums were breathy outliers on Sub Pop's roster during the mid-'00s, both... More >>

  • Quality Over Quantity

    published March 1, 2012

    Literary apocrypha tells of a very short story written by Ernest Hemingway that gets in and out in exactly six words: “For sale: Baby shoes.... More >>

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    Galactic

    published March 8, 2012

    If you wanted to, you could subdivide New Orleans' musical styles endlessly, from Meters-esque funk to second-line struts to swampy blues-rock.... More >>

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    Homespun: Illphonics

    published March 8, 2012

    Hip-hop with live instruments is something of a Catch-22. For all the rock-centrist credibility a group gains from playing "real" instruments,... More >>

  • Blind Pilot at Plush, 3/2/12: Review, Photos, Setlist
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    Blind Pilot at Plush, 3/2/12: Review, Photos, Setlist

    published Mar 05, 2012

    Blind Pilot | Cataldo Plush March 2, 2012 The crowd had gathered in Midtown to see Blind Pilot, the charming, affable and endlessly melodic folk band from Portland, Oregon whose star has been steadil... More >>

  • Buses, Bikes and Boots

    published February 23, 2012

    For the numerous slams made against our city -- high crime, poor education, dangerous levels of Provel consumption – one critique stings... More >>

  • Lantern Lights

    published February 23, 2012

    Husband-and-wife duo Gareth Schumacher and Kari Wasoba perform as Lantern Lights, drawing inspiration from '70s pop, bedroom folk, post-riot grrl... More >>

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    YACHT

    published March 1, 2012

    Since 2002, Jona Bechtolt has kept YACHT evolving, first as a man-vs.-laptop side project during his time away from the Blow and now as a... More >>

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