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  • Ghosts of Christmas Past

    published December 19, 2007

    Ike Turner: 1931-2007 Ike Wister Turner died on Wednesday, December 12, in San Diego, California. He was 76. Every obit, blog... More >>

  • Koffin Kats

    published December 19, 2007

    Instead of feeling cornered or trapped by its "psychobilly" label, the Koffin Kats embrace it. The tattooed, mohawked and... More >>

  • The Livers

    published December 19, 2007

    Up-and-coming locals the Livers put on one of the most interesting live shows in St. Louis. Though the band consists of just two members... More >>

  • 2007: The Year in Movies and Music

    published December 19, 2007

    Revenge of the Nerds Absolutely, unequivocally, this has been The Year of The Apatow: Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of... More >>

  • The Shondes/The Helium Tapes/That's My Daughter

    published December 12, 2007

    Some are quick to call the Shondes a "queer-core" band based on the presumed transgendered identities of a few members — and because... More >>

  • VHS or Beta

    published December 5, 2007

    The dance-rock craze just won't end, but that's cool with us: We like to stagger home after a long sweaty night of clappin' and vibratin'.... More >>

  • The Misfits/Humanoids/Holy Python

    published November 28, 2007

    In the 30 years since Jerry Only joined the Misfits, he's become a particular favorite of the band's fans — even if saying Only is... More >>

  • PINK: A Benefit

    published November 7, 2007

    Pink is a bouncing, beat-filled party thrown by some philanthropic electro-types to benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. But... More >>

  • Meat Puppets

    published October 31, 2007

    Long regarded as lucky metalheads with a psychedelic soul (after all, Kurt Cobain invited them to perform on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged... More >>

  • Casper and the Cookies

    published October 31, 2007

    We're sorry, but some music is just too Cute to be called anything else. Yes, that's "cute" with a capital "C," especially when Casper & the... More >>

  • Melt Banana

    published October 24, 2007

    Not everything that comes from Japan is cute. In fact, Melt Banana seems to be doing everything it can to deny the naturally adorable... More >>

  • Henry Rollins

    published October 17, 2007

    Henry Rollins started as the howling, robust frontman of legendary punk band Black Flag. Those who are familiar with Rollins' vitality and... More >>

  • The Secret Handshake/Family Force 5

    published September 26, 2007

    If someone said to you, "Hey, you should totally check out the Secret Handshake. They're, like, ambient electro-emo," what would you do?... More >>

  • Melvins/Big Business

    published September 19, 2007

    Beware, children: The Melvins, lordly gods of bone-crunching sludge-grunge, are coming to melt your eardrums. Longtime members Buzz Osborne... More >>

  • Read It In Books

    published August 22, 2007

    Weeks before I sit down with Brien Seyle and Matt Pace of Rats and People, they predict that they will give a bad interview. We make plans to... More >>

  • The Detroit Cobras

    published August 22, 2007

    The Detroit Cobras is the world's most original cover band. Instead of playing karaoke standards, the Michigan garage-rockers prefer to... More >>

  • Poison

    published August 1, 2007

    Though Poison has always been regarded as the "even gayer version of Mötley Crüe" (OK, at least by me), the not-so-reformed... More >>

  • Gringo Star

    published July 4, 2007

    Gringo Star was once a bitchin' little band called A Fir-Ju Well. For reasons unknown, the quartet of long-haired rockers from Atlanta... More >>

  • Black Diamond Heavies

    published July 4, 2007

    critics' picks Following the departure of former lead singer and guitarist Mark "Porkchop" Holder, the... More >>

  • Cyndi Lauper

    published June 27, 2007

    Cyndi Lauper has played many roles during her 25 years in the spotlight. She's been the quirky music-video new-waver, Madonna's early rival, the... More >>

  • Tooling Around

    published June 20, 2007

    Tool can do no wrong in the eyes of its fans. In fact, the band inspires so much respect from its audience that it's nearly creepy. Tool gets away... More >>

  • Ted Nugent

    published June 6, 2007

    Ted Nugent's personality has always been bigger than his music. He's still a caricature of himself — what with his wild hair,... More >>

  • Two Gallants/Les Claypool

    published June 6, 2007

    The indie-blues duo Two Gallants showcases complex and original folk ballads. The pair's lyrics are at once confessional and cheeky ("If... More >>

  • 2007 RFT Music Showcase

    published May 30, 2007

    My second day in St. Louis after moving here to become the RFT's music editor happened to coincide with the 2005 Music Awards presentation... More >>

  • Johnette Napolitano

    published May 30, 2007

    Casual Concrete Blonde fans know two things about the band: It was named by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and it had a surprise hit song with "Joey," a... More >>

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