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2008 Stories by Jaime Lees

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  • Dark Dark Dark/Mayday Orchestra/Pokey LaFarge

    published December 31, 2008

    Dark Dark Dark has built-in dimension, thanks to the fact that both Nona Marie Invie and her male bandmates handle vocal duties. The... More >>

  • Ear Burns: Our critics spew some haterade about 2008's bummer songs, albums and events

    published December 17, 2008

    The end of the year is a time for critics to reflect on the best music they heard in the past twelve months. But such positivity neglects the... More >>

  • We made you a mixtape! 2008: The year in music.

    published December 17, 2008

    2008 was a weird year for music. Gloom and doom predictions about sinking album sales overshadowed the industry, and labels seemed to... More >>

  • The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra

    published December 3, 2008

    The recent breakup of local favorites Rats and People was a major blow to the soul of the St. Louis music scene. Known for its strong... More >>

  • Get in the Van: Henry Rollins — musician, spoken-word artist, writer and punk legend — talks about life on the road

    published November 5, 2008

    Henry Rollins is a workhorse with a considerable legacy. As the vocalist of Black Flag from the early- to mid-'80s, he played a major role in... More >>

  • Man Man

    published October 15, 2008

    Philadelphia's Man Man exists on the blurred dividing line between indie and experimental music. The band has a thick, unpredictable,... More >>

  • Nick Oliveri

    published October 8, 2008

    You might not know the name Nick Oliveri, but chances are he's been in one of your favorite bands. Arguably the most important group on... More >>

  • Dead Confederate

    published September 24, 2008

    Dead Confederate's haunting sound is at once familiar and deliciously unpredictable. For starters, the way the Athens, Georgia, band... More >>


    published September 17, 2008

    Largely the baby of songwriter/lead vocalist Scott Masson, OFFICE is all about catchy, ultra-hooky pop songs. Albums such as A Night... More >>

  • Felice Brothers/AA Bondy

    published September 17, 2008

    Coming straight outta the Catskills, the Felice Brothers play a twanged-out style of gypsy Americana, music which drips with... More >>

  • Yea Big + Kid Static

    published August 13, 2008

    The last time Yea Big + Kid Static came through town, the Chicago indie-rock emcees rocked the floor from the beginning —... More >>

  • Alice Cooper

    published August 6, 2008

    Despite his faux-goth theatrics, Alice Cooper has always been a rocker. Sure, the Detroit native's image is a little tarted-up —... More >>

  • '80s Prom featuring the Mandonnas

    published August 6, 2008

    In '80s movies, no social situation brims with more potential trauma than a prom. And director John Hughes has retroactively ruined the event... More >>

  • Dr. Dog

    published July 23, 2008

    Emerging as the less-jammy, younger version of Wilco, Dr. Dog is on the rise. The well-loved band's music builds on a warm '60s groove,... More >>

  • Mötley Crüe

    published July 16, 2008

    The dudes of Mötley Crüe have become rich and famous by basically being douchebags — and what's not to love about that?... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published July 9, 2008

    A'ight, here's the dizzle: The d-o-double gizzle is in the Lou this Saturdizzle. Snoop Dogg is guarantizzled to pull out his sweet... More >>

  • The Dials

    published July 9, 2008

    The Dials have a history of creating hooked-out, grooving pop tunes. The Chicago quartet's debut full-length, 2005's Flex Time,... More >>

  • Stevie Nicks

    published June 11, 2008

    During her time as a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks filled many roles: singer, songwriter, muse, tambourine player and main... More >>

  • Wooden Kites

    published June 4, 2008

    Between playing shows, recording an album and keeping commitments to various other musical projects, it's a wonder that any of the Wooden... More >>

  • Sea Wolf

    published May 21, 2008

    Playing under the name Sea Wolf, singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church performs with a steady cast of backup musicians that help his indie... More >>

  • Rock & Roll Prom

    published May 21, 2008

    Aside from its New Years Eve celebration, the Rock & Roll Prom is one of the biggest annual events at the Way Out Club. This themed... More >>

  • The Hood Internet

    published May 7, 2008

    The two dudes in the Hood Internet are multitasking experts. In addition to the occasional remix, the Chicago DJ crew pumps out frequent... More >>

  • She's Crafty: The Breeders' Kelley Deal talks knitting, nudity and Steve Albini's bodily functions

    published May 7, 2008

    Kelley Deal co-leads the Breeders with her sister Kim, who's best known for being a member of the Pixies (and later, the Amps). The Dayton,... More >>

  • Using Their Illusion: Ferocious — and funny — locals the Livers hope video builds the radio star

    published April 23, 2008

    BFFs Scot Freeman and Luke Roulston hit a rough patch last year. Mired in typical twentysomething malaise, they found themselves working too... More >>

  • The Safes

    published April 2, 2008

    The Safes groove a familiar sound that is wholly unoriginal but entirely excellent, by nodding to Brit-garage, Mod and all kinds of... More >>

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