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  • The Ass in "Gracias"

    published November 9, 2005

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  • Craftapalooza

    published October 19, 2005

    The renegade craft movement -- wherein just-grown-up hipster types forsake the black-walled clubs in favor of quiet evenings of knitting and... More >>

  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy

    published September 28, 2005

    Can a red boy play the blues? When it comes to Swedish anarcho-socialist rockers The (International) Noise Conspiracy, the answer is... More >>

  • MDC

    published September 14, 2005

    Millions of Dead Congressmen, Missile-Destroyed Civilization, Multi-Death Corporation, Millions of Damn Christians and Male-Dominated Culture are... More >>

  • You've Got a Friend

    published August 31, 2005

    Yes, the Gentleman Callers' brand of garage rock draws heavily from the soul, R&B and blues sounds that inspired the original '60s beat groups.... More >>

  • John Legend, Common and De La Soul

    published August 3, 2005

    St. Louis doesn't see many high-profile hip-hop/contemporary R&B touring acts, but this extravaganza makes up for a year's worth of misses. De... More >>

  • Flair Beyond Compare

    published July 27, 2005

    MON 8/1 In case you haven't been keeping up with the news lately, it's a crazy world we live in. Bad stuff happens, worse stuff... More >>

  • Holly Golightly

    published July 27, 2005

    British garage-folk-pop-blues savant Billy Childish casts a long shadow. But Holly Golightly is more than just his protégé,... More >>

  • Paternity Test

    published July 13, 2005

    Treat may be an orphan, but he's not complaining. He's too busy taking care of his younger brother, Philip, whom he keeps under house arrest to... More >>

  • Seein' Red

    published July 13, 2005

    Who says punk rock is all about the kids? Since 1989 the high-voltage hardcore of Seein' Red has angried up the blood of punks everywhere... More >>

  • Kicking Dharma Bums

    published June 29, 2005

    THUR 6/30 If your idea of a Buddhist monk is a serene, inscrutable bore -- the kind of holy automaton who seems so perfect that her... More >>

  • Game of the Week

    published May 4, 2005

    FRI 5/6 The biggest story of the canceled NHL season is how little a story it turned out to be, at least for the casual fan. Sure,... More >>

  • Pulp Fiction

    published May 4, 2005

    To the middlebrow literary poseur of postwar America, pulp fiction and film noir were little more than empty pop calories, vulgar garbage to... More >>

  • The Blood Brothers with Dance Disaster Movement

    published May 4, 2005

    Sometimes you just want to light an aromatherapy candle or two, gently plunk a few bath beads into a warm tub, slide into the bath's womblike... More >>

  • Warring for the Weekend

    published April 20, 2005

    For the life of us, we simply cannot figure out why on earth war re-enactors exist. War is hell, right? Why relive it then? Well, the U.S. Second... More >>

  • Nomeansno with Corbeta Corbata

    published April 20, 2005

    "HOW FUCKEN OLD ARE NOMEANSNO? GIVE IT UP GRAND DADS," reads the graffiti on the cover of last year's Nomeansno retrospective, The... More >>

  • The Wearing of the Plaid

    published March 30, 2005

    In April of 2001, Governor Holden proclaimed April 6 to be forever Tartan Day in Missouri, a day to celebrate your Scottish heritage.... More >>

  • Gong, But Not Forgotten

    published March 23, 2005

    FRI 3/25 Before the pestilence of American Idol stalked the land, long before William Hung was a twinkle in Satan's eye, America... More >>

  • Baseball Belles

    published March 23, 2005

    SAT 3/26 "There's no crying in baseball." Oh, really. So what were all us Cardinals fans doing last October after that Boston... More >>

  • These Are the Wurst of Times

    published March 16, 2005

    It is the dream of all sausage-loving people to live in a nation where the divine link is celebrated. Not just enjoyed with a hearty breakfast,... More >>

  • Thirsty Like the Wolf

    published March 16, 2005

    From the Hokkaido forests to the Okinawa island, Japan is home to the world's most wildly driven, detail-obsessed rock & roll bands and fans. And... More >>

  • Double Decade of Dance

    published March 9, 2005

    As a girl, dancer and choreographer Alexandra Zaharias studied ballet in St. Louis with Isabella Rainford before moving on to train at New York's... More >>

  • A Lute Proposition

    published February 23, 2005

    FRI 2/25 Thanks to Renaissance fairs everywhere, the European lute has lost its once-sterling reputation as a powerful instrument. All... More >>

  • Out of Africa

    published February 16, 2005

    SUN 2/20 The '90s vogue for African music may have turned a few talented performers into international stars, but it also obscured the... More >>

  • The Heat Is On

    published January 12, 2005

    Decades ago, pro ballplayers were working stiffs who hauled freight or sold cars to get through the off-season. Players' unions won a fair piece... More >>

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