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2012 Stories by Joseph Hess

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  • Joseph Hess

    Shaved Women

    published December 27, 2012

    Shaved Women uses repetition like a head slamming into a wall. This persistence comes from hardcore and metal, but genres do little to describe... More >>

  • Future Islands

    published November 15, 2012

    Future Islands proves its smooth crossbred genre through sensible songs and elements of space-pop. The Baltimore trio expands its sound with... More >>

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    Rock Mandala: Yowie works through the pain

    published November 1, 2012

    Yowie has written twelve songs in twelve years. The trio puts more notes, revisions and ideas into single songs than most bands put into entire... More >>

  • Toxie

    published September 6, 2012

    Toxie stirs up genres of garage rock and dream pop, birthing a style that's both distinct and flavorful. The vocals keep on the straight and... More >>

  • Carrion Decay

    published August 30, 2012

    Carrion Decay feels tightly wound within punk and hardcore. The guitars hold a keen sense for dingy tone, while shredding shines light on the... More >>

  • Bill Horist & Darin Gray

    published July 26, 2012

    Bill Horist lives bound to the guitar neck and urges its strings to cry through composite drones. He bleeds a stoic sound and works out a... More >>

  • Adaje

    published July 19, 2012

    The Midwest has bred a hairy animal with Adaje, a beast of Southern-style hardcore carefully infused with somber post-rock. The Memphis trio... More >>

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    Lower Dens

    published July 12, 2012

    Jana Hunter boasts quite the pedigree, from her split LP with Devendra Banhart to collaborations with the likes of CocoRosie and Indian... More >>

  • .e, Red Squad, Hatches

    published May 31, 2012

    An electro-thud works behind bright riffs as .e cross-contaminates the drum machine with Fender guitars for a hot but controlled sound. Vocals... More >>

  • Pillow Talk

    published March 29, 2012

    Nine months have passed since Glass Teeth tore a hole through St. Louis music, only to bow out the same night as its CD release show. Drummer... More >>

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    published February 23, 2012

    Furry enthusiasts and audiophiles alike can find something to love in Britches, St. Louis' own purveyor of otherworldly rock. Elevated by the... More >>

  • Talkdemonic

    published February 9, 2012

    Talkdemonic melds live percussion, electric violin, automated sounds and drum machines to create a vivid soundtrack of polyrhythmic sections.... More >>

  • Belleville's all-ages haven closes after four years

    published January 26, 2012

    The waist-high stage and hardwood floors of Illegal Tone Recordings have seen their fair share of stomping feet. The thick walls have absorbed... More >>

  • Jack Buck

    published January 12, 2012

    Jack Buck is a muscular guitar mess, serving up a sweaty blend of angular riffs. The foundation is a meaty rhythm section with fuzzy bass and... More >>

  • Shoppers

    published January 5, 2012

    >Shoppers makes a distinct noise, the shrill voice of singer Meredith Graves over a freight-train guitar sound. This group plays like it worships... More >>

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