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2011 Stories by Josh Levi

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  • The Wailers

    published December 29, 2011

    In 1981, Bob Marley was taken from this earth, leaving behind an untouched legacy and his closest ally, the Wailers. Thirty years after the... More >>

  • Schlafly Celebrates Twenty Years with Another Strange and Wonderful Free Show

    published Dec 21, 2011

    Since 1991, Schlafly Beer has been a beloved institution in St. Louis. Pouring heart and soul into their passion, the brewery creates well-crafted beer much to the applause of microbrew enthusiasts wo... More >>

  • Safety Words Goes on Indefinite Hiatus: Introducing Parisian

    Safety Words Goes on Indefinite Hiatus: Introducing Parisian

    published Dec 20, 2011

    Last week, via Facebook, the electronic-based hip-hop duo, Safety Words announced that it will be on an indefinite hiatus. Safety Words is the long-time collaboration between Ian Jones (DJ Parisian) a... More >>

  • Crushery!

    published December 22, 2011

    Stan Chisholm has a revolution bubbling between the ears. Throughout the past year, this supreme beat weaver has been pummeling through the St.... More >>

  • Miami Dolphins

    published December 8, 2011

    Up among the ranks of Spelling Bee and the Sick Lipstick, Minneapolis-based Miami Dolphins expel schizophrenic surf punk tinged with elemental... More >>

  • Born Ruffians

    published December 1, 2011

    When you think of Canada, what comes to mind? Hockey, maple syrup, politeness and...kick-ass indie rock? Toronto's Born Ruffians is one of the... More >>

  • Tandoori Knights

    published November 24, 2011

    Mephistopheles has his incarnations, Roky Erickson has his hallucinations, Jim Morrison has his myths and King Khan has been on a one-man,... More >>

  • The Conformists' Mike Benker: I Will Do it With Gusto Two More Times. Be There or Miss the Boat Forever.

    The Conformists' Mike Benker: "I Will Do it With Gusto Two More Times. Be There or Miss the Boat Forever."

    published Nov 17, 2011

    Since 1996, The Conformists has been making music that has confounded the brain and put terror into the heart. Full of kinetic odd-timing, a calculated exercise in repetition, and disjointed melody, i... More >>

  • The Coathangers

    published November 17, 2011

    Since the '50s, girl groups have been using rock & roll as a means to jettison skyward in a male-dominated music world. Laying the groundwork for... More >>

  • Keith Fullerton Whitman

    published November 10, 2011

    Experimental music has caught a bad rap from the general public over the past decade. Often looked down upon as the creators of a passing fad of... More >>

  • Melt-Banana At Cicero's, 10/17/11: Review And Setlist

    Melt-Banana At Cicero's, 10/17/11: Review And Setlist

    published Oct 18, 2011

    Melt Banana | Spelling Bee | Yowie Cicero's October 17, 2011 Upon hearing that Melt-Banana was coming back to St. Louis, and specifically Cicero's, fans were a bit confused. Cicero's? Seriously? Isn'... More >>

  • Kevin Seconds

    published October 20, 2011

    After leaving behind his days as the frontman of legendary hardcore band 7 Seconds, Kevin Seconds has done a bit of growing up. Since 1990 Seconds... More >>

  • Melt-Banana

    published October 13, 2011

    Since 1992, Tokyo's Melt-Banana has been sending thrash aficionados, no-wave lovers and left-brain weirdos into a terrestrial fit of toxic... More >>

  • Dam-Funk on Master Blazter, Collabing with Nite Jewel, and Maintaining the Funk

    published Oct 06, 2011

    Damon Riddick may be the coolest dude alive. Better known as Dam-Funk, Riddick is a walking embodiment of West Coast Relaxation, creating an electrifying brand of modern funk. Heavily inspired by the ... More >>

  • Dark Dark Dark At Off Broadway, 9/18/11

    published Sep 19, 2011

    Dark Dark Dark Off Broadway September 18, 2011 Minneapolis-based band Dark Dark Dark is easy to love. Having created a buzz with its quasi-hit "Daydreaming," which appeared on ABC's nighttime soap o... More >>

  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    published September 15, 2011

    Taking traditional Balkan/Eastern European music to its hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, A Hawk and a Hacksaw performs gypsy-influenced folk... More >>

  • Hunx and His Punx

    published September 8, 2011

    Oakland-based Hunx and His Punx create salaciously catchy bubblegum garage pop. Similar in sound to neo-garage rockers such as the Black Lips and... More >>

  • Gateway Drug: New Blog On The Block

    published Aug 30, 2011

    St. Louis D.I.Y. enthusiast Luc Michalski has a brand new hustle. Known as co-founder of Mixtape Club and for his work in bands like Sack Lunch, God Fodder, and King Kong Magnetics, Michalski's lates... More >>

  • The Scam Asked For Our Take

    The Scam Asked For Our Take

    published Aug 12, 2011

    Thriving off chaos and drama, the Scam (playing Sunday night at Old Rock House with Nashville Pussy and the Dwarves) is a notorious bunch in St. Louis. Playing primarily at Fubar Lounge, the quartet... More >>

  • Angels In America And Mark Lord At Apop Records, 8/2/11

    published Aug 03, 2011

    Angels In America | Mark Lord | Ghost Ice | Half Gay Apop Records August 2, 2011 Last night welcomed the summer's most exciting line-up for St. Louis' experimental community. Apop Records opened its... More >>

  • Madball

    published August 4, 2011

    Bashing brains by way of mosh since 1988, Madball remains at the forefront of the New York hardcore scene. Erupting out of the legendary... More >>

  • Corbeta Corbata: Lost Tracks of St. Louis

    published Jul 28, 2011

    ​​​​St. Louis' musical history features a wealth of local D.I.Y. talent whose cultural significance has further solidified an ever-expanding reputation for true musicianship and solid attitude... More >>

  • Advice To New Bands From Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen And Joseph Hess

    Advice To New Bands From Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen And Joseph Hess

    published Jul 27, 2011

    Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen (who, in the interest of full disclosure, writes for Gut Check, the RFT food blog) and Joseph Hess have thrown themselves into more-or-less every corner of DIY music -- their... More >>

  • Spelling Bee Sets the Example For 21st-Century DIY

    published July 28, 2011

    Since its inception in February of 2009, Spelling Bee has played a role in nearly every aspect of the St. Louis DIY community. The duo,... More >>

  • Skrillex at the Pageant, 7/12/11

    published Jul 13, 2011

    Skrillex | Porter Robinson | Zedd | Mystereo The Pageant July 12, 2011 The kids came out in droves to see the house that dubstep built. Worshipping at the temple of Skrillex, this new generation of ... More >>

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