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2006 Stories by Mike Appelstein

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  • Styx

    published December 27, 2006

    For a Chicago band, Styx has a lot of love for St. Louis. Consider that the group's recorded two live albums in St. Louis this millennium,... More >>

  • Beep Beep, Yeah!

    published August 23, 2006

    Kirk Rundstrom, 37-year-old songwriter, singer and guitarist for the Wichita, Kansas, punk-grass band Split Lip Rayfield, has built a career on... More >>

  • The Pipettes

    published August 16, 2006

    For all of their '60s-girl-group moves, the Pipettes have more in common with the early '80s, when formerly spunky girl groups such as the Go-Gos... More >>

  • The Smittens

    published August 2, 2006

    Indie-pop was never all about hearts and flowers. While Beat Happening, Tiger Trap and their musical progeny trade in childlike imagery,... More >>

  • Patience Please

    published August 2, 2006

    Let's face it: As far as touring indie-pop bands go, St. Louis is too often neglected. But when fab Athens, Georgia, indie label Happy Happy... More >>

  • The Loud Family and Anton Barbeau

    published June 28, 2006

    Being a critics' darling can have its disadvantages — especially when it feels like only the critics are paying attention. So when Scott... More >>

  • Stars and Bars

    published June 28, 2006

    B-Sides understands if you're feeling a little Grinchy about this whole America-lovefest known as the Fourth of July — what with our rising... More >>

  • Zolar-X

    published March 22, 2006

    Even by LA standards, Zolar-X must have been a bizarre sight. The official story is that they beamed down to Southern California from the... More >>

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