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  • Rollin' on the River

    published December 29, 1999

    The evening begins with a phone call. It always does. The voice on the machine at the other end, excited after months of anticipation, finally... More >>

  • DEAR PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE

    published December 29, 1999

    We have way more music than you think we did at the end of 1999. Really. Because you haven't found much proof, you're probably thinking that 1999... More >>

  • Critical Mass

    published December 29, 1999

    As anyone who's read Nick Hornby's High Fidelity knows, music critics -- especially that species known as Criticus hiparawkasauraus... More >>

  • SHUTTERED ROOMS

    published December 22, 1999

    One of those freaky shifts is occurring in the Washington Avenue club district, an evolutionary weeding-out that seems to happen regardless of... More >>

  • POST-CORPORATE COLONIZATION

    published December 22, 1999

    Any regular reader of "Radar Station" knows how we feel about the major-label system, but every once in a while it's good to hear our opinion... More >>

  • DIGITAL BLUES

    published December 15, 1999

    While all of us trendies move from genre to genre lapping up the current craze with the attention span of a litter of kittens, the St. Louis blues... More >>

  • CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC

    published December 15, 1999

    The media event that was staged at Blueberry Hill last Tuesday resulted in few revelations that we haven't been reporting for the past... More >>

  • SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

    published December 15, 1999

    If you're at a loss as to where to hear great progressive electronic music on a Saturday night, and don't feel like going to the Washington Avenue... More >>

  • Kid 606

    published December 15, 1999

    Although an unfortunate many of the city's drum & bass/jungle/breakbeat heads don't even know what Mississippi Nights is, let alone... More >>

  • BROOM ROOM

    published December 8, 1999

    Is there anything less exciting than reading about a guy and his basement studio? Really. There's a basement. There's a guy. There's gear. Combine... More >>

  • QUICKIES

    published December 8, 1999

    It's dangerous to debut your band with a live album; really, no good can come of it. Live music and recorded music have two distinct... More >>

  • De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and Biz Markie

    published December 8, 1999

    As a member of the incredibly influential New York duo Organized Konfusion, rapper Pharoahe Monch tossed off bumpy, rough-and-tumble rhymes and... More >>

  • LUKE SLATER

    published December 8, 1999

    It's only fair that the word "funky" is closely associated with black culture; after all, while Whitey was chasing Bread and Terry Jacks, superior... More >>

  • TOY STORY

    published December 1, 1999

    Margaret Leng Tan hits the ground running as she answers her phone in her Brooklyn home, and within moments she's on a verbal roll that, over... More >>

  • THROB, THROB

    published November 24, 1999

    You couldn't help but tingle if you were in the audience at last week's Backstreet Boys concert at Kiel Center. The energy was palpable, the... More >>

  • STARR TIME!

    published November 24, 1999

    Local roots/pop/country/rock band Belle Starr have been churning out their roots/pop/country/ rock for three or four years now, gigging... More >>

  • CLUB FOOTING

    published November 24, 1999

    Rumors have been flying around town for a while now about the fate of two of St. Louis gay nightclubs -- the venerable Magnolia's, 5 S.... More >>

  • QUICKIES

    published November 24, 1999

    It never hurts to send "Radar Station" early Christmas presents in exchange for space within, especially when the gifts are empty boxes; old,... More >>

  • EASTERN PASSAGE

    published November 17, 1999

    At this point, is it really necessary to invent a new musical instrument? What can be expressed on something new that couldn't be expressed... More >>

  • ST.LOUIS SCENE REPORT

    published November 17, 1999

    The Conformists bash out dumb punk rock, and they do it quite well. At a recent Hi-Pointe gig, the band showed that it's still possible to... More >>

  • SPACE BLAST

    published November 17, 1999

    Yes, the party is now history, but it deserves pointing out that "Spooks in Space" a few weeks back in Columbia, Mo., presented by St. Louis'... More >>

  • LATE FRAGMENT

    published November 17, 1999

    Jamaican reggae legend Sister Carol gigs Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Venue on the Landing, presented by local rasta-pushers Jah Man... More >>

  • Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers

    published November 17, 1999

    When jazz moved away from its dance-hall roots in the 1950s and started getting all cerebral on us, it lost something magical (and, in the... More >>

  • Lullaby for the Working Class and Frogpond

    published November 17, 1999

    It's tough to tell what's accomplished through the omission of all apostrophes from the lyric booklet of Lullaby for the Working Class' most... More >>

  • SOLDIER'S JOY

    published November 10, 1999

    If the hipster in you had absolutely no time for the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival last week at the Trans World Dome, well, you... More >>

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