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1999 Stories by Roy Kasten

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  • Listening Post

    published April 7, 1999

    CIRCUS CHA-CHA: The struggles musicians face when trying to start a band in this town are monumental. "Trying to find a tuba player," says Matthew... More >>

  • This Week

    published March 31, 1999

    Finally faced with the 14 hours of No Two Alike (Rainlight), Butch Hancock's epic collection of six back-to-back 1990 performances in Austin,... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published March 24, 1999

    Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen Friday, March 26; Focal Point "Where the Walker runs down into the Carson Valley plain/There lived a... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published March 17, 1999

    Juvenile Saturday, March 20; Palace (I-270 and Halls Ferry) Seems the hip-hop nation just can't get enough of New Orleans. Last... More >>

  • French Fried

    published March 10, 1999

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Respect Is Burning, Volume 2 (Astralwerks) Why is it that most people, even music lovers, in this... More >>

  • The Whole Truth

    published March 3, 1999

    As a rule, three things plague most tribute albums: (1) excessive piety or nostalgia for the tributee; (2) hubris on the part of the interpreters;... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published February 24, 1999

    Sphere Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 24-27; Jazz at the Bistro You know, of course, what the word "sphere" means. But in the world of jazz,... More >>

  • Room to Roam

    published February 24, 1999

    Across the Jefferson Barracks bridge into Illinois, the writer and photographer are driving Route 3 and 158 through Columbia and into Millstadt.... More >>

  • Heart Songs

    published February 10, 1999

    I remember overhearing a religious discussion once between (my father) and some other men from the church. The thrust of it was "Who's goin' to... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published February 3, 1999

    Monster Magnet Friday, Feb. 5; Mississippi Nights If you're one of those folks who believe that rock is dead, buried by its own... More >>

  • Rolling Thunder

    published January 27, 1999

    What happened to Lucinda Williams? When she first sat before a studio mike in the tiny Malaco studios in Jackson, Miss., she held her 12-string... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published January 27, 1999

    SHELDON INFUSION: It's strange to consider that less than a decade ago the Sheldon Concert Hall was in jeopardy of being torn down. Today it's a... More >>

  • Local Time

    published January 20, 1999

    GOAT HEARD: I'm convinced that the most dynamic underground music in St. Louis is that of bluegrass and old-time string bands. These musicians... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published January 20, 1999

    The Mountain Goats and Simon Joyner Thursday, Jan. 21; the Side Door John Darnielle -- the person -- seems to vanish the moment he... More >>

  • Guitar Town

    published January 13, 1999

    I'm an instrument builder," John Higgins, guitarist for the Flying Mules, tells me. "And I've been playing guitar for 35 years. I'm 43. Having a... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published January 6, 1999

    Deep Perswaytion Orchestra Friday, Jan. 8; Way Out Club Although Le Cameal considers this supergroup to be more in the vein of classic... More >>

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