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  • Gregg Allman

    published December 29, 2011

    Progenitor of the mass psychosis known as the jam-band scene, Gregg Allman isn't taking his legacy for granted. With the Allman Brothers, his... More >>

  • 7 Shot Screamers

    published December 22, 2011

    If you're a punk, and you're going to go rockabilly (or vice versa), you might as well go all in. The 7 Shot Screamers has been immersing St.... More >>

  • Raul Malo Talks Mavericks Reunion and Staving Off Cynicism with Holiday Music
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    Raul Malo Talks Mavericks Reunion and Staving Off Cynicism with Holiday Music

    published Dec 14, 2011

    When Raul Malo rattles off singers like Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Elvis, Andrea Bocelli, Hank Williams and Celia Cruz, he's not name dropping and he's not blowing smoke. The former lead singer of one ... More >>

  • The Wilders

    published December 15, 2011

    Don't expect to find the Wilders' self-titled album from 2011 on any year-end Americana lists. Though the band has been kicking around... More >>

  • Kathryn Calder

    published December 8, 2011

    As the fourth-most-recognizable member of New Pornographers, Kathryn Calder can't exactly build a separate career on Canadian indie-pop cache, and... More >>

  • John Prine and Jason Isbell at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, 12/4/11: Review and Setlists
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    John Prine and Jason Isbell at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, 12/4/11: Review and Setlists

    published Dec 05, 2011

    John Prine | Jason Isbell Touhill Performing Arts Center December 3, 2011 Why is John Prine so beloved? He's never had a major hit of his own, never really crossed over from the folkie netherworlds, ... More >>

  • John Prine

    published December 1, 2011

    The genius of John Prine can be distilled with this line from "The Late John Garfield Blues": "Two men were standing upon a bridge/One jumped and... More >>

  • Tandoori Knights at Off Broadway, 11/25/11: Review

    published Nov 26, 2011

    Tandoori Knights | Magic City Off Broadway November 25, 2011 It's said in rock & roll there are no rules, but there are always expectations, and sometimes they can kill the music, as they did with th... More >>

  • I Just Want To Do Things I Love: An Interview with King Khan
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    "I Just Want To Do Things I Love": An Interview with King Khan

    published Nov 22, 2011

    When I first reach Mr. Khan, he's somewhere in Florida, time zone unknown to him. King Khan: Do you know Chuck Berry? Roy Kasten: I've met him once. Do you want me to pass on a message? King Khan:... More >>

  • Street Dogs

    published November 24, 2011

    Created in 2002 by former Dropkick Murphys lead singer Mike McColgan, Street Dogs has been riding the Boston flag high with its brand of... More >>

  • Life Has To Mirror What Goes On Sonically: An Interview with Jesse Sykes
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    "Life Has To Mirror What Goes On Sonically": An Interview with Jesse Sykes

    published Nov 21, 2011

    Jesse Sykes looks like a stunt double for a young Emmylou Harris, and over the course of her decade-long career, she has almost sounded like she wanted to play that part. But with guitarist Phil Wands... More >>

  • Lydia Loveless

    published November 17, 2011

    All moral claims about cloning aside, grafting the DNA of Exene Cervenka onto Neko Case's helix in a Thee Headcoatees Petri dish is worth a shot.... More >>

  • The Jayhawks

    published November 10, 2011

    When Mark Olson left the Jayhawks in 1995, he gave his partner, Gary Louris, his blessing to continue on with the band and brand without him. The... More >>

  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Elsinore At The Firebird, 11/4/11: Review And Setlist
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    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Elsinore At The Firebird, 11/4/11: Review And Setlist

    published Nov 05, 2011

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Elsinore The Firebird November 4, 2011 The perfect pop song is out there, forever out there, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin may never find it, but ... More >>

  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

    published November 3, 2011

    If the recently released Tape Club doesn't establish Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin as one of the Midwest's most underrated... More >>

  • Hear a Track From the Reventones' New CD, Dirty It

    published Oct 27, 2011

    In this week's print edition, we profiled veteran St. Louis guitarist and flamenco artist Lliam Christy, chief composer for the Reventones. The group, also featuring guitarist and singer Jon Oliver ... More >>

  • Dirty: Flamenco guitarist Lliam Christy staves off perfection

    published October 27, 2011

    As 60 or so patrons file into the black-box theater at the Kranzberg Arts Center, a guitar player sits in the corner in the dark, a foot on the... More >>

  • Orgone

    published October 27, 2011

    On the heels of the soul revival comes the funk revival, split between quasi-traditionalists like the Budos Band and the New Mastersounds and... More >>

  • Jay Farrar and Bobby Bare Jr. At The Sheldon Concert Hall, 10/21/11: Review And Setlist

    published Oct 22, 2011

    Jay Farrar | Bobby Bare Jr. The Sheldon Concert Hall October 21, 2011 The worst thing you can say about any form of popular music, but rock music especially, is that it is polite. Let it be wild and ... More >>

  • matt pond PA

    published October 20, 2011

    You could be forgiven for forgetting about matt pond PA, the reticent band that stylizes its name in the lowercase. Throughout thirteen years of... More >>

  • The Lonely Forest

    published October 13, 2011

    As the first band to sign to Chris Walla's Trans label, the Lonely Forest could use a war room full of spin doctors just to fend off the Death Cab... More >>

  • Lola STL Music Festival

    published October 6, 2011

    The most overrated word in the musical lexicon is "scene," and yet a genuine scene — coherent, diverse and impactful — is just what... More >>

  • Zee Avi

    published September 29, 2011

    The Malaysia-born singer and songwriter Zee Avi stands atop a spire like it's a tree fort, like her ukulele is a pop-gun rifle, like her... More >>

  • Vetiver and Fruit Bats At Off Broadway, 9/19/11: Review and Setlists

    published Sep 20, 2011

    Fruit Bats | Vetiver Off Broadway September 19, 2011 Most shows don't change your life; most don't even even rack up a couple of Instagrams on Twitter. Most are bands doing what they're paid to do an... More >>

  • Alison Krauss & Union Station

    published September 22, 2011

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? gets the credit for the mainstreaming of bluegrass, but it's Alison Krauss who truly transformed the... More >>

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