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  • Milk Carton Kids

    published September 15, 2011

    In time, the Milk Carton Kids will outgrow the unbearable tweeness of its name. In sound and song, the duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan... More >>

  • Glen Campbell at the Bezemes Family Theater, 9/9/11: Review and Setlist

    published Sep 10, 2011

    Glen Campbell The Bezemes Family Theater at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts September 9, 2011 The sound sailed out across the theatre. It was the last note of the last song of the last encore ... More >>

  • Eilen Jewell

    published September 8, 2011

    Eilen Jewell could have so easily slid into the safe coffeehouse scene. And judging by the precisely appointed acoustic folk of her debut,... More >>

  • The Potomac Accord

    published September 1, 2011

    Whatever direction piano-oriented indie rock takes in St. Louis, the Potomac Accord will be there, if only unconsciously, in shadows and echoes.... More >>

  • Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

    published August 25, 2011

    With Bright Examples, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion's third studio album, the duo gets as eerie as Iron & Wine, as country-pop as the... More >>

  • LouFest Interviews: Kings Go Forth's Andy Noble on Rhythm and the Purity of Failure

    published Aug 22, 2011

    On Andy Noble's answering machine there's a message encouraging callers to leave their number and information if they have records to sell. He doesn't sound desperate, not remotely. Last year, the b... More >>

  • David Olney

    published August 18, 2011

    He's been on the road for some 30 years; David Olney knows motel rooms. He'll count his take, read some Coleridge, work on a short story or a... More >>

  • Rum Drum Ramblers

    published August 11, 2011

    If ever an album deserved to be set in the microgrooves of 150 gram vinyl, it's Mean Scene by St. Louis band Rum Drum Ramblers.... More >>

  • Sarah Jarosz at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 8/4/11: Review and Photo

    published Aug 05, 2011

    Sarah Jarosz | Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine Blueberry Hill's Duck Room August 4, 2011 My short-term memory isn't what it used to be. One example: I can't remember the last time I was wrong. S... More >>

  • The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll: An Interview With Author Preston Lauterbach

    published Aug 02, 2011

    The story of American popular music is forever being told and yet there's always more to tell. Just published by W.W. Norton, The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll, written by Preston Lau... More >>

  • Sarah Jarosz

    published August 4, 2011

    The subgenre "new folk" or "neo folk" arises from the generation gap between grizzled keepers of the Greenwich Village flame and the songsters... More >>

  • Colourmusic

    published July 28, 2011

    Oklahoma, one of the most reactionary states in the union, has given rise to a handful of the most notoriously progressive rock bands.... More >>

  • Josh Ritter at Off Broadway, 7/22/11: Review and Setlist
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    Josh Ritter at Off Broadway, 7/22/11: Review and Setlist

    published Jul 23, 2011

    Josh Ritter and the Royal Family Band | Yellowbirds Off Broadway July 22, 2011 "This will be the world's first protozoan slow dance," Josh Ritter said, squinting against the sweat, bringing the band... More >>

  • Josh Ritter

    published July 21, 2011

    Newly minted novelist Josh Ritter is at heart a folkie, writing songs ever under the spell of Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. But... More >>

  • Susan Cowsill

    published July 14, 2011

    The most remarkable quality of Susan Cowsill's 40-plus-year career is its sanity. A child performer with the Cowsills — the fabled... More >>

  • Dave Alvin with the Skeletons at Off Broadway, 7/7/11: Review, Setlist

    published Jul 08, 2011

    Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones | The Skeletons Off Broadway July 7, 2011 Just a few hours before the show, F-4 tornadoes flirted with the far outskirts of the metro area, thunderstorms capable of pro... More >>

  • Dave Alvin

    published July 7, 2011

    The more rock & rollers take themselves seriously, the more their music becomes a joke. Dave Alvin is the exception that proves the... More >>

  • Centro-Matic

    published June 30, 2011

    Once the most prolific of the experimental, lo-fi rock bands to ever fall under the Guided by Voices spell, Centro-Matic left the manic... More >>

  • Elvis Costello

    published June 30, 2011

    Nothing is sacred to Elvis Costello: not Euro-pop, Nashville country, scabby punk, string quartets, Memphis soul, piano jazz and now,... More >>

  • "One Person Going Through It Too": An Interview with Chris Mills

    published Jun 23, 2011

    You can take the kid of out Collinsville, Illinois, but you can't take Collinsville out of the kid. A certain sense of Midwestern, small-town alienation pervades the music of singer, songwriter and or... More >>

  • 2011 RFT Music Awards Winners Best Pop Band: Tight Pants Syndrome

    published June 23, 2011

    Sounds Like: Pure power pop should sparkle and shine, and the band, led by singers Brian McClelland and Jenn Malzone and guitarist and... More >>

  • 2011 RFT Music Awards Winners: Best New Band: Dots Not Feathers

    published June 23, 2011

    Sounds Like: Dots Not Feathers takes the bookish side of indie-folk collectivism seriously but not severely. At times the four singers... More >>

  • Chris Mills

    published June 23, 2011

    Chris Mills started out in the '90s in Collinsville, Illinois, where he soaked up some of the same country and punk influences as his... More >>

  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at Off Broadway, 6/16/11: Review and Setlist
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    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at Off Broadway, 6/16/11: Review and Setlist

    published Jun 17, 2011

    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears Off Broadway Thursday, June 16, 2011 My first encounter with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears was 2008 in Austin. The band played outdoors at one of those warm-be... More >>

  • Robert Plant and Band of Joy at the Fox Theatre, 6/15/11: Review and Setlist

    published Jun 16, 2011

    Robert Plant and Band of Joy with Luther Dickinson The Fabulous Fox Theatre June 15, 2011 The lobby of the Fabulous Fox doesn't look so fabulous as of late. A maze of poles and beams supporting scaffo... More >>

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