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    Amy LaVere

    published December 27, 2012

    Amy LaVere could have been the honky-tonk angel to end all honky-tonk angels, but the pull of the blues, soul and rock & roll was too strong.... More >>

  • The Bands Leading St. Louis' Ass-Shaking Groove Revival
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    The Bands Leading St. Louis' Ass-Shaking Groove Revival

    published Dec 21, 2012

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albu... More >>

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    Dale Watson

    published December 20, 2012

    For Dale Watson, country music has always been a Janus-faced master, urging him between the extremes of dancing and despair, fun and fever,... More >>

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    Cory Chisel

    published December 13, 2012

    The number-one son in Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons isn't a son at all, but you'd better smile when calling her "daughter." The... More >>

  • Video: New Grace Basement Song, Featuring Dave Anderson of Tritone Guitars

    published Dec 06, 2012

    In this week's RFT, Senior Writer Roy Kasten tells the story of Dave Anderson, owner/operator of Tritone Guitars, a music community-focused repair shop (and teaching and session-work business) in St.... More >>

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    The Fixer: Dave Anderson's one-stop guitar shop

    published December 6, 2012

    The shop and world headquarters of Tritone Guitars, the new venture for Dave Anderson — a veteran St. Louis guitarist known for his work... More >>

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    Steve Forbert

    published December 6, 2012

    Why should you care about Steve Forbert? Thirty years after "Romeo's Tune," he remains an unreconstructed folkie, bluesy, singer-songwriter,... More >>

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    Eternal Summers

    published November 29, 2012

    The core duo of Eternal Summers — guitarist and singer Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff — isn't doing anything its... More >>

  • Rickie Lee Jones at the Wildey Theatre, 11/24/12: Review and Setlist
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    Rickie Lee Jones at the Wildey Theatre, 11/24/12: Review and Setlist

    published Nov 26, 2012

    Rickie Lee Jones The Wildey Theatre November 24, 2012 I've asked this question many times before but ask again: When is an act not an act, a show not a show, a concert not a performance but an expre... More >>

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    Rickie Lee Jones

    published November 22, 2012

    Withering, estranged and so close to the end of her rope that the singer, Rickie Lee Jones, that is, sounds like she's a total goner: That's... More >>

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    Carolina Chocolate Drops

    published November 15, 2012

    Formed in 2005 by Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, all African Americans, the Carolina Chocolate Drops has gone where only... More >>

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    Crooked Fingers

    published November 8, 2012

    With Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann set the gold standard for the brainy, shredding side of indie rock in the '90s. The Chapel Hill, North... More >>

  • Ben Bedford Makes Midwestern History Sing: Listen
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    Ben Bedford Makes Midwestern History Sing: Listen

    published Nov 01, 2012

    Springfield, Illinois-based songwriter Ben Bedford finds his muse in the Midwest - the landscape, the people, the diction, the names of the rivers and towns. Across three albums, and especially on th... More >>

  • Fresh & Onlys

    published November 1, 2012

    If there's anyone left yearning for yet another messy California garage-rock album — even one from Northern climes — they need not... More >>

  • Joe Ely Maps Out the Flatlanders, Songwriting and Recording With Uncle Tupelo

    published Oct 26, 2012

    Of all the clich├ęs of sex, drugs and rock & roll (and any other genre you could name), chemistry is surely greatest, but it has the advantage of being true. There's really no other way to explain wh... More >>

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    Jim White

    published October 25, 2012

    The full title of Jim White's 1997 debut, The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus, tells you almost everything you need to... More >>

  • Norah Jones at Peabody Opera House, 10/15/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    published Oct 16, 2012

    Norah Jones | Cory Chisel Peabody Opera House October 15, 2012 At game time for the second installment of the NLCS series, the Vegas betting line gave a slight edge to the Cardinals over the Giants. ... More >>

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    Skatalites

    published October 18, 2012

    Many of the giants of the golden age of ska and reggae have fallen, but many still skank among us. Rock steady and ska pioneer the Skatalites... More >>

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    Bowerbirds

    published October 11, 2012

    Freak folk hasn't been freaky since Joanna Newsom put down her harp and started hanging out with MGMT. Even the godfather of the gloaming,... More >>

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    Marty Stuart

    published October 4, 2012

    Every morning, Marty Stuart wakes up, looks in the mirror and pinches himself. The diminutive country star hasn't had a hit in decades, but he... More >>

  • Nick Lowe at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 9/26/12: Review and Setlist
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    Nick Lowe at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 9/26/12: Review and Setlist

    published Sep 27, 2012

    Nick Lowe Sheldon Concert Hall September 26, 2012 "I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll," sang Nick Lowe to wind down an hour of songs at the Sheldon last night. For its part, the not-qui... More >>

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    Nick Waterhouse

    published September 27, 2012

    The soul-revival arc, from Sharon Jones to Mayer Hawthorne, takes the mid-'60s as a starting point and the late-'70s as an endpoint. On his debut... More >>

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    Leo Kottke

    published September 20, 2012

    The early work of Leo Kottke is held in such high esteem by anyone who cares about the power of one man playing one acoustic guitar that his... More >>

  • Lee Fields and the Expressions at Lola, 9/16/12: Review, Photos and Setlist
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    Lee Fields and the Expressions at Lola, 9/16/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    published Sep 17, 2012

    Lee Fields and the Expressions Lola September 16, 2012 Bathed in blue, like the hottest point of the flame, Lee Fields took to the row of subwoofers as the front row scrambled to clear off the empti... More >>

  • The Latin Sound of Missouri's David Wax Museum: Jaranas Jarochas, Quijadas y Mas
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    The Latin Sound of Missouri's David Wax Museum: Jaranas Jarochas, Quijadas y Mas

    published Sep 11, 2012

    For as stiff and coy as the band's name may be, the David Wax Museum's hybrid of indie pop, folk and folkloric music flares with smart sonic ideas and timeless and in-the-moment images. Born and raise... More >>

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