Well Spring has sprung, or whatever, though the 90 degree temperatures belie the notion. Flowers, cool breezes, light jacket weather? Nay: air-conditioner-in-April, sweating in the shade, when-the-hell-do-the-pools-open weather -- you'd think we skipped to summer already. This week's list of shows h ... More >>
Sasha BarrNeutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum launches his first national tour since 1998 today. Unfortunately, none of the shows are in St. Louis -- he'll play a pair at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago on February 6 and 7. Still, his resurrection has not gone unnoticed in these parts. In this ... More >>
Todd OwyoungFans wait outside the Peabody. Widespread Panic brought its finely crafted jams to the shiniest new venue in St. Louis last night. The Athens, Georgia band is now in its 25th year -- something you don't ever see without a consistent live show and some seriously devoted fans. Todd ... More >>
When I was in seventh grade, before I knew anything about indie rock or Athens, Georgia, or Reagan-era politics, R.E.M. was my favorite band. I'm certainly not alone; the band was a landmark in many lives for both the music it created and the doors it opened up for young listeners. And like m ... More >>
This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Shiller, will be posted on Friday.
Emily WassermanOn a sweltering afternoon during Labor Day weekend, Gut Check stopped ... More >>
Dana PlonkaLa Sera at Waterloo RecordsAt the end of the final night at South By Southwest 2011, I walked down 6th Street, a scene you can surely picture without my assistance. But I have this press badge to earn, so: By 1 a.m. on Saturday night / Sunday morning, downtown Austin was a zombie m ... More >>
It only takes one good local concert (or few strong drinks) and I'm primed to begin my often repeated sermon about how this city is filled with a disproportionate number of good people and great bands. St. Louis is not that big; we have no right to be so awesome. But like an opportunistic fungus, ar ... More >>