Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice.
People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.
Here's how things were different the last time Ben Folds Five released an album, without digital music stores, social networking, or anything like Kickstarter: Ubiquity was a possible outcome for rock-and-roll albums.
Not just from huge names, either--in the same way baseball's late-90s power bing ... More >>
Courtesy of the artistBen Folds with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
November 6, 2012
As he sat behind Powell Symphony Hall's grand piano and sang the phrase "Kiss my ass goodbye," the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra echoed his melody with trumpets and Ben Folds smiled the smile of ... More >>
Courtesy of the artist.This Sunday, Ben Folds performs a sold-out show at Powell Hall alongside the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We talked to the versatile, potty-mouthed and misunderstood performer during a rare moment of rest between rehearsing for one of his many orchestral concerts and j ... More >>
Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>
Todd OwyoungBen FoldsAs the sound of a soul-funk emcee roaring like a crazy man boomed over the Pageant's soundsystem, Ben Folds and his four-man backing band ran around the stage. They climbed over their instruments, made lots of clanging noise, acted ridiculous - the piano man even shook hi ... More >>
Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
(A to Z has several writers and photographers covering LouFest. Reviews and photos of the other bands from the first day are coming in separate posts.)
Day one of LouFest is in the books. Guys, don't tell the St. Louis naysayers and boo-birds who like to bitch and moan about how much the city suc ... More >>
The ticket Gods have smiled upon A to Z this morning: We have four tickets to give away to tonight's Ben Folds and a Piano show at the Chaifetz Arena. (See? That's them right there in that photo!) Matt Pond PA -- who I profiled in this week's paper -- is the opener. Now, as the name implies, this i ... More >>
The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes. Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment op ... More >>
In this week's paper, I penned a short pick on the new band Hope and Therapy. Moody and introspective, the trio combines atmospheric jazz and
classical touches with sighing piano melodies and rainy-day lyrics.
Comparisons to Ben Folds Five, '90s obscurity Suddenly, Tammy! or Fiona
Apple (sans smoky ... More >>