By Brittny Pierre So what if the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a bunch o' hooey? People still care about its inductees, and it's perhaps the highest achievement a musician can have on his resume. Or her resume. Of course, the Hall is very light on women, not to mention women of color.
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Brooklyn-based rapper/activist Talib Kweli, probably best known for his 2002 single "Get By," produced by Kanye West, as well as his work with Mos Def as one half of Black Star, famously got into a heated argument with CNN anchor Don Lemon in Ferguson a couple of weeks ago -- but apparently that was ... More >>
This week, catch acts including Nick Waterhouse, Helmet and Filter, Kings of Leon, the Washington Beach Bums and much more. Read on for some recommendations for the next seven days, and don't forget to check back on Friday for more weekend picks.
For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>
This week, look forward to stops in town from touring bands including No Age, Typhoon, Against Me!, Billy Bragg and Black Prairie. An Undercover Weekend 7 takes over the stage at the Firebird, too! Get details on these shows and more in our show recommendations.
This week's show recommendations include visits from Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Black Flag, and more. Also, be on the look out for the Skin Graft St. Louis Homecoming and a dual release show featuring Humdrum and the latest Tower Groove Records single. Read on for all that and more!
Some familiar names are listed on the latest South by Southwest line-up announcement, including our own hometown dance-rock heroes So Many Dynamos and local Grammy-nominated Christian rapper Flame.
Update: You've got two more days to enter this thing. There are two ways to win -- the first is by coming up with a new Randy Blythe slogan for us. And today I'm adding a second. Tell us your favorite Halloween song and a pair of tickets could be yours. It can be campy, kiddie, creepy or fit some ot ... More >>
The ol' Casio keyboard sound effects never get a workout quite like they do around Halloween, when nearly every spooky song comes punctuated with a howl or a squeak. Or a half-dozen of them, as in the case of the maddeningly catchy kids' song "Pumpkin Jack." (Click here to listen, and don't say we d ... More >>
I may have been the last person to notice this--surely Carly Rae Jepsen noticed it first--but here's when I noticed it: Rihanna released "The Only Girl in the World," and I was briefly convinced I'd accidentally set the satellite radio to one of those Europop stations where the DJ is broadcasting fr ... More >>
I like to call this move the Jonathan Franzen: Gotye, who managed to get a rock song onto the radio in 2012, has rolled his eyes at the Glee version of "Somebody That I Used To Know," probably while covered in angular paint swatches and looking really nervous about something. Which is fine, becaus ... More >>
Overshadowed in death by the passing of Don Cornelius of Soul Train, St. Louis R&B and gospel singer David Peaston also died on February 1, 2012, from complications from diabetes. He was 54. Peaston was part of St. Louis gospel royalty. His mother was Martha Bass, singer in the foundational gospel ... More >>
Adam Young returns to the Pageant on Monday, November 7th with his Owl City project. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 10th, at noon. General admission to the all-ages show will be $20 in advance, and for the first week, if you buy three tickets you get a fourth for free. Hint hint, ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyBlack Keys Stagesaurus Rex The infield is packed with people to tired to stand. There's a throng by the stage, obviously, but the middle third of the place is strictly asses on the ground. We're getting to that point, toward the end of any festival, where the antici ... More >>
Brad BarketPlaying at Soldiers Memorial Park this Saturday as a part of Fair St. Louis' Celebrate St. Louis, series, soft-rocker Gavin DeGraw has built a massive base by appealing to a wide variety of music fans. His most financially successful album to date, 2008's self-titled effort, peake ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
Photo by Autumn DeWildeJustin Townes Earle and the Decemberists will be at the Pageant tomorrow night. Unfortunately for fans of urban blues and bookish indie, respectively, this sucker is sold out. All hope is not lost, however: We have two tickets to give away. To win, just head over to th ... More >>
Jamie SojaThis week's cover story comes from our sister paper in San Francisco, the SF Weekly. Music editor Ian S. Port went into the studio with Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, who are otherwise known as Pomplamoose, and found out exactly how the duo are making a comfortable living doing music - ... More >>
(Note: Fitz & the Tantrums' Saturday, February 12, show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City) is sold out. However, the group is doing an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl at 4 p.m. That gig is all-ages.) Piper FergusonWhen Fitz & the Tantrums hits town fo ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaKevin Buckley is best known about town for playing in his rock outfit Grace Basement and playing as a solo artist performing traditional Irish folk music. For a time, he worked behind the scenes at Euclid Records, managing their online store, and now he runs his own label, Eastern ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, August 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Vans Warped tour returns to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on Monday, July 5. Like every year, the tour has its fair share of bands that appeal mostly to "the kids" -- Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, the Cab, etc. But this year's model features plenty of acts with actual musical c ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig at the Pageant, September 2008Well -- talk about an upgrade: The indie-pop band everybody has an opinion about, Vampire Weekend, just announced a show at the Chaifetz Arena on Sunday, October 3. Beach House and the Very Best are opening. Says the Cha ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, July 12, celebrities and baseball legends will gather on the field at Busch Stadium for the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. Musicians scheduled to play include Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell, Nelly, Chingy, Ashanti and Ginuwine. (No word yet on if th ... More >>
(Welcome to Lost in the Supermarket, an occasional blog recurring feature in which we discuss unexpected songs we've heard in unexpected places. This doesn't just have to be your local Schucks or Dierbergs, either; any weird pairing you've heard is fair game for the feature. Email the scenario to me ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4. Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, as part of the Heritage & Freedom Fest, O'Fallon
B-Sides steps out with Gabriel and Dresden, matches drugs with Tool albums and previews the WM3 benefits going on around town
On Top of Our Game (Virgin)
But his wallet's just fine, thanks
Week of January 19, 2006
The Trinity (Atlantic/WEA)
Friday, December 31; Hi-Pointe
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the years best pop-rock records.
Sham Daugherty and Zo Lee Jr.
Under My Skin (Arista)
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
The merger of St. Louis-based Streetside Records with CD World may come at a price.
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
The pundits scoff, but the little girls understand
Webster Groves R&B sensation Toya prepares for the big-time
The Ska-O-Rama celebrates its fifth year with a multiband bash at the Casa Loma