Stephin Merritt isn't the easiest guy to interview. He isn't rude but, at times, it's obvious that he'd much rather be drinking at a bar or playing with his dog than be stuck on the phone with a stranger asking him about his art. But such is life when you are one of the greatest songwriters in indie ... More >>
Songwriter Hal David passed away this weekend at the age of 91 from complications resulting from a stroke he suffered four days earlier. Best known for his collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach, David penned hits for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and countless other crooners and ... More >>
Metric, at Lilith Fair.So, Lilith Fair? Still happening on July 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. (We're not bitter that Heart is playing every date around St. Louis, though. Nope. Not at all.) And right now, the tour's holding a contest to choose one local/regional artist to take the ... More >>
You can tell more about a band when it plays to a dead room than a packed one. Does it acknowledge the low turnout, say more than a few words, and interact with the smattering there? (Invariably, the audience is blank-slate get-out-of-the-housers and fan-listing faithful.) Or does a band clench up a ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer wrote a feature on Old Lights. (Photo above by Jennifer Silverberg.) The band's limited-edition vinyl LP, Every Night Begins the Same, is available today on St. Ives. (Order here.) Schaeffer describes the band's sound thusly: Old Lights' ascent is first an ... More >>
(Tantrum Niche Records)
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
On Your Roof EP
Homespun's top ten local album releases of 2007.
Week of May 31, 2007
Dangerous Game (Norton Records)
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
Friday, Aug. 10; Off Broadway
The attractions of Magnetic Fields' three-CD 69 Love Songs
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes