Music radio is much maligned in St. Louis. According to many of our friends, local radio stations have heavy, predictable rotations, feature annoying DJs and ignore entire formats. And, yeah, we occasionally agree with those sentiments; we can recall quite a few times when our index finger has gone ... More >>
A band as influential as the Del-Lords always has stories behind the stories. But leader Scott Kempner, who first made a name for himself with New York band the Dictators, found some of his best stories late in life, when punk rock was decades behind him but his songwriting was still waiting for the ... More >>
"Memories of Elvis" featuring Steve Davis and the Mid-South Revival The Pageant Jan. 12, 2013 Dead for more than fifteen years, Elvis Presley's ghost returns to St. Louis every January to throw himself a big ol' birthday bash. But there are no party hats and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches -- i ... More >>
Of all the clichés 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 what happens with the greatest of bands, and the Flatlanders -- featuring the three distinct voices and ... More >>
Clownvis Presley, with Little Rachel and the Griddle Kids The Firebird Oct. 12, 2012 I'll be honest: even after 30-odd years, I still think clowns are freaking scary. I'll never understand why parents enjoy parading humanoids with scary makeup, dead eyes and a sinister smile in front of their kids. ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, August 17. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Mayer Hawthorne and the County | the Stepkids May 22, 2012 The Firebird Mayer Hawthorne is so smooth. His pitch-perfect pipes slide from fragile falsetto to deep, soul-filled croon; his style and swagger resemble a mix of Buddy Holly and Andre 3000. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, less than 50 miles f ... More >>
Some of the blog entries written about Whitney Houston's death last week were a legitimate outpouring of grief, and some of what I felt when I heard the news was a real sadness, a real desire to express what the passing of a musician I hadn't thought about in a few years meant to me, but this blog e ... More >>
It's true: Megaupload has been gone an entire week, and for the millions of people who used the site because they like their totally legal for-pay cloud storage to come equipped with fake download links and massive flash banner ads I'm sure things have been difficult. For copyright holders, massiv ... More >>
by Bob Weinstein; Wikipedia. Note to self, as a future historical-figure-ghost: If Sarah Palin and Paul Revere are any indication, the best way to trend on Twitter 200 years after your death is to have someone controversial give a particularly strange recounting of your life's work, as inform ... 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 Jon ScorfinaThough records are most commonly thought of as a way to listen to music, they were also the first medium to document the majesty and mystery of the spoken human voice. Local poet and former Streetside Records employee Philip Gounis is a lifelong collector of spoken-word r ... More >>
"There's no room to dance!" repeated the girl with the double vodka cranberry beside me. No, there wasn't, and getting to the bar wasn't a cake walk either. Blame Jack White or blame one of the great careers in American music, but the Wanda Jackson show at the Duck Room was packed elbow-to-el ... More >>
Kholood EidMarshall Crenshaw (middle) with Bottle Rockets, last night at Off BroadwayPrior to last night's show at Off Broadway, Bottle Rockets guitarist John Horton stood in the lobby and expressed nervousness about the impending concert -- which was the first show in a series of gigs backi ... More >>
Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" is the soundtrack to this compilation of commercials for Panda Mozzarella Cheese, which originates in Egypt. Says the product's website: "Everyone loves Mozzarella cheese and Panda's fresh mozzarella is no exception." As these commercials reveal, declining to like Pand ... 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 >>
8 p.m. Thursday, December 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Do you get off on original rockers like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and the Beach Boys? Do you also rock out to Repo Man-style '80s punk like Agnostic Front, the Circle Jerks, and Black Flag?If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will be dragged into the streets and shot if you are not ... More >>
In this week's paper, Roy Kasten chatted with legendary songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who's playing tonight at Off Broadway. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 and it's an evening with -- meaning there are no openers and it's all Marshall, all the time. Get there on time! Here are some ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 28. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue
Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
The Rat Pack -- Live at the Sands deals a losing hand at the Fox.
8 p.m. Saturday, January 6. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
8 p.m. Friday, September 1. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
9 p.m. Friday, July 28. Beale on Broadway (701 South Broadway).
Music news you can use
Saturday, September 17; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Friday, September 19; Off Broadway
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
Matt Sharp proves there's life after Weezer
The Hard Rock Café serves up a breakfast you won't soon forget
The name has changed, but the song remains the same
Sunday, Sept. 16; Mississippi Nights
The fifth annual Twangfest offers the best in alt-country (whatever that means)
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Bonus points to St. Louis bands for warming the winter
Richie Unterberger uncovers obscure rock innovators of the '60s in his latest book
Jim Lovins, Wherehouse Music
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Published the week of July 26-August 1, 2000
Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B (Cleopatra Records)
The Trip Daddys celebrate the release of a new live CD