It is difficult to begin writing about Ryan Wasoba. Where does his story begin? Maybe with his last band. Eleven years ago Wasoba, Aaron Stovall, Griffin Kay and Clayton "Norm" Kunstel recorded as the massively influential So Many Dynamos. Ask any musician around town -- they know So Many Dynamos ... More >>
This week, check out Alexis Gideon, Bill Callahan and Gateway to the West Fest to start things off. After that, gear up for a crazy weekend including one of the busiest Sundays we've seen in some time. Read on for multiple picks from our critics, and as always, stay tuned to our weekend post for eve ... More >>
This week, catch the Appleseed Cast, Sin Motivo, Father Figures, Chuck Prophet and more. Chuck Berry also plays his monthly show this Wednesday -- it's sold out, but take that as a reminder that you should purchase tickets to see him next time around while you can! More recommendations on what to se ... More >>
Most rock songs use guitar solos as icing. In some rare cases, the solo is an essential element incorporated into the batter of the proverbial song-cake. Here are the six best songs that are at least 50 percent guitar solo. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: -The many moods ... More >>
Interesting things happen when a song realizes it is a song. Forms collapse, listeners become part of the writing process, and a track's guts become its skin. Here are the six most self-aware songs. Let us know what your favorites are, because we all know self-awareness is a common trait among those ... More >>
The Hive Dwellers | Woodsman | Sleep In Sundays Luminary Arts Center, 3/27/12 It is hard to underestimate just how influential Calvin Johnson has been over the past three decades. Since 1982, he has been the proprietor of K Records, a label that has been involved with some big names (Beck, Jon Spe ... More >>
Mark your calendars for August 27 and 28, 2011: LouFest will be returning to Forest Park in St. Louis. In a statement released this morning, organizer Brian Cohen says: "We are excited to have year two now under way. In our first year I think we exceeded expectations. We're hoping to do th ... 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 >>
LouFest is now mere weeks away. Are you excited? (You should be!) Do you have tickets yet? If not, well, then this blogpost is for you: A to Z has a pair of two-day passes to give away to one lucky person. That's right -- a free pair of passes so you can see Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Lu ... More >>
Lee HarrisBottle Rockets at KDHX's Midwest Mayhem, 5/14/10The Bottle Rockets are now opening LouFest on Saturday, August 28. Local folk act Northwoods, who was previously scheduled, had to drop off due to a scheduling conflict. The BoRox will play at noon, kicking off the two-day festival of ... More >>
Taea ThaleShe & Him headline day two of LouFest.Indie-pop duo She & Him, Canadian rock collective Broken Social Scene, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy, veteran fuzz-rockers Built to Spill, indie upstarts Airborne Toxic Event and grizzled Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo are topping the LouFest lin ... More >>
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
Let's Meet the Sun and the Moon EP
(Aim & Fire)
Every Monday (or Tuesday), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Built To Spill - There Is No Enemy 2. Mountain ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Pop's *Born of Osiris/All Shall Perish, Friday, September 11 *Social Distortion, Sunday, September 27 *The Alternative Press "Fall Ball," Tuesday, September 29 *Secondhand Serenade, Wednesday, September 30 *Gojira, Tuesday, October 6Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyFox Theatre *Leonard Cohen, Saturday, No ... More >>
Built to Spill is returning to the Pageant on Tuesday, September 29. (That happens to be the same day that Tortoise is in town at the Firebird. Talk about hard choices!) Tickets are just $22.50 and are on sale now. The band has a new record coming out sometime soon. Until then, enjoy a video ... More >>
Last weekend, Nick Lucchesi headed up to Chicago to cover this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. In case you missed his reports, here's a handy-dandy list of links to his photos, interviews and reviews: *A Flaming Lips photo essay *A video interview with M83's Anthony Gonzalez *Black Lips and the N ... More >>
That's Doug Martsch of Built to Spill behind that hat.It's the end of Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago, which by Sunday, should see 40 bands play and welcome 50,000 -- ahem, hipsters -- through the fences of Union Park. More than a few bands who have made their way through St. Louis ... More >>
Sorta last-minute post here, but I forgot to mention that Target Market is holding a CD release show for its new album, Up On the Moon, tonight at Off Broadway. I had this to say; new MP3 after the jump. Consider the preconceived notions and past memories you might have about Target Market, and then ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, May 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
7 p.m. Saturday, January 31. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
9 p.m. Saturday, January 3. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 20. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
Avant-garde label aPop Records opens a storefront and moves its operations onto Cherokee Street.
Shapes and Sizes (Asthmatic Kitty)
8 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Hi-Pointe, 1001 McCausland Avenue
Week of October 19, 2005
Doug Martsch runs the biggest little band on Earth
The Rocket Bar
Streetfighterz survive another video shoot
Saturday, March 8; Way Out Club
Ancient Melodies of the Future (Warner Bros.)
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000