Big Star, it's said, was a band ahead of its time. But it's more true to say the band was out of its time, or maybe just out of time, period. Officially formed in 1971, the Memphis-based band featured two creative forces, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and the music they made together, and eventually ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
It's been a bad, bad year for 1980s jangle-pop. On Sunday night - one day after a tribute concert for Scott Miller, the late Game Theory/Loud Family songwriter - word leaked out on Facebook that Faye Hunter, Let's Active's original bassist, had passed as well.
There's lots of good shows this week for music fans of every shape in size, and I'm not just saying that (this time). Deicide is playing the Firebird on Friday, the same day Carolina Chocolate Drops plays the Sheldon. I'd wager that these two musical experiences will not be alike in many ways whatso ... More >>
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:25 p.m. I've been coming to SXSW for over a decade now, and pre- and post-apocalypse days off are as much essential rituals as 2 a.m. taco runs and sleep deprivation. This year, there'd be no day-before day off, as SXSW has extended the music portion of the festival/confer ... More >>
To conclude: Susan Cowsill and the Watson Twins sang "September Gurls," with the remains of Big Star playing loose and beautiful all around them. It shouldn't have happened; most of what happens shouldn't. In life, as with music, we only get so much say. Alex Chilton's passing just days before Big S ... More >>
Scenes from the Alex Chilton tribute at Antone's in Austin, March 20, 2010, plus more SXSW action. All photos by Dana Plonka. Dana PlonkaMike Mills of R.E.M. at the Alex Chilton tribute at SXSW 2010
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Hey, remember when I mentioned Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey covered the Byrds' "Here Without You"? Here's video, courtesy of Roy. Hear that? That's the sound of me geeking out. Those harmonies make me want to cry. (Seriously.)
Writer Mike Appelstein headed over to Euclid Records on Sunday afternoon to check out the performance by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey. He had some nice things to say: The original dB's have reformed and played a few gigs here and there. I've yet to see them, but I was certainly ready ... More >>
Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the Top 10 can't-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Looking for live music? Here's your complete St. Louis weekend concert calendar in A to Z.
In this week's paper, Roy Kasten interviews Chris Stamey of the dB's, who will be in town on Sunday playing a few shows with his partner-in-crime, Peter Holsapple. (Read Holsapple's blog. Really.) The first is a free show at 1 p.m. at Euclid Records, for the store's 45 RPM charity series. The second ... More >>
January 30*So Many Dynamos/The Pragmatic/Corvidae, Off Broadway*The Virgins/Anya Marina/Lissy Trullie, Gargoyle (Virgins/Anya Marina also at Vintage Vinyl, 6 p.m.)*That's My Daughter/Tok/Black for a Second, Schlafly Tap Room*The Subjects/the Jack and Jills/Grabadores/Royal Roy, Cicero's*The Werks, G ... More >>
If you don't like geeking out, unabashed fandom or good music, stop reading now. Anyone else, please forge ahead. It's no surprise that I'm stoked for this weekend's appearances by Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. But why is this such a big deal? Roy touched on this in his story, but these two men ... More >>
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pageant *Railroad Earth/Split Lip Rayfield, Thursday, March 26 *Morrissey, Wednesday, April 8 *Bonnie Prince Billy, Friday, April 10 *The Bamboozle Roadshow Spring Tour feat. We the Kings/Forever the Sickest Kids/Th ... More >>
Gee, it's like a late Christmas all up here in A to Z HQ today. First the new Morrissey album leaks and now this email floats into my inbox: "Pop/Rock Legends Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey to Give Free Concert at Euclid Records As Part of 45 RPM Charity Series." Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, ... More >>
Mitch Easter's out on his own with Dynamico.
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