Christian Schaeffer

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From October 6 to 12

    This week check out Mirah at Off Broadway, Rebirth Brass Band at the Gramophone, the War on Drugs at the Ready Room, Jack Grelle's record release, the last show at Apop Records featuring a line-up of experimental sounds and much room. Read on for our critics' picks, and stay tuned for more recommend ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 28 to March 2

    Have you ever had a run of really shitty luck? Like, really bad? Recently St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight, whom we've named as the best rock band in town from time to time, had a particularly bad run, starting with the mid-January theft of their touring van and ending with the subsequent discovery ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 30 to October 5

    This week, check out Geto Boys, featuring the author of our recurring column Ask Willie D, check out Ransom Note's CD release show, get a load of the one and only Nine Inch Nails and much more. This Monday's looking pretty gray. Spruce up your week with the following show recommendations.

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    June 24, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 24 to 30

    Sunday thunderstorms kept us from getting into anymore trouble for the remainder of the week, but hey -- it's Monday! It's a new week rife with opportunities to see some shows. See some top-notch working musicians like Roland Johnson and Dave Stone in action, or catch some touring acts like John Ful ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: January 7 to 13

    Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 15 to 21

    Please pardon my lack of enthusiasm today; I'm still mourning that crushing playoff-ending defeat our city's beloved Redbirds faced on Friday -- damn those victorious Nationals. Also, Dewey Defeats Truman! Oh, ESPN. There's good shows this week: Smashing Pumpkins plays the Chaifetz on Thursday -- i ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    What's Your Favorite St. Louis Record of 2012 (So Far)?

    Well, 2012 has reached its halfway point, and it's time to start feeling nostalgic for the long way we've all come in the last six months. Music blogs near and far have been delivering their picks for the best of the first half -- save yourself some time and just check out the unimpeachable collecti ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    The Vondrukes' Runaway, Goodbye Love: Listen to Key Tracks Here

    ​The Vondrukes, winner of the RFT's Best Country Band (Alternative) in 2011, just released a full length called Runaway, Goodbye Love. The album is the subject of this week's Homespun column, and in it Christian Schaeffer applauds the band's overall feel: "Fans of good-natured alt-country can ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Peach is Looking for a Lead Guitarist

    Peach is hiring. Currently a trio, the band is looking for a lead guitarist. And lest you think this is a minor role, our own Christian Schaeffer described the group as "guitar rock" in his recent review of the Far From the Tree EP. "Ideally, we're looking for someone with some pretty ripping guitar ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Campfire Club's Tin Can Telephone Is Out Tomorrow: Listen To "Debauchery Debbie"

    ​Campfire Club releases its charming full-length Tin Can Telephone tomorrow at the Heavy Anchor. Christian Schaeffer reviewed the record in this week's Homespun column, noting the lived-in feel of its tracks. This music is begging for vinyl, and you can get it that way at tomorrow's show. $5 g ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Palace's Debut Release Is This Friday At The Gramophone: Listen

    Courtesy of Palace​The blinding debut of Palace -- a rare harmony-driven, unapologetically effervescent pop group in St. Louis -- gets its welcome to the world on Friday at the Gramophone. The four-piece is planning more than tunes: singer/keyboardist/tambourine-ist Jamie Finch tells us to exp ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Listen To Union Electric's "Tunnels" Before Saturday's Release

    ​In this week's Homespun column, Christian Schaeffer weighs in on the new release from the Union Electric -- "Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan." The A-side is, in the bands' description, "Tunnels is based on the story of Chinese immigrants, who came to Mexico for work, and were forced to live liter ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Five More Good Bets on New Year's Eve in St. Louis

    Wikimedia Commons​There were so many things to drink about this year, from the oil bleeding into the Gulf to the earthquake in Haiti. But, despite having every reason to booze up, you still don't have New Year's plans. A few weeks ago, we suggested ten ideas for your year-end revelry. Below, h ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010
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    May 14, 2010

    Homespun: Fundamental Elements, This Moment EP

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Fundamental Elements' new EP, This Moment. He had this to say:The oh-so-smooth, endlessly breathy pop of Maroon 5 mixes with modern R&B flourishes on Fundamental Elements' new six-song EP, This Moment. The band stuffs its tightly constructed song ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Hear an MP3 from Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine -- And Read our Feature Article On the Band

    (photo by Jennifer Silverberg) In this week's print edition, Christian Schaeffer spoke with solo performers Cassie Morgan and Beth Bombara, who often join forces under the moniker Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine. The act's debut LP is Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes -- and in the article, Schaeffer desc ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Homespun: Jailbox, One for Each of Us

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Jailbox's new CD, One for Each of Us. He had this to say: Jailbox may rep for Perryville, Missouri, but the quartet stakes a sonic claim to the melodic and sensitive British rock made popular by Coldplay, Doves and Starsailor. While Coldplay took cue ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Homespun: Murder Happens, Dead World and Dying Suns

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Murder Happens' new CD, Dead World and Dying Suns. He had this to say: By looking at the album credits for Murder Happens' latest CD, one might think that band leader Paul Wood won a trip to Industrial Rock Fantasy Camp. Dead World and Dying Suns fe ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Homespun: Messy Jiverson, Rivers, Old Growth and the Wizard's Cloak

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Messy Jiverson's new album, Rivers, Old Growth and the Wizard's Cloak. He had this to say: Messy Jiverson sets itself apart from the jam-band masses in a few ways, however. By and large, these eleven songs are guided by fuzzy analog synths, rich ele ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Homespun: Spelling Bee/Stove Blow, Solstice

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Spelling Bee's split CD with the Houston band Stove Blow. He had this to say about our locals: Guitarist Mabel Suen (last heard as the sax player for the Ultraviolents) and drummer Joseph Hess (Sleep State) make quick, shouted song-bursts as Spellin ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Top Ten St. Louis Concerts of 2009

    We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    10 Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, December 18-20, 2009

    This is the last non-holiday weekend 'til 2010, so get out there and enjoy it! Here are our ten suggestions for things to do this weekend that will cost your $10 or less! Image ViaJimmy Keuhnle brings his fluffy performance art to the Gateway Arch Friday.​Inflatable Suit Performance Tour at the Ga ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Homespun: Rough Shop, Just Because It Was Christmas

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Rough Shop's holiday album, Just Because It Was Christmas. He had this to say: Amid the jingling bells and blinding lights, it's easy to forget that Christmas is a holiday of contrasts: darkness into light, cold into warmth, solitude into togetherne ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Homespun: HUMDRUM, Individual Man

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews HUMDRUM's CD, Individual Man. He had this to say: If you were to break a certain folksy dictum and judge HUMDRUM's CD by its cover, you'd be right to assume that space is the place for this local quartet. The artwork for Individual Man features a h ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Homespun: Strawfoot, How We Prospered

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Strawfoot's How We Prospered. He had this to say: From the start of Strawfoot's second full-length, How We Prospered, it's clear that the ramped-up bluegrass band has lightened its mood. Where its debut album, Chasing Locusts, was scorched by fire a ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Interview Outtakes: The English Beat's Dave Wakeling

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer chatted with Dave Wakeling of the English Beat. The band will be co-headlining the Pageant tonight with Reel Big Fish. We'll have photos tomorrow. In the meantime, read Schaeffer's feature and enjoy some interview outtakes -- along with some video I shot at ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Homespun: The Northwoods, Morning, Noon & Night

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviewed the Northwoods' CD, Morning, Noon & Night. He had this to say: Since the Northwoods started making waves around town last year, it's been nearly impossible to mention the acoustic duo's name without also hearing the words "Simon" and "Garfunkel. ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Top 10 Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend, June 5-7

    If you love summer more than any other season, the first weekend in June should mean something -- and if you find yourself having fun and spending wee amounts of green, you'll likely remember this weekend fondly while trudging through the slush of February. Here's our best attempt at directing you t ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    MP3 Feature: Alvin Jett and the Phat noiZ Blues Band

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer interviews Alvin Jett, the leader of Alvin Jett and the Phat noiZ Blues Band. He had this to say: Christian Schaeffer: Where do you see Phat noiZ fitting in within the spectrum of St. Louis blues music?Alvin Jett: I just hope to continue the musical legacy ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Tonight! The Rosebuds and Megafaun at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

    Head to the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center tonight to catch pure-pop 'heads the Rosebuds along with friends-of-Bon Iver, Megafaun. In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer says: In Annie Hall Woody Allen's character Alvy Singer notes that a romantic relationship is like a shark: It has to keep movi ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Homespun: Glass Teeth, Glass Teeth EP

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviewed Glass Teeth's self-titled EP. He had this to say; Mike Hansen's drums can go from minimal to overdrive at a moment's notice, although they're a little too high in the mix on this recording. It's Mark Early's synth work, however, that separates Glas ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Homespun: Bad Folk, Part of the Problem

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Bad Folk's swan song, Part of the Problem.Problem nicely captures the band's progression from a shambling folk ensemble to one that lets its frayed edges show without letting its songs unravel. Musical flaws have always been part of Bad Folk's charm, ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Tag-Team Review: Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream

    Today, Bruce Springsteen releases Working on a Dream, his sixteenth studio album. To mark the occasion, writers Steve Kozel and Christian Schaeffer had an e-mail volley over the merits of the new work. Steve Kozel: Working On A Dream starts with the eight-minute Western epic, "Outlaw Pete," which c ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    July 16, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    November 15, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Does Chad Garrison need to wash his hands after a restroom visit? Not with Spaloo! Watch an informational video about this Japanese-style throne. UMSL baseball coach Jim Brady is still fired up about his former bosses not getting the boot. Can the Coen brothers claim success on their ne ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Kathleen McLaughlin spends some time in O'Fallon, Missouri, and finds a city in turmoil. Unreal uncovers love letters from coworkers to Ray Hartmann in addition to the usual antics. Cupcake connoisseur Ian Froeb tells us about this issue's food-related items on Gut Check. For a band with t ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    October 3, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Chad Garrison explores ovarian-tissue freezing with world-renowned infertility physician, Dr. Sherman Silber. Unreal investigates the culture of kilts, too-tight baby socks and the mind of Mencia. Across the Universe turns the sexual revolution of the '60s into a PG-13 affair. Ella Taylor tells ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007
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    July 18, 2007

    Local Motion: Red Water Revival

    In the Frostbidden Years (Saucy Jack Recordings)

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    July 11, 2007
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    June 20, 2007


    The Pubes: Peat Sounds (Roadhouse Tunes)

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    June 13, 2007

    Rock the Vote

    The 2007 RFT Music Awards winners are here!

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    May 16, 2007

    Christian Schaeffer Must Go!

    Doesn't that dude like anything?

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    April 11, 2007

    Eight Days a Week

    Fear and loathing in St. Louis: A to Z's week as a woman-about-town.

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    January 17, 2007

    The Sunny Side of the Street

    A look at the positive things going on in the St. Louis scene.

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