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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Courtesy of PalaceThe 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 >>
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 >>
Christian SchaefferCentro-matic | Sarah Jaffe Off Broadway July 5, 2011 In a perfect world, the makers of Auto-Tune - the vocal pitch-correction software that makes starlets sing like robots - would come out with a Will Johnson Sound-Alike module. The singer and guitarist for Centro-matic ha ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThere 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 >>
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 >>
(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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
On Saturday night at Deluxe, the Nevermores will celebrate the release of its new CD, Nevereverafter, with a show alongside TIRC labelmates Left Arm and the 75s. Sez Christian Schaeffer: For too long Edgar Allan Poe has been the literary specter most associated with the ghostly pallored goth scene. ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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