By Michael Corcoran "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, ... 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.
Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a consistent fallback. That said, I wore a jacket outside this weekend! WHOA HOLY SHIT. Sometimes I think I could write ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>
Grass Widow | The Langaleers The Vault, Farmington, MO June 5, 2012 Sometimes showgoing throws you a curve ball. I drove an hour and a half to Farmington with the intent of catching Grass Widow, a great Bay Area trio who's touring on the strength of a fine new CD, Internal Logic. Mission accompli ... More >>
Pierced Arrows | Doom Town | Alley Ghost The Gramophone April 24, 2012 Ever have one of those nights when leave a concert thinking, "man, I am getting too old for this?" Sure you have, and Fred Cole's got the antidote for that decrepit feeling. Here's a guy who turns 64 this August, who's been re ... More >>
Friday, March 16, 2012 2:15 p.m. By mid-afternoon the South Congress strip had become a not-quite-debauched Mardi Gras parade of young and old, hip and unhip, crunchy and coiffed, and dogs, lots of dogs, all taking in the food trucks, boutiques, vintage apparel encampments and day parties, lots of ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Monday, April 12. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard.
In this week's issue, Annie Zaleski heralds the arrival of In Concert: KSHE and 40 Years of Rock in St. Louis, a scrapbook of the area's latter-day music history. Reading "Raised on Radio" put a few of us locals in a nostalgic state of mind, inspiring an e-mail frenzy of the KSHE Klassics o ... More >>
How We Prospered
Over the years Matthew Sweet has proven that all he really needs is a "room to rock in," which is what he laments in the second song ("Room to Rock") on his latest album, Sunshine Lies. On Friday night, St. Louis fans of the veteran songsmith and power-pop genius were lucky enough to see him and som ... More >>
Where to begin? I should start with the ornamental comb, like three white gleaming stakes from some Gnostic purification ritual, holding a jet-black stack of hair atop the fiery head of Polly Jean Harvey. She's never wanted for making an impression. Wrapped in white, backed by a hard avant-garde blu ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
Looking for the 2009 version of this list? It's here.You might be broke or close to it, but hell if that's going to keep you holed up at home on the biggest party night of the year! Here are the ten best, cheap ways to ring in 2009 in St. Louis. And you can still check out our complete list of more ... More >>
Green. Blue. White.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, November 2. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive.
9 p.m. Wednesday, October 15. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 18. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Wednesday, March 29, 8 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Saturday, June 18; the Gearbox (1551 South Seventh Street)
You're Living All Over Me
The Drive-By Truckers are making their homeland universal
Greendale stays true to Neil
It Still Moves (ATO Records)
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
Bulls, broncs and the blunt wisdom of Ray Cox challenge the cowboys and weekend warriors of the Lazy C Rodeo School
Local favorite J.D. Blackfoot returns to St. Louis for one last show
Axes and Snaxes (Rooster Lollipop)