Welcome to Hey DJ, a series that delves into the St. Louis DJing scene. Get to know some local music lovers and their quirks as they fill out our short answer questionnaire, and find out where to catch them around town. When asked about the origin of his music moniker, performer Rory Flynn aka DJ M ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Coachella has just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival, which will take place over two weekends in April, will feature the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as headliners, and it doesn't exactly drop off from there: Pulp, Cat Power, M83, the Shins, Bon Iver, Noel Gallagher, Feist, Jeff ... More >>
Tyler, the Creator.Pitchfork: The Final Frontier. The final, sold-out day of Pitchfork had two acts I was dying to see -- unfortunately, both of those were practically at the same time -- Odd Future at 3:20 and Shabazz Palaces at 3:45. I had to see the tall tale that is Odd Future for myself, ... More >>
DJ Shadow.It's funny--spend a few minutes in the sun surrounded by 18,000 of your closest friends, and suddenly Maslow's hierarchy of needs takes on new significance, ie: We need sunscreen. I gotta pee. Someone needs water or they're going to faint. Dudes, I'm hungry. Beeeeeer. We need beeeee ... More >>
Photo by Jon Gitchoff Raekwon/Steddy P and DJ Mahf/Safety Words The Firebird May 16, 2011 Safety Words, heretofore most commonly known for mashing eight-bit video game samples with rap tracks, officially retired those songs last night. You will never again hear "Biggie, Rae, Ghost, Rash, Zi ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street.
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaOut of the genres that would seem adaptable to the digital transition away from vinyl, electronic seems to be the most obvious choice. Yet the culture of trainspotting, or having the knowledge to pick out samples of electronic music playing at a club, was explicitly linked to reco ... More >>
El Perro del Mar Where: The Gargoyle Playing With: Peter Bjorn and John Sounds Like: "The 2009 release Love Is Not Pop furthers Sarah Assbring's deconstruction of pop and indie-folk forms -- the melodies linger, the grooves float, the themes sigh -- but a sonic laboratory of dubby delay and electron ... More >>
Local producer/artist Splitface released an instrumental EP, The Autumn, yesterday via Indyground Entertainment. DJ Mahf and Calc2 also appear on the mini-album. Take a listen to the DJ Shadow-esque title track below -- dig that trip-hop, downtempo vibe -- and download the entire EP here. MP3: Spli ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, the worst possible way to spend a day at SXSW, one that doesn't involve an emergency colonoscopy or a Marnie Stern showcase, and then imagine something even more tedious and despairing, a day of utter humiliation and loathing. And then it really starts to go downhill.I should h ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue.
Oliver Wang’s shares his soul-sides.
8 p.m. Friday, October 6. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
B-Sides examines some Dean Martin albums we wish existed, gets the scoop on Ozzfest injuries and spotlights this week's local trading-card all-star
More than just a film festival
In Tune and on Time (Geffen)
A fine smoke rolls into town
Ghetto Pop Life (Lex Records)
New box sets explore the many faces of the synth-pop stalwarts
Hip-hop legend Prince Paul is responsible for some of the music's most transcendent moments
Scratch reveals the power of two turntables, minus the microphone
Hey, what's that glowstick doing in the granola? Lake Trout redefines the jam-band label for the electronic age.
With three new reissues, the Krautrock innovators finally get the exposure they deserve
Dark Days discovers the real tunnel-dwellers behind the urban myths
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
Thursday, Oct. 19; Galaxy
The re-emergence of Del tha Funkee Homosapien heralds a renaissance for Bay-area hip-hop
DJ-cum-producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura finds his musical niche
So ... How's Your Girl? (Tommy Boy)