Katy Perry and rapper Juicy J have damaged the reputation of several gospel rappers by stealing their work and associating it with anti-Christian witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery, according to a federal copyright lawsuit filed this week in St. Louis.
This week, the Ready Room makes its big debut in the Grove with Of Montreal. Meanwhile, plenty of other big names take over stages all across town. Check out Earth, Alejandro Escovedo, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more this week. Get the info on these shows and more after ... More >>
By Kat Bein As a self-respecting female with professional aspirations and a desire to be taken seriously as an individual, it's become increasingly difficult to identify with American electronic dance music culture without feeling kind of irresponsible. See Also: Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boner ... More >>
The famous quote about the Velvet Underground -- of which the late Lou Reed was singer and primary songwriter -- is that everyone who heard them went on to form a band. There's no way to prove this: We'd argue that at least half of them became music journalists and/or zine editors. Nonetheless, ther ... 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.
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
In this week's print issue, I tried to reconcile my complicated feelings about 1970s-styled soft rock. I'm old enough that I experienced this music in real time. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing is Bread's "Make It With You," which blogger/mellow historian Jason Hare identified as the ... More >>
Well, I can cross "get personally serenaded in a room full of people by an expertly expletive-spitting, sparkly cape wearing Blowfly" off of my bucket list now (the "girlfriend" mentioned in the appropriately titled Blowfly Stole My Girlfriend and Called My Dick Puny show recap is me). He held my ha ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Renee DePauli of Friendly's. Below is a Q&A with DePauli, followed by the recipe for the Blue Steel.Friendly's Restaurant & Pub (3503 Roger Place; 314-771-2040) is a ... More >>
LouFest is this weekend, but you will not find it listed within this post. This is because St. Louis's favorite outdoor festival will already see plenty of press this week -- hell, I'd be surprised if this blog post isn't surrounded on either side by bigass advertisements for the event. Point is, yo ... More >>
After visa issues forced the Godfathers to postpone a few shows on its current U.S. tour, the show is happening tonight at Off Broadway. Here are outtakes from our recent interview with vocalist Peter Coyne.Mike Appelstein: You know, I saw you play at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New ... More >>
Anne Streng According to some garage rock geeks, the Fleshtones is the greatest rock & roll band in the world. For once, the geeks may have a point. At the very least, the New York group, formed in 1976 by high school friends Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba, has come to symbolize what still ma ... More >>
TLR, Bob Schneider and the Twitter bird. Don't ask me, but the image works.Tony La Russa is driving home. Rather than flying home after the season, he's taking his time heading back to the Bay Area this year and recreating a trip he took in 1996, which you all may recall was the year he took over ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiBob Pollard at the Firebird, October 2008 *On Friday night, Bunnygrunt played in Columbus, Ohio, as part of a Guided By Voices tribute night. Performing as Grunted By Voices, the group covered classics such as "Postal Blowfish," "Melted Pat," "Lips Of Steel," "The Closer You Are" ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>
Warped Tour isn't for the faint of heart, especially on a hot August day in St. Louis. But an unforgiving sun didn't prevent the area's bros, punks, misfits, meatheads, horndogs, scene queens, nerds and foxes from converging on the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for the tour's fifteenth-anniversary j ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons I was planning on regaling you with tales of the highly appropriate rainbow-hued foods I snuck into the Pride Parade this weekend in Tower Grove Park. Alas, even Southern sneaks wilt like delicate magnolia blossoms in 100-plus degree heat, and I am no exception. ... More >>
The audience present for the 8:30 p.m. Bad Plus set last evening leaned more toward curious observers than diehard fans. It was difficult to suspect the sort of crowd that would take interest in the piano, bass, and drum trio, and even harder to guess what aspect of the group appealed to whom. Some ... More >>
Picture the dirtiest dive bar you know. Stale cigarette smoke loiters in the air. Hockey or basketball plays on a TV over the bar, which has signs everywhere advertising cheap beer specials. The bartenders always look tired, their skin leathery, their fashion dated. Usually, the dive bar has karao ... More >>
Artist: Joel Diamond Experience Album: Joel Diamond Experience From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1979 Label: Casablanca Record and FilmWorks What it sounds like: Disco-licous. John Travolta twirling around looking dapper in a white suit.
(Rhino)Control Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Joy Division portrait proves the exception to the rock biopic drool.
Sparks fly as So Many Dynamos generates indie buzz.
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Wes Anderson takes Bill Murray out to sea and strands him there
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The Moscows touch down in Soulard
The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center relieves social constipation, one ear-splitting roar at a time
It's all sex, drugs and systems analysis for corporate rock bands
Thursday, March 4; Mississippi Nights
Jazz instead of rocks
Saturday, August 23; Rocket Bar
Friday, July 18; Pageant
Girls who dress and act like boys, St. Louis' drag kings get up onstage to bend and blur the line between the sexes
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground (Saddle Creek Records)
Husband-and-wife team Puerto Muerto produce a strange and beautiful brainchild
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
An ambitious new book chronicles the glorious sights of the Apollo missions