All hail the lowly cassette. More than just an obsolete format with retro appeal, cassette tapes have historically served an important, almost subversive function. Invented in the 1930s but only hitting market penetration in the 1970s, cassettes were cheap, portable and customizable. At the time, t ... More >>
There's something to be said for non-conformity. We tend to think of non-conformist types as pioneers, free-thinkers, uninhibited by the expectations and opinions of others and unafraid to stand out in a crowd. We admire their courage and originality, and secretly wish we could be so brave. We've he ... More >>
There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Who deserves the great honor of being recognized alongside Rush Limbaugh inside the Missouri State Capitol rotunda? The leadership of the House of Representatives is looking for inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians! In addition to the great Limbaugh, the hall includes some very influential ... More >>
Punk rock is a money toilet. The record/mp3 collecting involved is the most addictive drug that I've ever encountered, and most of my alcoholic/drug addict/straight edge friends would probably agree. But are we all just living in a dumber cliché than the one we're supposedly and lazily rebelling ag ... More >>
Propagandhi The Firebird November 4, 2012 Before it became a simple formula, punk was a term used to describe bands whose urgent and passionate sound didn't conform to any typical rock n' roll standards; punk bands had actual unique identities. How do you easily summarize the differences between ba ... More >>
Neal Boyd's American dream includes serving in Missouri House of Representatives.Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston has already won lots of American votes. Enough to win the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, when he wowed audiences with his pop opera skills. Before finding reality-show fame, Boyd ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
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 >>
Watchers of LA Ink either loathe the guy or champion him, but Corey Miller -- who plays second fiddle to camera-magnet Kat Von D on the reality show -- describes himself as an old-school carny and folk artist, instead of a dramatic lightning rod. He also has an old-school surf-punk band (naturally) ... More >>
Here's some unexpected news: The legendary punk/new-wave concert film Urgh! A Music War was released yesterday on DVD via Warner Archives. (Thanks to Shiv for the tip.) Up until now, you could only get the flick -- which featured performances from Echo & the Bunnymen, XTC, the Police, X, Klaus N ... More >>
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
B-Sides takes a Maynard-related road trip, then heads back home with Corbeta Corbata.
7 p.m. Thursday, January 25. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
www.factorybelt.net The end of an era? After months of speculation and rumor, it can finally be said: Mississippi Nights, a concert club favorite since 1979, will close its doors after one last jam session takes place on Friday, January 19. But the popular venue at 914 North First Street may l ... More >>
Anti-Disco League Vol. 1 (Templecombe/TKO)
Magnolia Summer explores the weightier side of life
Saturday, November 19; the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes
Saturday, November 13; Creepy Crawl
A new CD aims to reclaim Chuck Berry for St. Louis
We chat with a fresh-faced John Oates, pick the brain behind M.O.T.O. and play a scary game with Burnt by the Sun
Bingenheimer and Hickenlooper discuss their rockin' doc, Mayor of the Sunset Strip
And your love of punk-pop may be forgiven
No Thanks!: The '70s Punk Rebellion (Rhino)
The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is always between rock and a hard place
Local goths are on a roll
The latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas
At 28, Spuds has become a cybersage for the young and the reckless. Now he's gone straight.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill funding the new convention-center hotel, but many of the lawmakers aren't very happy with their handiwork; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles