I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
The story of American popular music is forever being told and yet there's always more to tell. Just published by W.W. Norton, The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll, written by Preston Lauterbach, traces, in precise and dirty detail, the shadowy history of financiers, club owners, ... More >>
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
We chat with Stephin Merritt and Dayna Kurtz, explore the folly of !!! and talk band battles with Thee Lordly Serpents
Troma's Lloyd Kaufman has guts, all over the floor
Homeboy superstar Nelly tops the list of readers' favorite local musicians
Tom Wood's sophomore solo album, 2, showcases the St. Louis songwriter's versatility
Fourth annual Jewish Film Festival
Legendary badass Stagger Lee, hailed in song by musicians everywhere, came to fame right here in St. Louis