The creative minds behind KSLU, St. Louis University's campus radio station, shift in tandem with every new semester. Recently-appointed Music Director Jill Cherkas helms new efforts to increase the station's involvement in local music through several avenues. One goal is to revitalize the Billiken ... More >>
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... 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 >>
In this week's feature, Mike Appelstein explores the recent rethinking of punk pariah GG Allin. It begins:
The song starts out simply enough with guitar, bass and drums all locked into a staccato three-chord pattern. Then the vocals come in. The singer can carry a tune well enough, with a hint of ... More >>
Nolan ConwayVivian Girls with Black Lips
Vintage Vinyl/The Firebird
Thursday, April 21
Live music patrons of St. Louis, you had a choice last night: You could have gone to see Arcade Fire and The National play Scottrade Center (and if my Twitter feed is any indication, most people I know did ... More >>
Jason Persse, from SXSW 2011Fresh & Onlys/Crocodiles
April 19, 2011
Somehow it seemed appropriate to be trekking out to the Billiken Club after a typical Midwest spring storm. I'd just spent an hour in my basement, waiting out the tornado warning and listening to the rain poun ... More >>
The Raveonettes. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.Check out the full slideshow of the Raveonettes at the Firebird.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Better than: The government shutdown riot we were so hoping for.
There was nothing rotten about Denmark last night at the Fireb ... More >>
Dana PlonkaLa Sera at Waterloo RecordsAt the end of the final night at South By Southwest 2011, I walked down 6th Street, a scene you can surely picture without my assistance. But I have this press badge to earn, so: By 1 a.m. on Saturday night / Sunday morning, downtown Austin was a zombie m ... More >>
Tyson WirtzfieldCalifornia retro-pop perfectionists Dum Dum Girls are at the Billiken Club tonight, with Minks and Dirty Beaches. In last week's paper, Mike Appelstein chatted with Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee; below are some outtakes in which she describes writing music despite her mother's illnes ... More >>
First, here's some good news on this Day of Snow Reckoning: According to organizer Brian Cohen, LouFest is looking to announce its lineup in late March. Hooray! In the meantime, 'Fest will be presenting shows at several venues around the city, starting with February 8's Tokyo Police Club show ... More >>
The Billiken Club just announced its official spring 2011 lineup. Although some of these shows were unofficially announced several months ago -- C86 indie-poppers Dum Dum Girls, we're looking at you -- there are a few surprises. For many, the biggest booking is probably Akron/Family, the psych-rock- ... More >>
Garage pop goddesses Dum Dum Girls play the Billiken Club February 23.
*Justin Torres Loop Project, December 4
*Dum Dum Girls, February 23
*Eikon, January 6
*The Coronas, March 4
*The Great Affairs, December 7
A * means the band is coming to town, a indicates locals.
1. ERYKAH BADU---New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
2. USHER---Raymond V. Raymond
3. DR.DOG---Shame Shame
4. MONICA---Still Standing
5. SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS---I Learned The Hard Way
6. SHE & HIM---Volume ... More >>
* denotes a band coming to town; signifies a local band
1. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
2. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune
3. She & Him - Vol 2.
4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
5. Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave
6. Rogue Wave - Permalight
7. Fright ... More >>