George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
Snarky Philadalephia-based punk rock band the Dead Milkmen will play The Firebird (2706 Olive Street; 314-535-0353) on Saturday, June 8. General admission tickets for the all-ages show cost $20 and are now available through Ticketfly. This is the first time the Dead Milkmen have played in St. Louis ... More >>
The Riverfront Times has a long, long, long history of promoting the An Under Cover Weekend shows. On the surface it's a cool event that seems to support our huge pool of local talent. It's nice to see local bands in any showcase together, especially one where everyone is working together to try to ... More >>
Music is becoming an increasingly personalized art form. Smart phones are programmed to play a favorite song as a ring tone, or to play a song meant to be associated with specific callers in one's contact list. I can't say for certain, but I have to imagine many husbands have "Ball and Chain" by Soc ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Donnie Darko is one of those films with much more staying power than anybody expected, especially to folks who are constantly followed around by giant rabbits. The movie isn't exactly everybody's cup of tea, but there's no question that the 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle managed to develop a cult fol ... More >>
It's a time-honored tradition: A candidate for political office starts walking out for stump speeches to the strains of a hit by a band that doesn't agree with his views. Cease-and-desist letters follow. This week's episode stars one Newt Leroy Gingrich, who has been using "Eye of the Tiger" dating ... More >>
Rocky SchenckToday is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>
Courtesy of the artist.Patrick Stump is at a strange place, career-wise. As the guitarist and lead singer in Fall Out Boy, he helped instill a limber tunefulness many of the bands' pop punk peers lacked. That was one of many reasons FOB built a huge following -- but even those tracking Stump ... More >>
Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, December 30. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $7. 314-862-0009.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Avant's The Letter*Avant, The Letter The Urban Music Scene review says of Avant's latest album, "The Letter is a solid effort. There may not be anything tha ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith Fair"This is so much better than I could have ever imagined," exclaimed Mary J. Blige, as the Lilith Fair crowd cheered wildly for her. The same could be said about yesterday's all-day show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. While negative publicit ... More >>
Fact: '80s hellraisers The Dead Milkmen are awesome. The snot-nosed-punk yin to They Might Be Giants' goofy-pop yang, DM skewered pop culture like no other band (cf. "Instant Club Hit," the timeless "Punk Rock Girl"). Guitarist Joe Jack Talcum is constantly on tour -- no St. Louis date this time aro ... More >>
Todd WestphalKosha Dillz, keeping it real.It's only Wednesday, but there are plenty of stellar going-out options tonight in town. At the Old Rock House, fans of pure pop -- think modern acts such as Alphabeat or the Bird and the Bee and old-school acts such as ABC and Duran Duran -- should c ... More >>
The members of Duran Duran are a cheeky bunch. Why, even when Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor formed a side project, Arcadia, they insured themselves against obsolescence by writing a song called "Election Day." Which is an appropriate choice for today. Why not? Here's the eight-minute ... More >>
Liz Linder/myspace.com/thenewcollisions The New Collisions Where: The Gramophone With: Team Relevance Sounds Like: The Boston band specializes in effervescent synthpop full of pitter-pattering beats, zippy keyboards and sassy female vocals. Fans include producer Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Mi ... More >>
*The video game LEGO Rock Band is due out later this year. And two of the artists included in the game are Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Why yes, you can totally play "Let's Dance," as a plastic model of Bowie croons along. The game's attention to detail is incredible: Iggy's abs are killer, and the blo ... More >>
The important thing to remember about the Killers is that the band hails from Las Vegas, the city where the concept of time falls prey to glitz, fantasy and excess -- and the place that built a replica of great cities such as Paris and New York, thus manufacturing its own reality to fit it ... More >>
9:45 p.m. Friday, September 19. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Homespun's top ten local album releases of 2007.
Red Carpet Massacre
8 p.m. Saturday, December 8. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards.
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
9 p.m. Monday, July 16. Blueberry Hillís Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Local musicians and writers weigh in on the Police's legacy in St. Louis -- then and now.
Fear and loathing in St. Louis: A to Z's week as a woman-about-town.
7 p.m. Tuesday, January 30. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)/
Sam's Town (Island)
Week of October 5, 2005
We talk shop with Duran Duran's John Taylor, convict the Bravery of crimes against music and give thirteen reasons why Journey rules
Thursday, April 7; the Gargoyle (on the Washington University campus, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)
Mapping out the trends of 2005
Wet from Birth (Saddle Creek)
Monday, September 13; Mississippi Nights
Cheerleaders are made, not born
Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
John Guare's dramathink
Soo Sunny Park at Laumeier
Friday, March 8; Creepy Crawl
Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet (Chrysalis/Capitol)
Tuesday, Sept 5; Galaxy
Written and directed by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss