Rock & roll is less than 60 years old, remember, so the idea of multiple generations of active bands is still a fairly new one. But as big-ticket concerts and festivals become prevalent, more and more people are going to get the ol' band back together for another shot. We don't want anyone's preciou ... More >>
This week, big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John visit town. In addition, hometown heroes the Urge and Jonathan Toth from Hoth release CDs. For info on these shows and more, including Beers & Cheers and Iris Dement, keep reading after the jump!
Part of why I write is because I think words are important. They are similar to songs in that the right one in the right place at the right time can absolutely change your life. Words are not meaningless or forgettable, no matter what Depeche Mode might claim. I wrote about the upcoming Elton John ... More >>
It's Halloween! Sort of. Since All Hallows' Eve falls on a Thursday, lots of places are celebrating this weekend. We're not complaining -- we'll celebrate all next week if they let us. So get your costume ready for the many spook-tastic contests. Read on for our food-related recommendations. See al ... More >>
Local veteran DIY hardcore band Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting is getting back together. If you missed out on their ferocious live shows in the first portion of the 2000s or you're into Poison Idea, 7 Seconds, Void or Black Flag, pay attention, because you are about to learn about one of your ... More >>
Queenormous, with Dogs of Society Off Broadway Aug. 21, 2012 When considering music icons Queen, the Bee Gees and Elton John, most people think of riveting performance combined with over-the-top theatrics and costumes. I know I certainly do. But last night's "Tribute Trifecta" at Off Broadway didn' ... More >>
Interesting things happen when a song realizes it is a song. Forms collapse, listeners become part of the writing process, and a track's guts become its skin. Here are the six most self-aware songs. Let us know what your favorites are, because we all know self-awareness is a common trait among those ... More >>
Van Dyke Parks doesn't give interviews; he speaks in pull-quotes and aphorisms. If Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker had spent their formative years among rock & roll royalty, as Parks did as an arranger, songwriter and singer, they might have viewed that world with the same big-hearted verbosity that P ... More >>
Happy Birthday Jim Henson! Tomorrow would be Jim Henson's 75th birthday. We baked him this: And then we watched this, and we fucking cried like little crybabies who left their teddy bears at the supermarket and then had an "acc-i-denn" in the carseat. Watch this you soulless automatons! If 5 ... More >>
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
Image viaOne of our crew is leaving us to spend the summer doing volunteer work in India. We celebrated her imminent voyage by exposing her to a different kind of exotic cultural experience, namely the gay bars on Manchester Avenue on a Saturday night. Her inaugural drink came from the shirtl ... More >>
7 and 9 p.m., Saturday May 14, at the Lumière Theatre in the Lumière Place Casino & Hotel.999 North Second Street.
Elton John is on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone. Haven't had a chance to read the whole article yet, but so far it reads great -- the performing legend talks about playing piano at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, about encouraging Billy Joel to write music again and of course, fatherhood. On ... More >>
Today's comment comes from a post reviewing last night's Super Bowl ads with ties to St. Louis. One reader was not impressed with Anheuser-Busch's advertisement featuring its famous Clydesdales, a western gunslinger and Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." KittyLitterKing writes: "Tiny Dancer" is just as bad ... More >>
A still from the "Last Christmas" video.As of 5 p.m. Friday, November 12, KEZK (102.5 FM) has started programming Christmas/holiday music 24-7 on the terrestrial airwaves and online at KEZK.com. According to a press release, the station "will feature traditional songs from top artists like Bi ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 2. ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL---Union 3. SUFJAN STEVENS---Age Of Adz 4. BELLE & SEBASTIAN---Write About Love 5. KINGS OF LEON---Come Around Sundown 6. JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS---Wake Up! 7. AVETT BROTHERS---Vol. 3 ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Bob Dylan's The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964*Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 Guardian said of the Witmark Demos: "The latest Christm ... More >>
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.For eight years, I lived in Breckenridge Hills, a wee municipality sandwiched betw ... More >>
For the third time in 15 years, Billy Joel and Elton John have teamed up with their dueling pianos co-headlining tour. It's a fool-proof idea, really, and therefore no surprise that it drew a near-capacity crowd to the Scottrade Center last night. Both men have racked up dozens of hit songs and sol ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Artist: Elton John Album: Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1987 Label: MCA Records What it sounds like: A big gay rock opera.
Artist: Captain & Tennille Album: Dream From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1978 Label: A&M Records What it sounds like: Jimmy Buffett The Beach Boys Barbra Streisand Elton John/Scissor Sisters Diana Ross = Captain & Tennille.
That's right -- Billy Joel and Elton John will be bringing their dueling piano tour to the Scottrade Center on Thursday, May 14. No ticket prices yet, but I'm sure I'll get 'em today, because tickets go on sale later this week.
Better than: A crowded dorm-room party with cheap beer and cheap vodka drank out of red plastic cups, awkward grinding and an iTunes playlist full of cheesy dance hits. Actually, wait - that was kind of what the show was. Slide ShowThere's no easy way to review last night's Girl Talk show, mainly ... More >>
MP3: Elton John, "Step Into Christmas" MP3: The Wedding Present, "Step Into Christmas" A 1973 Christmas classic by Elton John (words, of course, by Bernie Taupin). Little-known fact: The B-Side of the single is called "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." British purveyors of dour sturm ... More >>
9:45 p.m. Friday, September 19. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Blackground/Interscope)
Dennis Brown, Deanna Jent and Lew Prince suss out local theater
A cribsheet for the year's holiday-themed releases
A Son Unique (Def Jam)
Trainwreck (Ferret Music)
Love Songs (Atlantic)
Week of September 15, 2004
Week of September 8, 2004
A theater field trip to bucolic Arrow Rock is well worth the drive
Friday, August 29; Frederick's Music Lounge
Key-ticklers at the Drake Bar and the Big Bang reinvigorate the old piano-bar concept
Week of June 26, 2002
Directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul
By Kate Nugent and Joe Salvatore (Alternate Currents/Direct Currents Series)
Young songwriters pour out their psyches on local masterpiece Kids Alive!
June 2 - 9, 1999