While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
Old Salt Union is everything you would want in a song-driven, pop-friendly bluegrass combo. The members of the Belleville-based quintet are dexterous on their chosen stringed instruments, with short flashes of virtuosity amid more lyrically driven songs. All five members share the mic, and even if t ... More >>
The night before Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey returned to St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall, there was a show at a club across town that featured a rock band called the Hold Steady. You've probably heard of them, and you've probably heard about that sold-out show. The words "joy" and "powerful" and ... More >>
This happened: Laura Cantrell, a New York-based country singer and songwriter, shared a stage with two friends, Rosie Flores and Kristi Rose, backed by Fats Kaplin and Mark Spencer, two of the finer musicians in a town that, on this or any week, affords some stiff competition. The trio of voices fil ... More >>
If you only know Jimmy Griffin as the consummate tribute-show guitarist, you only know half of the story. Griffin's high-profile turns playing the riffs of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and David Gilmour in increasingly popular tributes to classic rock icons have been a central part of sold-out spectac ... More >>
Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
Bonnie Raitt | Marc Cohn May 18, 2012 The Pageant They'd come in from Kansas City, Columbia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Louisville and West County -- and places further, I'm sure. The general admission ticket holders lined up outside the Halo Bar four hours or more before the doors would open, tailgatin ... More >>
Todd Rundgren The Pageant March 20, 2012 Last night, fresh off a five-show stint at City Winery in New York City and a Robert Johnson tribute show at the Apollo Theater, Todd Rundgren arrived in St. Louis to share his "The Unpredictable Todd Rundgren" tour at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314 ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
Roy KastenDave Alvin and the Guilty Ones huddle at Off Broadway Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones | The Skeletons Off Broadway July 7, 2011 Just a few hours before the show, F-4 tornadoes flirted with the far outskirts of the metro area, thunderstorms capable of producing shot-glass-sized hail p ... More >>
In the weeks following the hit-and-run car accident that claimed the life of Fattback's Dave Hagerty and injured his girlfriend Ellen Cook, the local music community has continued to lend its support to help defray medical costs.This evening, beginning at 5 p.m., CJ Muggs in Webster Groves will h ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiIra Kaplan of Yo La Tengo at the Pageant, 1/24/10 Yo La Tengo fandom is a labor of love. The adventurous diversity which makes the band's albums so captivating also wreaks havoc on its consistency. Never is this more apparent than in the live setting, where the group lives and d ... More >>
The 24th annual Farm Aid started with the old-school gospel quartet harmonies of the Blackwood Brothers and enough warm sunshine to persuade all the family farms in Missouri -- the Show Me State has the second highest number of farms in the Union -- that their summer work is far from over. What Will ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungKaren O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Pageant. More photos here.Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O has crafted a persona as a shabby-chic fashion icon, a vulnerable diva, and some sort of female version of Iggy Pop. She has dated music video director Spike Jonze and is involved in t ... More >>
10 p.m. Friday, January 2. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway.
Bennie Smith: 1933-2006.
Bennie Smith and a dwindling cadre of St. Louis music pioneers have a right to sing the blues
Week of January 26, 2006
Thursday, November 10; Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Rhino)
Wednesday, September 3; the Pageant
Meet the Infrareds, contemporary surf rock's purest exponents
Tastes of Tilles and Central West End
Thursday, Sept. 13; Galaxy
St. Louis welcomes three acts you won't want to miss
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
History tells us that musicians who turn to the written word are just asking for trouble. Occasionally, though, something special sneaks through.
A look at the long career of rock & roller Ronnie Dawson
The young rockers of Sullen give the lie to their name with an agreeable stage presence and nearly perfect songs