By Erik Thompson With additional reporting by Reed FischerThe 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many peopl ... More >>
What better time for a "gotcha moment" (to borrow a Palin-ism) than the very beginning of a song? It takes some guts to change a listener's perception of a track before it is fully formed, but it is eternally memorable when executed well. Here is a list of the six best fakeout intros. Feel free to l ... More >>
The Black Keys | Arctic Monkeys April 27, 2012 Chaifetz Arena There was a nice moment in the middle of the Black Keys' impressive concert last night when guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach sent hired guns Gus Seyffert and John Wood away so he could play alone with drummer Patrick Carney. It was a nod to ... More >>
Did we ruin the surprise? As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the m ... More >>
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
Image viaLast week, George W. Bush revealed what he was doing when Barack Obama called with the news that U.S. forces had found and killed Osama bin Laden:"I was eating soufflé at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies," Bush said..., according to an ABC News contributor who attended the eve ... More >>
Todd OwyoungFlogging Molly at the Pageant in 2010When the world ends, I'd like to be dancing, stomping and singing in the pit at a Flogging Molly concert. One could do worse. Last night at the sold-out Pageant, the Irish-punk band rallied the masses with a versatility that glimmered through ... 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.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
Todd OwyoungWolf Parade at the Pageant, November 20, 2010Let's be honest: Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86, doesn't quite pack the punch of its predecessors, Apologies to the Queen Mary and At Mount Zoomer. It has all the ingredients of the band's recipe for sonic success: Spencer Krug's ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
In the middle of his song "Spit It Out," Brendan Benson declared "for every bubble you blow, I'm gonna pop it." The line offered a pretty good insight into the singer-songwriter's methods. For all his unstoppable power-pop moves and clear-eyed, harmony-enhanced bubblegum tunes, a bittersweet current ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>
Up On The Moon
9 p.m. Friday, April 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
After many delays, the Coachella lineup was finally announced a wee bit ago. The lineup is light on huge reunions -- shocker, the Smiths aren't playing -- but has a few cool surprises. Night one headliner Paul McCartney is preceded by Morrissey and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Cohen is the big surprise/draw, ... More >>
Band: Franz Ferdinand Album: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Label: Domino Equation: Equation of an Ellipsoid click image to enlarge
Against Me! Plays anarchist punk rock for the masses.
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list.
6 p.m. Wednesday, October 11. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
Death Cab for Cutie weathers their major label transition with grace
B-Sides interprets Enya's cryptic language, scream alongside the vocal guru to the metal stars, and dream up some tribute bands we'd like to see
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11.
Friday, November 11; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
The Repulsion Box (Domino)
B-Sides boogies with a member of ABBA, gets dramatic with Colin Meloy and talks to the funniest NIN fan around
We trace Franz Ferdinand's family tree, talk with Idlewild and dig the truth behind Brian Jonestown Massacre's St. Louis cancellation
The Long Winters, dusted off and deliciously nonsensical
Michael Winterbottom delivers the sex, and not much else
The Glasgow School (Domino)
Saturday, June 18; the Gearbox (1551 South Seventh Street)
B-Sides bows down to the best bendy brass tube
We compare killers and Killers, look into The Source and learn about the final recordings of a rock legend
A little comic, a little poetic, totally Clem Snide
We tell the Bravery's fortune, decode a rock opera and groan over Sting's intoxicated verbosity
Mapping out the trends of 2005
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the years best pop-rock records.
Bingenheimer and Hickenlooper discuss their rockin' doc, Mayor of the Sunset Strip
And, like, dance or something