Local music makers really touch us, you know? Bands create melodies that just reach out and grab us, stroking our brains and hearts in a way that's only mildly inappropriate. But it's not only the tunes that grope for our attention; plenty of St. Louis bands also are named after body parts that care ... More >>
This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
Summerland Tour 2012 Family Arena August 7, 2012 "Everyone here will know at least one song by one band tonight," Art Alexakis, lead singer of Everclear, promised early in the night at last night's Summerland concert at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4200). Alexakis was ... 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 >>
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 7. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.
The trifecta may be sex, drugs, and rock & roll, but at some point you have to get from point A to point B. Against its better judgement, rock & roll has gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated several times. We are not endorsing such an activity, but the risk factor of driving while intoxicated h ... 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 >>
Jay Farrar plays the Sheldon tonight.The October madness continues. Jay Farrar plays a rare show at the Sheldon tonight, the Blind Eyes debut its new, four-piece lineup at the Stagger Inn tomorrow and guitar god Buddy Guy makes a visit to the Family Arena. Plus: both Volcanoes and Palace rel ... More >>
Slow week for announcements, but there are some gems up in here: Remember the '90s? Yeah, they like, weren't that long ago, and just when we thought we were nearing the end of this otiose, pervasive nostalgia, Lumiere Place comes to the rescue with October shows from Better Than Ezra and the Gin Blo ... More >>
Kelsey WhippleThere's good news and bad news here: Depending on how you feel about the literature giant, the July 18 news that Borders is closing its doors and liquidating all of its merchandise comes with heavy hearts and lighter wallets. Well, we have more news for you: It has been one mont ... More >>
Lance NelsonThere's something about guitar-based, pop-oriented rock music that has allowed it to stand the test of time. Big Star, Cheap Trick, the Replacements, the Lemonheads, Gin Blossoms, Superchunk... the list goes on and on. None of these acts felt obligated to rely on over-the-top inst ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
9 p.m. Friday, September 25. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
John Henry and the Engine are celebrating the release of a video for its song "Cut Your Anchor Free" with a show tonight at Off Broadway. The song sounds like a slow-dance tune from a '50s prom, a song buoyed by Henry's cut-to-the-quick vocal pleading and bar-room organ. Also on the bill are One Lon ... More >>
[R.E.M. released a deluxe, 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, Murmur, today. The two-disc set contains the original album remastered from original tapes and a live concert bootleg from Larry's Hideaway in Toronto from that era. Co-producer Don Dixon will be on my KDHX radio show on Mo ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4. Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, as part of the Heritage & Freedom Fest, O'Fallon
North, South, East & the Rest
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 5. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8. Argosy Casino (One Front Street, Alton, Illinois)
Byron Crawford takes no prisoners. Don't screw with him.
An often-exasperating box set offers the final word on Nirvana's legacy
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Drink, stroll and party instead