Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
[Update 6:23 pm: MBV's official website has already crashed from the volume of people trying to get to the new album. Keep checking back for more updates.] [Update 2: According to Consequenses of Sound, the album is called mbv and contains nine tracks. It will be available for purchase on the band' ... More >>
Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine had fans on the edge of their seats all week in anticipation of the band's first album in more than twenty years. Frontman Kevin Shields' onstage remarks in London on Sunday hinted that the new material would be released this week -- "might be out in two or three ... More >>
Japandroids' Celebration Rock is my favorite record of 2012 because I'm tired of albums that want to change my life. This is the simplest conclusion I can come to in my search for a deeper reasoning of what Celebration Rock means to me - or, more accurately, what liking Celebration Rock says about m ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 26. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
8:30 p.m. Friday, October 19. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
10 p.m. Thursday, October 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Wild Nothing has just been announced as a late addition to the LouFest lineup. The pop band -- and musical moniker of Brooklyn's Jack Tatum -- joins Girl Talk, the Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr., Son Volt and more on the bill for the annual fest in Forest Park. This year's installment is com ... More >>
We Are Scientists has just announced that it is canceling a series of upcoming tour dates -- including a scheduled set at LouFest -- due to lead singer Keith Murray's throat issues. The band's full statement can be found below. LouFest, meanwhile, took to its official Facebook page to say that an ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, May 11. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Cursive | Cymbals Eat Guitars | Conduits April 20, 2012 Off Broadway You don't expect a mosh pit to erupt at a concert headlined by a Saddle Creek Records band, but if it's a Cursive show, you should. Though one of the first groups signed to the Omaha-based record label, Cursive helped define and y ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Friday, February 10. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
The Shins, dormant for the last few years, will return in 2012 with Port of Morrow and a U.S. tour that includes a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-616) on June 4. Tickets are $32 for general admission or $37 for reserved balcony spots and go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. The Shins, ... More >>
The most recent incarnation of the Grateful Dead experience, Furthur, makes a stop at the Fox Theater this Sunday. The Dead has a cultural and musical legacy which extends well beyond the obvious boundaries of the Jam Band genre and its free-spirited community. Jam bands are typically viewed ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 25. Pig Slop Studios.
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
With LouFest, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza done you may think the music festival season is over after Labor Day. But there's still more: Those who crave an indie rock festival featuring creative, innovative and up-and-coming artists will be glad to know that their audio paradise is only 178 mi ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
wikimedia commonsThe official LouFest after party, to be held on Saturday, August 27th at the Gramophone, will feature DJ sets from the Roots' Questlove and members of Deerhunter. Advance tickets are $17 and on sale now. St. Louis' DJ Needles and 18andCounting will open the party -- doors op ... More >>
Sometimes the Iternets can put on one helluva flesh-and-blood show. Pitchfork Music Festival is run by the music blog of the same name, which just announced it's expanding to Paris this fall with an overseas version of the festival to be curated by (Everybody Loves) Bon Iver. The American b ... More >>
Lee HarrisOf Montreal | Yip Deciever Luminary Center for the Arts July 4th, 2011 It seems as though Athens, Georgia's Of Montreal and Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie) shouldn't jive. July 4th is brimming with conservative values, and the band's transgender obsessed schizo-disco ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Monday, May 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Nolan ConwayVivian Girls with Black Lips Vintage Vinyl/The Firebird Thursday, April 21 Live music patrons of St. Louis, you had a choice last night: You could have gone to see Arcade Fire and The National play Scottrade Center (and if my Twitter feed is any indication, most people I know did ... More >>
Surprise! Happy Tuesday! LouFest just announced the lineup for the 2011 edition of the festival, which takes place in Forest Park on August 27 and 28. Hip-hop hotshots The Roots, indie darlings TV On the Radio, folkie chanteuse Cat Power, neo-shoegazer Deerhunter, bar-band bros the Hold Stead ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
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. Wednesday, December 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. ARCADE FIRE---Suburbs 2. BLACK CROWES---Croweology* 3. RICK ROSS---Teflon Don 4. EMINEM---Recovery 5. BUN B---Trill O.G. 6. GOV'T MULE---Mulennium 7. LOS LOBOS---Tin Can Rust 8. MENOMENA---Mines* 9. ROOTS---How I Got Over 10. DRAKE---Thank Me Lat ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 17. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
7:30 p.m. Monday, July 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Jason StoffPassion Pit at the PageantFor those (myself included) who missed the "paroxysmal delight" that was Passion Pit's sold out show at the Pageant last week, here's some pacification. Levi's Pioneer Sessions, a project that encourages artists to perform songs by other artists who've in ... More >>
Photo: Jason StoffPassion Pit's banter-happy frontman Michael Angelakos. See a slideshow of last night's Passion Pit show at the Pageant.Someone sprinkled fairy dust on the Pageant last night. There's no other explanation for it, and not enough superlatives exist to describe the sold-out Pass ... More >>
Chrissy PiperTokyo Police ClubToronto's Tokyo Police Club is an economical bunch. A two-minute song can pack in around a dozen unique hooks, which made 2006's A Lesson In Crime EP more rewarding than most bands' entire discographies. Although its touring schedule is almost as relentless as it ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
* means coming to town, means a local release Euclid Records 1. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil 2. MGMT - Congratulations 3. Jeff Beck - Emotion Commotion 4. Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies, & Alibis 5. Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social ... More >>
As always: The denotes a local release, * means the band is coming to town. Euclid Records 1. Caribou, Swim* 2. MGMT, Congratulations 3. Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, True Love Cast Out All Evil 4. Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu 5. Jonsi, Go 6. Jeff Beck, Emotions ... More >>
A special Record Store Day edition of top sellers! equates local, * is a band coming to town. Euclid separated its RSD exclusives for its top ten; Vintage did not. Vintage Vinyl 1. VARIOUS ARTISTS---Don't Quit Your Day Job 2. FLAMING LIPS, STAR DEATH & WHITE DWARF WITH HENRY ROLLINS & PEA ... More >>
Taea ThaleShe & Him headline day two of LouFest.Indie-pop duo She & Him, Canadian rock collective Broken Social Scene, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy, veteran fuzz-rockers Built to Spill, indie upstarts Airborne Toxic Event and grizzled Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo are topping the LouFest lin ... More >>
The only people having more fun than the Pageant's audience last night were Tegan and Sara Quin. The twin sisters blasted through a fantastic 25-song set which touched on their entire career, thrilling the packed venue. Photo: Todd OwyoungTegan and Sara last night at the Pageant. See full slideshow ... More >>
Electro-indie-funk-hippie-whatever act MGMT is releasing its anticipated second album on April 13, titled Congratulations. The cover for this album was revealed earlier this week, and it's a creation from Anthony Ausgang, who's known for his cartoonish art in the genre known as "Lowbrow." Elsewhere ... More >>
Good morning, St. Louis! Here's a recap of our weekend coverage."The Situation" at Club F15teenPhtoo: Egan O'KeefeSee more photos from Saturday night at F15teen.Despite the jaw-dropping douche-baggery that takes place on MTV's Jersey Shore -- but with ratings like the show's received, more of us ... More >>
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