Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
The Shins | The Antlers | Deep Sea Diver
June 4, 2012
"Should I be surprised at the amount of fist-pumping happening in the audience?" I wondered to myself last night on the Pageant floor during the Shins first song of the night, "Phantom Limb," from 2007's Wincing the Night Away. It wa ... More >>
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.
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EMI RecordsDavid Lynch, Danger Mouse and SparklehorseLast spring, the late Mark Linkous (a.k.a. the man behind Sparklehorse) attempted to release what would be one of his final projects, Dark Night of the Soul. The album was a collaboration between Linkous and infamous musician/producer, Dang ... More >>
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>