• Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Five Albums That Breed Insufferable Fans

    There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 21 to 23

    This weekend, Bible Belt Sinners puts out a new CD, Googolplexia and Dubb Nubb team up for a split EP and several touring acts grace stages allover St. Louis including the Mowgli's, DeRobert and the Half-Truths, K. Michelle, Native and Useless Eaters. Get the info on these shows and more in our conc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Mysterious Experimental Music Legend Jandek Comes to St. Louis

    There are two distinct eras to Jandek, an experimental-music project revolving around a Houston, Texas, musician and songwriter who — though it has never been officially confirmed — most people generally agree is named Sterling Smith. The enigmatic performer arrives in St. LouisĀ on Frid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From March 17 to 23

    The following is just a mere selection of the mammoth set of offerings this week. The glory of the South by Southwest festival for St. Louis every year means plenty of passing through from bands that traveled cross-country to get to Austin and back. Additionally, a defrost from winter means a detox ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: March 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Here's Why Jandek Coming to St. Louis is a Really, Really Big Deal

    In case you missed it in this week's show announcements, Houston's Jandek is scheduled to play at St. Louis University's Billiken Club on March 21, 2014. "Rare" doesn't even begin to describe what an event this is.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Jandek, Wussy, H2O, Drag the River and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    New Music Circle Celebrates Its 55th Season with Saxophonist Marty Ehrlich

    With firm roots in St. Louis soil, New Music Circle stands proud as the city's oldest group of its type. Exploring sound while focusing on live performance, NMC brings artists of jazz, noise and contemporary composition to St. Louis with an emphasis on locations. Beginning in 1959, NMC has spent o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    A Free Jazz After Party: Weird Out With Chikamorachi

    Chikamorachi: Chris Corsano & Darin Gray Saturday, April 20 FOAM at 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 8 PM, $10 Record Store Day attracts the collector and show goer alike as area stores pile live bands on top of limited releases. The whole affair recalls a certain holiday spirit fueled by feedback and wax. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Greasing Palms and Glad-Handing In Spite of Crippling Anxiety

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    The Music Festival for People Who Hate Music Festivals: Cropped Out Returns this Weekend

    Edged out of the public eye, thirty-plus artists will make their pilgrimage to Louisville, Kentucky to converge on the hot button festival of recent years, Cropped Out. A name that calls on imagery of open pastures and farmland, Cropped Out forcibly cuts out the pillars of corporatism present in pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Meet Escalade: the Foul, Thoughtful, Party-Starting Rapper from Noise Band Catholic Guilt

    Escalade represents a foul mash-up of noise and rap music. Not rhythmic static or choreographed feedback, Escalade's songs shows a keen ear for tonality where songs have become occupied spaces of thought. We're not talking about hyper produced hip-hop or hardcore ghetto-spit, but pop songs coming fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Who's the Surprisingly Knowledgable Music Fan on Jeopardy's Writing Staff?

    Now that Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt is apparently back from Samoa, one of the music world's biggest mysteries is over. This means we can turn our attention to other matters. Such as this: Just who is sneaking all the indie-rock questions into Jeopardy!? In the past month, Jeopardy! contestan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    The Worst Cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Ever. [Video]

    Hey, you: Perhaps you missed Roger Waters' recent restaging of The Wall, but need tiding over before El Monstero's multi-night stand at the Pageant. Or perhaps you hate Pink Floyd and would like to see them banished from collective memory. Either way, have we got the clip for you. Behold this exqu ... More >>

  • Music

    November 28, 2001

    Child's Play

    Twenty-five years ago, an idealistic freak recorded Canadian children singing pop songs. Newly reissued, the CD is an underground hit.