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Japandroids

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    September 11, 2014

    Why Blink-182 Is a Great Band

    Critics do their best to ignore Blink-182. After all, it's not easy to get scrunched up with deep opinions about lip-ringed, occasionally naked SoCal troublemakers hawking pre-YouTube music-video softcore on early-morning MTV rotation. Pitchfork didn't even bother publishing a flogging (a la 21st Ce ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Five Music Writing Clich├ęs That Need to Die

    On Monday, I read the following sentence on a popular music website about the new Cloud Nothings album: "The band continues to make powerfully utilitarian music for people who don't seek out this type of music just to be told what to think." I read it over and over again until my eyes rolled back in ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spain, Ivan & Alyosha and More: Review and Photos

    Kneeling down at the edge of the stage at the big outdoor venue of Stubb's in Austin, Nick Cave cradled a young man's head in his hands and sang his death-filled take on the deathless "Stagger Lee" myth. The jammed-in crowd laughed a little nervously. Cave stared down at the kid, who just kept noddi ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    The Billiken Club Isn't Dead: KSLU's Push to Revive the Shuttered Student Venue

    The creative minds behind KSLU, St. Louis University's campus radio station, shift in tandem with every new semester. Recently-appointed Music Director Jill Cherkas helms new efforts to increase the station's involvement in local music through several avenues. One goal is to revitalize the Billiken ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Pazz & Jop Results Are In! See this Year's Winners, Read Advice from St. Louis Artists

    The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaimed music. In additio ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    The Year-End List of Lists to End All Year-End Lists This Year (You Wish)

    I am a chronic ranker of things, a lister. You give me a category - movies, music, vegetables, just about anything besides my children - and I'll give you a nice, neat list of my favorites. For my summary of the year 2012, a single Top Ten List didn't seem sufficient, so instead I submit my Top Five ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Euclid Records' 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2012

    Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    The Ten Best Musical Happenings of 2012: Humble Edition

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! I am not the most active of local scenesters. I am not up on many of the year's crit ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Japandroids: How A Just Okay Record Became The Best Album of 2012

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2012

    The Best Music Photographer in St. Louis: Vote Now!

    Update 12/19: And this thing is over, 1,651 votes later. We'll announce the winner very soon. Update, 12/17: We'll close the poll at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, December 19. Thanks to everyone who has already voiced an opinion -- we've collected just over 900 votes in four days. We've spent the last ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    The 20 Best Concerts That Happened in St. Louis in 2012, According to Us

    It's been another steller year for live music in St. Louis, whether you were looking for the most legendary living pop artist or the quiet birth of a powerful local band. We've racked our brans and come up with our twenty favorite shows (they're listed below), but what tops your list? Was it The Ur ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Louis Kwok: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of thei ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012

    Japandroids

    8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    August 29, 2012

    Japandroids, Smashing Pumpkins, The Shivas and More in This Week's New 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 >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Illegal Downloading Is Wrong, But I Do It Anyway

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Question: If you were in the middle of a riot, streets overrun with people freaking out, smashing windows ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Six Most Cringe-Inducing Genres

    Genres can be handy organizational tools. Without them, we would have to resort to long-winded explanations of every artists or unwarranted comparisons to similar acts. But as genres become more specific, they often become more ridiculous. Here are the six most cringe-inducing genres. Feel free to l ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Pygmalion Music Festival 2011: What to Expect, What to See and More

    ​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 >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: The Walkmen and Japandroids Sold-Out Off Broadway, Wednesday, October 20

    Jason StoffThe Walkmen at Off Broadway.​St. Louis concertgoers had some deciding to do last night. A number of fine shows -- Free Energy/Foxy Shazam/Hollerado at the Old Rock House, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Sheldon and the Walkmen/Japandroids at Off Broadway -- graced our fair city. Ju ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    WarPaint and Javelin Are Playing at the Luminary Center for the Arts

    Todd OwyoungWarPaint at the Pageant, Wednesday, June 9. More photos here.​If you like indie rock, the concert announcements this week have pretty much been like Christmas and your birthday all rolled up into one. Between Vampire Weekend/Beach House/The Very Best, the Walkmen/Japandroids, Someo ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    The Walkmen and Japandroids Announce a St. Louis Show at Off Broadway

    As if Vampire Weekend and Beach House announcing a local show wasn't exciting enough, now comes word that the Walkmen and Japandroids will be playing at Off Broadway on Wednesday, October 20. The latter thrilled the Billiken Club last November, while the former hasn't been to St. Louis in awhile. Ti ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Japandroids at the Billiken Club, Elvis Perkins in Dearland at the Gargoyle, All Time Low at the Pageant and Krista Ayne at Lure

    Didn't make it out this weekend? Lame! You missed some damn good times, including the Japandroids at the Billiken Club, Elvis Perkins at the Gargoyle and a wild night at Lure with a soft-core porn star. Check out what you missed in the photos below. The Japandroids at the Billiken ClubPhoto: Jason S ... More >>

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    November 21, 2009

    Review Photos: Japandroids and Surfer Blood at the Billiken Club, Friday, November 20

    Jason StoffJapandroids at the Billiken Club, last night. Entire slideshow here.​Japandroids do a lot with a little. Last night at the Billiken Club, singer/guitarist Brian King and singer/drummer David Prowse--just two affable fellas, neither equipped with show-off skills--para-tagged lo-fi po ... More >>

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    November 21, 2009

    Japandroids and Surfer Blood at the Billiken Club, 11/20/09: Photos

    Saint Louis University's Billiken Club finished this semester's concert series last night with Vancouver's the Japandroids and Florida's Surfer Blood. Photographer Jason Stoff was in the sweaty mess of bodies during the Japandroids set and brought back 40 photos from the show: The slideshow is title ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22

    Friday, November 20 *Elvis Perkins in Dearland/AA Bondy, The Gargoyle *Japandroids/Surfer Blood, The BIlliken Club *LFMAO/Shwayze/Far East Movement/Paradiso Girls/Space Cowboy, The Pageant *Dex Romweber Duo/Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost/Dirt Daubers, Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy *Steve Scorfina/Danny Liston ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, November 20-22, 2009

    You have a weekend, then a short week, and before you know it, you'll be in line outside the electronics store at 4 a.m. waiting to get flat-screen TV at deep, deeeep discount. So please, enjoy this final weekend before holiday madness descends on all of us. Here are ten options for weekend fun for ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2009

    Japandroids

    9 p.m. Friday, November 20. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.

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    September 12, 2009

    Japandroids at the Billiken Club, Friday, November 20

    Here's some cool news to wake up to on a Saturday: Canadian darlings Japandroids, who recently released an album on Polyvinyl called Post-Nothing, are coming through St. Louis on Friday, November 20, at the Billiken Club. Grungy chords, unhinged vocals and fuzz-coated melodies -- hell, it'll be the ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of August 3-9

    Every Monday A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Vintage Vinyl 1. K-JON---I Get Around 2. MAXWELL---BLACKsummers'night* 3. MICHAE ... More >>

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