Seven-inch singles are still the best way to get to know a band. If you can't kick out the jams in under four minutes per side, perhaps the rocking life just isn't for you. The end of the summer brought a few new 45s from two venerable local acts, both building off of and refining what came before.
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David MullisCaleb Travers' new EP, Ain't No Jukebox, gets an official release this Friday at Off Broadway. Describing the effort in this week's Homespun column, Christian Schaeffer says, "Travers has created a stripped-down but melodically rich document. The strings give a classical, stately ... More >>
The 2011 RFT Music Showcase is practically here: This Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Washington Avenue. In our continued attempt to prepare you for the madness of 78 music acts in one day, we will be compiling preview tracks from artists playing the showcase; you can listen below. This wil ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaSleepy Kitty, with their record collectionAfter Joe Schwab filled A to Z in on Euclid Records' pop-up store at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, he chatted about what the store's record label -- uh, Euclid Records -- is up to.
First, the next installment in its "Euclid Sessions" seve ... More >>
(Welcome to In the Studio, a section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email me, with the phrase "In the Studio" in the subject heading.)
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In my profile of Jason McEntire, I observed him and producer Steven Haigler working with Building Rome on its new album, Nightmare. The band's been around for many years, but has matured greatly beyond its early work, which was heavily indebted to Jimmy Eat World. I caught up with BR vocalist/songwr ... More >>
In my Jason McEntire/Sawhorse Studios profile, the studio engineer mentioned he was in an high school incarnation of the St. Louis band Colony, which recorded for a major label in the '90s. McEntire has kept in touch with the band in the ensuing years -- and in fact recently collaborated with Colon ... More >>
In this week's paper, I profiled Jason McEntire and Sawhorse Recording Studios, one of the many local studios helping musicians near and far make cool records. As of late, bands such as Building Rome, Ludo, Ha Ha Tonka and Magnolia Summer have stopped by the south-side digs. Oh, and speaking of stop ... More >>