This week, check out plenty of great touring acts including Sham 69, John Prine, Chrisette Michele and Ab-Soul. An Undercover Weekend also makes its return to the Firebird, and the Brothers Lazaroff hosts its annual block party at Vintage Vinyl. Get info on these shows and more in this week's recomm ... More >>
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), 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! Once upon a time, I ... More >>
Sen. Daniel Inouye, who passed this week, was present for some of the 20th Century's pivotal events. Born in Hawaii in 1924, he witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a medical volunteer. He enlisted in the Army and fought in World War II; there he lost an arm and still stayed in the service until 194 ... More >>
Outernational is a band to which music writers love making comparisons about politically outspoken musicians of yesteryear. Just about all of them stick. Yes, the New York-based rock group agrees with Woody Guthrie about whose land this is, shares the musical eclecticism of Joe Strummer (the Clash) ... More >>
Lookout! Records officially shut down this month, which is not shocking news to anybody familiar with the long-running punk rock label. The company's financial struggles were well known to the public, and since 2006 it has only stayed in business to keep up its back catalog. In honor of the i ... More >>
As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the metro area number in the tho ... More >>
"Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan"
In this week's Homespun column, Christian Schaeffer weighs in on the new release from the Union Electric -- "Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan." The A-side is, in the bands' description, "Tunnels is based on the story of Chinese immigrants, who came to Mexico for work, and were forced to live liter ... More >>
9 pm. Sunday, May 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
TLR, Bob Schneider and the Twitter bird. Don't ask me, but the image works.Tony La Russa is driving home. Rather than flying home after the season, he's taking his time heading back to the Bay Area this year and recreating a trip he took in 1996, which you all may recall was the year he took over ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Bleeding Deacon bartender Ryan Wilmsmeier. Part one is accessible here. Alissa NelsonEasy on the sweet vermouth: A classic Manhattan cockta ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, October 7. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Keegan Hamilton makes a stop on Waterford Crystal Drive in Dardenne Prairie, where lives were forever altered by cyberspace. There's a big stink in Crystal City over plans for an iron-ore smelter. Join Chad Garrison, and take a whiff. In the stirring documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Un ... More >>
Riverfront Times talks with director Julien Temple about the making of The Future is Unwritten.
Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on.
Plus, a sidebar detailing some of the label's essential releases.
Live a Little (Ashmont)
B-Sides gets domestic with Hurra Torpedo, defends the Dickies and downloads some hot, live MP3 action
Week of August 24, 2005
We duel with Gretchen Wilson and Kelly Clarkson, get home-cooking tips from the stars and delve into Omarion's psyche
We analyze Billy Corgan's catalog, count our Ps and Qs with They Might Be Giants and remember Joe Strummer's humble beginnings
And plays locally
A new boxed set highlights the genius of Johnny Cash
Café Balaban, 405 North Euclid Avenue, 314-361-8085
Here's what's been lurking on Radar Station's desk
Illumination (Yep Roc)
Not just another story: Joe Strummer's dead
Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?
Profiling St. Louis' most ethical band, the Red Squares, sparks an ethical dilemma
Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (Hellcat/Epitaph)
From Here to Eternity (Epic)