John Darnielle

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    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 >>

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    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.

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    June 21, 2013

    The Mountain Goats at the Old Rock House, 6/20/13: Review, Photos and Setlist

    The Mountain Goats | Baptist Generals Old Rock House June 20, 2013 Well, this was more like it. The last time the Mountain Goats played St. Louis, it was April of 2012 and they appeared at the Gargoyle in front of about 80 people. This wasn't because the Mountain Goats weren't popular - they'd pl ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 17 to 23

    This week's show recommendations include visits from Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Black Flag, and more. Also, be on the look out for the Skin Graft St. Louis Homecoming and a dual release show featuring Humdrum and the latest Tower Groove Records single. Read on for all that and more!

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    March 19, 2013

    The Six Best Shitty-Sounding Records

    Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Please Don't Write A Song About Sandy Hook

    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. Nobody truly knows how to cope with something as disturbing as the Sandy Hook massacre. But please don ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    The Six Best Songs About Dogs

    Last week we counted down the six best songs about cats. In the name of fairness - and as a continuation of the Nitpick Six Animal Series, here are the six best songs about dogs. Let us know your favorite dog tracks in the comments below. 6. Deerhoof - "Kidz Are So Small" Kidz Are So Small by Deerh ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    The Mountain Goats and Water Liars at the Gargoyle, 4/21/12: Review and Setlist

    The Mountain Goats | Water Liars April 21, 2012 The Gargoyle I'm just going to call it now: the most common response to this review will be "I didn't know the Mountain Goats played in St. Louis this weekend." John Darnielle and his crew flew in to play a one-off show on the closing night of Washing ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    The 33 1/3 Series is Accepting Submissions

    ​Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Six Indie Rock Songs That Sound Like Christian Rock Songs

    Image via.​A plethora of compelling music has come from indie rock's complicated relationship with Christianity: Sufjan Stevens' folk hymns, David Bazan's tormented crises, the Thermals' blasphemous pop punk. These are the polar opposite of today's contemporary Christian rock, with its overt p ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Kaki King

    8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

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    April 19, 2010

    Recap: Record Store Day at Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records, Saturday, June 17

    Dana Smith​As we stood in the slightly elevated perch of Vintage Vinyl's DJ booth, I asked store co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray if Record Store Day was his version of Christmas morning. He thought about it for a second and said, in his inimitable drawl, "You know, I think I like Record Store Day bett ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Rural Alberta Advantage

    9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.

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    August 27, 2008
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    July 23, 2008
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    April 25, 2007

    Crowd Control

    John Vanderslice gets by with a little help from his friends both live and in the studio.

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    December 27, 2006

    2006: The Year in Music

    Week of December 28, 2006

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    October 18, 2006

    Climb Ev'ry Mountain

    B-Sides gets lonely with the Mountain Goats and pays the rent with Pet Shop Boys.

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    March 1, 2006


    Monday, March 6. Doors at 7 p.m. Creepy Crawl, (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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    May 18, 2005

    Built to Last

    Doug Martsch runs the biggest little band on Earth

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    February 18, 2004

    Mountain Goats

    Tuesday, February 24; Rocket Bar

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    April 2, 2003

    It's a Hoosier Thing

    Week of April 2, 2003

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    November 13, 2002

    Mountain Goats

    Tallahassee (4AD)

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    June 20, 2001


    Week of June 20, 2001

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    January 20, 1999