Jon Hardy & the Public "In the Morning" / "1974" soundcloud.com/jon-hardy The past few years have been series of peaks and valleys for Jon Hardy & the Public. The highs (a few well-received LPs, a spot at 2011's LouFest) were met with some momentum-killing lows, especially after Hardy fractured two ... More >>
St. Louis musicians are a pretty generous bunch; it seems like they're always lending their tunes to local productions, sharing how-to tips and staging benefit shows. And so it goes this weekend when three of St. Louis' widely-praised bands come together to honor the memory of one of their own durin ... More >>
It's Monday, it's shitty outside, and I'm tired. My brain is mush, creativity is lacking, and there's an unknown chirp occurring somewhere in the vicinity of my desk (seemingly overhead somehow, but it is not a smoke detector) that is driving me to distraction. I've played out the coming hours in my ... More >>
In late 2010, Jon Hardy & the Public released an EP titled A Hard Year. The band couldn't have known what kind of year lay ahead of it. In September of last year, a few weeks after the Public's well-received performance at LouFest, Hardy took a tumble out of a tree and landed on his head, fracturing ... More >>
Courtesy of Jon Hardy Jon Hardy, of black-tie, blue-collar rock band Jon Hardy & the Public, was in a St. Louis park last Sunday, the 11th when what he will only describe as a "freak accident" sent him to the hospital. He wound up with two fractured vertebrae, some minor bleeding in his brain ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 26. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
LouFest is just over two weeks, and our excitement is reaching unhealthy levels. You already know the headliners: The Roots, TV On The Radio, The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, !!!, Cat Power, etc. The local lineup is impressive as well: Jon Hardy & the Public, Old Lights and Troubadour Dali lead t ... More >>
Image viaJon Hardy & the Public has just released a video for the title track off last year's A Hard Year EP. In it, our intrepid hero runs through a snowy forest with a flare -- the perfect accompaniment to a song that always seemed like it warranted reckless abandon. The concept for the pi ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWithout fanfare, here are the 2011 RFT Music Awards nominees. Bands performing at this year's RFT Music Showcase, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue, will be taken from this list. Like they are every year, the nominations are cobbled together from fan ... More >>
Roy KastenFitz and the Tantrums at the Duck RoomSaturday afternoon and evening in the Delmar Loop, the icepocalypse was finally subsiding after weeks of sadistic winter. Gutters and parking lanes yet proved treacherous, but the scene at the sold-out basement bar, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, d ... More >>
On February 25, the Friends of the Sheldon is presenting a benefit concert featuring cult composer/songwriter Randy Newman. According to the venue, proceeds from the show will benefit Sheldon educational programs. Patron tickets priced at $125 and $150 are on sale now; these include free parking, pr ... More >>
Girl Talk is playing at the Pageant on January 18. Get your tickets in advance for this one; it will sell out. That's not the only news buzzing today about the mash-up king: This morning, Girl Talk released a new album online for free. He's not the only one, however: Jumbling Towers is giving away i ... More >>
A Hard Year EP
In recent weeks, a bunch of local musicians unleashed new tunes on the masses. Here's a brief round-up. Know of anything else? Leave a comment. Tef Poe Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, "Brick Thieves" Occasional RFT contributor Bill Streeter is making a documentary about the city's uniqu ... More >>
In recent weeks, a bunch of local bands unleashed new music on the masses. Here's a brief round-up. Know of anything else? Leave a comment. Your Fall Jam Union Tree Review, "Interstate" Fall is now officially here, says the calendar. Thankfully, Union Tree Review is here to provide your scarf-weari ... More >>
heartlandtrails.comCherokee StreetCherokee Street just produced the latest addition to its unique strip of art- and music-related shops, studios and galleries. It just doesn't want you to know exactly who/what/where it is. The group will, however, tell you why they exist. Their mission statem ... More >>
Darth Vader Pez Dispenser: "Impressive."Have fun this weekend, but don't go broke. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend entertainment that will cost you $10 or less. Eighteenth-annual National PEZ Convention at the Marriott St. Louis West (Saturday) If you remember our 2007 feature story ... More >>
Image via friendshiphouse.comSeveral venues have booked tribute and benefit shows in recent days. First, the in-the-works tribute show to Frozen Food section member Helias (real name: Michael Schafermeyer), who passed away in May, is confirmed on Saturday, July 3, at the Gramophone. Scheduled ... More >>
Jon Hardy and the Public's tune "Worst I Ever Had" is NPR's "Song of the Day" today. "Worst" comes from the group's new digital EP, Sugar, which is available from its website. (Aside: Don't forget to snag its free Randy Newman covers EP here!) During recent shows, JH and crew have been focusing most ... More >>
Enough to do this weekend for ya? Goodness... D. Rider Who: The new band founded by Todd Rittmann of post-rock pioneers U.S. Maple. Think brain-bending percussion, diffracted found sounds and sinewy guitars. Where: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center With: The Conformists RIYL: Cheer-Accident, B ... 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.) Who: Jon Hardy ... More >>
Want to hear live audio performances from Twangfest? Go here, sez twang guru Roy Kasten. There you'll find nifty cassette tape widgets and streaming live sets from Amy Lavere (who's back in town at Off Broadway in August), DADDY, Big Sandy, Jon Hardy & the Public, Andre Williams, Jason Isbell an ... More >>
Looking for a way to pass a lazy Saturday afternoon? Twangfest has your answer tomorrow starting at 1 p.m., as it presents a free day party called "Out of the Gate: A St. Louis Music Showcase" at the Schlafly Bottleworks. The lineup:1:00 pm - Corey Saathoff Band 2:00 pm - Trigger 5 3:00 pm - Melody ... More >>
Blame Bonnaroo for tonight's insanity. Does the weekend start on Wednesday this week? Apparently so. Shows going on tonight: *Aerosmith, 3 Doors Down, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *White Rabbits, The Subjects, Jon Hardy & the Public, Firebird *Alejandro Escovedo, Amy Lavere, The Hot Club of Cow ... More >>
Jon Hardy & the Public recorded an EP of Randy Newman covers -- an idea which originated with its Under Cover Weekend set last September -- and is releasing it online exclusively at A to Z and the KDHX blog. Little Criminals: Songs From Randy Newman is available below to download for free. A vid ... More >>
Just before we adjourned for the three-day weekend, I received the lineup/schedule for this year's RFT Music Showcase, on Sunday, June 7. Here's the full list of nominees -- and don't forget to vote for your faves! And if you have any complaints/gripes -- I don't want to hear them, because I didn't ... More >>
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
Jon Hardy and the Public is playing a free -- free! -- show on Saturday night, December 6, at Off Broadway, along with Caleb Travers and the Champaign band Santa. (Appropriately, the group is calling it "Working for Free," a play on its album, Working in Love.) Check out a promo video the group whip ... More >>
Welcome to Monday morning, St. Louis. Now that you've pulled yourself out of bed, been annoyed by Matt Laurers' self-referential grooming habits and spilled coffee on your lap (OK, that was only some of our mornings), here's what you may have missed over the weekend.
It's hard not to swell up with hometown pride at an event like Midwest Mayhem. The annual fundraiser, thrown by KDHX (88.1 FM), collects many of this town's finest bands and lets them loose in the urban wonderland that is the City Museum. Great music played in fantastic surroundings in benefit of a ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. City Museum, 701 North 15th Street
Jon Hardy and the Public finds beauty in love's vagaries.
Homespun's top ten local album releases of 2007.
Working in Love
9 p.m. Saturday, October 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.