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Joseph Hess

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: October 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 15 to 21

    This week Hands and Feet releases an album, and plenty of touring artists make way through the Lou. Check out the Black Lips at the Ready Room, Die Antwoord at the Pageant, Lee Fields & the Expressions at 2720 Cherokee and much more. Read on for this week's picks from our critics.

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    August 12, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: August 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From August 4 to 10

    This week, Wild Hex releases a new tape while supporting the Miami Dolphins from Minneapolis, the Baseball Project performs at Blueberry Hill with Water Liars, and Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones take the stage at Off Broadway. Read about these shows and more in this our critics' picks.

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    July 14, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From July 14 to 20

    This week, re-live your '90s obsessions by catching big names like Beck and Jack White. Some other notable happenings include the two-year anniversary of Blank Space DJ spin the Bump & Hustle, Cardiac Arrest's record release pub crawl, and monthly installments of local experimental series NOiSE and ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    May 27, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 27 to June 1

    This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Noise: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Hard Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From March 31 to April 6

    This week, the Ready Room makes its big debut in the Grove with Of Montreal. Meanwhile, plenty of other big names take over stages all across town. Check out Earth, Alejandro Escovedo, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more this week. Get the info on these shows and more after ... More >>

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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. Louis on Frid ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From November 11 to 17

    This week, Pink, Pure Bathing Culture, Little Howlin' Wolf and more makes stops in town. Besides that, check out Foxing's album release and the New Music Circle's next event featuring Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder. Read about these shows and more in this week's recommendations.

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    September 16, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis This Week From September 16 to September 22

    This week, look forward to stops in town from touring bands including No Age, Typhoon, Against Me!, Billy Bragg and Black Prairie. An Undercover Weekend 7 takes over the stage at the Firebird, too! Get details on these shows and more in our show recommendations.

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    August 26, 2013

    Riverfront Times Seeks Fall Interns for News, Music, Photography

    Ever wonder what it's like working for an alt-weekly? Here's your chance to find out firsthand. Riverfront Times is currently seeking interns for the fall semester to write for Daily RFT and RFT Music and to shoot photo assignments for our website. Ideal candidates will have experience working for t ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Riverfront Times Seeks Fall Interns for News, Music, Photography

    Ever wonder what it's like working for an alt-weekly? Here's your chance to find out firsthand. Riverfront Times is currently seeking interns for the fall semester to write for Daily RFT and RFT Music and to shoot photo assignments for our website. Ideal candidates will have experience working for t ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Hip-Hop (Group): Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Noise: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Punk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Hard Rock: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Hardcore: Meet your 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013
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    May 30, 2013

    Post Hardcore: Meet the RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Cover: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Experimental: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    April 18, 2013

    In St. Louis Music, Life Is a Never-Ending Conflict of Interests

    Art and life cohabitate, informing, imitating and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Two months ago, my wife and I began renting a building in Edwardsville, Illinois, and moved our home studio ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Spelling Bee Outs "Joe Sly," Alleged Undercover Cop Posing as Punk Fan

    We here at RFT Music can barely breathe this is so awesome. St. Louis's own Spelling Bee has apparently outed an undercover police operation in Boston. The cops' goal: Breaking up DIY punk shows by posing as fans. "Basically I think the cops should have something better to do," says drummer and vo ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    The Meticulous, Furious Cacophony of Spelling Bee: Review

    Together, Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen make St. Louis a much noisier place. As light-night DJs on the KDHX (88.1 FM) program Wrong Division, the couple spins sides from labels like Skin Graft and Touch and Go with special attention paid to local bands, past and present. Their website, wrongdivision.co ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From December 3 to December 9

    Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Yowie Returns: Listen to a Track from the New Record Here

    In this week's music feature, Joseph Hess writes about Yowie -- a band of such meticulous intricacy that it took the best guitarist in St. Louis five months to learn five of its songs.

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    July 16, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 16 to 22

    My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and none of the bands listed this week feature that particular instrument. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Alberta Cross plays ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Psych: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more of o ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine: All Twelve Tracks, Streaming with Commentary

    Roughly what we will look like after attending four Bert Dax Xmas release shows.​A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of a recent music feature) and Matt Ha ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Every Bert Dax Christmas Volume Nine Track, Streaming with Commentary: Part One of Six

    ​A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of this week's music feature) and Matt Harnish of The Bert Dax Calvacade of Stars, features a pool of truly diverse lo ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

    Photo by Mabel Suen​Noise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    Advice To New Bands From Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen And Joseph Hess

    Photo by Andy Peterson​Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen and Joseph Hess have thrown themselves into more-or-less every corner of DIY music -- their relentless efforts are detailed in this week's feature. Their band kicks off its sixth tour this Friday at Pig Slop Studios. As you might expect, there ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: April 8 to 10

    ​It's FRIDAY, FRIDAY! Gotta get down on FRIDAY! Here's where you can find this weekend's FUN, FUN, FUN and partyin', partyin' (yeah), starting with locals Bikini Acid at Floating Laboratories and ending with Lil' Wayne and a few of his famous friends.

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    February 17, 2011

    Crankfest 2011 Takes Place This Weekend at Cranky Yellow

    Screenprint artist Curtis Tinsley will share the secrets of screenprinting on a budget on Sunday at Crankfest.​Kismet and ego have been at the root of great many happy accidents -- from the discovery of the New World to the discovery of Justin Bieber. This weekend, Joseph Hess is sharing anoth ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Eleven Things To Do This Weekend: October 1-3

    This weekend? Busy. Very, very busy. Check out some of our critic's picks on the RFT's music page -- and read on below for much, much more to do. Friday: Taste of St. Louis -- Downtown There's a little something for everyone at this annual event: Soul-funk (JJ Grey & Mofro), rock (Sister Hazel) and ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Homespun: Spelling Bee/Stove Blow, Solstice

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Spelling Bee's split CD with the Houston band Stove Blow. He had this to say about our locals: Guitarist Mabel Suen (last heard as the sax player for the Ultraviolents) and drummer Joseph Hess (Sleep State) make quick, shouted song-bursts as Spellin ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Homespun: Spelling Bee/Stove Blow

    Solstice
    (self-released)

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    August 24, 2009

    Tour Diary: Spelling Bee. Show One

    Joseph Hess from the band Spelling Bee wrote in to say that Internet issues and time have slowed the band's ability to send us tour missives. Instead, his friend Mitch Gilliam -- in the band Only the Bugman -- penned the following account of the tour's first show. And don't worry -- Hess promises a ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Tomorrow! Spelling Bee Tour Kickoff at Apop Records

    Spelling Bee is a newish noise/experimental duo featuring Mabel Suen (Ultraviolents) and Joseph Hess (ex-Sleep State) who's starting to earn some buzz around town. Next week, the pair is heading out on a very cool, unorthodox Southern tour -- and has graciously agreed to keep a tour diary for us. Bu ... More >>

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    August 22, 2007

    Sleep State

    ...Fuckin' Pervert EP (self-released)

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    August 16, 2007
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