Everyone's sick this week! I've quarantined myself in my little cube corner all week OD'ing on oranges and gummy vitamins, staring at the box of Kleenex on my desk and nervously awaiting my turn. As a wise man once said, the only prescription for this fever is more cowbell, and while I can't guarant ... More >>
Editor's note: This post is half of a two-parter! Please read its companion post as well, Six Tips For Hosting Dirty Vagrants (Also Known as Touring Bands).
Musicians are selfish, entitled bastards. The most insidiously horrible ones tend to take their acts on the road, so as to gleefully mooch off ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, 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!
I am not the most active of local scenesters. I am not up on many of the year's crit ... More >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Photo by Jason StoffDeath Cab For Cutie
October 2, 2011
Ben Gibbard has left us. The melancholic Ben Gibbard we once knew is gone, for all intents and purposes. He's skinny now, having swapped drinking for running, and he's got a new, Jordan Catalano haircut. He's visibly bouncy, ... More >>
The Raincoats. Photo by Mike AppelsteinThe Raincoats | Grass Widow
The Double Door
September 19, 2011
After three decades of sporadic activity, it's about time the Raincoats played the Midwest. This legendary late '70s/early' 80s London band toured the East and West coasts during its init ... More >>
Courtesy of YowieTo call Yowie an acquired taste would be a flagrant misrepresentation. Yowie is not something you can acquire. Try to understand its sonic mindfuckery, try to follow the preposterous complexity of Yowies' sound, and your dendrites will start to short-circuit. Music like this ... More >>
One by one they walked into the auditorium. Some were somber. Others were chatty. The overwhelming majority were women and children. Nearly all were black.
Boxes of tissues were scattered around the room during this April 9 vigil to honor those residents of St. Louis city and county who wer ... More >>
Image via WashingtonPost.comTodd A. Nicely was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medalâ€‹Today is Veteran's Day and, whether you're relaxing at home at the couch or grumbling about being at work, it's easy to lose sight of how much this holiday can mean to people who have either served i ... More >>
Image via last.fmKate McGarrigleSad news out of Montreal: Folk singer Kate McGarrigle -- the former wife of Loudon Wainright III, and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright -- died of liver cancer today. She was 63. Here's footage from last December, of Kate with children Rufus and Martha ... More >>
Steve McCracken has overseen a 13-year, $800 million cleanup and burial of the radioactive waste at Weldon Spring. Now that the odyssey is nearing its end, one thought haunts him -- how to warn people in the future not to dig it up.