Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, twenty years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the '90s. Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, ... More >>
Today marks the re-release of Nirvana's In Utero. The album recently turned twenty years old and this milestone is being celebrated with the release of a "Super Deluxe Edition." The new edition offers remixes, demos, compilation tracks and rare, previously unreleased tracks, but we wanted to take a ... More >>
Little Big Bangs Little Big Bangs littlebigbangs.bandcamp.com One of the harrowing truths of the recent twentieth anniversary celebration/reissue campaign of Nirvana's In Utero (aside from the relentless march of time and the music press' fixation with fundamentally meaningless anniversaries) is th ... More >>
Most music fans seemed to greet the news that Paul McCartney would be fronting what appeared to be a reunited Nirvana at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert with a mix of insistent cool-detachment and curiosity. Nirvana fans--at least the ones who use Twitter--greeted the news that Paul McC ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
Pancho RuckerPancho Rucker has been here before. His new album, Kurt Cobain Music, follows a long string of releases: From The Dirt To The Throne, FUQ, I'm Better Than You On Ur Sh*t Volumes 1 and 2, The Kim Jong Il Mixtape, F*ck The Radio, and No Bullsh*t Allowed. The St. Louis native has le ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThere's always been a sense of glamour in the blur of all that is sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and it doesn't end when the music's done, or even when the rock stars die. Instead, an eerie feeling of mystery and unfinished business surfaces when the demise of a music icon is ... More >>
The fine folks at Blue Ocean Sushi just dropped by with a menu folded into the shape of a collared shirt (see above). Down the right side there, you can see celebrity names; they continue on the back and, as it turns out, correspond to various sushi combo platters. Chuck Berry costs you $12 a ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Music fans of a certain age, prepare to feel very, very old. Frances Bean Cobain - the daughter of Courtney Love and Nirvana's late singer, Kurt Cobain - turns eighteen today. Yes, that's right -- the cute little peanut seen in picture after magazine picture back in the day is now legal. She ... More >>
artmoney.orgart money by Elisabeth Maria Hansson WejsflogFrom its independent movie theater/DVD shop/cafe, the Ragtag, to its annual True/False Film Fest, Columbia, Missouri, is a college town known for supporting art-house cinema, especially documentaries. Nathan Truesdell, a Columbia res ... More >>
Kurt CobainNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic Ready to feel old? Nirvana's landmark debut, Bleach, turns twenty years old this year. (I'm pretty sure I have a few T-shirts as old as this. Really.) Before Nevermind made Nirvana a mainstream sensation, the lower-than-lo-fi buzzsawing of Bleach cap ... More >>
Fifteen years ago today, the body of Kurt Cobain was discovered in Seattle. I still remember where I was; I know many other people around my age do, too. Here's one of the best videoclips of Nirvana out there.
In this week's paper, Mike Appelstein interviewed Tom of the Welsh septet Los Campesinos! This was my favorite bit: Who's "the other Kurt"? Tom: That's a really good story actually. While we were recording that song with John Goodmanson, we were talking with him. I think he was the first pers ... More >>
7 p.m. Tuesday, October 7. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
9 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Local director AJ Schnack traces Kurt Cobain's musical influences in his poignant documentary.
From Q&As to film debuts, your guide to the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
Local filmmaker AJ Schnack makes the grunge king beautifully human.
Short Cut to Nirvana espouses enlightenment, but it's sketchy on how to get there
Local shows explore the line between rock and death
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
An often-exasperating box set offers the final word on Nirvana's legacy
Week of October 20, 2004
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Monday, October 20; Creepy Crawl
You know you're right -- you can't lose with rare Nirvana
The world according to Art Chantry
Wednesday, Dec. 6; Duck Room
Everything Is Possible! (Luaka Bop)