Let's talk about the mighty country of Canada for a minute. For most of us, our neighbor to the north is a a vast, mysterious frontier of nothingness and seasonal affective disorder. But those of us more carefully attuned to its culture have discovered the following: There is a meal that has been co ... More >>
Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
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 >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Last weekend, Chuck Berry gave fans in Chicago a scare: A New Year's Day concert ended prematurely after the 84-year-old fell ill. This gig aside, however, Berry remains a workhorse: Without fail, he plays monthly at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and he told Rolling Stone last year that he's working o ... More >>
Say this about Todd Rundgren: When revisiting his earlier work, he doesn't take shortcuts. Earlier this year, he toured a song-by-song recreation of A Wizard, A True Star, his sprawling 1973 album. This fall, he's taken on no less than three LPs worth of work: 1974's Todd and 1981's Healing ... More >>
At about 10 p.m. - 50 minutes after the set was scheduled to start - Courtney Love and her backing band strolled onto the Pageant stage. Wearing a flimsy, light-colored dress and clutching pink flowers, the Hole front woman breezily said, "Sorry I'm late. We'll just have to play longer." She pause ... More >>
"So long, Marianne, it's time that we began To laugh and cry and laugh about it all again." --Leonard Cohen Image ViaBeware the month of January. It is the season of heartbreak. Cold and dreary, even the lovelorn grow restless. The holidays are over and it's a long hard road to the ne ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow me @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on my Twitter feed this week:Is it wrong that I want to smuggle some Pappy's barbecue into the Leonard Cohen show to make tonight as awesome as possible? 12:04 PM Nov 7th Dear bands ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Apop Records 1 Lightning Bolt: Earthly Delights 2 Leonard Cohen: Live Songs ... More >>
A great weekend to be outside and that's what how many of us spent it -- but on Friday and Saturday night there were two great shows to check out, if you could get a ticket. Here's a recap of our weekend coverage:Son Volt at the PageantSun Volt played the Pageant on Friday night. Read the concert re ... More >>
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLeonard Cohen at this year's Coachella music festival.At the Fox Theatre on Saturday night, in the middle of "Tower of Song," Leonard Cohen intoned, "I was born with the gift of a golden voice." The audience applauded enthusiastically, even though the line was not strictly ... More >>
Friday, November 6 *Son Volt/Peter Bruntnell, The Pageant *Nelly's Birthday Party -- Pajama Jam, HOME Nightclub *Tech N9ne/Slaughterhouse/Stevie Stone et al, Pop's *Breathe Carolina/Cash Cash/more, Fubar *Buddy Mondlock, Focal Point *Tenement Ruth, Lemmons *Poor Historians, Way Out Club *Eric Moelle ... More >>
Hard to believe this day is finally here, but tomorrow night is Leonard Cohen's appearance at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. We'll have a review on Sunday. In the meantime, check out a feature I did on Cohen's road manager, St. Louis native Joey Carenza.
Tickets for Leonard Cohen's show on November 7 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre went on sale this morning. Did everyone get tickets? (If not, did you forget and go try and buy some now?) Any problems? I managed to get two lower balcony seats right after 10 a.m. (so did a co-worker).
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyCohen at Coachella Music Festival this year.Leonard Cohen at the Fabulous Fox on Saturday, November 7, is absolutely confirmed, according to an email from the venue. The Fox press release also gives ticket on-sale info: Next Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $39.50, ... More >>
No official word yet from the Fabulous Fox, but according to Rolling Stone, Leonard Cohen is slated to be at the venue on November 7. It goes without saying that this is going to be an amazing show. His Chicago show in May sure was.
So I was looking around yesterday at all the teams still left in the NHL playoffs, and I have to admit to being more than a little shocked when I realized that there isn't a single Canadian team left in the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup. In fact, not only was I shocked by the absence, I was pretty di ... More >>
At 11:15 p.m., just before Leonard Cohen left the stage after performing nearly three hours of music, he locked arms with his six-piece band and trio of female singers. The packed Chicago Theatre crowd stood rapt as he started to say his farewells. After an a cappella reading of "Whither Thou Goest, ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, the worst possible way to spend a day at SXSW, one that doesn't involve an emergency colonoscopy or a Marnie Stern showcase, and then imagine something even more tedious and despairing, a day of utter humiliation and loathing. And then it really starts to go downhill.I should h ... More >>
Sheesh, as if having the Ting-Tings in town on April 3 isn't enough, two other cool shows have just been announced for the same date. Earlier this week, the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center announced that Megafaun (a folkish group with ties to Bon Iver -- the band members played with Justin Vernon in t ... More >>
After many delays, the Coachella lineup was finally announced a wee bit ago. The lineup is light on huge reunions -- shocker, the Smiths aren't playing -- but has a few cool surprises. Night one headliner Paul McCartney is preceded by Morrissey and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Cohen is the big surprise/draw, ... More >>
Songs of Leonard Cohen
American Doll Posse (Epic)
Week of July 12, 2006
A round-up of summer's surefire hits (and definite duds)
The Animal Years (V2)
A little comic, a little poetic, totally Clem Snide
The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop)
Music for Pleasure
Sometimes the worst movies have the best soundtracks
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Joe Pernice is not only one of the great secret practitioners of pop, he's also about to become a published novelist
Friday, April 4; Rocket Bar
History tells us that musicians who turn to the written word are just asking for trouble. Occasionally, though, something special sneaks through.
Vagabond Ways (Instinct)
Young songwriters pour out their psyches on local masterpiece Kids Alive!