Surely Les Claypool of Primus has had dreams about jumping into the chocolate river seen in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or finding the golden ticket. Or getting a golden egg-laying goose nooooow, Daddy. Claypool's obsession with Willy Wonka is on display in Primus & the Chocolate Factory, ... More >>
Les Claypool has been the driving force behind funk-metal outfit Primus since 1984. In that time, he has also written a book, South of the Pumphouse, directed a film, Electric Apricot, and become synonymous with the sounds of animated TV shows Robot Chicken and South Park. Now he's remade the Willy ... More >>
Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on their news page and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-me ... More >>
This Friday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls through our fair city, bringing fifteen purveyors of heavy music to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The scope of artists ranges from old-timers like Anthrax and Motorhead to young guns like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. These b ... More >>
When discussing animals in song, it is important to distinguish between a track that uses an animal as a metaphor - for freedom or wildness, usually - and a song that is actually about an animal. We will be exploring the latter in this month's animal-style Nitpick Six series. Here are the six best s ... More >>
Les Claypool has been at the Pageant with his various bands/incarnations over the past few years, but arguably his best-known band, Primus, is making an appearance there on Sunday, May 29. Tickets are $40 for general admission and reserved balcony and tickets are on sale on Friday, March 11. "My Na ... More >>
The not-so-big secret at Pageant shows is that the opening acts are often just as worthy as the headliners. Les Claypool bringing along Saul Williams and DeVotchKa on March 17 is one example of this -- and Saturday, January 31 is exhibit B. On that night, Joan Jones of Sun 60 is opening for Big Head ... More >>
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pops * The AP Tour featuring Family Force 5/The Maine/3OH!3, Wednesday, April 15 Family Arena * Avenged Sevenfold/Buckcherry/Papa Roach/Saving Abel, Tuesday, February 17 Scottrade Center *Billy Joel and Elton John, ... More >>
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
There's No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac)
Tuesday, October 11; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Legendary bassist Mike Watt doesn't care what you think is punk rock
Tuesday, September 21; Mississippi Nights
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
Sunday, November 3; Mississippi Nights
Tuesday, Jan. 30; Pageant.