In the interest of full disclosure, I've known Ray Wylie Hubbard for going on 15 years, have crashed at his home in the hills of Wimberley, Texas and once rode on his tour bus (OK, it was borrowed) to one of Wille Nelson's picnics. I consider him a friend, in the same way, I suppose, I would conside ... More >>
Decemberists. Photo by Jason StoffThe Decemberists/Justin Townes Earle The Pageant April 27, 2011 Last night Colin Meloy of the Decemberists upended his reputation as a proggy prig with a (mostly) straightforward set of hyper-literate country-rock. Like the band's most recent album The King ... More >>
Story time with Uncle Rodney Crowell is a heartwarming way to spend the evening. Once upon a time, in a land called Southeast Texas, there were demonic possessions, grand mal seizures, bottles busted over heads, lies, more lies, alibis, memories of love and lust at Roy Acuff concerts and tornados hu ... More >>
Alan MesserThere are lots of reasons to hate Rodney Crowell. He's had scores of country hits and penned definitive progressive country anthems such as "'Til I Gain Control Again" and "Old Home Place Revisited." He records with Joe Henry and sings like a fallen angel. And he's had breakfast in ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
The Roots ''anointed'' Erykah Badu's stage with its usual liveliness at the Fabulous Fox Theater Thursday night, and their first playful, frenetic set nicely counterbalanced the Fox's grandeur and subdued (but responsive) crowd. The theater's majestic lobby had earlier teemed with older well-dress ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, February 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Bennie Smith and a dwindling cadre of St. Louis music pioneers have a right to sing the blues
Thursday, February 10; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
Rory Block has been summoning ghosts of the blues for the past 40 years
Thursday, Nov. 18; Off Broadway