Big Star, it's said, was a band ahead of its time. But it's more true to say the band was out of its time, or maybe just out of time, period. Officially formed in 1971, the Memphis-based band featured two creative forces, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and the music they made together, and eventually ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
It's been a bad, bad year for 1980s jangle-pop. On Sunday night - one day after a tribute concert for Scott Miller, the late Game Theory/Loud Family songwriter - word leaked out on Facebook that Faye Hunter, Let's Active's original bassist, had passed as well.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:25 p.m. I've been coming to SXSW for over a decade now, and pre- and post-apocalypse days off are as much essential rituals as 2 a.m. taco runs and sleep deprivation. This year, there'd be no day-before day off, as SXSW has extended the music portion of the festival/confer ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
In this week's paper, Roy Kasten interviews Chris Stamey of the dB's, who will be in town on Sunday playing a few shows with his partner-in-crime, Peter Holsapple. (Read Holsapple's blog. Really.) The first is a free show at 1 p.m. at Euclid Records, for the store's 45 RPM charity series. The second ... More >>
The Soulard venue Lucas School House will be closing after its New Year's Eve show with Jake's Leg and Naked Groove. In the two-and-a-half years it was open, Lucas hosted a diverse group of local bands and national touring acts, including Mitch Easter, Robbie Fulks, Ha Ha Tonka, Backyard Tire F ... More >>
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Ian Froeb smells a new Indian restaurant in town. Hear more about Annie Zaleski's interview with Mitch Easter. Did KSDK screw with with PubDef’s YouTubing? The city violates itself. Uh, that's hot? www.boingboing.ne ... More >>
Malcolm Gay investigates Chinese exile mystery novelist -- and St. Louis County resident -- Qiu Xiaolong. Advocates for the disabled tell Kathleen McLaughlin why the Missouri Department of Transportation needs to be reprimanded. Unreal chats with Miss Nursing Home '07, two soapbox racers an ... More >>
Mitch Easter's out on his own with Dynamico.
Nonsequitur of Silence (Collectors' Choice Music)
Saturday, September 25; Great Grizzly Bear
St. Louis' pre-eminent expert on pop music tries his hand at a new venture
Singer/songwriter Andrew John pops out of St. Louis