The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaimed music. In additio ... More >>
6 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
I like to call this move the Jonathan Franzen: Gotye, who managed to get a rock song onto the radio in 2012, has rolled his eyes at the Glee version of "Somebody That I Used To Know," probably while covered in angular paint swatches and looking really nervous about something. Which is fine, becaus ... More >>
Pop quiz, hot shots: What was the second-highest charting song of 1969? "Come Together" by The Beatles? "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones? "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone? Those are all excellent guesses. But the correct answer is "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimen ... More >>
Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger. But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brothe ... More >>
The news of Whitney Houston's death sparked a disparate reaction amongst the music fans. People expressed every emotion imaginable -- distress, distain, reverence and befuddlement. The varied response correlates with Houston's troubled personal life, which gripped the later stages of her career. Bu ... More >>
McCoo and Davis, Jr.'s websiteMarilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., put foolios like Kim Kardashian to shame in the arena of marriage longevity.Marriage isn't what it used to be. From alternative rock demigods to bloodsucking fame parasites, matrimony these days seem rather fleeting. But some ... More >>
The early 2000s were Nelly's salad days, a time period where the University City rapper was known more for slinging out hits than his efforts to take over Branson or for dealing with burglars at his Wildwood home. An example: Nelly had the number one song in the country nine years ago today ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 11. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
wikimedia commonsMat Kearney, among the largest in a burgeoning crop of TV soundtrack superstars, will be making an appearance at the Pageant on October 5th. Tickets are $17 and go on sale this Friday, July 22nd at 5 p.m. Kearney is touring in support of his 2011 release, Young Love, which ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Monday, November 29. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Saturday, October 16. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Vandalyzm is now gunning for Dr. Dre.One of St. Louis' finest is currently sandwiched between 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. on the iTunes top 200 hip-hop albums chart. No, it's not Nelly (though his new single "Tippin' in da Club" is at a respectable 34 on the singles chart) -- it's Vandalyzm.The ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Todd OwyoungAlthough Family Arena hasn't yet put this show on its website -- which means, yes, it's still not 100% confirmed -- tour dates swirling around put the reunited Stone Temple Pilots at the venue on September 30. The opener, via an email I just received? Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. ... More >>
My network of underground spies was chattering quite a bit yesterday. They told me a lot of things that were tenuous, but they did reveal that the National should be coming to St. Louis sometime later this year. More information when my magic-8-ball becomes clearer; it's a little murky this morning. ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonYung Ro was not riding in a Cadilac when a bullet grazed his head last NovemberCall Yung Ro the Soulja Boy of St. Louis, and he'll take it as a compliment. The eighteen-year-old rapper prides himself on producing the sort of vapid club bangers that make hip-hop heads cring ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, April 23. The Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street.
The Knack's "My Sharona" spent over a month at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard singles chart in late summer 1979 -- from August 25 to September 29. In that period, the band apparently performed to 900 people at Kirkwood High School, at least according to the book So, Where'd You Go to High School? ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Friday, December 4. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Freak Nasty's "Da' Dip" was a Billboard hit in 1997, reaching No. 15 on the pop charts. The Southern rapper released an album called Freaknotic/Crunk City in 2005, but as his MySpace shows, Freak Nasty is still an active recording artist.
7 p.m. Sunday, November 2. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Budweiser Main Stage, on the Arch grounds, as part of Live on the Levee.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Budweiser Main Stage, on the Arch grounds, as part of Live on the Levee.
7 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
The music awards ballot is online! Plus, meet your Best New Artist candidates.
9 p.m. Saturday, October 7. Dante's (3221 Olive Boulevard).
It's been virtually impossible lately for local residents to escape the children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low." If it isn't boring its way into your skull as a synthetic loop emanating from ice cream trucks, it's rattling windows as the chorus to St. Louis hip-hop phenom Jibbs' hit single, "Chain H ... More >>
Neither cancer nor tour burnout can stop Jack's Mannequin
Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Thursday, March 16. Ameristar Casino (1260 South Main Street, St. Charles) Sold out. 636-949-7777
On Top of Our Game (Virgin)
Monday, January 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Saturday, December 24; The Arena (formerly the Limelight), 9973 Lewis and Clark Boulevard, North St. Louis County
Sham Daugherty and Zo Lee Jr.
Chingy hits the Jackpot and successfully eludes Radar Station
American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs (RCA)
Trash cans in front of Vintage Vinyl
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him.
10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)
A new documentary captures "the last generation of authentic bluesmen" on film