About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
By Keith Ploceck This is a big week for weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of ... More >>
The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>
Valentine's Day is upon us, a time to celebrate relationships or hate those celebrating. But for those relationships that don't end well, here are the six best songs about murdering a significant other. Let us know your favorites in the comments, but we suggest using a public computer with an untrac ... 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 >>
Most rock songs use guitar solos as icing. In some rare cases, the solo is an essential element incorporated into the batter of the proverbial song-cake. Here are the six best songs that are at least 50 percent guitar solo. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: -The many moods ... More >>
If you find yourself in this corner of the Internet, it is safe to assume you heard about Neil Armstrong's passing. If not, sorry you had to hear it this way. In honor of Earth's first lunar visitor, here are the six best songs about the moon. Let us know your favorites in our comments section (a pl ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>
Neil Young Journeys Directed by Jonathan Demme. Opens Friday, July 27, at the Tivoli In this week's music feature, we talked to Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme about their latest collaborative documentary, Neil Young Journeys. Demme also directed 2006's Neil Young: Heart of Gold and 2009's N ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, September 3. The Heavy Anchor. 5226 Gravois Avenue.
Image viaUpon receipt of the initial mixes for the second Everest album, Neil Young and his long-time manager Elliot Roberts drove around in Young's car and listened to the material three times through. After reviewing the songs, Young had some notes to discuss with his young pupils of rock & ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, January 8. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
8 p.m. Sunday, November 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1 Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love 2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest 3. Of Montreal - False Priest* 4. John Legend/Roots Wake Up! 5. Neil Young - Le Noise 6. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre 7. Eric Clapton - Clapton 8. Fistful Of Mercy - As I Cal ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, October 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. ICE CUBE---I Am The West 2. GUCCI MANE---The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted 3. TREY SONGZ---Passion, Pain & Pleasure 4. BAD RELIGION---Dissent Of Man 5. JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS---Wake Up!
9 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Last week Unreal revisited our favorite local sex blogger, The Beautiful Kind, a 36-year-old divorced mom who was recently ranked #5 on a fellow sex blogger's list of the 100 best on the Internet.As she prepared to launch a newly redesigned website, we caught up with TBK for a little e-mail Q & ... More >>
John Mellencamp's introduction -- directed toward what still-sizable crowd remained after Dave Matthews had left the building -- reminded that Neil Young has been with Farm Aid since the start. He remains the cantankerous old crank the event needs. The death-by-progress of American agriculture is no ... More >>
12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Everything's better in Canada, right? Including and especially its music, at least in recent years. (I'm being facetious, for the record. Mostly.) But Jets Overhead is one shining example of the country's solid exports. The band's sophomore effort, No Nations, recently came out on Vapor Records -- y ... More >>
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, center, with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, left, Missouri farmer Rhonda Perry, far right, and Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar, near right, on Thursday at Soulard Farmer's Market.My colleague Chad Garrison (via the P-D) reported this morning that F ... More >>
Matthew Sweet is playing tonight at the Duck Room. We'll have a review tomorrow. (P.S. I'm going to freak out if he plays "Superdeformed" tonight. Just saying.) Also -- go check out this random blog I found that posted an entire set of Altered Beast demos for you to stream and download. And you can ... More >>
9:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Monday, August 11. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 18. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
8 p.m. Monday, September 4. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Valley of the Dolls
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Week of March 30, 2006
Saturday, March 19; the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
Meet the ghost of guitarist Jay Bennett
Week of March 3, 2004
Greendale stays true to Neil
It Still Moves (ATO Records)
Sunday, August 10; UMB Bank Pavilion
Saturday, March 8; Way Out Club
Friday, Feb. 15; Savvis Center
Chore of Enchantment (Thrill Jockey)
Axes and Snaxes (Rooster Lollipop)