George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
Richard Kern is one of the most celebrated photographers of the past 50 years. Along with his peers Annie Leibovitz, Bob Gruen and Mick Rock, Kern shot iconic images that helped to shape the way that we perceive rock stars and celebrity culture.
Nine Inch Nails recently released a new single entitled "Came Back Haunted." It sounds just like Nine Inch Nails has sounded over the last five albums: absolutely and totally 100 percent OK as fuck. In honor of Nine Inch Nails continuing to keep me simultaneously unengaged and unrepulsed, I figured ... More >>
SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>
Kneeling down at the edge of the stage at the big outdoor venue of Stubb's in Austin, Nick Cave cradled a young man's head in his hands and sang his death-filled take on the deathless "Stagger Lee" myth. The jammed-in crowd laughed a little nervously. Cave stared down at the kid, who just kept noddi ... More >>
The line-up for Coachella 2013 has been announced! Those who have been paying attention know there has been fakes, even a rumor that the Rolling Stones would headline (not the case) but this time the announcement is real-deal official. Headliners for the outdoor festival will be the Stone Roses and ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 13. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The Hive Dwellers | Woodsman | Sleep In Sundays Luminary Arts Center, 3/27/12 It is hard to underestimate just how influential Calvin Johnson has been over the past three decades. Since 1982, he has been the proprietor of K Records, a label that has been involved with some big names (Beck, Jon Spe ... More >>
Les Animaux Épouvantables
Tower Groove Records
A lot of local artists cross A to Z's way. Some send us albums; others Tweet at us. Still others drop us email. (Hint: We love email. Especially if it's telling us about who you are and what you're up to. Even if we don't respond, we read everything.) But despite the constant hum of informati ... More >>
Singles and EPs have historically served invaluable purposes. For new bands, they can be the best method to come out swinging with their best songs. For established acts, they provide a low-pressure way to showcase new material, try out remixes, or clear the vaults of demos and alternate ta ... More >>
Tomorrow night, music fans have another hard choice: Sigur Ros front man Jonsi is performing at the Pageant, along with surreal-folk openers Mountain Man, while the Books and Black Heart Procession are playing at the Old Rock House. Tickets are still available for each. If you've opted for the forme ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, November 2. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 11. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St Louis arts scene
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St Louis arts scene
Tomorrow night at Off Broadway, local fave Centro-matic will be returning to town for a gig with fellow Texans Monahans and locals Theodore opening. We've written about C-M a ton, so Monahans received the critpick treatment this time: So says Shae Moseley:Its 2007 debut album, Low Pining, was a mood ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
6 p.m. Friday, August 31. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Our Love to Admire (Capitol)
10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard).
9 p.m. Friday, September 29. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Snake in the Radio (Bloodshot)
Nick Cave pens a new breed of revisionist western
Wednesday, May 31, at 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Before the Poison (Anti-/Nave)
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (Anti/Epitaph)
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
A killer cat steals a wonderful movie
Henry Rollins has something to say, and you'd better listen
Alter (Sub Pop)
The shot heard round the world
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
Galaxy's Fetish Night is a showcase for loves that dare not speak their names in straitlaced St. Louis
Cousteau (Palm Pictures)
Bonus points to St. Louis bands for warming the winter
Sunday, Aug. 20; Galaxy
Punishing Kiss (Decca/Universal)
Grandpa's Ghost release their fourth album -- this time with some outside help
Wednesday, April 19; Side Door
Live 1981-1982 (4AD Records)
Friday, Nov. 5; Side Door
Tuesday, Aug. 3; Side Door