What use is all this critical shorthand for psychedelic rock -- itself a shorthand that should be amputated -- when the music, at its best, should send listeners off into contemplation as well as spin them off dancing? "Hazy," "trippy," "gauzy," "spacey," "dreamy," "Hippie," "folkie" -- kill all the ... More >>
Well into the second decade of his career as a songwriter, singer and producer, Teddy Thompson has managed, if not the impossible, surely the improbable feat of creating his own musical identity while still connecting deeply and meaningfully with the music of two formidable musician parents. Togethe ... 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 >>
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 >>
Genres can be handy organizational tools. Without them, we would have to resort to long-winded explanations of every artists or unwarranted comparisons to similar acts. But as genres become more specific, they often become more ridiculous. Here are the six most cringe-inducing genres. Feel free to l ... More >>
Students of Decay
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Bryan SutterIn this week's feature, Ryan Wasoba tells the story of Mikey Wehling's tumultuous year. A key member of the now-defunct Messy Jiverson, Wehling found meaning and solace through hard times in a four track and a kitchen sink of musical ideas. The resulting trilogy of Reverb tapes, o ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe extraneous requesting of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the longest running jokes in rock and roll history. It also ranks among the least funny. Each time a lazy heckler yells "Free Bird" at a rock band, a lose-lose situation results. The band is mocked and the he ... More >>
Mikey Wehling's newest EP, Galaxy Reverb, came out earlier this week and can be downloaded for free on bandcamp. It's a studiously homemade affair, recorded on a four-track in Wehling's basement using equipment he scrounged up at places like garage sales. The results are at once heartfelt an ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Freelance WhalesIf not an outright winner, Freelance Whales is certainly a contender for indiest of indie rock bands at this very moment. (That statement is purposefully ambiguous, or meaningless.) Last night at a surprisingly populated Off Broadway, the launchpad excitement for its first vis ... More >>
Michael G. Rizzi The Mars Volta is far too weird for its own popularity, but somehow Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and their virtual lazy susan of band members have turned virtuosic, psychedelic prog jams into gold records and a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Nobody is m ... More >>
A couple of years ago, there was quite the competition among the major car companies, and it led to a true golden age for us all. It wasn't some sort of race to see who could make the safest car, or the most fuel efficient, or even the most stylish. No, the war I speak of was a quieter sort, a ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, September 25. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Puzzles Like You (4AD)
Iron and Wine and Calexico meet each other halfway and the results are gorgeous
Tuesday, October 25; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16; Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Avenue)
Week of January 19, 2005
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the years best pop-rock records.
Radar Station chats with Jay Farrar on the most depressing day of the year
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Walt Disney Records) | Garden State (Epic)
Flashlight Seasons (Warp)
Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
Jia Davis is rising from Bits N Pieces' ashes
Wednesday, January 29; Focal Point Arts Center
Fashionably Late (Rounder)
Anderson's film is like its characters: flawed genius
Cousteau (Palm Pictures)
Week of December 27, 2000
Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life
The Look and the Feel of Sexicolor isn't breaking any new ground, but it's a delight nonetheless
Naked Time (Delmore Recording Society)
Golders Green (Rykodisc)