Norman Blake

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    October 31, 2013

    The Wilhelms Film at 11: We're Lucky to Listen In

    The Wilhelms Film at 11 The appearance of the otherwise unheralded debut by the Wilhelms through my transom was something a surprise. It's not as if the duo's members, Andy Ploof and John Wendland, have lacked an outlet for their collaborations. First in One Fell Swoop and ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Yo La Tengo at The Blue Note, 6/20/11: Review and Setlist

    Photo from a previous show by Kiernan Maletsky​Yo La Tengo The Blue Note June 20, 2011 Should the New Jersey Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever become a brick-and-mortar reality, Yo La Tengo had better have a wing to rival Springsteen's. For more than a quarter of a century now (and close to 20 y ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010
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    November 23, 2005

    Royal Treatment

    A local folk staple and a hip-hop collective remain unexpected bedfellows

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    June 22, 2005

    Teenage Fanclub

    Man-Made (Merge)

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    September 24, 2003

    Best Vocalist (Male)

    Thayne Bradford

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    September 18, 2002

    Spouse Work

    American roots music just wouldn't be the same without the Gordons, a married couple who make unstuffy traditional music

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    March 27, 2002

    John Hartford

    Steam Powered Aereo-Takes (Rounder)

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    May 2, 2001

    Songs of Experience

    On the crest of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the influential Norman Blake comes to St. Louis for the weekend

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    December 20, 2000

    The Blue, Blue Grass of Home

    St. Louis singer/songwriter Gen Obata makes unassuming but gorgeous music

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    December 13, 2000

    Norman Blake

    Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16; Focal Point

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    July 26, 2000

    Steve Earle

    Transcendental Blues (E Squared)

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    December 29, 1999

    Critical Mass

    RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.

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    February 24, 1999