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    December 29, 2011

    Biggest St. Louis Music News Stories of 2011: Part Two

    Tower Groove Records Formed Tower Groove Records aims to bring bands out of dingy south-city basements and into, well, other dingy south-city basements. The collective won't be funding the release of records but hopes to utilize the cumulative talents and experience of its members to make it easier ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Best St. Louis Shows of 2011: Part Two

    Tom LampeJay Farrar on the pedal steel for Colonel Ford​New Year's Eve isn't just amateur hour. It's a night-long, clown-car traffic jam of colossally defeated expectations, a dispiriting exercise in futility, even, or especially, when you're somewhere somewhat less coastal than Rio. In St. L ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    Youth Lagoon, Ben Kweller Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Youth Lagoon. ​If you didn't catch Youth Lagoon at Cicero's back in September, you're getting another shot at the Firebird April 3. Music critics have been collectively moist over 22 year old Trevor Powers' debut, thirty minutes of salad day musings dressed in reverb that sounds like it was re ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    New Year's Eve in St. Louis: Ten Best Things to Do Under $10

    It's a metaphor: We do not advocate infant boozing. ​The best part of New Year's Eve is getting ready for it. The worst part is usually right around 11:57pm, when it dawns that you just blew a couple hundred dollars to end up chugging pink Andre curbside while your best friend blows chunks in ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: December 16 to 18

    Andy Arato​It's the last weekend before Christmas, and there are still plenty of shows to keep us occupied. Bo and the Locomotive and Union Tree Review anchor a fantastic lineup at Foam tomorrow night and the Alabama Shakes will play Old Rock House. If you're feeling festive, the Bert Dax Chr ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Every Bert Dax Christmas Volume Nine Track, Streaming with Commentary: Part Four of Six

    Krampus!​A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of this week's music feature) and Matt Harnish of The Bert Dax Calvacade of Stars, features a pool of truly d ... More >>

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    December 11, 2011

    JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Off Broadway, 12/10/11: Review and Photos

    Mike Appelstein​JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound | Bailiff Off Broadway December 10, 2011 Toward the end of its set at Off Broadway last night, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's bassist Ben Taylor addressed the crowd. Though they'd spent the last few months touring America and Europe, he said, they ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: December 9 to 11

    Celia's Yuletide Xpress comes to Off Broadway on Sunday.​It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, OK, not actually if you're looking for big-name tours. But that doesn't mean you have no choice but to hole up this weekend. Soul party-starters JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound play Off Broad ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Band to Watch: Bailiff, Opening for JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound Tomorrow

    ​If you weren't already heading to Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-773-3363) tomorrow night for JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, you oughta be. The soul-steeped Chicago band brings along another Windy City export, a stellar three-piece called Bailiff. You can't go wrong with a blues-rock ba ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    The Four Bert Dax Xmas Release Shows: Listen to Bug Chaser's "Wild Turkey Is On Sale" Here

    Didn't know you were going to blow an eyeball vein today, did you?​A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been bequeathed upon the world, with hard copies available and four (count 'em) release shows in the books for next week. Wednesday the 14th kicks things off at Off Broa ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: December 2 to 4

    Kinky Friedman. Photo by Nicole Weingart​The leftovers are finally gone and the Christmas lights all over the place no longer cause us to grit our teeth. So what better way to celebrate the Season than with a double-bill of Hanukkah mayhem and irreverence tonight at Off Broadway? Kinky Friedm ... More >>

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    November 26, 2011

    Tandoori Knights at Off Broadway, 11/25/11: Review

    Tandoori Knights | Magic City Off Broadway November 25, 2011 It's said in rock & roll there are no rules, but there are always expectations, and sometimes they can kill the music, as they did with the regicide of Elvis Aaron Presley. The King can get away with murder, but he can't get away from him ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    November 24, 2011

    Tandoori Knights

    8:30 p.m. Friday, November 25. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    November 23, 2011

    Guy Clark, Craig Finn Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    The so-called fifth Highwayman and living legend Guy Clark brings his 70-year-old self and his outlaw country woes to the Old Rock House February 29, the day the common solar calendar considers leap day. Hold Steady crooner Craig Finn is hitting the road solo, he'll be at Off Broadway on February 10 ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    The Last Waltz Tribute is Back: A Mercifully Flashing-Free Chat with Johnny Vegas

    Once a year, the Stag Nite All-Stars form a ramshackle convergence to pay loving, egg-nog-addled tribute to The Last Waltz, arguably the most famous concert in history. Spearheaded musically by Mark Moynihan of Racketbox, the group also includes members of a dozen-odd other south city mainstays. Thi ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    11/11/11: Celebrate with the Eleven Magazine Cherokee Street Bash

    ​It's 11 11 11 folks, which probably means the apocalypse is coming. Or maybe all these elevens mean you should just buy lottery tickets or something. So, how will you users of the Gregorian calendar be celebrating 11/11/11? We have at least one suggestion: Our friends at Eleven magazine are ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    tUnE-yArDs at Off Broadway, 11/8/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Jason StoffPlenty more where that came from.​tUnE-yArDs | Pat Jordache Off Broadway November 8, 2011 Attending a show is participating in it. There is no such thing as a bystander at any occasion of live music; every single person, whether on stage or not, affects the proceedings in ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Your Guide to Tonight's tUnE-yArDs Show

    Anna M Campbell​tUnE-yArDs, your presumptive early frontrunner in the Year End Listgasm Sweepstakes, is playing at Off Broadway tonight. But the thing to note here is that the album (w h o k i l l, naturally, because the incredible talent behind all this, Merrill Garbus, ain't doing anyone any ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Nervo, Big Smith Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    image via​Nervo is Mim and Liv Nervo, a DJ tag-team who hail from Down Under. They've authored hits for stars like David Guetta and Kelly Rowland, spent the summer on the decks for the latest Britney Spears tour, and the tow-haired beauties are schooling dance floors from Ibiza to Miami. Catch ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: October 14 to 16

    ​We should all probably be napping right now because there isn't a moment to lose this weekend: The Occupy St. Louis movement gets a six-band bill at Kiener Plaza, and after that show stops Hawthorne Headhunters starts up at Lola. Caleb Travers is releasing his EP at Off Broadway this evening ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Bob Seger, Lucero Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Bob Seger, what a babe. ​Don't know what to get dad for Christmas and/or St. Nicholas Day? Classic rock icon Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are at the Scottrade Center on December 9, and you can pretend it's papa's fault you "have" to fulfill your lifelong wish of seeing "Night Moves" pe ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: October 7 to 10

    There are plenty of great shows this weekend: Dam-Funk, Emperor X and the Morgan Nusbaum CD release spring to mind. But we'd like to draw your attention to tomorrow's shindig at Off Broadway, featuring the Wilders, Rum Drum Ramblers and the Monads, the latter of which is officially broken up. Don't ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Lucero Is Coming To Off Broadway

    Memphis cow punk band Lucero is coming to Off Broadway on December 9th. Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 day of show, with a $2 minor surcharge. You can buy them starting this saturday through Up To Eleven. This will be almost exactly one year since the band's last stop at the same venue. Preview ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps at Off Broadway, 9/22/11

    Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps. Photo by Khoolod Eid​Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps Off Broadway September 22, 2011 "Hey again, we're back!" was Caroline Smith's greeting to the small cluster of folks at Off Broadway last night. Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps last pla ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: September 23 to 25

    Tennis System​It's a good weekend to have a light wallet -- free shows include the inaugural U. City Jazz Festival in Heman Park, Taste at Solider's Memorial and the Soulard Blues Band playing at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Apologies to They Might Be Giants, which plays the Pageant on Saturd ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Vetiver and Fruit Bats At Off Broadway, 9/19/11: Review and Setlists

    Roy KastenVetiver at Off Broadway​Fruit Bats | Vetiver Off Broadway September 19, 2011 Most shows don't change your life; most don't even even rack up a couple of Instagrams on Twitter. Most are bands doing what they're paid to do and giving people what they paid to hear. The exchange can sti ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: September 16 to 18

    What do you mean those mushrooms were "medicinal"? ​It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming the return of fall and trying to find somewhere to stand in the Pageant for Bon Iver. But another week has come and gone, and you, as usual, have no excuse to be bored this weekend. DJ Lance Roc ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Infected Mushroom, Cerebral Ballzy Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Infected Mushroom​Brooklyn punks with the name so dumb it might be brilliant, Cerebral Ballzy, are back at Fubar on October 7. Cue the resounding chorus: "Isn't that kid's dad the CEO of Kinko's or some shit?" Grab your glowsticks: 2720 Cherokee snagged Infected Mushroom for a Thanksgiving ext ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Black Moth Super Rainbow At Off Broadway, 9/12/11: Review

    ​Black Moth Super Rainbow | Marshmallow Ghosts | Dosh Off Broadway September 12, 2011 Sometimes it's hard to remember that these people making these sounds are just people. Get them in front of you, mostly maskless, wearing their every day human faces and clothes made out of fabric and threa ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do On Labor Day Weekend In St. Louis

    ​Welcome to our favorite Commie holiday, where we celebrate the laborers by taking Monday off and no longer wearing white. We'd say something about the coming of Fall, but our landlord just announced they've decided to keep the pool we share with a nearby apartment complex open until the end ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: August 19-21

    Todd OwyoungThe last time they were here, Blink 182 gave us sex, immature jokes and rock 'n' roll. We're hoping for more of the last one this time. ​This weekend is one for nostalgia. There's the PG-13 excess of the Nickelodeon '90s that comes with a concert fronted by Blink 182 (and shared wi ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Joe Lally and Tandoori Knights Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Bloodshot Bill and King Khan are coming to Off Broadway in November as Tandoori Nights. ​ All hail shirtless wonder King Khan, for he is headed back to St. Louis with his homey Bloodshot Bill as Tandoori Knights. The wild duo will be at Off Broadway on November 25. Allegedly, they started play ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: August 12-14

    ​Welcome to the weekend. The heat wave's broken and there is no shortage of excuses to leave the house. Including Rum Drum Ramblers' vinyl release at the Gramophone tomorrow night. Stick around for the late show at the same venue for London Calling's five year anniversary party. Taylor Swift ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Joe Lally Of Fugazi Is Coming To Off Broadway

    ​Joe Lally will be playing at Off Broadway on November 9th. It's an early one: Show starts at 7 p.m. No openers have been announced, and unless we are very much mistaken he had locals last time. Ahem. The ex-Fugazi bass guitarist is touring in support of his April release Why Should I Get Us ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Off Broadway, 8/5/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Mike Appelstein​Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Craft Spells Off Broadway August 5, 2011 To my shock, they dedicated a song to me, so let's dispose with any pretense of objectivity right now. Admittedly, the song was "My Terrible Friend," so if they'd sucked live, I could have slamme ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Ten Best Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend: August 5-7

    There's a good chance you will get to see Tech N9ne make this face this weekend. ​In addition to offering a respite from the heat, this weekend promises an eclectic mix of distractions from the grind. Local psych-pop band Troubadour Dali is releasing its new album, Let's Make It Right, at Off ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Announcing The First RFT Music Party

    Kentucky Knife Fight. Photo by Dave Johnson​Our love for St. Louis music cannot be confined to words. Which is just one of several reasons we're throwing a party Saturday, August 13 at Off Broadway, featuring a few excellent locals: Kentucky Knife Fight, Bruiser Queen and Ra Cailum. $6 gets y ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    St. Louis Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene

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    July 27, 2011

    Mates of State And Caroline Smith Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Mates of State​Fresh off an appearance at New Orleans' Voodoo Experience, husband and wife duo Mates of State head to the Firebird for a Halloween show. The band's first original disc since 2008, Mountaintops, is due out September 13 on Barsuk. Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps must lo ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Update: Tickets On Sale Now -- tUnE-yArDs is Coming to Off Broadway

    Anna M Cambell​Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs, is coming to Off Broadway on November 8th. Pat Jordache will open. Update: Tickets are now on sale -- buy them online through Eleven Productions or at Off Broadway. whokill, tUnE-yArDs second full-length, is among the best-reviewed records o ... More >>

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    July 23, 2011

    Josh Ritter at Off Broadway, 7/22/11: Review and Setlist

    Todd Owyoung​ Josh Ritter and the Royal Family Band | Yellowbirds Off Broadway July 22, 2011 "This will be the world's first protozoan slow dance," Josh Ritter said, squinting against the sweat, bringing the band down towards the end of the night. "You don't have to touch each other though." ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Dave Alvin with the Skeletons at Off Broadway, 7/7/11: Review, Setlist

    Roy KastenDave Alvin and the Guilty Ones huddle at Off Broadway​ Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones | The Skeletons Off Broadway July 7, 2011 Just a few hours before the show, F-4 tornadoes flirted with the far outskirts of the metro area, thunderstorms capable of producing shot-glass-sized hail p ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: July 8-10

    ​It's our favorite day of the week once again, and we will not be bored in the next couple days. There's a great local bill at the Sheldon tonight, the second of this season's Post Performance Series downtown tomorrow and the Indie Rock Ice Cream Social just a few blocks away. Off Broadway ho ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe, 7/5/11: Review, Setlist, Photos

    Christian Schaeffer​Centro-matic | Sarah Jaffe Off Broadway July 5, 2011 In a perfect world, the makers of Auto-Tune - the vocal pitch-correction software that makes starlets sing like robots - would come out with a Will Johnson Sound-Alike module. The singer and guitarist for Centro-matic ha ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Self-Sufficient St. Louis to Hold Fundraiser for Dave Hagerty Community Garden on Sunday

    ​Self-Sufficient St. Louis is holding a fundraiser event on Sunday for the Dave Hagerty Community Garden. Sunday's fundraiser will be at Off Broadway, which neighbors the Garden. Admission is a $10 donation and will feature performances by Ellen the Felon and the Mattranome, The Airliners, Syn ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: July 1-4

    Daniel Boud​It is on nights like tonight when we most wish we were some kind of amorphous blob that could split six ways: Elvis Costello's at the Pageant, Eddie Vedder's packing his ukulele into the Fox, Fucked Up and JEFF the Brotherhood are going to kick ass at the Firebird, Clownvis is fil ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: June 24-26

    ​You made it through another week, and you should reward yourself with some live musical entertainment: Tonight it's the kings of Southern rock at the Family Arena, a strong local bill at Off Broadway and another Homegrown deal at the Pageant. STL Loud showcases an eclectic bill at the Firebi ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Bon Iver, Erasure, Mountain Man Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    What a beardo.​Synthpop pioneers Erasure are heading out on a world tour (!), and it's their first time stateside since Bush was in office (shudder). Amazingly enough, another Mountain Man date--the ladies are at the Firebird in early August, but if you can't wait to steep yr weary country sou ... More >>

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