In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
Make no mistake about Red Letter Days' intentions: The young three-piece wants to be all over your radio. This five-song EP has the sheen and sparkle of modern radio rock so imprinted on its DNA that the band's stated influences (Paramore, All-American Rejects) appear as an inspiration and a target.
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Here's something you don't get to say too often: It's a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping, puppy-eyed, and eager to have a go at the hot new grunge sound of 1993, Dave Grohl's Sound City is an exciting, sometime illuminating documentary about how a squad of techni ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Fractured Army quietly called it quits last year after a few years of in-town gigging, recording and a memorable turn as Pat Benatar for An Under Cover Weekend in 2010. (Because who doesn't love "We Belong"? Philistines, that's who.) But from that amicable split comes Hidden Lakes, featuring three-f ... More >>
Metal StudZWill Lackey's double life is the stuff of superheroes. He manages the video production team LumiVid in the daylight, but when the sun goes down he becomes Drake Darrington, lead singer of the spectacle act Metal StudZ. Or, at least he will channel his inner Def Leppard for one last ... More >>
Image viaAn Under Cover Weekend, where local bands play sets as famous bands of their choosing, will have its five year anniversary this September. This thing is consistently awesome, and for the first time, any St. Louis bands can apply via this handy-dandy online form, which opened this mor ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe cultural importance of records extends beyond the music within their grooves. Generation after generation has defined itself by its vinyl aesthetic. From Elvis Presley to The Beatles, The Sex Pistols to Madonna, the album cover has become a cultural landmark that encapsulates ... More >>
This year's Under Cover Weekend ended with a strong turnout at the Firebird last night. The crowd awaiting the opening super-group featuring Theodore and The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra already surpassed the somewhat-skimpy attendance for last Saturday's event. It's a good thing so ma ... More >>
Parks' 1972 LPTonight is the third and final night of An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird. Bands performing include Via Dove (Pearl Jam), the Dive Poets (R.E.M.), Fractured Army (Pat Benatar), Makeshift Gentlemen (the Doors) and Theodore/Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Van Dyke Par ... More >>
American Idol's taken a beating this year. Besides the usual drama with its judges, interest in the show appeared to be dwindling. In fact, its results-show finalé drew its lowest ratings ever. Perhaps what Idol again needs is a personality like Adam Lambert. The season eight runner-up lived up to ... More >>
Common will perform for free with DJ Needles Friday night at Live on the Levee.Friday, July 9 *Common/DJ Needles, Live on the Levee *Jonny Lang/Brandi Shearer, The Pageant *Let Them Eat Art festival, Maplewood *3 Sheets to the Wind/Vanattica/Sonic Candy/Ahj/Acupunkture, Fubar (early show) *Le ... More >>
6 p.m. Saturday, July 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Livenation/Ticketmaster's cheap tickets promotion rolls on this week: Today, you can snag 311 and the Offspring lawn seats for $10. Reserved tickets for the show start at just $19 for the July 2 show, so it's a good deal all around. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers lawn tickets for July 18 are also a ... More >>
Photo: Nick SchnelleBone Thugs-n-Harmony on Friday at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois. See full slideshow here.I'm coming back from vacation just now, so I'm just getting back into the swing of posting -- bear with me... We should be so lucky that Friday's sold-out Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show at Pop ... More >>
Context is everything. Tell someone you're going to see Prince's band circa the New Power Generation, and the night's cred is through the roof. But tell someone you're going to see the same band - but fronted by teenpop heartthrob Nick Jonas -- and suddenly the show has a very different connotation. ... More >>
Lets get it on
7:30 p.m. Monday, February 25. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
We chat with Eddie Money, get all Punjabi on you and fatwa all over Robert Downey Jr.
Our favorite inanimate objects celebrate birthdays, Russ Carnahan snags the Hefner endorsement, and Silver Dollar City gets political; plus, we find the real WMDs (in St. Charles!) and Bill Haas phones it in
Cinema St. Louis for SLIFF
The neglected Fontbonne Film Series
A gaggle of Valentine's Day shows appeal to music fans of all stripes
Week of August 21, 2002
Wednesday, Jan. 9; Frederick's Music Lounge
Directed by Keith Gordon
A fellow musician shares his memories of John Rudebeck