When St. Louis last saw Chan Marshall, she was performing on a dark stage in Forest Park at LouFest 2011. Though barely visible as the sun went down, she and her expert, frenzied band bent the blues to their will. You couldn't see her, but if you heard her, you recognized it as the most powerful set ... More >>
Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. If you don't own the book you've undoubtedly seen its ransom note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by ... More >>
When Lydia Loveless came to national attention in 2011 with Indestructible Machine, her second album and first for Chicago's Bloodshot Records, she seemed like every country-punk dude's dream. Hard-drinking, hard-cursing, and as influenced by Exene Cervenka as Loretta Lynn, Loveless sang like a fall ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
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 >>
Those Darlins at the Pageant in February. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.Those Darlins | Wagons | Bunnygrunt Off Broadway September 16, 2011 Those Darlins loves St. Louis, and St. Louis loves the band right back. The beloved mid-Tennessee quartet was preceded by Bunnygrunt, which played a set full of ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaThough records are most commonly thought of as a way to listen to music, they were also the first medium to document the majesty and mystery of the spoken human voice. Local poet and former Streetside Records employee Philip Gounis is a lifelong collector of spoken-word r ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
They didn't airbrush his face here.This week, R.E.M. reissued its 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction as a two-CD set, which includes a disc of demos. The band also announced that it had finished recording its new studio album, which is set for release sometime next year. Perhaps in tribu ... More >>
Photo: Jill RitterBroken, bloody and a murderer -- what's not to love?‚ÄčKyle Jarrow's Love Kills is a different sort of musical. Set in a 1958 Nebraska jail, the plot matches two sets of lovers -- middle-age Gertrude and Merle, teen-age Charlie and Caril -- and their attempt to understand what the ... More >>
When I spoke with Jay Farrar a few months ago, he mentioned that the Jack Kerouac-inspired project he recorded with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard was "in the works, and it could possibly come out in the fall, like around October." Good estimate: A press release just landed in my inbox stating t ... More >>
With his spiky, greying mullet, Bob Dylan shades and hotel room drink in a plastic cup, Glenn Branca cuts a mean, iconic hipster figure, a pure punk aesthete who for 30 years has been taking music -- call it rock, call it classical, call it Post-Minimalist, call it Maximalist -- to places the most s ... More >>
Courtesy of blogcritics.org They were so much younger then. I ran out of time before vacation to write a proper piece about this, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge that R.E.M. — a.k.a. my favorite band since 1993 -- is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame t ... More >>
Jennifer OíConnorís unexpected career path has helped her land among the stars.
The lights go out at a fabled club but only after one hell of a party.
Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls talks up the glam pioneers' history and fantastic new record.
Regina Spektor sells out in the good way.
We buy cheap tapes, chat with the Fiery Furnaces and drop a fatwa on Big Brother
Week of June 16, 2004
Sham Daugherty and Alonzo Lee Jr., the Trak Starz, aim to make St. Louis the center of the hip-hop universe
Friday, March 12; Pageant
Will Aussie exports the Vines survive the "saviors of rock" hype?
Week of February 27, 2002
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
William S. Burroughs
Taking a shine to the Star Death
Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.