Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
7 p.m. Saturday, August 11. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
Photo by Chrissy WilmesFrank Black | This City of Takers Old Rock House July 19, 2011 St. Louisans had a tough choice to make last night: Fleet Foxes, Frank Black or NKOTBSB? This City of Takers' vocalist and guitarist Brandon Lee acknowledged this conundrum halfway through the band's brief ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
And so the spring deluge continues apace: On April 22, the Joy Formidable will be playing at the Luminary Center for the Arts. Formed in North Wales (but based in London for the moment), JF is a trio rooted in shoegaze, post-punk and the Pixies. Vocalist Ritzy Bryan is a banshee from beyond, a dream ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and 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' record a ... More >>
When I interviewed OK Go frontman Damian Kulash, he said that he thinks rock & roll is not the just beats, chords, melodies and lyrics of a song, but also the inaudible actions that accompany the tune's performance. In other words, Kulash feels Elvis' swinging hips are as important to rock & roll as ... More >>
The Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of... series is self-explanatory. Each release focuses on making tunes from one rock band palatable enough for the naptime set. Past volumes have featured Metallica, Tool, Beach Boys, Coldplay, the Pixies and the Beatles. However, the latest one to cross my des ... More >>
Our companion on this afternoon has spent the earlier part of the day rehearsing for a high school talent show. A teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school, he has formed a band with some students, another teacher and a newly minted monk. Eventually they settled on one song each by Vampire Weeken ... More >>
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBlack Francis at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, 11/20/2009Last Friday night in Chicago, the Pixies managed to make the gimmick of playing an entire album from start-to-finish feel fresh. The amount of fun they appeared to be having had a lot to do with this: All smiles, the band me ... More >>
Indie-rock slackers Pavement -- who, like the Pixies, arguably seem to be more popular now than when they were together -- are reuniting in 2010, according to blog Brooklynvegan. Pitchfork notes a September show at Central Park's Summerstage next year as the first confirmed date. (Vocalist Stephen M ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, May 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Quick hit: David Lovering and Joey Santiago of the Pixies have formed a new band, called Everybody. Go to that website, give them your email and you get a free Christmas MP3 of a song called "Snow in Los Angeles." Your regularly scheduled Xmas Jams will continue as soon as I recover.-- Annie Zaleski ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
Bobby Bare Jr. covers up with his ace Pixies and Breeders tribute act.
6 p.m. Saturday, December 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Friday, September 21. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. The Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington).
9 pm. Thursday, January 18. Ground Floor (215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois).
Week of September 7, 2006
Epiphanies, Power Wheels and the Pixies -- all in a tour's work for Frank Black.
9 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
Tuesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
New releases for the week of October 4, 2005
The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Saddle Creek)
In a scandal-ridden election year, the years top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
Friday, December 17; the Way Out Club
The Rocket Bar
In which stellastarr* melds with the universe
Show Me Your Tears (spinART)
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Frank Black is pissed about a lot of things, especially brainless rockers who just want to meet chicks and asinine questions about his old band, the Pixies
Complete "B" Sides (4AD)
A deluge of CDs yields a couple of winners
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