I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday may have rounded all four bases Wednesday night in Boston, but two bands playing back in the 314 were the ones who hit the real home runs. Punk stalwarts Voodoo Glow Skulls and ska elders the Toasters brought the sweet sounds of success and perseveranc ... More >>
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.
Less Than Jake The Firebird Sept. 19, 2012 Remember when ska enjoyed that revival in the '90s? And remember when Less Than Jake said, "This ska thing is great, but it could use some pop punk, too?" And remember when it combined those things to such great effect that critics said, "This shit will ne ... More >>
Thriving off chaos and drama, the Scam (playing tomorrow night at Old Rock House with Nashville Pussy and the Dwarves) is a notorious bunch in St. Louis. Playing primarily at Fubar Lounge, the quartet has been scoring opening slots for top-notch punk legends like the Meatmen, the Dwarves, and the ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, taken at the Pageant in 2008If you're reading this, you've probably already made up your mind about Vampire Weekend. Most find the New York quartet's music either delicious or disgusting, with very few people in the "just okay" camp. Speaking to A t ... More >>
"I want to make sure your voices echo across the Mississippi and into downtown!" And so went the "Heys!" -- the fist-pumping of a couple thousand Rise Against fans, shouting for social change during the Chicago punk band's set Saturday night. And if fans needed any reminder of their setting, the neo ... More >>
5 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
9 p.m. Tuesday, October 7. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street
7 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois
7:30 p.m. Monday, June 16. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
7 p.m. Sunday, April 20. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street
8 p.m. Monday, March 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
Faith, Forgiveness, Sweet Revenge (Self-released)
7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
8 p.m. Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
Monday, July 3; Firehouse