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 >>
Van Dyke Parks doesn't give interviews; he speaks in pull-quotes and aphorisms. If Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker had spent their formative years among rock & roll royalty, as Parks did as an arranger, songwriter and singer, they might have viewed that world with the same big-hearted verbosity that P ... More >>
Pamela SpringsteenRandy NewmanNormally, there are very few surprises at a Randy Newman show. Long-time fans know what to expect: the sui generis singer-songwriter-composer will sit at the grand piano for a few hours and give a guided tour of 40 years worth of songs. He'll offer stories and ba ... More >>
Image viaIs winter over yet? Argh. Here are the shows we've highlighted in the paper this week; that link include a ton of shows. And below, here are ten other things to do this weeked in St. Louis -- that is, if you're not going to Randy Newman.
Celebration Day: A Tribute to Led Ze ... More >>
Roy KastenFitz and the Tantrums at the Duck RoomSaturday afternoon and evening in the Delmar Loop, the icepocalypse was finally subsiding after weeks of sadistic winter. Gutters and parking lanes yet proved treacherous, but the scene at the sold-out basement bar, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, d ... More >>
On February 25, the Friends of the Sheldon is presenting a benefit concert featuring cult composer/songwriter Randy Newman. According to the venue, proceeds from the show will benefit Sheldon educational programs. Patron tickets priced at $125 and $150 are on sale now; these include free parking, pr ... More >>
Jon Hardy and the Public's tune "Worst I Ever Had" is NPR's "Song of the Day" today. "Worst" comes from the group's new digital EP, Sugar, which is available from its website. (Aside: Don't forget to snag its free Randy Newman covers EP here!) During recent shows, JH and crew have been focusing most ... More >>
Enough to do this weekend for ya? Goodness...
Who: The new band founded by Todd Rittmann of post-rock pioneers U.S. Maple. Think brain-bending percussion, diffracted found sounds and sinewy guitars.
Where: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
With: The Conformists
RIYL: Cheer-Accident, B ... More >>
(Welcome to In the Studio, a section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email me, with the phrase "In the Studio" in the subject heading.)
Who: Jon Hardy ... More >>
REVIEW BY KATIE MOULTON; PHOTOS BY STEW SMITH
Despite labeling White Rabbits' performance at the Firebird last night a "homecoming show," at first the only parts that looked homegrown on these prodigal sons were the bottles of Bud Heavy they swigged onstage. Formed in Columbia and relocated to Bro ... More >>
Jon Hardy & the Public recorded an EP of Randy Newman covers -- an idea which originated with its Under Cover Weekend set last September -- and is releasing it online exclusively at A to Z and the KDHX blog. Little Criminals: Songs From Randy Newman is available below to download for free. A vid ... More >>