Cursive | Cymbals Eat Guitars | Conduits April 20, 2012 Off Broadway You don't expect a mosh pit to erupt at a concert headlined by a Saddle Creek Records band, but if it's a Cursive show, you should. Though one of the first groups signed to the Omaha-based record label, Cursive helped define and y ... More >>
In this past week's Homespun column, we spent some time with Scarlet Tanager's American Songbird, an album of sweetly sung, enthusiastically performed pop songs. The band also put together an unforgettable video for the song "Tumbleweed," which you can peep below. We caught up with lead sing ... More >>
Silver Lining EP
So, Wash U is on summer break, but that hasn't stopped shows from being announced at the Gargoyle. Via Pitchfork (and, just now, a publicist): LA dream-fuzz act Best Coast and U.K. attack-punks Male Bonding are touring together, and should be stopping in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 14. The forme ... More >>
Metric, at Lilith Fair.So, Lilith Fair? Still happening on July 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. (We're not bitter that Heart is playing every date around St. Louis, though. Nope. Not at all.) And right now, the tour's holding a contest to choose one local/regional artist to take the ... More >>
Tonight at Cicero's, Sleepy Kitty will be hosting an out-of-town pal. Imperial China hails from Washington, DC -- and carries on that city's grand tradition of spiky, rhythmically complex post-punk. (To me, they resemble Public Image Limited's early stuff.) As for Sleepy Kitty, the duo of Eva ... More >>
Tonight at the Firebird, get your folk on with a fine triple bill. Locals Beth Bombara and the Northwoods and Athens, Georgia, singer-songwriter Allison Weiss. In the paper this week, I described Weiss like this: In recent years, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis has preferred to be country's sweetheart ins ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, December 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Last night, Harper Simon wasn't received as the lauded prodigal son of a folk-rock and songwriting legend. He was another unknown, paying his dues in an empty room. Although he played to an indifferent audience, Simon led a group of top-notch players in extended rock breakdowns of his recent debut a ... More >>
Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Coldplay delivered exactly the type of set you would want from it - and then some. That's not snark, either: For nearly two hours, the British quartet unleashed hit after hit after hit with little self-indulgence and plenty of spectacle. In fact, th ... More >>
Twangfest 13 closed out on Saturday, June 13 at the Duck Room, but you could consider the Pageant debut for Jenny Lewis (supported by indie twang-blues rockers Deer Tick and the droll and self-consciously eclectic Farmer Dave) an unofficial fifth night. And yet the vast majority of the capacity crow ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, June 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
In recent months, the band Old Lights has cropped up everywhere around town (and beyond): opening for Magnolia Electric Co. in Columbia, playing after the Decemberists in the Halo Bar and tomorrow, opening the Constantines/Crystal Antlers show at the Duck Room. (For good measure, the band is also pl ... More >>
Is there a better way to spend a hot summer weekend in St. Louis than at the Pageant? Perhaps, but not a weekend in mid-June: Santigold is performing there on Saturday, June 13 (a show which appears to be something different, because it was billed as "Barcardi B Live" [sic] in the note I received) a ... More >>
Congratulations go out to two Wash U a cappella groups, Mosaic Whispers and The Amateurs, who are two of the eighteen acts appearing on a Ben Folds a cappella CD. (Unfortunately, the Stereotypes aren't on there. Aw.) The Amateurs perform "Luckiest," while Mosaic Whispers, whom you might remember fro ... More >>
Under the Blacklights (Warner Brothers)
Catastrophe does indeed bring Rainer Maria closer together.
Wednesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
A to Z makes a wish list for the local scene
Saturday, September 17; UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
Saturday, July 23; Three-1-Three (20 Mascoutah Avenue, Belleville, Illinois)
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the years best pop-rock records.
More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute)
Maybe This Christmas Too? (Nettwerk America)
Thursday, April 10; Rocket Bar