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 >>
Donnie Darko is one of those films with much more staying power than anybody expected, especially to folks who are constantly followed around by giant rabbits.
The movie isn't exactly everybody's cup of tea, but there's no question that the 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle managed to develop a cult fol ... More >>
Kudos to A to Z pal Jason Harper for finding and sharing this video on Twitter. It's a montage of deaths in old video games -- Pong, arcade games and home gaming systems -- set to a MIDI version of Tears for Fears' "Mad World." The latter is rendered as a rather poignant 8-bit ditty with even more ... More >>
Save for a few live shows here and there, So Many Dynamos has kept a low profile in the past year or so. The quartet's been focusing on writing new music and experimenting with new instruments and styles, which has resulted in a marked expansion in its sound.
That was evident right away on Friday n ... More >>
American Idol's taken a beating this year. Besides the usual drama with its judges, interest in the show appeared to be dwindling. In fact, its results-show finalé drew its lowest ratings ever. Perhaps what Idol again needs is a personality like Adam Lambert. The season eight runner-up lived up to ... More >>
Hating on South By Southwest is too easy. Just look around: Shit-faced lawyers waxing bizness gobbledygook to shit-faced salesmen of exercise bikes, members of psych-metal bands (probably called Red Octopus or Purple Cobra) barely remaining vertical for all their unbathed rock studiousness, the endl ... More >>
Curt Smith (left) in his younger days.File under news of the weird: Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that political upstart Tommy Sowers -- a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri's 8th Congressional District -- had a number of famous donors ... More >>
Thanks to an excited reader for tipping me off that indie-weirdos Yeasayer are apparently coming to St. Louis next year, on April 26 at the Gargoyle. A publicist email confirms the date, although there's no sign of the show yet on Metrotix or the venue's website. The band's debut was a Talking Heads ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiHayley Williams of Paramore. Entire set here.
By the second song of opening act Paper Route's set, it was clear that last night's Paramore show at the Pageant was going to be extremely loud and very in your face. The Nashville act (which is friends with the headliners) enveloped ... More >>
Grizzly Bear's show in Brooklyn yesterday made waves yesterday due to the presence of Jay-Z and Beyonce in the crowd. (Judging by the Girl Talk remix of GB's song "Knife" -- which spliced together bits of the Clipse and Tears for Fears with the haunting tune -- the idea that hip-hop artists might ... More >>