Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teen ... More >>
The Scottish Arms (6-10 South Sarah Street; 314-535-0551) has made a remarkable discovery: When you take top-shelf whiskey, pair it with elegant samplings of delicious food, and serve it under the stars, people will want to be a part of it. Thus, the creation of "Whisky After Dark," the inauguration ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to the Pageant on Thursday, January 10. They'll be joined by Langhorne Slim, and the show is way sold out. BUT: It's not too late to have the lovely Ms. Potter make eyes at you while also rocking your face off (it's true; I've seen it!). We have a pair of t ... More >>
Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>
Cardinal fans and Cub fans. Democrats and Republicans. Those who keep up with the Kardashians and those who should be allowed to vote. Country music fans and country music haters. While no end is in sight to the strife between the first three aforementioned warring factions, there may be hope for t ... More >>
The Avett Brothers Fox Theater September 29, 2012 "It's nice to release a new album and have all the hoop-la, but it's nice to be connecting with a crowd. This is what feels real for us," Seth Avett says. It's a reassuring message for fans after the Avett Brothers' recent success on the new album T ... More >>
Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice. People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.
This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous hailstorm (mine only lost a window or two, no biggie) make sure hit the town or else you'll be missing some excelle ... More >>
Dave Matthews Band in 2007Dave Matthews Band has just announced its 2012 tour, and the extensive itinerary includes a stop in St. Louis -- Maryland Heights, technically -- at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (I-70 & Earth City Expressway. Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944). Brandi Carlile, who ... More >>
Refreshing! Finally, we seem to be on the other side of this week's bout of soul-shredding heat. Summer's all well and good, but the Beach Boys weren't singing about an endless summer where it feels like 115 degrees. Their summers were a good 30 degrees cooler than what we've been experiencin ... More >>
Image viaG. Love (real name: Garrett Dutton), currently on one of his periodic hiatuses from fronting G. Love and Special Sauce, plays his preppy blues at the Pageant tonight. Dutton is renowned for his good-vibes live shows. He's touring in support of Fixin' To Die, on which he worked with ... More >>
Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, February 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
In this week's paper, Katie Moulton spoke with Grace Potter, the leader of the currently sizzling Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Moulton spelled out some of the band's accomplishments in recent times - including opening for the Avett Brothers and smoking on VH1's Divas Salute the Troops special - an ... More >>
Jason Stoff(This is part two of our 31 Best Concerts of 2010 countdown. If you missed part one, #31-21, you can view that here.) 20. Todd Rundgren, Roberts Orpheum Theater, September 10, 2010 "Finally the curtain came down, but the last song wasn't over -- the band kept playing, and when the ... More >>
Last week LouFest announced the dates of its second festival and immediately started selling discounted two-day passes to brave souls willing to buy without knowing the line-up in advance. No word on when an official announcement will be made about who'll be playing. But in the meantime, it's fun ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. KANYE WEST---My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2. THE NATIONAL---High Violet (Expanded Edition) 3. NICKI MINAJ---Pink Friday 4. RIHANNA---Loud 5. LATIMORE---All About The Rhythm & The Blues 6. NELLY---5.0 7. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 8. ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 2. ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL---Union 3. SUFJAN STEVENS---Age Of Adz 4. BELLE & SEBASTIAN---Write About Love 5. KINGS OF LEON---Come Around Sundown 6. JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS---Wake Up! 7. AVETT BROTHERS---Vol. 3 ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1 Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love 2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest 3. Of Montreal - False Priest* 4. John Legend/Roots Wake Up! 5. Neil Young - Le Noise 6. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre 7. Eric Clapton - Clapton 8. Fistful Of Mercy - As I Cal ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, October 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Apache Beat's Last Chants*Apache Beat, Last Chants "Apache Beat has garnered a great deal of fanfare around its new take on rock music. Clinging to the edg ... More >>
Jason StoffThe Avett Brothers at the Pageant. More photos here."I am a breathing time machine," Scott and Seth Avett sang at the very end of last night's show at the Pageant, passing the lines around like a bluegrass villanelle. After ten years and probably a thousand shows with a band that s ... More >>
Tonight, the Avett Brothers is playing a super-sold-out show at the Pageant. Tickets are being sold for way above face value on Craigslist (if any still exist out there for sale). Katie Moulton spoke with bassist Bob Crawford in this week's paper -- and in this outtake, he hinted that the band is th ... More >>
Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course. Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, September 1. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Courtesy of NPR, you can listen to Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three's Newport Folk Festival set from last weekend. Back in April, it was announced that the band would be performing at the world-famous festival, which also featured Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Levon Helm, John Prine, Avett B ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Lady Gaga's superglam besties Semi Precious Weapons will sex up Vintage Vinyl on July 17 before taking the stage with her at Scottrade Center. Blueberry Hill *Hayes Carll, September 10 Blues City Deli *John Nemeth Blues Band, July 15 Cicero's *Killola, August 9 The Firebird *Matt Costa, No ... More >>
Mumford & SonsThe World Cup wasn't mentioned once during the Mumford & Sons show at Off Broadway last night, but the long sold-out crowd thundered with approval for Brits whipping us at our own game. Bringing a polished version of rollicking bluegrass and heartbreaking harmonies, Mumford & So ... More >>
Big congratulations to Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, who just announced that they're performing at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, August 1. To say the fest is prestigious is an understatement: Started in 1959, the event helped thrust Joan Baez and Bob Dylan into the national eye -- a ... More >>
The B-52's are just one act slotted for the HullabaLOUfestOne of the best things about St. Louis is its close proximity to the summer's major music festivals. Not only do we get cool acts stopping here on their way to -- or from -- these events, we're within driving distance to Chicago (Pitch ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures 2. Tom Waits - Glitter And Doom Live 3. Neil Young - Dreaming Man Live '92 4. Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart 5. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind EP 6. Norah Jones - The Fall 7. Vince ... More >>
Dave Green Uncle Monk Who: The old-timey bluegrass project of Tommy Ramone Where: Off Broadway RIYL: Avett Brothers, Lucero, Ha Ha Tonka MP3: Uncle Monk, "Round the Bend"
Every Monday (or Tuesday), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Built To Spill - There Is No Enemy 2. Mountain ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Avett Brothers - I & Love & You 2. Bottle Rockets - Lean Fo ... More >>
Calvin Engel "This is how we know we're back in Missouri -- they don't do that shit out west. They don't stomp," Brian Roberts, lead singer of straight-out-of-the-Ozarks band Ha Ha Tonka, said last night as the crowd in cowboy boots and flip-flops alike dug their heels in to Off Broadway's wo ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, August 26. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
BY KATIE MOULTON The Avett Brothers barnstormed the Pageant last night and lead a stomping jubilee with its genre-razing folk-punk. Fronted by string-snapping multi-instrumentalist brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band destroyed any notion of traditional or roots music with a raucous set where ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, June 25. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Pageant *Yonder Mountain String Band, Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9 *Demetri Martin, Saturday, May 16 *Mint Condition, Saturday, May 30 *The Avett Brothers, Thursday, June 25Blueberry Hill *Howie Day, May 1*Meiko/Cory Chisel, May 14*Cracker, Friday, May 15*Meat Puppets, May 28
So, odder bedfellows have existed, but this alleged show is on par with mods vs. rockers and metalheads vs. punks. According to Pollstar and an email I got from Dave Matthews Band's publicist, hipster barflies the Hold Steady are opening for the massively popular frat-rockers at the Verizon Wireless ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue
Friday, October 21; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Thursday, May 12; Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum (701 North 15th Street)