Fame is a funny thing. Some folks stumble into it by having their soundbytes about burglary autotuned for 120 million YouTube viewers. Others make headlines by being a teenager with giant boobs who marries a guy nearly 40 years her senior. But what about the people with actual talent whose fate ha ... 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 s ... More >>
By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
If you are a human with access to the news, you are probably sick of hearing about Ohio, the swing state that will likely determine the shape of today's Presidential election. Luckily, Ohio sounds better out of some musician's mouths than it does coming out of Rush Limbaugh's. Here are the six best ... More >>
Well I'm feeling pretty good about myself today. Over the weekend I managed to get myself kicked out of the Justin Bieber concert at Scottrade Center while working on a review, proving that even in my old age I still got it. In my youth I was actually quite capable of being kicked out of any and all ... More >>
Kanrocksas (a festival at the NASCAR Speedway just west of Kansas City, so named for...never mind) debuted big in 2011, going toe-to-toe with Lollapalooza and featuring many of the same names (including Eminem, Muse and A Perfect Circle). They took the year off in 2012 due to renovations to the Spee ... More >>
See Also: Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was i ... More >>
An open letter to the attendees of the Dave Matthews Band Concert (July 11, 2012): I am sorry. On behalf of those who you would surely deem "music snobs", I am sorry that our actions or lack thereof may have contributed to you braving a scorching St. Louis summer night for yet another Dave Matthew ... More >>
9:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
The Black Keys | Arctic Monkeys April 27, 2012 Chaifetz Arena There was a nice moment in the middle of the Black Keys' impressive concert last night when guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach sent hired guns Gus Seyffert and John Wood away so he could play alone with drummer Patrick Carney. It was a nod to ... More >>
In case you hadn't seen, we have a brand-spankin'-new Concert Calendar setup -- it is useful and easy to navigate, as opposed to the previous format, which was....well, not. Now, rather than just taking our word for it on these posts you can effortlessly conduct your own investigations and then tell ... More >>
JD McPherson Blueberry Hill's Duck Room April 26, 2012 JD McPherson's signature song, "North Side Gal," is a hit waiting for a chart, a single looking for a jukebox, an irresistible dance number on its way to a rockabilly rhythm & blues sock hop that doesn't exist anywhere, save all the joints where ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>
Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one might be tempted to take it easy this week. Please remember, though, that taking it easy is for square nerd loser ... More >>
The Lollapalloza 2012 lineup is here, anchored by Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Jack White. Pretty cool, right? And a three day pass will only cost you two hundred thirty dollars. So yeah: Maybe this year it's time to look for alternatives to the big-name, bigger-ticket su ... More >>
The Kanrocksas Music Festival, assembled last year in rapid fashion with a lineup of surprisingly big names (Eminem, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips...), will be taking what would have been its sophomore year off. The Kansas Speedway, which hosts the festival, is undergoing a major construction p ... More >>
Ricky Smiley and his infectious chuckle tickle our eardrums daily during his long-running morning show syndicated on Hot 104.1. The ATL funnyman brings his comic stylings to Chaifetz in February. Chaifetz also snagged the Black Keys in late April, and newcomer Plush is bringing our Missouri boys bac ... More >>
The Coachella 2012 lineup is out, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and roughly half of Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2011 list. But California is far away and three day passes (officially) cost your left eyeball and firstborn child. Fortunately, many of the Coachella highligh ... More >>
The Black Keys just announced an April 27th show at the Chaifetz Arena on St. Louis University's campus. The Arctic Monkeys will open. Ticket information has not yet been released, but the show has been tacked onto a spring tour where average prices range from $45 to $70. A fan presale begins tomo ... More >>
Coachella has just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival, which will take place over two weekends in April, will feature the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as headliners, and it doesn't exactly drop off from there: Pulp, Cat Power, M83, the Shins, Bon Iver, Noel Gallagher, Feist, Jeff ... More >>
The Watson Twins are coming back to Off Broadway on Wednesday, September 21. Alvan & Ayosha will open. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. The Watson Twins were at the same venue exactly 363 days before this show playing with Laura Veirs, though this will be the duo's first headlining show at ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyBlack Keys Stagesaurus Rex The infield is packed with people to tired to stand. There's a throng by the stage, obviously, but the middle third of the place is strictly asses on the ground. We're getting to that point, toward the end of any festival, where the antici ... More >>
Bonnaroo is next weekend already, and Wakarusa starts tomorrow. Summer Festival season is in full swing, and it's getting hard to keep track of all the offerings. In the next several weeks, we'll bring you guides to some of the best and biggest festivals within a day's drive of St. Louis. We ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, May 13. 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.) *Cold Cave, Cherish The Light Years The Guardian says of Cold Cave's latest: "'Take me to the future. I'm ready,' sings Wesley Eisold. That may be true, but ... More >>
We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>
Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... 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 >>
El Mundo Latino
Last week, Via Dove released its debut full-length, El Mundo Latino. In my forthcoming review, I described the album as... ..."in line with the hurricane-rock atmosphere of its live shows. Jagged guitar riffs, gigantic drums, deep-grooved rhythms and vocalist Andy Shadburne's twang-burnished growls ... More >>
myspace.com/cagetheelephantCage the Elephant is a quintet, but on Friday night at the Pageant, the group might as well have performed under the name, "Matt Shultz and Friends." Although the vocalist kept the banter to a minimum -- from a "Thank you" here to a "Hey everybody, look at this kid ... More >>
Pieter M Van HattemTo surrender to the sway of the Black Keys is to worship at the altar of the Riff. The Riff is holy; the Riff is sacred; the Riff may seem simple but is, in fact, really, really fucking awesome. If you can't get down to Dan Auerbach's thick, fuzzy blues riffs and Patrick Ca ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, June 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Todd OwyoungMastodon's Bill Kelliher, October 13, 2009 at the Pageant. More photos here.*The Black Keys show on June 10 at the Pageant? Already sold out, as of Friday afternoon. *That Alice in Chains/Mastodon/Deftones triple bill is officially happening on Friday, October 1, at the Scottrade ... More >>
The Black KeysThe Pageant *Gregg Allman, May 26 *The Black Keys, June 10 Off Broadway *Oakhurst, April 11 *Dave Gonzalez and The Stone River Boys, April 15 *Rosie Flores Band/Jon Langford, April 18 *James Brown Tribute, April 30 *Dave Olney and Steve Dawson, May 1 *The Hillbenders, May 8 *Ba ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, December 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Dear Ms. Clarkson, After finally getting a chance to attend one of your concerts last night at the Family Arena in St. Charles, I finally understand why I think you're such a fantastic pop songstress and performer. From the first slow-burning, disco-infused chorus of "All I Ever Wanted," your voice ... More >>
Saw an article this morning that the Black Keys will be returning to St. Louis for the first time in a few years, on Saturday, April 25. The bad news? They're headlining W.I.L.D., the Wash U-only event held every spring. The Cool Kids and Kid Cudi are also on the bill. Now, Stars performed at this l ... More >>
10 p.m. Wednesday, January 14. BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups, 700 South Broadway.
8 p.m. Friday, November 28. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
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The Black Keys bring old-school flair to their tunes. Just don't call them a blues band.
Washington University's KWUR-FM seeks to upgrade its signal but is getting opposition from an unlikely source