Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
Don't get us wrong: Forest Park is a jewel. Larger than Central Park, our urban oasis sees more visitors each year than the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium combined. We totally understand why folks organizing St. Louis' 250th birthday party want to host it at Forest Park over Valentine's Day weekend ... More >>
This week, check out Alexis Gideon, Bill Callahan and Gateway to the West Fest to start things off. After that, gear up for a crazy weekend including one of the busiest Sundays we've seen in some time. Read on for multiple picks from our critics, and as always, stay tuned to our weekend post for eve ... More >>
Darrell Scott is more well known for his associations. He's written songs for country superstars ranging from Faith Hill to the Dixie Chicks to Brad Paisley and has performed alongside Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and is a member of Robert Plant's Band of Joy. He brings his own headlining tour to t ... More >>
Photo by Jon GitchoffTaylor Swift | Hunter Hayes | NeedToBreathe Scottrade Center August 14, 2011 Taylor Swift has documented her detractors well: They make frequent appearances in her overtly personal lyrics, most recently in her revenge jam "Mean." The song's music video even finds her t ... More >>
This one doesn't make the cut, unfortunately.It's Fourth of July weekend, and in the haze of the heat, barbecue, domestic beer, and red-white-and-blue buntings, it's easy to get caught up in ranting-chanting, "USA! USA! USA!" The founding fathers and a lot of musicians might not agree with ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith Fair"This is so much better than I could have ever imagined," exclaimed Mary J. Blige, as the Lilith Fair crowd cheered wildly for her. The same could be said about yesterday's all-day show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. While negative publicit ... More >>
Yesterday, Kelly Clarkson pulled out of the Lilith Fair, in light of canceled dates and her work on a new album. The St. Louis Lilith Fair stop has already added a new act: Court Yard Hounds, the side project of Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. Everything else is still status quo.
Katie MoultonThe scene last night at Busch Stadium before the Eagles/Dixie Chicks showThe Eagles played it straight last night at Busch Stadium and managed to please everyone: the younger set relatively new to their catalog of country-rock classics as well as fans who have waited more than 35 ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Busch Stadium, Broadway and Poplar Street.
Robin WheelerAt Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, Illinois, the owner tells two young ghost hunters, "I can say from personal experience that there aren't any ghosts in this building, but I've seen some really scary creatures going into the bar next door." Later that evening, no one next do ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, March 26. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
To conclude: Susan Cowsill and the Watson Twins sang "September Gurls," with the remains of Big Star playing loose and beautiful all around them. It shouldn't have happened; most of what happens shouldn't. In life, as with music, we only get so much say. Alex Chilton's passing just days before Big S ... More >>
HumThe Pageant *Jordin Sparks/Kate Voegele, May 15 *Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club, June 23 Old Rock House *The Middle East, April 5 *Cameron McGill, May 5 *Hum, May 22 *Annuals/Most Serene Republic, May 23 *Jay Farrar, June 17 Busch Stadium *Eagles/Dixie Chicks, June 24
If I was Norm MacDonald, circa his stint on SNL's Weekend Update, I'd say: "This show unites two of America's favorite pastimes: baseball and hating the Eagles." But I'm not -- so I'll just say that classic rockers the Eagles will be performing at Busch Stadium on June 24. The Dixie Chicks will be ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.Barb resembles Carol Channing: a tiny woman with a white bob and a voice so gravely ... More >>
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Then we snag an interview with country legend and new friend of Lambchop Charlie Louvin.
Week of February 22, 2007
B-Sides catches up with elusive Lemonhead Evan Dando, and keeps the faith with Nickel Creek mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile.
Week of November 23, 2006
9 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
9 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke.
Lights and Sounds (Capitol)
Friday, April 22; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Caitlin Cary gets the full-on Lipton treatment
Who says cover bands are unoriginal?
Kerry may have given up on Missouri, but musicians haven't
Wednesday, October 6; Fox Theatre
We examine conservative rock and learn why you should never throw anything away
When it comes to censorship, the song remains the same
Tracks offers comfort to Ensure-swilling music fans
Week of May 7, 2003
Sunday, May 11; Savvis Center
Millstadt talent shows breathe farm air into an increasingly streamlined pop life
Thursday, Nov. 29; Off Broadway
A Wash. U. grad, a legend and some Missouri shitkickers team up to form a great little label
Local apathy over one of St. Louis' most noted exports, Miles Davis, isn't stopping his fans from organizing a bang-up commemoration of what would have been his 75th birthday
Taking Sides explores the artist's complicity in Nazi Germany's politics
Cosmic Bowling throws the sport for a loop
Big Mon; Skaggs Family
Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts