Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow*The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow Paste gave the album an 8.0 rating: "Barton Hollow, the name of a nonexistent place, is largely ... More >>
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
(And please don't call 'em "honky-tonk.")
8 p.m. Monday, August 14. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music (Sony/Legacy)
Couture, Couture, Couture (Sub Pop)
Janis, the Dead, the Band and others take the happiest trip of their lives
Tom Wood's sophomore solo album, 2, showcases the St. Louis songwriter's versatility
The Lucky One (Hightone Records)
Summer Teeth (Reprise)