In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the best of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor ... More >>
Songs exist in a general realm of fiction, even when they are theoretically true. Still, every once in a while a lyric comes along that makes you tilt your head and say "Wait a second..." Here are the six most factually inaccurate lyrics in songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and plea ... More >>
This week, Reel Big Fish, The Pilfers, and Mu330's Dan Potthast play The Pageant. 'Tis a rarity among ska bills, in that each artist progressed through its career but never fully moved away from its birth genre. Others' careers have been less successful, both artistically and commercially. Here are ... 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 >>
An Under Cover Weekend is a time to get silly, abandon caution and get lost with ten St. Louis bands in some of the most loved music ever. Many of us will never see Aerosmith in concert. The majority of the two sold-out crowds missed Michael Jackson. And here they are, in joyful incarnation. Just fo ... More >>
Back in November of 2011, and unknown band (at least around these parts) from Minneapolis, Polica (pronounced Poe-Lisa), quietly put on a gripping performance at the Old Rock House -- even if there were fewer than a dozen people there to witness it. Since that time, Polica has played sold out shows ... More >>
Photo by Jason StoffDeath Cab For Cutie The Pageant October 2, 2011 Ben Gibbard has left us. The melancholic Ben Gibbard we once knew is gone, for all intents and purposes. He's skinny now, having swapped drinking for running, and he's got a new, Jordan Catalano haircut. He's visibly bouncy, ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgPosada in 2007.If you're even a casual sports fan and aren't living under a very large rock, you may have heard there was some hullabaloo over the weekend involving the New York Yankees' veteran catcher, Jorge Posada. It seems that, after seeing his name penciled in the ... More >>
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Less Than Jake's upcoming February 11 show at Pop's has inspired A to Z to reminisce over the lost art of the ska/punk cover. The beauty is in its simplicity: It's the same song you know and love, just played faster and louder and splattered with horn lines. Less Than Jake has mastered the co ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, January 26. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.
The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend kicked off last night in fine fashion promptly at 8:30 p.m., with the Union Tree Review on stage at the Firebird covering the Postal Service. Thanks to a steady schedule of live shows, the young indie-folk band has improved mightily in recent months. Its set only solidi ... More >>
image via1. Dogtown Street Musicians FestivalThis weekend marks the first ever Dogtown Street Musicians Festival. Located between the 1200 - 1300 block of Tamm, this event will run Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2. Funk Fest 5Go get funked up at Broadway Oyster Bar Saturday night, starting at ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Photo: Egan O'KeefeSt. Vincent last night at the Firebird. See more photos from last night's show. A few songs into her hour-plus set, St. Vincent's Annie Clark told the crowd that she was "flummoxed by your enthusiasm." For once, it didn't seem like an instance of rock-star faux-modesty -- her w ... More >>
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard are playing four shows in October, to celebrate the release of their Jack Kerouac-inspired collaboration, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The closest tour date is October 26 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall -- and judging by the band backing the pair, a road trip m ... More >>
BY BOB MCMAHON After a seemingly interminable hiatus, Jumbling Towers made its long-awaited return to the stage last night with a powerful, if occasionally shaky, reminder of why it's one of St. Louis's best indie-rock bands. Not playing a show in about a year left the quartet with some rust to dis ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, June 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
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