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Michael Gross & the Statuettes | Telepath (Sonata Cantata)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Friday, 06 August 2010 16:20

They are able to take the music in a direction that is natural to all of them and still retains their individual stylings.

 

Gorillaz | Plastic Beach (Parlophone/Virgin)

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Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 05 August 2010 09:13

Even with all the guests, the best tracks seem to be those that feature Albarn by himself.

   

JBM | 07.20.2010

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Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 23 July 2010 16:34

Jesse Merchant talks about the recording studio, his musical friendships, the pure chance of landing a National tour, and what to hopefully expect down the line.

 

Hey Champ | Star (Townie Records)

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Written by Joe Witthaus Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:13

Hey Champ’s video is like watching a Lady Gaga dream laced with LSD.

   

Henry Rollins | Stacking Miles from St. Louis to Tibet

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Written by Nicole Madden Monday, 28 June 2010 13:46

The iconic Henry Rollins shares his thoughts on travel, DiY ethic and technology.

 

Austin Collins & the Rainbirds | Wrong Control (Eight Dollar Music)

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Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 28 June 2010 11:50

Austin Collins & the Rainbirds have created a very likeable record, one that offers a heartfelt, earnest rootsiness.

   

Abi Robins and Sean Renner | Morning Bird Records

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Written by Willie E. Smith Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:40

 Abi Robins and Sean Renner of Morning Bird Records bid St. Louis a fond farewell.

 

Trigger 5 | Heartbreak and Regret (Living Traditions/JSP Records)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 23 June 2010 11:04

 
In a traditional country manner of course, composed of two parts rockabilly to one part Patsy Cline with some post-modern irony thrown in as well as a dash of pop, a splash of doo-wop and a pinch of South of the Border. 
   

Far | At Night We Live (Vagrant)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 19 June 2010 23:09

The vocals are clean and sung, not screamed; the music’s layered and rich; the album’s a varied yet cohesive listen, one that grows richer the more it’s heard.

 

Ed Harcourt | Lustre (Piano Wolf)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 19 June 2010 22:00

Some songs are nearly just Harcourt and his piano, a sound at which he excels.

   

Tommy Keene | You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009 (Second Motion)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 17 June 2010 22:47

It’s truly a tip-top collection by a top-tier artist.

 

We Are Scientists | Barbara (RED)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 17 June 2010 22:38

“If you’re the nice guy, act like the nice guy.”

   

Delta Spirit | History From Below (Rounder)

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Thursday, 17 June 2010 11:40

As different as the album might be from a musical and production stanpoint, the heart of the songs remains the same. 

 

Mystery Jets | Serotonin (Rough Trade)

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Written by Mike Rengel Thursday, 17 June 2010 11:29

It feels like the only proper way to experience the disc is on a speedboat with a guy sporting a man-perm.

 

   

The Fall | Your Future Our Clutter (Domino)

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Written by Jim Dunn Tuesday, 15 June 2010 23:41

The classic vs. the brave new Fall comes in the battle between Mark E. Smith’s incomprehensible patter—a stream of consciousness rant, really—and the fact that the band is now on a label that demands at least some structure from its artists.

 

Adam Green | Minor Love (Fat Possum)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 10 June 2010 10:16

His previous records have juxtaposed his very clear, accessible and resonant voice with truly profane/funny/poetic lyrics.

   

Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List (Sexy Intellectual, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 09 June 2010 11:47

The blow of how boring this all is softened somewhat by their better-than-usual choices for visuals to accompany long parts of music that go along with the film.

 

LCD Soundsystem | This Is Happening (DFA)

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Written by John Shepherd Tuesday, 08 June 2010 08:41

There’s no question that he will continue to work on projects that will satisfy his muse, and LCD Soundsystem might not yet be done for good.

   

Iggy and the Stooges | Raw Power: Legacy Edition (Columbia/Legacy)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 07 June 2010 13:02

The sound of Iggy and the Stooges has been a permanent fixture in the collections of rock’n’roll fans since their inception over forty years ago.

 

Elliott Brood | Mountain Meadows (Six Shooter Records/ADA)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 07 June 2010 12:48

Elliott Brood’s sound is a nice mix of acoustic and electric which shows that they have mastered a variety of style.

   

Brian Jonestown Massacre | Off Broadway 06.11.10

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Sunday, 06 June 2010 13:35

Currently in an eight-member line-up, the BJM are finally bringing their unique musical menagerie back to St. Louis for the first time in six years.

 

GT and the Sidewinders | Across America (s/r)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Friday, 04 June 2010 19:29

Across America brings a refreshing take on revival music with a heavier-handed dose of traditionalism than the likes of most ’50s throwback groups.

   

Black Francis | Nonstoperotik (Cooking Vinyl)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Friday, 04 June 2010 16:45

 The gold mine for those who loved all there was about The Pixies.

 

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion | Controversial Negro: Live In Tucson (Major Domo Records)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:46

JSBX is one of the greatest live bands ever. Disagree? To quote Spencer, “you can kiss my ass, because your girlfriend still loves me.”

   

The Black Keys | Brothers (Nonesuch)

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Written by Bruce Matlock Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:17

This could be the record that puts the Black Keys headlining arenas worldwide; they have the skills to be as big as the White Stripes.

 

Eric Von Damage | Believing in the Underground

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Written by Nicole Madden Monday, 03 May 2010 19:05

Local musician, Eric Von Damage, discusses the importances of diversity, underground artists, and helps reinforce my confidence St. Louis music.

   

Jarrod Gorbel | Lightening Up

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 01 May 2010 20:45

It’s not just songs, records; it’s more of a dialogue.

 

We Are Wolves | Invisible Violence (Dare To Care)

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Written by John Shepherd Friday, 30 April 2010 12:36

Even when We Are Wolves misstep slightly on Invisible Violence, the defiant dancing doesn't need to stop.

   

Kid Sister | Ultraviolet (Fool’s Gold/Downtown Records)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:47

Ultraviolet is directionless. Combine that with the weak subject matter, and we are provided little incentive to listen.

 

The American Dollar | Atlas (Yesh Music)

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Written by John Shepherd Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:36

Atlas may be the perfect album to provide the background at your next party.

   

Jeff Beck | The Fox 04.29.10

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Written by Derek Lauer Monday, 26 April 2010 20:39

Jeff Beck is a guitar icon and it is a privilege to still have a chance to see him at the top of his game.

 

Bruiser Queen Debuts at Firebird | 04.23.10

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Written by Amy Burger Tuesday, 20 April 2010 12:49

It made sense to us that we would debut Bruiser Queen, at the Firebird.

 

   

Hot Chip | One Life Stand (Astralwerks)

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Written by Brett Berliner Tuesday, 06 April 2010 16:45

This album has a very strong opening and ending but the middle is skippable.

 

Matthew Ryan | Hovering Around Happiness

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 05 April 2010 22:54

Living is inspiration. The missteps, the victories, the mundane and the challenging—and at every point in between there is cinema in living.

   

Tim Barry | Keepin' It Simple

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Written by Nicole Madden Friday, 02 April 2010 13:46

No matter the musical style, in one form or another, Tim is one hell of a storyteller.

 

Tegan and Sara | Practicing Being Good

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:05

Sara and I always joke that we have the best audience ever, but that’s because we train them: we tour a lot, and we talk a lot about what we want the audience to be like. We don’t want them to be drunk and belligerent and crazy, we don’t want them to come and expect a bar show.

   

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