Banner Pilot | Resignation Day Reissue (Fat Wreck Chords)

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Written by Jacob Snyder Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:17

Resignation Day riffs 36 minutes of nonstop chant-along punk rock without succumbing to the cliché of throwing a sappy ballad in.


Mike Stern with Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedy | 11.17.10-11.20.10

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:11

For lack of a better comparison, he sounds like a bit like Pat Metheny meets Hendrix.


The Indigo Girls | Holly Happy Days (Vanguard)

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Written by Courtney Rau Wednesday, 17 November 2010 02:09

I’m not sure they’ve created this year’s must-have holiday release, but they have given us a collection of ear- and crowd-pleasing songs.


The Warlocks | Rise and Fall + EP and Rarities (Zap Banana)

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Written by Justin Curia Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:15

The slow burn of the freaky folk will lift the demon souls from whatever bowels in which they may rest. It’s healing, really.


The Velvet Teen | No Star (s/r)

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Written by Wil E. Smith Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:08

This music sounds as if it’s meant to score an interstellar war among mechanized manifestations of the Athenian Pantheon [Greek gods in robot form], fought over the souls of humanity.


Ghostland Observatory | Ghostland Coast to Coast

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Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 17 November 2010 00:53

"When you’re just listening to an album there’s not lasers shooting all over you and it’s not so incredibly loud, so it’s just a completely different experience."


Amanda Palmer | Inspiration Abounds

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Written by Nicole Madden Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:02

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls answers a quickie before coming to town this week.


Paul Oakenfold | Facelift Tour: Changing the Face of Electronic Music

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Tuesday, 16 November 2010 13:46

 He will be performing at Europe Nightclub, equipped with some of his most hypnotic beats, laser lights and one massive video wall.


Nitzer Ebb | Industrial Complex (Artists Addiction)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:47

The 13 tracks here—17 if you include four remixes—range from heavy to melodic, yet they all mesh well, and all enthrall.


Rod Stewart | The Great American Songbook Vol. 5 (J Records)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Friday, 12 November 2010 15:36

Although his first few albums post-surgery were touch-and-go, Vol. 5 has proven Stewart is nothing if not resilient and a true artist.


Delta Spirit | Live from the Waits Room (Rounder Records)

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 12 November 2010 14:57

You can envision lead singer Matt Vasquez tearing up the inside of the Waits Room while recording it.


Elijah Aaron | The Gift of Every Word (s/r)

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Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:03

You can almost feel the miles of pavement passing smoothly beneath sheet metal floorboards as Aaron’s steady plucking and graceful croon create an aura of idyllic nostalgia.


The Gay Blades | Savages (Triple Crown)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 07 November 2010 21:43

“Mick Jagger” is a keeper, combining “ooh ooh”s, tightly strummed guitars, and Westfield’s now familiar wail.


Christian Jacobs | RADIO DOWN!

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Written by Bruce Matlock Friday, 05 November 2010 11:08

"The Aquabats! are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." 


The Inner Banks | Songs From Disko Bay (DAG! Records)

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Written by Ted Moniak Thursday, 28 October 2010 12:45

These songs are like a small town in a Flannery O’Connor story—just a little ole’ town populated by plain folks, but with some gothic secrets and unrelenting peculiarities.


Brighton MA | 10.30.10

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Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 28 October 2010 08:14

Rock the Route is, as Kerstein describes it, “a television travel show about two Chicago bands playing shows along the old Route 66 out to L.A., with celebrity judges. Hilarity will ensue.”



Senses Fail | Growing Up, Not Selling Out

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Written by Courtney Rau Wednesday, 27 October 2010 08:35

"You do it for the music. We don’t expect anything from it. You really get to that point when you’ve hit your peak and you start to come down, which we have."


Idlewild | Post Electric Blues (Nice Music)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:02

It’s fascinating to hear an outfit once described with pinpoint accuracy as “the sound of a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs” arrive at this place.


Kings of Leon | Come Around Sundown (RCA)

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Written by Christopher Sewell Friday, 22 October 2010 02:39

Kings of Leon are back with a new album. Sorry, let me start again. The four-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum-selling Kings of Leon are back with a new album. Ok, that’s better. 


Bettie Serveert | 10.22.10

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Tuesday, 19 October 2010 19:25

St. Louis will once again get to experience that highly combustible energy on October 22nd, when the band returns to Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room for the first time since 2006.


Murder By Death | From Rage to Nature Retreat

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Written by Courtney Rau Monday, 11 October 2010 14:38

Adam Turla found time to give us the hometown dirt on John Mellencamp and discuss ghost sex in South American literature. Oh yeah, and we also talked about the new album.


Menomena | Parallel or Together

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Written by Justin Curia Monday, 11 October 2010 14:25

Menomena will take the stage at the Luminary Center for the Arts on Monday, October 11. Before the show, I got to talk with multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris.


Grinderman | Grinderman 2 (Anti-)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:28

Grinderman 2 is easily one of the best releases of the year.


MUTEMATH | Armistice Live (Teleprompt/Warner Bros.)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:19

This DVD/live CD combo is a must for any fan of Armistice.


Kansas | School of Rock

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 06 October 2010 09:02

 Kansas is now on tour in support of their recently released DVD, There’s Know Place Like Home, and they will be at the St. Charles Family Arena on Saturday, October 9th.



Michael Franti | Sunshine All Around

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Written by Amy Burger Sunday, 03 October 2010 20:39

Franti makes his way back to The Pageant on Tuesday night, along with Spearhead.


Ra Ra Riot | The Orchard (Barsuk)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 September 2010 21:58

But wait…that rhythm line. I swear I’ve heard it somewhere before. Oh, that’s right: Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”


Black Lab | Strangers No More

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 September 2010 21:03

A good song is like an enzyme that gets injected into someone, mixes with what’s already there in their emotional body, and catalyzes a reaction—and the song flowers inside them.


Dark Dark Dark | Examining the Dark Dark Dark Side of Life

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Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 30 September 2010 00:16

The Minneapolis sextet Dark Dark Dark is downright hard to characterize; the product of disparate influences and the singular songwriting partnership of vocalist/accordion player Nona Marie Invie and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Marshall LaCount.  


Heather Gabel | Well Versed in the Art of Making Art

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Written by Nicole Madden Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:05

A few words with the artist responsible for hundreds of recognizable band t-shirt designs.


Underworld | Barking (Om)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 26 September 2010 22:03

The seven-minute “Always Loved a Film” ups the ante with the duo’s best offering since the brilliant “Born Slippy” of Trainspotting soundtrack fame.


David Gray | Foundling (Mercer Street)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 26 September 2010 21:58

Gray conveys a bit of wear and tear in his vocal delivery.


Stephen Egerton | The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton (Paper + Plastick)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 24 September 2010 15:24

Like much of Egerton’s discography, this album is consistently solid, with nearly every song being at least “good” and the peaks easily qualifying as “great.” 


The Posies | Blood/Candy (Ryko)

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:07

If thought-provoking lyrics, razor sharp harmonies and stylistic surprises are your thing, you’ll be pleased to find them in abundance on Blood/Candy.


Street Sweeper Social Club | The Ghetto Blaster EP (Street Sweeper Social Club)

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Written by Joe Witthaus Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:36

Despite repeatedly changing bands since the initial hiatus of RATM, Morello appears to have jumped back into his funky stylings effortlessly, which makes his work with SSSC that much more impressive.


Glasser | Ring (True Panther)

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Written by Courtney Rau Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:23

On the surface, her list of influences seems dissonant, disconnected and difficult to mix into a coherent whole. But Glasser has a unique ability to consolidate forms, both organic and synthetic, into seamless melodies that are almost meditative in their execution.


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