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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.

   

Francis and the Lights | It'll Be Better (Cantora)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 14 September 2010 14:52

Francis and the Lights broadcast an attractive, unwavering belief in the healing power of the radio, in songs as transmissions from a distant, like-minded soul.

 

Shea Seger | Shea Seger (Truthcore)

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Written by Willie E. Smith Tuesday, 14 September 2010 14:40

Everything about this record is liberating. Shea Seger is real, raw, American roots rock, overflowing with blues and country inflections that showcase Seger’s weathered yet resilient voice.

   

Stinkfoot | Picture Code System (Self)

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Written by Raymee Alper Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:42

Stinkfoot is promoting Picture Code System as they head into this week’s PLAY:stl Festival. Check out the band this Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. at Vintage Vinyl.

 

Jimmy Gnecco | The Heart (Bright Antenna/IGL)

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Written by Willie E. Smith Sunday, 12 September 2010 14:49

Gnecco has always embraced his influences, and The Heart has plenty to offer those listeners willing to be open-minded about Gnecco’s talents and join with him in celebrating the past.

 

   

Public Symphony | Inspire (PublicSymphony.com)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Sunday, 12 September 2010 14:43

This time around the group has elevated an already exceptional and highly praised album to create a sultry, seductive masterpiece of sound.

 

Fran Healy | Wreckorder (Rykodisc)

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Written by Mike Rengel Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:01

Wreckorder offers up more minor detours and mild experimentation than a typical Travis record, but it never strays far from a familiar path.

 

   

Mystified | Passing Through the Outer Gates (First Fallen Star)

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Written by Byron Kerman Sunday, 05 September 2010 09:55

It’s funereal, sure, but it manages to dip into a sort of grim comedy.

 

 

The Glitch Mob | Sounds Electric

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Written by Taban Salem Friday, 27 August 2010 11:58

The fans who will actually come and pay money to see us are really worth their weight in gold.

 

   

Carolina Chocolate Drops | 8.29.10

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 27 August 2010 11:53

This is not one of those transcriptionist “scratches and all” bands, in other words.

 

 

Adam Reichmann | Life After Nadine

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Written by Amy Burger Tuesday, 24 August 2010 13:02

I realized I still really love doing this. I started to miss it more than I thought I would."

   

Hanson | It's a Singles World for These Married Men

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:28

Isaac came across as someone who has indeed been doing this a long time—but still loves almost every minute of it.

 

Lou Barlow | 08.22.10

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:21

The shows are performed in the format of two acoustic outer edges at the beginning and end, with an electric center as the concert’s core.

   

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Let It Sway (Polyvinyl)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:18

SSLYBY has found a full chain that will yank them into a whole new matured and happy landscape.

 

Memories of John | The John Hartford Stringband (Red Clay)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:06

 Matt Combs and Mike Compton provide tight vocal harmonizing.

   

Darker My Love | Alive As You Are (Dangerbird)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Friday, 06 August 2010 16:25

One may look at the hardcore beginnings of frontman Tim Presley, former guitarist for The Nerve Agents (then referred to as Timmy Stardust), and think “Well…that figures.”

 

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.

   

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