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On a cool humid night when all was calm outside, Van Halen came out roaring at the Scottrade Center Sunday evening. It felt like old times with the presence of David Lee Roth up front once again.

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The Jagermeister Music Tour came to the Pageant Sunday night, featuring three young indie-rock acts that each have a penchant for moody and melodic sounds.

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St. Louisans flocked to the Peabody Opera House on Sunday night to see Florence + the Machine perform its major hit songs in a theatrical, twirling, emotional manor.

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The Lumineers played a sold out show at the Duck Room Saturday night, though it was their first appearance ever in St. Louis.

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The Heavy Anchor played host to a simmer-down-and-listen type of show on Saturday Night. In a closely confined and intimate room, Frontier Ruckus put on a mysteriously inviting performance.

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Louder than sirens, louder than bells: An enthralled crowd worshipped at the altar of Florence + the Machine in the drizzly Sunday twilight.

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The latest in the long-running series of KDHX benefits and artist tributes, Back to Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. and 88.1 KDHX Benefit brought 10 bands and a few hundred music lovers out to Off Broadway on Friday to celebrate the songs of one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years.

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If ever a show were more elevated by its direction/choreography and performances, I haven’t seen it.

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Time and again the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University mounts productions that are marvels of excellence.

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Caryl Churchill has had an amazing career since she graduated from Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall women’s college with a degree in English Literature in 1960. Her plays often focus on sexual politics, the abuse of power and a non-traditional look at history from a feminist point of view.

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Rachmaninoff’s Second may not be the best of his four piano concerti—both the revised First and (my favorite) the Third are more economical and generate more momentum—but it’s unquestionably his most popular.

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St. Louis music fans showed true dedication last night as heavy rain, hail, lightning and damaging winds couldn't keep a solid crowd away from the Old Rock House to see legendary Texas-based singer and songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard.

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Mike Ness seems tired, or maybe just bored. I saw him about this time last year at the Pageant and walked away thinking I had seen one of the greatest shows. But after last night's Social Distortion show at Pop's, I cruised back home over the bridge a little more than underwhelmed.

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Part John Prine, part Dylan, part lonely cowboy swilling whiskey out on a moonlit prairie, Jeffrey Foucault has a chameleonic sound. This quality enhances the troubadour's grace and emboldens the emotional power of the music.

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I'm still blown away by this show. In fact, I'm not even here. I'm not even typing this. I'm still standing at the Firebird, trapped in the world of Baroness, a world stark and desolate, lavish and beautiful.

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Everybody's favorite rock duo, the Black keys, took the stage to a storm of applause. Guitarist Dan Auerbach approached the mic and gave everyone a short and sweet apology for running late. Then Patrick Carney got right to the point and started wailing on his drums.

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Pianist Stephen Hough has both tremendous power and a delicate touch. Hans Graf is a conductor who, while he maintains a disciplined presence on the podium, can nevertheless be passionate and lyrical.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard's latest record, "The Grifter's Hymnal," has been in constant rotation in my truck for the past week. Living with it as I did, many questions arose, and I was lucky enough to be able to run them by the esteemed Mr. Hubbard recently via phone from his front porch in Texas.

Published in Music News

With their debut feature Delicacy, David and Stéphane Foenkinos illustrate the French knack for dramatizing personal relationships, including tragic events and their aftermath. No one tries to take over the universe and no superhero races to rescue anyone, but earth-shattering events occur in the lives of two ordinary individuals.

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"Get my [guitar] strings out of the toliet!" Welcome to a recording session for the new Pretty Little Empire record at Native Sound studios.

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Taking place in an empty 2720, a club which normally hosts a slew of reggae and hip hop shows, Union Tree Review's "Excavate" became one of Show Me Show's most thrilling performances.

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The digital revolution in filmmaking has caused a lot of changes within the past few years and cinematographers have had to adapt as more productions and studios abandon film for digital.

Published in Filmmaking

There are a million tired clichés that can be used to describe singer-songwriters. Tuesday evening at the Old Rock House Dar Williams put on a performance that was neither tired nor clichéd.

Published in Reviews

 

Rank Artist Album
Dr John  Locked Down
Bonnie Raitt  Slipstream
Bruce Springsteen  Wrecking Ball
Justin Townes Earle  Nothing's Gonna Change The Way...
Ray Wylie Hubbard  The Grifter's Hymnal
Carolina Chocolate Drops  Leaving Eden
Sara Watkins  Sun Midnight Sun
Jon Cleary  Occapella
Waco Brothers And Paul Burch  Great Chicago Fire
10  Alabama Shakes  Boys & Girls
11  First Aid Kit  The Lion's Roar
12  Little Willies  For The Good Times 
13  Various Artists  Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan 
14  Curtis Salgado  Soul Shot
15  Steep Canyon Rangers  Nobody Knows You
16  Andrew Bird  Break It Yourself
17  Jay Farrar Wil Johnson Andrers Parker & Yim Yames  New Multitudes 
18  Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys  Back At The Quonset Hut
19  Lyle Lovett  Release Me
20  Otis Gibbs  Harder Than Hammered Hell
21  Steel Wheels  Lay Down Lay Low
22  Ben Kweller  Go Fly A Kite 
23  Kevin Gordon  Gloryland 
24  Todd Snider  Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
25  Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound  Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound
26  M. Ward  A Wasteland Companion
27  Lumineers  The Lumineers
28  Infamous Stringdusters  Silver Sky
29  Dar Williams  In The Time Of Gods
30  Mastersons  Birds Fly South
31  Randy Thompson  Collected.
32  Buxton  Nothing Here Seems Strange 
33  Rose Cousins  We Have Made A Spark
34  Chris Isaak  Beyond The Sun
35  Cash Box Kings   Holler And Stomp
36  Deer Tick  Divine Providence 
37  Bryan Clark & The New Lyceum Players  Southern Intermission
38  Tommy Womack  Now What!
39  Andre Williams   Hoods & Shades 

 

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