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Concert review: The Life and Times (with False Moves and Echo Bravo) intertwine joy and sorrow at the Firebird, Saturday, January 28
St. Louis band False Moves opened up at the Firebird last night with a set of skillful, pulsing, rhythmic tunes that featured two guitars, a bass and core-rattling drums.
Concert review: The Lemonheads (with Meredith Sheldon) party like it's 1992 at the Old Rock House, Saturday, January 28
I had some concerns before this Lemonheads show, most notably wondering whether we were going to get the Evan Dando we all know and love or the Evan Dando that…
Concert review: Railroad Earth and the Pernikoff Brothers bring a summer festival vibe to the Pageant, Friday, January 27
Under the increasingly-crowded shade tree of a small hill, the 80-degree weather and cool breeze perfectly matched the sounds drifting from the side speakers. Such was the scene of my…
Concert review: Cohen and Warren-Green are superior substitutes in a Romantic program at the symphony Friday through Sunday, January 27-29
The word “substitute” often has pejorative undertones, but this weekend at Powell Hall defies them.
Album review: Nada Surf's return to adolescence on 'The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy'
Nada Surf "The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy" Barsuk Ever the ones to ignore music industry convention, Nada Surf is obviously moving in a different direction with "The Stars Are…
Concert review: Love, death, and Sibelius with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the symphony orchestra and chorus at Powell Hall Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22
“Love and Death”. It’s not only a classic Woody Allen movie, it’s also the theme of John Adams’s massive choral cantata “Harmonium”, the closing work in a varied program that…
Concert review: Pomegranates, Volcanoes and Men Working in Trees take over the Firebird, Wednesday, January 18
Wednesday night at the Firebird was similar to the recent wave of awesome weather days this winter in St. Louis. I went into the Pomegranates-headlined show knowing their set was…
Concert review: The Civil Wars and the Staves charm the Pageant, Sunday, January 15
The Pageant may not be the ideal space for musical duos and trios with stripped down acoustic arrangements, but last night's Civil Wars show proved that even a bigger venue…
Concert review: Kishi Bashi and the Hibernauts rewrite rock formulas at Off Broadway, Saturday, January 14
As a rule, I'm a comparative thinker. As a writer, I construct parallels and employ juxtaposition all the time. As a critic, I see comparison as a means towards a…
Concert review: Darkness, light, and shadow with Christine Brewer and the Symphony at Powell Hall Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14
Darkness was audible at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra this weekend with a slightly rocky but satisfying Dvořák Seventh Symphony and a uniformly elegiac "Four Last Songs" with Christine Brewer.…
Concert review: JJ Grey & Mofro (with JC Brooks) fill the Pageant with warm southern soul and blues, Friday, January 13
The temps may have been well below freezing outside, but things were hot inside the Pageant last night as Jacksonville, Fla. native JJ Grey and his band Mofro infused the…
Concert review and set list: Todd Snider (with Ashleigh Flynn) roams across the American landscape at the Sheldon, Friday, January 13
Last night, halfway through his set, Todd Snider asked the audience to request songs. Loud calls rained down directed at the stage.
Concert review: Jason & the Scorchers and Brian Henneman celebrate the true roots of alt-country at Off Broadway, Friday, January 13
Watching Jason & the Scorchers howl, wail and swagger through a nearly two-hour set at Off Broadway was almost as fun as absorbing the crowd's frenetic reaction.
Concert review: Yankee Racers highlight 'Duologue' with an eclectic mix of tunes and an array of regional musicians at Off Broadway, Thursday, January 12
Austin band Dry Season opened the night with a set of a neo-psychedelic soundscapes. The instrumentation was nicely supported by the ethereally reverbed-out and delayed vocals of Madelyn Carr.
Concert review: Fun, drunk, punk rock times with the Lawrence Arms (and Sink the Bismark, Lord and the Holy Mess) at the Firebird, Thursday, January 12
Back in November when the Lawrence Arms decided to play St. Louis for the first time in four years, they made sure to pick the coldest and snowiest day of…
Album review: Guided by Voices ramble, stumble and rock through 'Let's Go Eat the Factory'
Concert review and set list: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven do double duty at the Pageant, Friday, January 6
Concert review: Gregg and Devon Allman keep it all in the family at the Pageant, Tuesday, January 3
Concert review: Umphrey's McGee throw end-of-the year party at the Pageant, Friday, December 30
Concert review: Rocking, drinking and being merry with Murder by Death, Royal Smokestacks and Strawfoot at Off Broadway, Thursday, December 29
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