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Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s, in the heyday of Peaches Records and KSHE "Real Rock Radio," I heard a lot of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

When George Jones passed away in April, Jay Farrar posted this about him on Son Volt's Facebook page: "George Jones epitomized the spirit of country music. He represented the Honky Tonk zeitgeist like no other." Farrar did Jones' legacy proud last night as Son Volt brought its own unique version of honky tonk -- the apropos title of the band's new album -- to a packed house of adoring fans.

Drive-By Truckers have logged a lot of miles over the course of their nearly two-decade existence, both physically and as a band, with a revolving door of members orbiting around its core -- the two remaining founders and co-leaders, Patterson Hood and Mike "Stroker Ace" Cooley.

More than 30,000 music lovers, myself included, headed south last week to Live Oak, Fla. for the eighth annual Wanee Music Festival. Conceived by the Allman Brothers Band nearly a decade ago, the band still holds down the festival with two nights of headlining sets, flanked by their extended "family" of bands as well as other like-minded acts.

Wanee Festival, hosted each spring by the Allman Brothers Band at the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla. has grown by leaps and bounds over its nine years to become one of the larger music festivals in the country -- expanding from two days originally to three and 30+ bands performing on multiple stages.

Valentine's Day may be the day of love and romance, but for those in attendance at the Pageant on Thursday, it was a night to get funky, with or without a partner.

The crowd was sweaty (and drunk) and the beats were thumping at artsy-grungy venue 2720 Cherokee last night as Kansas City-based, YouTube-sensation rapper Mac Lethal (aka David McCleary Sheldon) followed three local, rising hip-hop artists with an hour set of his rapid-fire rhymes.

Madonna, the undisputed Queen of Pop, brought her live spectacle of sight and sound to St. Louis for the first time on Thursday before a packed house at the Scottrade Center, eliciting widely mixed reactions amongst her faithful followers.

On the first day of October 1984, U2 released its fourth studio album, "The Unforgettable Fire." The album had a decidedly different sound than the band's previous efforts -- less raw, more refined and introspective.

The '80s reigned supreme last night at the Pageant as the Lemonheads and the Psychedelic Furs played a doubly nostalgic bill.

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