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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:00

American Wrestlers 6/4/15

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American Wrestlers is the lo-fi project of guitarist Gary McClure, who is neither American nor a wrestler.

Monday, 10 November 2014 13:00

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 11/10/14

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart describe their music as pop, but don't think bubblegum. Instead, it comes smothered in reverb and fuzz.

 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:00

Stars 11/18/14

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During Stars' 7 album career, their sound has been everything from somber, nuanced melancholia to '80s-inspired synth pop.

Seeing Hozier at the Pageant felt eerily similar to seeing Ed Sheeran, the now multi-platinum, multi-Grammy nominated troubadour behind "The A Team" and others, at the venue almost exactly two years ago.

When Trampled by Turtles last visited St. Louis, playing the main stage at LouFest 2013, I noted that I appreciated the fact that they stood in a row on stage, rather than in a cluster with one member taking the status of frontman.

The Cold War Kids perform partially like a jam band, partially like a punk band. Their chemistry shows and they clearly get along. The band's four members kick, bump and lean into each other and a few times bunched together as a pack onstage, almost like a mid-game team huddle.

The New Pornographers' sixth studio album is "Brill Bruisers," a fast, energetic record that showcases the band's numerous vocalists and musicians (Neko Case and Dan Bejar, to name a few). Heavy on synths, but also on guitars, it's a fresh take on rock 'n' roll, not afraid to explore new approaches and techniques.

"I'm just a weird guy trying to make everybody happy," Ryan Adams proclaimed halfway through his set on Sunday night. A crowd had gathered near the front of the Peabody Opera House stage, and those trying to see the show from their seats seemed visibly (and in one case, physically) disgruntled. After some pushes and grumbles from the crowd, Adams stepped in.

It is, in the cheesiest way possible, quite fitting that Temples played the Old Rock House on this visit to St. Louis. The Kettering, UK-based band quite literally play old rock -- glam-acid psychedelia straight out of 1960, down to the leather and charm.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 12:00

Jack Grelle 9/21/14

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A native of St. Louis, Jack Grelle has run the gamut of the city's musical communities, bouncing between punk and folk bands throughout the Midwest for close to a decade now.

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