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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 11:00

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.

My interview with John Gourley of Portugal. The Man was rescheduled twice, somewhat fitting considering how busy the Alaska-formed, Portland, Oregon-based band seems to be.

Monday, 30 June 2014 11:00

The Felice Brothers 6/30/14

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An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:00

Sylvan Esso 6/11/14

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It is rather unexpected that Sylvan Esso, the result of a synthesis between one member of psych-rockers Megafaun and one from Vermont folk group Mountain Man, would be so groovy, so wobbly and so electric.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:00

Jessica Lea Mayfield 5/6/14

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Sharing stories that seem too mature for 24-year-old to possess, Jessica Lea Mayfield has been recording dark, eloquent alt-country since her late teens, and played in her family's bluegrass band for years before that.

About 10 minutes before Black Lips took the stage, a chant began: "T.P. party! T.P. party!" "T.P. party!"

"This is a song about … well, I don’t really know," says Ben Folds early in his show at Powell Hall, smiling, smirking even, at the packed theatre.

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