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Chris Sewell

The year 2011 was an active one as many major tours made stops in St. Louis. There were plenty of big-name gigs going on from the enormity of the U2 360 tour's stop at Busch Stadium, the second annual LouFest at Forest Park and the visit from Arcade Fire at the Scottrade Center.

The Peabody Opera House opened its doors just this past weekend. The renovated theatre is fashioned much like a traditional opera house with its ornate décor and marble floors throughout. One might expect the ballet or the latest production run of "Phantom" or "West Side Story" to have commenced the venue's fall season. Instead, we got something much better: Wilco.

Jim James and My Morning Jacket had us in their collective grip from the first note last night -- and they never let us go. This was one of those rare shows where everything felt just right and we were all reminded of the transformative power of live music.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:54

So Many Dynamos 7/26/11

So Many Dynamos, deftly named using the linguistical mechanism of a palindrome, are well-versed in the indie rock style, but they give it their own distinctively St. Louis spin.

Steamy summer nights in St. Louis bring many images to mind: baseball games, Budweiser, melted ice cream, sweat and sold-out, indie, neo-folk shows. OK, perhaps the last bit is a little more uncommon but this was reality for last night at the Pageant.

Editor's note: This will be the first of two reviews of last night's concert with Arcade Fire and the National. Stay tuned for Will Kyle's take later this afternoon.

It's rare to see a dual billing of dynamic rock bands in the current musical climate. The mega tours of previous decades seem fewer and farther between, but last night's patrons of the Scottrade Center were in for a treat. While bands like the National and Arcade Fire don't quite possess the same household familiarity as, say, Guns ‘n' Roses or Metallica, fans of the indie scene were more than familiar.

It's only the beginning of April but St. Louis saw the hottest show of the year last night at the Firebird. This was due not only to the solid performances by Tamaryn and the Raveonettes, but mostly due to the sauna-like conditions at the venue (which is without the modern invention of air conditioning).

Anyone in need of a jump start to their week was in luck Tuesday night at the Pageant. Queens of the Stone Age played a loud, abrasive and relentless 90-minute set that was an onslaught to the senses. Whatever noise ordinance University City has in place was undoubtedly shattered as QOTSA cranked it loud and then louder, and simply refused to stop.

It was 2002 and the buzz was strong surrounding the release of Turn on the Bright Lights, the debut LP from the stylish NYC rock musicians Interpol. The sound was a blend of something fresh yet also highly nostalgic of post-punk predecessors; fans and critics alike gave this album much praise.

It was a packed house on Sunday evening, and for those who are prone to showing up fashionably late, you may have missed the opening number. Ben Folds and his band came out promptly before the 9 o' clock hour even struck.

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