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Janet Noe

Around 2005, I stumbled upon the New Pornographers via one of those ubiquitous sampler CDs stuck in the middle of every music magazine of the aughts. The song "Use It" lead me to seek out the rest of the band's third album "Twin Cinema." It was love at first listen.

Lucius cannot be contained. The last time the five-piece indie-rock ensemble, fronted by the stunning vocal harmonies of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, was in town their energy and sound seemed to push at the tiny confines of the Duck Room walls, begging for a larger venue. It was an unforgettable show.

Even after reviewing and attending so many concerts, I still find time listings for venues confusing or at times misleading. Every place I looked for start time information for the Wednesday night show with headliner Ray LaMontagne had doors at 7 p.m. and show time at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

The title of Kaoru Ishibashi's new LP "Lighght" is taken from a 1965 poem by Aram Saroyan in which the word "lighght" is the single word of text in the center of the page. It was considered controversial in its time for calling its just one, misspelled word a poem at all.

When Matt Pond announced that he would be going out on tour to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his album "Emblems" he shared that he "wrote the album when I first started drifting between New York and Philly. Since I haven't stopped drifting, it feels as relevant as it did ten years ago."

Fans of concert poster art are advised to mark their calendars in ink: An exhibition that is currently touring the nation will make a one-evening stop in St. Louis at Mad Art Gallery on May 6, 2014 from 6:30-11 p.m. with featured artist collective Cherokee Print League.

Captivating songwriter and performer Angel Olsen came home to St. Louis on Sunday night and was greeted with an audience of family, old and new friends and fans eager to show their admiration for her work. Despite threatening storms, they crowded the room at Off Broadway.

"No one ever forgets their teenage summers. And you're always going to go back to the music of your teenage summers."

Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:00

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 2/16/14

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There are bands that should stay in the basement and bands that make you grateful they climbed the stairs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. certainly fits the latter.

phos·pho·res·cent adjective \-sənt\ : of or relating to a type of light that glows softly in the dark and that does not produce heat. Wrong, Merriam-Webster. In this case, there was plenty of heat.

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