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"I hope you know this song is all I've got left," sings Matthew Squires on "Echo," and you almost believe him. "It's the final thread tying down my mind." But the song, while serious about the meaning of music, is also relentlessly giddy, even silly, with the quirkily rhythmic sound of his band the Learning Disorders suggesting that if this tune really is the end, they'll all go down smiling.

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Austin, Texas' Charlie Belle, a teenage folk-pop trio, seems to have a clear mission: to get audiences singing and clapping along. The band's new single, "Get to Know," will do just that.

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The crowd at the Pageant seemed to ebb and flow with the music, rising and falling as if visual manifestations of alt-J's dynamic sound.

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"Technicolor Souls" by Flight of Ryan comes pretty much as advertised: huge, playful, wide-spectrum pop, both digital and analog, that would sound as welcome at an outdoor festival as it would beeping and beeping and roaring out of your earbuds.

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Ded Bugs bid farewell to the stage on Saturday with an incredible set for loyal friends and fans at the Schlafly Tap Room.

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It takes more than gumption to cover one of the most perfect of all rock 'n' roll records. Tucson, Arizona-based musician Brian Lopez doesn't overdo it on his version of Phil Spector and the Roneettes' "Be My Baby"; he lets his expressive voice and personal vision of the wall of sound make this baby his own.

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With layers of acoustic and electric guitars, Boston's Sleepyhead invokes classic guitar-chime bands like R.E.M. and twee-pop groups like Camera Obscura, but with a distinctively arch tone. "Liberation Theology" testifies to the band's melodic ambitions and lightly-worn influences.

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After a successful year on Broadway (and four Tony Award nominations), Motown the Musical launched its first national tour last spring, premiering in St. Louis on Tuesday evening at the Fabulous Fox to a packed house.

Published in Theater Reviews
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:00

Stars 11/18/14

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

Published in Live Performances
Monday, 17 November 2014 08:00

Song of the Day: 'No One Is Lost' by Stars

If you didn't know better, you'd think "No One Is Lost," the title track to the new album by Canadian band Stars, was cut in a closed-down gay discotheque in Montreal. Turns out you really didn't know better, and the song (like the album) was in fact recorded just above said disco. It's a state-of-the-art, dance-pop track from a band that still has some surprises up its glitter-covered sleeves.

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