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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 08:23 pm

John Legend impresses while Gwen Stefani yodels

SINGLES ONLY We’ve stood at the edge of commercial crap with Gwen Stefani before, but with her new single, “Wind It Up,” we have fallen off the cliff. Not only does the Hollaback Gir...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 01:28 pm

Akron/Family is back with more of the same.

On its second full-length, Akron/Family delivers more of the transcendentalist free folk that’s made the band famous, or at least famous among all of the right people. Ex-Swan Michael Gira loved...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:54 am

Kid Congo Powers comes out of the shadows to celebrate the grit that was

For most of his career, Kid Congo Powers (né Brian Tristan) was a sideman, performing with some of the most influential bands of the past two decades. He began playing guitar in 1979, when a ch...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 06:35 pm

By all rights, Two Ton Boa ought to be heavy

One of the many excruciating aspects of Rock Star: Supernova was watching the female contestants as they wailed and writhed and whipped their hair around in a doomed attempt to prove that hott chixx c...
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 02:51 pm

Sleepy Brown’s Mr. Brown, the Decemberists’ The Crane’s Wife, and J Dilla

SINGLES ONLY Sleepy Brown has the 9-to-5 blues. (We’ll play along.) After a long day of the grind, Brown and Big Boi cut out at 4:59 pm — how scandalous! — and make their way over to...
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 08:20 pm

It’s No. 8 for Richard Buckner, and he sounds like, um, himself

One part George Jones, one part John Ashbery, Richard Buckner brings the MFA poetry workshop to the honky-tonk, or vice versa. He’s the kind of lyricist who is typically described as “elli...
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 01:01 am

Longtime St. Louis fixture Joe Thebeau scores first national release

Joe Thebeau, the mastermind of Finn’s Motel, describes himself as a “40-year-old married-with-children rock guy” — an unglamorous profile for an indie-rock aspirant, maybe, but...
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 08:24 pm

Scissor Sister’s Ta-Dah; Lupe’s Food & Liquor

SINGLES ONLY The flashy Scissor Sisters released their debut in a blaze of glitter and poppy piano parts, but who knew the fabulously retro New York quintet could strike gold twice? The first single, ...
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 12:26 am

Guitarist Kaki King goes for the full-band sound

Guitar dorks are guys mostly, weird guys with ickily long fingernails who stink of cannabis and complicated tablatures. If they’re not droning on about the awesome tuning that they just discover...
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 05:59 pm

Shows-a-go-go and CD exchange

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! There are rock shows aplenty this week, but fans will have to rack up some mileage to attend them all. Devotees of Built to Spill will undoubtedly release a huge sigh this weekend when...

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