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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 BrownÂ’s Mr. Brown, the DecemberistsÂ’ The CraneÂ’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

ItÂ’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 SisterÂ’s Ta-Dah; LupeÂ’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...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 10:09 am

Cashing in on the current craze for all things piratical

People love pirates. They prove it by stampeding to see the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, by chomping down on their R’s (arrrrrghs!) on Talk Like a Pirate Day. Piratemania is so widespread, i...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 01:43 pm

Phoenix FoundationÂ’s latest definitely worth the wait

New Zealand, a country that’s delivered more than its share of great guitar pop in the last 20-odd years — the Chills, the Clean, the Verlaines, the Bats, Split Enz, and Crowded House, to ...

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