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...
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 Foundation’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 ...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 12:55 pm

Roots’ Game Theory heads a list a much-anticipated fall releases

CD EXCHANGE: This fall you’ll find Vinyl Static holed up in a closet somewhere with headphones and a compact-disc player — is Vinyl Static the only one still using a CD player? — ind...
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:57 am

OutKast is back, and Beyoncé’s fighting mad

CD EXCHANGE OutKast is back, finally. Last Tuesday the Dirty South duo unleashed Idlewild, an album to accompany the new film, set in the Prohibition era, that’s coming out Aug. 25. The release ...
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 02:08 am

What Get Lonely lacks in drama, it makes up for in quiet artistry

Last year the Mountain Goats released The Sunset Tree, an aural exorcism inspired by the abusive childhood of the band’s frontman and only permanent member, John Darnielle. Like its predecessor,...

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