Archive for March, 2007

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Tonight

March 15, 2007

Don’t forget to come out to Off Broadway tonight for what promises to be one of the best shows of 2007 yet, to see The Hold Steady and The Thermals.

Here’s some live footage to get you ready/convince you:

The Hold Steady performing “Stuck Between Stations” on Letterman:
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The Hold Steady – “Cattle and the Creeping Things”:

The Hold Steady – “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”:

The Thermals – “Here’s Your Future”:


Bonus:
Mogwai performing “You Don’t Know Jesus” live at La Route Du Rock 2001:

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In the News

March 14, 2007

St. Louis’ very own daily paper, the Post-Dispatch, has a couple decent articles on local bands that I often blog about. The first is a profile about local bands heading down to South by Southwest this week (something the Riverfront Times already did), including an interview with Waterloo’s Mark Ray.

The second is piece on bands utilizing the “write it, play it, publish it, sell it, do it yourself” method of music promotion and features a mention of Dividng By Zero Favorite Gentleman Auction House.

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Morrissey

March 14, 2007

So, I may have jumped the gun in November, but it looks like the Moz is now playing at the Pageant on May 22 with Kristeen Young.

Here’s the video for Morrissey’s “You Have Killed Me”:

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Tonight

March 11, 2007


I won’t be able to make it, since I am in Florida on vacation… a vacation on which I have been working the whole time… but I thought I’d remind you of a great show at the Duck Room tonight – Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, Page France, and Canada.

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New Releases

March 8, 2007

As I am sure you probably know, this week is completely loaded with new releases, including Arcade Fire, Air, !!!, Albert Hammond, Jr., Bright Eyes, Kaiser Chiefs, Son Volt, The Stooges, and My Brightest Diamond all releasing new albums. In lieu of actually writing about any of them, I leave you with some choice live cuts from Air:

Air – Sexy Boy:
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Air with Phoenix, performing a very different version of “Sexy Boy”:

Air with Phoenix performing a rocked-up version “Kelly Watch the Stars”:

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Someone Still Loves You Harry Potter

March 6, 2007

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is playing with Harry and the Potters at Sunnen Lounge on the campus of Webster University tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 6th). The show is open to the public and starts at 8. I am a big fan of the Springfield, Missouri-based SSLYBY and their brand of indie-pop, and saw them put on a great show at the Creepy Crawl with The Changes a few months ago. I am not that familiar with Harry and the Potters, but they certainly deserve credit for the name. The band consists of two brothers and hails from Boston, Mass. And, yes, they sing about characters from the books.

MP3:
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – House Fire

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Ben Kweller & Magnolia Summer Pictures

March 2, 2007

On Wednesday night, I saw Ben Kweller and opening band Magnolia Summer. Magnolia Summer was, as usual, great. It was nice to see them well received by a crowd that was probably not that familiar with them. Ben Kweller was great, too. The band was tight and energetic. I wasn’t expecting him to be so short. When he sat down at the piano, you couldn’t even see the top of his head (the stage is only about three feet high). I was also really surprised by how funny he was in his stage banter. I won’t try to re-create it, but he was quite funny and charming. They played everything you’d want to hear, including some more rarely-played songs, like “Down”.

Here are some pictures.

Ben Kweller:

Magnolia Summer:

Edit: I forgot to put this video of Ben Kweller performing “Commerce, TX” at the show: