Concert Reviews

Alison Krauss & Union Station | 07.25.07

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Written by Joe Shambro Friday, 03 August 2007 09:07

alison_krauseThe poor acoustics of the Scottrade Center gave a great natural reverb to Krauss' stellar voice, and the two-hour set showcased the talents of her spectacular band.


Pete Yorn | 07.21.07

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Written by Morgan Davis Saturday, 28 July 2007 11:22

live_yornAs Yorn began "Strange Condition," my friend leaned over to me and gushed, "Isn't he pretty?" And yes, I admitted, he was.






Momentary Girls | 07.21.07

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Written by Gabriel Bullard Saturday, 28 July 2007 01:55

They played "Down By The River." For over seven minutes. With extended one-note guitar solos.

Smashing Pumpkins | 7.24.07

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Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:25

pumpkinsJimmy Chamberlin stole the show towards the end with an amazing drum solo, and we got a peek into the personality of the new bassist, Ginger Reyes, when they skipped a song without telling her!

The Decemberists w/ the Grant Park Orchestra | 7.18.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Friday, 20 July 2007 04:50

chicago_fantastical_adventure_061The Decemberists front man Colin Meloy was smiling ear to ear for the whole show, never showing any sign of nervousness at the massive nature of the event.

Old 97s | 07.10.07

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Written by Andrew Scavotto Saturday, 14 July 2007 08:31


 Throughout the night, Miller's (at times overly) flamboyant personality mixed well with guitarist Ken Bethea's laid back, cool-guy stage presence, Hammond's vocal harmonies and drummer Phillip Peeples' signature country shuffles.   


Cracker | 07.05.07

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Written by Tyson Blanquart Sunday, 08 July 2007 14:01


 Lowery and Hickman are looking a bit older, a bit wiser, but time hasn't diminished their musical talents in the slightest. Lowery still has the voice for the more raucous numbers, and Hickman's guitar is on the verge of legendary.


The Police | 07.02.07

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Written by Jason Green Saturday, 07 July 2007 09:08

police003During each lengthy instrumental break, Summers and Sting would approach center stage, exchanging goofy looks or parodying typical rock band behavior by rocking in time with each other, the pair behaving as if they were goofing around in front of a handful of fans instead of a near-capacity hockey arena.



The Long Blondes | 06.13.07

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Written by Dean Ramos Tuesday, 26 June 2007 14:10


longblondesheaderAs band mates Dorian Cox and Emma Chaplin exchanged guitar and keyboard duties throughout their set, black-clad bassist Reenie Hollis stood demurely in the background, her presence no less felt because of it.




The National | 6.11.07

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 26 June 2007 13:30

national_owyoung2The National's performance was one of those that cemented the devotion of old fans, pulled the new fans down deeper, and introduced curious music lovers to a band that will soon be one of their favorites.


The Cinematics | 06.20.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 24 June 2007 10:28

live_cineIn fact, during the band's last number, the slowed-down charmer "Asleep at the Wheel," there was such a wall of sound and crashing melodies that I was amazed they were still just four; so great—and wondrous—was the noise that it seemed a full orchestra should have been present.




John Mayer | 06.20.07

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Written by Katie Herring Sunday, 24 June 2007 07:38

mayer0607Live, his music doesn't sound as watered down as it does on the radio, and you can tell that, if Mayer had his way, this would be how his audience heard his tracks all the time. 

Garrison Starr | 06.16.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:50

starrStarr played solo on electric guitar, something you don't see many female performers do, so that was rather striking.



Electric Six | 06.07.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 13:31

live_electric6Valentine was the dance commander with a repertoire that included holding the microphone stand above his head, gay disco moves, and synchronized kicks with the guitarist.






Yacht | 05.10.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 13:23

live_yachtSuperfun usually offers a hilarious cover, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" or The Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare," but due to laptop difficulties, Enrique Iglesias's "Do You Know the Ping-Pong Song?" was botched.






Electrelane | 06.07.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 18 June 2007 12:57

live_electrelaneI pride myself on getting set lists, but for Electrelane I left with a very incomplete one, filled with hopeless notes of "incessant piano," "hypnotic keyboard," "circular melodies," "frequent guitar-solos," and tidbits of Verity Susman's soft-spoken British accent.






Bobby Bare Jr. | 06.11.07

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Written by Chris Schott Monday, 18 June 2007 12:50

live_bbarejrBobby Bare Jr. is like a coffee table with one short leg. He's completely unstable and he rocks.







Jonny Lang | 06.14.07

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Written by Lauren Beckerle Sunday, 17 June 2007 13:09

langHere is an artist who makes Mom smile warmly and say, "Look honey, now we have something in common. I already bought your ticket."






Fergie | 06.11.07

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 15 June 2007 12:14

fergie2Fergie did a full-on, booty-shakin' performance of Black Eyed Peas hit "My Humps," but gave the rest of the Peas songs the lame, quickie-medley treatment, teasing the audience just enough to get them cheering, then moving on.







Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals | 06.10.07

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 15 June 2007 01:46

live_harperHarper's gifts are many. He's an incredible, soulful singer and a highly accomplished guitarist with a unique ability to engage his audience with both hard-driving, guitar-wailing rock 'n' roll songs and quiet, thoughtful acoustic ballads.






Tea Leaf Green | 06.07.07

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Written by John Shepherd Monday, 11 June 2007 03:18

live_tealeafNoodling this music may be, but it does require the mastery of an instrument and, more importantly, the ability to listen closely to other players and sync with them.






Night Ranger | 05.27.07

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:28

live_nightrangerThe main thing to note is that Night Ranger is a pop vocal group backed by good musicianship, and every one of them can sing fantastic while playing guitar.






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