Mike Zito | Rolling Like a Wheel

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Written by Marsha Buehler Friday, 21 June 2013 10:36

prof MikeZito 75St. Louis has always been my home, but sometimes you run away and you find yourself.



Eisley | Currents (Equal Vision)

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Written by Willie Edward Smith Friday, 14 June 2013 16:46


From the titles of the songs to the arrangements and production, this is the sound of rebirth.


Beta State | #Friendship (Deluxe Edition) (s/r)

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Written by Willie Edward Smith Sunday, 09 June 2013 20:18

friendship sqIt’s one heck of a showcase for the core melodies of these songs, and the flexibility of Matt McDonald’s vocal performances.


The New Trust | Keep Dreaming (Discos Huelga)

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Written by Willie Edward Smith Sunday, 09 June 2013 20:10

keepdreaming 75Their songs are as driven and propulsive as hardcore punk as they are indie cool.


Talib Kweli | Prisoner of Conscious (Javotti/Capitol/EMI)

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Written by Ashley White Saturday, 08 June 2013 17:06

Talib Kweli_Prisoner_of_ConsciousA success story is ultimately about feeling good and celebrating each step closer to your dream, and that’s exactly what Prisoner of Conscious does.


The Tallest Man on Earth | There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)

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Written by Janet Rhoads Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:39

tallestman sqKristian Matsson’s voice is the blade, and then it is the salve.


The Flaming Lips | The Terror (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Jennifer Metzler Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:22

flaming-lips-the-terrorThe music of The Terror is striking, a perfect balance of chilling and soothingly hypnotic at the same time.


Cold War Kids | Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (Downtown)

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Written by Kiernan Scrima Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:57

Miss LonelyheartsIt starts off fairly well, with the bluesy, roots rock I enjoyed so much in the past, but brought up to date.


Frank Turner | Tape Deck Heart (Xtra Mile/Interscope)

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Written by Mike Koehler Saturday, 04 May 2013 19:04

tape-deck-heart-frank-turnerTurner has consistently provided very heartfelt, genuine lyrics, and continues that same path here.


STYX | Driving On

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Written by Derek Lauer Saturday, 04 May 2013 18:42

styx 75We played in a downpour to a rainbow-colored sea of raincoats as everybody sang at the top of their lungs to our songs, and said how we had brought the rain for them


My 2 Planets | Colliding Again

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 04 May 2013 18:23

mtp logoBeing really successful requires a devotion to finding that one thing you do well, and we have a low threshold for boredom.


Johnny Marr | The Messenger (Sire/ADA)

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Written by J. Church Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:39

themessenger 75Marr’s intricate finger work and arpeggios are well known, and it is his style that makes this a gratifying listen.


Fantasia | Side Effects of You (19 Recordings/RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:30

fantasia 75This is definitely an album about love, but not about being in love.


Emeli Sandé | iTunes Session (Capitol)

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Written by Ashley White Sunday, 21 April 2013 19:45

emilisande 75One thing I love about musicians is their ability to turn their art into a beautiful story of how dreams come true and hearts break on the road to winning.


Wax Idols | It’s Happening

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 21 April 2013 19:29

wax-idols75We can only process what we receive.


Matt Costa | 04.23.13

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Written by Janet Rhoads Monday, 15 April 2013 19:52

mattcosta 75This is no throwback; it’s a step forward for Costa and, I think as a whole, it’s his strongest work yet.


Josh Ritter | 04.20.13

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Written by Janet Rhoads Monday, 15 April 2013 17:08

prev josh-ritter_smThe songs are suited to what mankind did before we had books.


Widespread Panic | 04.09-10.13

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Saturday, 06 April 2013 09:26

WidespreadPanicSpreadheads will be getting exactly what they have come to expect from this band of well-seasoned road warriors: a very unique musical journey that always drops its passengers off in a much better place than where they departed from.



Ivan & Alyosha | Six Years on the Road

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Written by Janet Rhoads Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:57

IvanAlyoshaAllTheTimesWeHad“We couldn't get over the fact that we just enjoyed the sounds of the songs when we played them live. They just seemed to open up and come alive a bit more.”




Deerhoof | We Do Parties (Polyvinyl Records)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:21

WeDoPartiesDeerhoofIn their most recent EP, Deerhoof delivers a collection of tracks that blends synthetic sounds with a wide array of possible interpretations.




Iggy and The Stooges | Ready To Die (Fat Possum)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00

readytodieIggy Pop and the Stooges delivers an album that combines Raw Power’s protopunk mastery with the addition of a sophistication befitting songs crafted by much more world-weary men.




London Suede | Bloodsports (Suede LTD/Fontana)

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Written by Mike Rengel Sunday, 24 March 2013 15:09

suede blood_sqBrett Anderson isn’t shy about his trademark romantic, druggy, sexual, often utterly ridiculous yet charming turns of phrases, both old and new.


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Specter at the Feast (Abstract Dragon/Vagrant)

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Written by Mike Koehler Sunday, 24 March 2013 13:05

cd brmcTheir songs are no less powerful or intense, just no longer at a rocket’s pace.


Hayden’s Not Dead | A Rare Chat About Music, Touring, and Fatherhood

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Written by Glen Elkins Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:05

prof hayden_75Funny thing is, I can’t remember a single Hayden song that makes him sound brave.


Billy Bragg | Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:51

cd billy-braggAge is giving Bragg's voice a more wizened, powerful tone that is heartfelt and works so wonderfully with this style of music.


The View | Reasonably Cheeky

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 18 March 2013 11:08

theview cheekyBest single at the NME awards 2007—it was a great year for guitar music.


Pinback | Band of Mystery

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Written by Jennifer Metzler Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:49

pinback 75Not everyone has this thing where they just want to find out and archive every weird, random band or album in the world, or find out more.


Avant | Face the Music (Capitol/EMI/Mo-B Entertainment)

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Written by Ashley White Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:18

avant face_75His vocals are like velvet interlaced through the beat.


Kentucky Knife Fight | To the Fans

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Written by Justin Thompson Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:34

prof KKF_sm“You can be the best bass player in the world, but if I want to kill you as a person, I don’t really care what you can do with your instrument.”


Milo Greene | Delicious Things at Every Turn

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:26

prof milo-greene_sm“Vegan chicken and waffles for me; normal chicken and waffles for the rest of the band. With serious syrup.”


The Cave Singers | Cold Lamping

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Written by Janet Rhoads Tuesday, 12 March 2013 21:29

cavesingers 75Naomi is either everything or nothing. She is a holy waitress of the cosmos.


Japan Nite US Tour | 03.14-24.13

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:40

A preview of this year's edition of SXSW's annual spotlight on Japan's best and brightest bands.



Devon Allman | Making His Own Magic Bubble

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Written by Marsha Buehler Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:45

turqouise 75People that want to do music, be a celebrity or become a “rock star” really need to go to work at FedEx immediately.


Animal Collective | More than Studying Rocks

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:23

animalcollective 75The records that feature all four of us tend to be the most challenging when listening through all the different parts and noticing the little nuances.


Nothing Set in Stone | Carrying the Torch

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:15

NSINSTONE 75All bands who’ve experienced any level of success can attest that it’s persistence and hard work, rather than luck, that allows them to navigate the bad times on the way to the good.


Shuggie Otis | Inspiration Information/Wings of Love (Epic/Legacy)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 01 March 2013 15:53

cd shuggie-otisFrom the first bar of the opening title track, you’re in the park early in the summer, daydreaming with your lover and looking for shapes in the clouds.


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