Yo La Tengo at the Ready Room, 01/31/16

First set - too damn soft
Second - waves of sonic bliss
Nostalgia swept me

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- link: Yo La Tengo

Tool at the Chaifetz Arena, 01/22/16

What you get at Tool:
Death, birth, life, lights, drugs, drums and
Beatle fucking Bob?

- link: Tool

Primus at the Chaifetz Arena, 01/22/16

It's all a joke, right?
Who the fuck listens to this?
Fucking kill me now

- link: Primus

Dangerbird at the Schlafly Tap Room, 01/09/16

Ooh, somebody has
Some Exploding Hearts records
In their collection

- link: Dangerbird

Slick at the Schlafly Tap Room, 01/09/16

Like a garage rock
Version of the Darkness meets
The Hanson Brothers

- link: Slick

Willis at the Schlafly Tap Room, 01/02/16

"It's Rob Severson,
But he's split into three girls,"
Quoth Bridget Weible

- link: Willis

Sole Loan at the Schlafly Tap Room, 01/02/16

"It's that weird, folky,
'Arizona' indie rock,"
Quoth Erik Seaver

The Strange Places at Off Broadway, 12/27/15

Our hero Chris B
Out front under the spotlight.
Just where he should be.

Tortuga at Off Broadway, 12/27/15

Thick and powerful
A tangling of spirits
Explodes on the stage

- link: Tortuga

The Loot Rock Gang at Off Broadway at Off Broadway, 12/27/15

How do you cram that
Much talent into these peeps?
God must be on 'roids.

- link: The Loot Rock Gang

Town Cars at Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/15

Not a supergroup
Just a superior group
Who are super, too

- link: Town Cars

Celia's Yuletide Express at Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/15

What do you bet these
People all leave the second
This set's done? (Bet: won!)

- link: Celia's Yuletide Express

Rusty Allen at the Livery, 12/09/15

His inventive take
On "I Am the Walrus" would
Be Lennon-approved

Fred Friction at the Livery, 12/09/15

Fred hosts open mic,
Sings us his classic tunes and
Warms up our cold hearts

- link: Fred Friction

Give Her a Lizard at the Firebird, 11/28/15

I got the feeling
These guys played dad rock before
They were even dads.

- link: Give Her a Lizard

Give Her a Lizard at the Firebird, 11/28/15

I freely admit
I'd go see these guys, if they
Still played around town

- link: Give Her a Lizard

Whoa Thunder at the Firebird, 11/28/15

You might call this "Clean
Cut pop-rock" were it not for
All the pesky beards

- link: Whoa Thunder

Quief Quota at the Firebird, 11/25/15

Reunion done right
Take it seriously, but
Not too serious

- link: Quief Quota

Quief Quota at the Firebird, 11/25/15

If you roll with it
It will go from funny to
Funky to brilliant

- link: Quief Quota

Sugar Rags at the Firebird, 11/25/15

Guitar 2: Pointless
Drums: Shambly; Singer: Half-sings
Rock and roll: Defined?

- link: Sugar Rags

Sugar Rags at the Firebird, 11/25/15

They filled me with joy
Because they give me hope for
Next gen south-siders

- link: Sugar Rags

Zak M. at the Firebird, 11/25/15

Mark Lanegan meets
Bjork at the rodeo
For minimalists

- link: Zak M

Spirit Caravan at Fubar, 11/18/15

Grizzled royalty
The line funs Chuck to Keith to
Lemmy to Wino

- link: Spirit Caravan

Elder at Fubar, 11/18/15

Bands like this make me
Wish I still had a van and
Smoked a lot more pot

- link: Elder

Path of Might at Fubar, 11/18/15

Cool riffs are cooler
With minor key interludes
Heavy hazy cool

- link: Path of Might

Van Buren at Fubar, 11/18/15

The bass was noodle
The drums were off-beat jazzy
But still all Metal

- link: Van Buren

Red Mouth at the Schlafly Tap Room, 11/14/15

Not sure what it is
But something about this guy
Makes my damn soul sing

- link: Red Mouth

Red Mouth at the Schlafly Tap Room, 11/14/15

The dance moves of Tok
The high-pitched keen of Reuter
But where the box at?

- link: Red Mouth

Baby Baby Dance With Me at the Schlafly Tap Room, 11/14/15

That dark drunk garage
'Twixt Stones & Pussy Galore
Woozy weirdness rock!

- link: Baby Baby Dance With Me

Cal & the Calories at Foam, 11/12/15

Fuck around-y songs
Played all fuck around-y style
And it's fuckin' great

- link: Cal & the Calories

Braver at Chill Dawg Cove, 11/04/15

Brit-accent vocals
But in a Ted Leo way
So it was okay

- link: Braver

DinoFight at Blueberry Hill, 10/24/15

They sound like they're from
Boston, circa '88
That's a sound I dig

- link: DinoFight

Michael Schaerer and Amy Miller at Blumenhof Winery, 10/18/15

I think legally
They *had* to play Wagon Wheel
But they kept it short

- link: Michael Schaerer
- link: Amy Miller

Failure at the Firebird, 10/17/15

They sounded good but
It's all so deeply planned that
It kills my boner.

- link: Failure

Local H at the Firebird, 10/17/15

New drummer did great!
Those are some big shoes to fill
But he pulled it off

- link: Local H

Broncho at Old Rock House, 10/14/15

They've gotten weirder
Or they're taking better drugs
Or maybe both

- link: Broncho

Twinsmith at Old Rock House, 10/14/15

Though I was mostly
Left feeling vampire weakened
I did not hate them

- link: Twinsmith

Railhazer at Just Bill's Place, 10/10/15

They're stealth metal dudes
Everybody has short hair
And just two beardos

- link: Railhazer

Noesis at Just Bill's Place, 10/10/15

Small town metal dudes
Have nothing but practice time
Keep pluggin' away

- link: Noesis

Gang of Four at Old Rock House, 10/08/15

Took a couple songs,
But then the weird "90's" feel
Won my ears over

- link: Gang of Four

Father John Misty at the Pageant, 10/07/15

He straddles the line
Between soulful crooner and
Ironic jackass

- link: Father John Misty

Tess & Dave at the Pageant, 10/07/15

I liked when his guitar
Killed both of the dancing gals
Then rocked them alive

- link: Tess & David

4th City Rag at Pancake Production HQ, 10/03/15

I like Olde Time-y
Like this, Holy Modal-y
Not hippie grass-y

- link: 4th City Rag

Bobby Stevens at Pancake Production HQ, 10/03/15

Perched 'pon top the roof
Dealing out utter beauty
In his offhand way

- link: Bobby Stevens

Popular Mechanics at Schlafly Tap Room, 10/02/15

Who' that new drummer?
His kit's tiny, but he rocks
The shit out of it!

- link: Popular Mechanics

Bitchin' Seahorse at Pancake Production HQ, 10/02/15

Like Daniel Johnston
With toy instruments, costumes,
Songs about whale cock

- link: Bitchin' Seahorse

Brainstems at Schlafly Tap Room, 10/01/15

Only caught the end
But T. Rex cover teases
Always grab my ears

- link: Brainstems

Fister at Fubar, 10/01/15

Mountain-man doom-drone
That might make you poop your pants
Kill 'em on tour, dudes!

- link: Fister

Grand Inquisitor at Fubar, 10/01/15

Psych-rock interludes
Made the screaming math-metal
Even heavier

- link: Grand Inquisitor

Bastard at Fubar, 10/01/15

Liked the wall of AARRGH
Wished I could have better heard
The guitar solos

- link: Bastard

Public Speaking at Foam, 09/28/15

Cinema-scale sound
And ancient rhythms plus the
Heartbeat of our bricks

- link: Public Speaking

Beach House at The Pageant, 09/27/15

So many fist pumps,
Dude dancing, unreserved glee.
Best Pageant show? Totes!

- link: Beach House

Misty Mountain Bluegrass at the Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts (Wash, MO), 09/26/15

"Wabash Cannonball"
As summer turns to autumn
And I drink a beer

- link: Misty Mountain Bluegrass

The Jans Project at Off Broadway, 09/19/15

Just when you think they've
Reached peak groove and max coolness:
Here come the Briquettes!

- link: The Jans Project

Cave States at Off Broadway, 09/19/15

You know you're good when
You've played for more than an hour
And the crowd still cares

- link: Cave States

Idle Hour Club at Off Broadway, 09/19/15 (in Mad Ape Den)

For one who may dig
An ode by the MN Sub Set
The Nap Era Mob Set!

- link: Idle Hour Club

Comrade Catbox at Blumenhof Winery, 09/18/15

You'd expect shouts of
"Play more covers!" but instead
Folks just up and left!

- link: Comrade Catbox

Comrade Catbox at Blumenhof Winery, 09/18/15

Is this anti-folk
Or Brian Jonestown-ish art-psych
Or is this just bad?

- link: Comrade Catbox

Daren Gratton at Foam, 09/15/15

A dozen people
Well beyond their cutoff points,
Post-party? Rain check.

- link: Daren Gratton

Time Against Light at Kismet Creative Center, 09/15/15

"Todd's not here tonight"
Yet the sounds could be no more
Full if they'd been three.

- link: Time Against Light

Syna So Pro at Kismet Creative Center, 09/15/15

A whole chorus of
Chinese women, or a lone
Starling at sunset

- link: Syna So Pro

Run-On Sunshine at Kismet Creative Center, 09/15/15

Who cares that he's out
Of tune? The energy's the
Thing. He's in HIS tune.

- link: Run-On Sunshine

Murphy Lee at the Rams pep rally downtown, 09/13/15

Mr. Charisma
Works the crowd with just a smile
And a microphone

- link: Murphy Lee

Chingy at the Rams pep rally downtown, 09/13/15

Crowd dancing errwhurr
Ladies letting down their hurr
A great show right thurr

- link: Chingy

Huey at the Rams pep rally downtown, 09/13/15

The dude was doing
Shots of Fireball on the stage
And it was awesome

- link: Huey

Rum Drum Ramblers at Art Outside at Schafly Bottleworks, 09/11/15

1-4-5 Blues tunes
But never paint-by-numbers
Get it? Art joke! Ha!

- link: Rum Drum Ramblers

Spaceface at Blank Space, 09/10/15

You start drifting off
Through the galaxy. Then they
Turn the engines on.

- link: Spaceface

The Eye Jabs at Blank Space, 09/10/15

The tunes ain't bad but
The antics and costumes are.
Just play the music!

- link: The Eye Jabs

Tok at Blank Space, 09/10/15

This music is just
So damn standard that it hurts.
I need some magic.

- link: Tok

Dengue Fever at the Firebird, 09/06/15

Though Chhom was charming
The eerie guitar sounds made
This Phnom-enal!

- link: Dengue Fever

Whoa Thunder at the Firebird, 09/06/15

Like if Sparks hooked up
With Game Theory instead of
Franz Ferdinand

- link: Whoa Thunder

Babes in Toyland at the Firebird, 08/27/15

They smiled sheepishly
As they took the stage. But then?
They burned that bitch down.

- link: Babes in Toyland

Fea at the Firebird, 08/27/15

It seemed the whole crowd
Was totally won over
By Fea's proud punk rock

- link: Fea

Friends of Aaron at John G's Bier Deck, 08/27/15

Non-corny trad-jazz
Nice arrangements, good playing
WashMo's Stan Kenton

- link: Friends of Aaron

Opiate: The Tool Experience at Blueberry Hill, 08/22/15

Obligation led me here.
Not too bad, really.

- link: Opiate: The Tool Experience