Demonlover at CBGB, 02/07/15

"Super disjointed,
Kind of oddly dark sounding,
Pretty fun, really."

- link: Demonlover
- accidental haiku via reader Joe H.

Brainstems at Schlafly Tap Room, 02/07/15

Hard-drivin' riffage
No time to stop for a breath
Exhilarating

- link: Brainstems

Trauma Harness at Schlafly Tap Room, 01/29/15

Ev'ry single time
They seem to have all new songs
When's the dang album?!

- link: Trauma Harness

Hardbody at Schlafly Tap Room, 01/29/15

It just cracks me up
That I can say "Yowie-esque"
And that means something

- link: Hardbody

Skin Tags at Schlafly Tap Room, 01/29/15

No wave fuzz jazz stew:
Bang on bass, Bee on guitar
Add drums. Add screamin'.

Trauma Harness at Fubar, 01/22/15

None are more weirder
Than the Belleville punk rockers
So trebly, so great

- link: Trauma Harness

Breakmouth Annie at Fubar, 01/22/15

Naught to do with it,
But bassist reminds me of
Joe from PCC

- link: Breakmouth Annie

Eaten Back To Life at Fubar, 01/22/15

First day, half way in,
Already sick of pop-punk
But these guys are great!

- link: Eaten Back To Life

Horror Section at Fubar, 01/22/15

Black t-shirts & jeans
If you're gonna wear the suits,
Bring the jams. They did!

- link: Horror Section

Extremely Pointless at Helen Fitzgerald's, 01/17/15

Like falling asleep
On a plane and waking up
In a foreign land

- link: Extremely Pointless

Crazy Aunt Linda at Otis Campbell's, 01/16/15

Nineties-rock covers
Not usually my jams
But when in Rome, right?

- link: Crazy Aunt Linda

Motown on Mondays at Blank Space, 12/22/14

Sweet Baby Jesus
There are few things I love more
Than smiling dancers

- link: Motown on Mondays

SkareKrau Radio at the Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/14

New singer sings well
Nobody showed their wiener
Hmm, is this progress?

- link: SkareKrau Radio

18andCounting at the Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/14

It took me a bit
To get that the muffled mic
Was intentional

- link: 18andCounting

The Conformists at the Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/14

They have finally
Figured out how to play songs
Love the new lineup!

- link: The Conformists

Animal Teeth at the Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/14

It's funny to think
That these types of punk rockers
Used to be scary

- link: Animal Teeth

Ben Hanna at the Schlafly Tap Room, 12/18/14

Heard Ben Hanna sing
And it almost broke my heart
Good to have him back!

- link: Grandpa's Ghost

The Supermen at Pop's, 12/16/14 (guest haiku by a guy outside smoking after the show)

"What the fuck was that?
I've never been embarrassed
At Pop's in my life!"

- link: The Supermen

Middle Class Fashion at Plush, 12/13/14

Weddings are measured
In smiles from the bride and, man,
The bride was beaming.

- link: Middle Class Fashion

Gloom Balloon at Plush, 12/13/14

Every single time
We're totally in awe of
This love explosion

- link: Gloom Balloon

Loot Rock Gang at Plush, 12/13/14

It's talent dressed up
In Cowboy Curtis costumes
For your enjoyment

- link: Loot Rock Gang

Braining at the Revisionist Inn, 12/08/14

They didn't even
Play their own tape release show.
So, glad they made it!

- link: Braining

Fecal Dam at the Revisionist Inn, 12/08/14

Let's see if I can
Put in my ear-plugs before
I go straight up deaf

- link: Fecal Dam

Garth Brooks at Scottrade Center, 12/07/14

Jet black cowboy hat
And a twinkle in his eye
Dude still delivers

- link: Garth Brooks

Roland Johnson at Beale on Broadway, 12/03/14

The voice is all right,
But it's not the voice that counts.
This guy's a showman.

- link: Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor

River Kittens at the Livery, 12/03/14

What's that precious sound?
I thought this night was over!
Most angelic shit!

- link: River Kittens

Piano Bobby Schuster at the Hideaway, 12/02/14

"I'm doing pretty
Good for a one-hundred-and-
Thirty-year-old guy!"

The Bottle Rockets at Off Broadway, 11/29/14

On Saturday night
The best God damn band in town?
The Bottle Rockets.

- link: The Bottle Rockets
- via reader Dana Smith

Popular Mechanics at CBGB, 11/29/14

"This is the first song
We played when we first started, five
years ago." Still fresh!

- link: Popular Mechanics

The Humanoids at CBGB, 11/29/14

Hear that sublime sound?
It's two brothers, singing
Harmoniously

- link: The Humanoids

The Bottle Rockets at Off Broadway, 11/29/14

Outrageously good.
These dudes are the masters of
Midwest rock and roll.

- link: The Bottle Rockets

Pabst Presents: The Blackest of Fridays, No Coast 3 Year Anniversary Party at Saint Liborius Church, 11/28/14

Church of Sk8tan raged
Punk rock bloody pit chaos
Black friday heroes

- link: event

Roland Johnson at Hammerstone's, 11/28/14

He sang all the hits
And we cried happy tears when
They did "Stand By Me"

- link: Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor

RED: A Tribute to Sammy Hagar at Pop's, 11/26/14

When the seasons change
So too do nature's colors.
Yet all year long: RED.

- link: RED

Britches at the Schlafly Tap Room, 11/20/14

Them was good noises
Though I'd say that the light show
Helped 'em out a lot

- link: Britches

Chris Darby at Chill Dawg Cove, 11/16/14

Soundtrack-y guitar
And madrigal-y vocals
Awkward, but okay

Demon Lover at Blank Space, 11/14/14

Three keyboard attack
Improv-art-punk-soul-dub-rock
More questions arise

- link: Demon Lover

Home Body at Blank Space, 11/14/14

Eighties goth-synth jam
With D.I.Y. light show?
Sure, why the Hell not?

- link: Home Body

Yowie at the Heavy Anchor, 11/08/14

A relaxing bath
In a tub full of spiders
That taste like candy

- link: Yowie

Sand at the Heavy Anchor, 11/08/14

Gabor Szabo bits
Into Iron Maiden bits
So many good bits!

- link: Sand

Omoo Omoo at the Heavy Anchor, 11/08/14

Lucky for this dude
I love those guitar pedal
Demo videos

- link: Omoo Omoo

The Pizza Underground at the Firebird, 11/03/14

We watched half the set
Then we left to get pizza.
I think they'd approve.

- link: The Pizza Underground

Goodacre at Stag Nite at Art Bar, 10/29/14

Not really my style
But I loved that they were so
Present and sincere

- link: Goodacre

Letter to Memphis at Stag Nite at Art Bar, 10/29/14

Heard from the sidewalk
And had to know what it was
"This sounds nice," I said

- link: Letter to Memphis

Amon Amarth at the Pageant, 10/29/14

As full production
As Metal can be & still
Be FUCKING METAL!

- link: Amon Amarth

Sabaton at the Pageant, 10/29/14

Matching costumes and
Corny-ass backing keyboards
Cirque d'So Metal

- link: Sabaton

Skeletonwitch at the Pageant, 10/29/14

Shreddin' & rockin'
Then the nerdy guitarist
Would say somethin' cute

- link: Skeletonwitch

Anthony Nanney & Co. inside at Fast Eddie's, 10/25/14

A lovely version
of "Under the Milky Way"???
What a great surprise.

- link: Anthony Nanney

Planet Boogie outside at Fast Eddie's, 10/25/14

Oddly refreshing
To see a big cover band
With such young members

- link: Planet Boogie

Weezer at Plush, 10/19/14

Rock professionals!
They manage to keep it fun
All these years later.

- link: Weezer

Thelma and the Sleaze at The Engine Room, 10/15/14

All-gal Trash-Punk Blues.
Rob Zombie should cast them in
Devil's Rejects VI.

- link: Thelma and the Sleaze

The Phonocaptors at Plush, 10/10/14

Fists pumped overhead
We all danced and sang along
To south side classics

Hurt Feelings at Plush, 10/10/14

We nominate Jeff
As the new King of the Scene
He pulled it off. Hard.

- link: Hurt Feelings

J Mascis at Off Broadway, 10/05/14

Ev'ryone watch out!
Old Man Mascis discovered
Loop technology.

- link: J Mascis

J Mascis at Off Broadway, 10/05/14

It's fun to watch J
Attempt to be quiet and
Rein in dat noodle

- link: J Mascis

Spaceface at Koken Art Factory, 09/27/14

Psychedelic bands
Sometimes send your brain floating.
This one pulled us in.

- link: Spaceface

Spaceface at Koken Art Factory, 09/27/14

Spaceface is more than
The light show that they put on.
They also rock and roll!

- link: Spaceface
- via reader

Kisser at the Schlafly Tap Room, 09/25/14

Must pummelingist
I have seen them be so far
Bad trip in best way

- link: Kisser

The Foggy Memory Boys at Wilderness Lodge Resort in Lesterville, MO, 09/20/14

Pro bluegrass players
Thrilled this happy wedding crowd
With great tunes and smiles

- link: The Foggy Memory Boys

The Beach Boys at Belleville 200 in downtown Belleville, IL, 09/19/14

I expected worse
But it's still not the real thing.
Hashtag Team Wilson.

- link: The Beach Boys

Tobacco at Off Broadway, 09/14/14

It's all the good parts
Of drug hippie EDM.
Don't be scared. Just dance.

- link: Tobacco

The Stargazer Lilies at Off Broadway, 09/14/14

Delicate shoegaze
Backed by building wall of drone.
Thank you, Kevin Shields.

- link: The Stargazer Lilies

Pujol at Off Broadway, 09/12/14

Then the falsetto
Backing vocals kick in &
Everything rules

- link: Pujol

Dad Jr. at Off Broadway, 09/12/14

Hooky & partsy
Was not the sloppy pee-fest
I was expecting

- link: Dad Jr.

Pü Fest at Empire Hall, 09/07/14

Faces old and new
Bands back to back, day and night
This fest was no poo

- link: Pü Fest

Outkast at LouFest, 09/07/14

A shaky start but
They pulled it together with
Enthusiasm

- link: Outkast

Vintage Trouble at LouFest, 09/07/14

High energy and
The singer sweat through his suit
Old school is best school

- link: Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble at LouFest, 09/07/14

"I didn't think I'd
See music here that I liked!"
Said Johnny Vegas

- link: Vintage Trouble

Matt & Kim at LouFest, 09/07/14

These dipshits suck ass.
They made me feel like my free
Ticket cost too much.

- link: Matt & Kim

Hardkiss on the roof of the Missouri Athletic Club downtown, 09/06/14

His set was boring.
I watched the fire dancers to
Keep myself awake.

- link: Hardkiss

Mark Lewis on the roof of the Missouri Athletic Club downtown, 09/06/14

Ravin' ain't for me
But this mofo played disco
And it was hot shit

- link: Mark Lewis

The Breeders at Off Broadway, 09/02/14

They start playing and
I swear you can see my heart
Glowin' like E.T.'s

- link: The Breeders

The Breeders at Off Broadway, 09/02/14

Sold out? Where were all
These posers at the R. Ring
Show two years ago?

- link: The Breeders

The Funs at Off Broadway, 09/02/14

It'd be nice if
Their name wasn't so bland, and/
Or did describe them

- link: The Funs

Drown Fish at Off Broadway, 08/31/14

Overheard: "They're the
Gentleman Auction House of
The Rum Drum Era."

- link: Drown Fish