Posture Brings A Bright Mess To South City

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Photo by Jessee Rose Crane
Posture opens for L.A. noise legends Sissy Spacek tonight at the William A Kerr Foundation.

The science behind nostalgia is still hazy at best, but the term "good ol' days" exists for a reason. One thing is for certain: When we feel nostalgic, the past comes flowing back with the negatives washed out. South city trio Posture moves within the current, working to re-cut its old sound between semesters -- a seasonal worker of experimental indie-rock.


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Tawaine Noah Brings His Musical Journey to the Stage at Off Broadway

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Photo by Carissa Rose
Songwriter Tawaine Noah leads a rotating cast on stage tonight at Off Broadway.

"Almost every other week I was thinking of some reason why we needed to come back to St. Louis," says Tawaine Noah, speaking of his last year spent in Portland, Oregon, living in self-seclusion. Nestled in an apartment complex twenty minutes outside the city, he and partner Carissa Rose gestated, separated from the river city they knew so well.


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Louie Anderson Has Changed a Lot After Telling Jokes For 30 Years

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Louie Anderson / Press Photo
[Update: Louie Anderson's shows at the Funny Bone have been cancelled.]

Franklyn Ajaye's Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-Up Comedy was released in 2001. The guide features interviews with a number of comics who at the time were on the rise to stardom, and with some who were already sitting well at the top. Ajaye delved into writing styles and habits, how to critique one's own performance, tips for taking an act on tour and just about every aspect in between. In 1987 he interviewed Louie Anderson, a renegade of the club circuit who was constantly on the road.

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Rapper Freddie Gibbs Isn't Interested In "Fake Shit"

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Jon Gitchoff
Freddie Gibbs will perform at the Ready Room on Tuesday, July 21.
"The will to win. It comes out of Gary, Indiana. I was supposed to lose, but I didn't," Freddie Gibbs says over the phone from Los Angeles. "My story comes from a real victorious place in my heart. Don't nobody want nothing in Gary, so you gotta want for yourself."

The 33-year-old Indiana native is indeed one of few rappers to come from the state. "You talking to the music scene," he laughs. Since 2003, Gibbs has released a deluge of mixtapes, EPs and studio albums. His next full-length, Lifestyles of the Insane, is slated for a late-summer release.

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Jen Kirkman Wants to Get You In the Mood

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Robyn Von Swank

It wasn't Jen Kirkman's wisest move to name her current tour after her recent Netflix special, I'm Gonna Die Alone and I Feel Fine. She says she figured Netflix could use her tour as promotional support, but she quickly came to realize that the movie-streaming giant didn't need her help. And getting people off their couch is hard enough -- why would anyone make the effort (and drop the cash) to see a show they've already seen? In the world of comedy, the answer is nobody.

"I'm an idiot to name my tour the same thing as the Netflix special," she admits.

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Blondie's Chris Stein Still Making Waves 40 Years Later

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Blondie with Chris Stein (second from right)

For Chris Stein, music and photography have always been married. When he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York during the late '60s, he made it his mission to document downtown culture. As luck would have it, that culture just happened to include a music scene that was on the brink of an international explosion.


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STL Vernacular Aims to Be St. Louis' Go-To Spot for Podcasts

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Patrick Lanham
Adam Frick, the man behind STL Vernacular.
In a small, glass-encased room at Shock City Studios, Em Piro, director of the St. Louis Fringe Festival, is discussing her event with host Martin Casas on his STL Swap Meet podcast. "It's an open market for creative work," says Piro, summarizing the two-week festival.

On the other side of the glass, Adam Frick -- the man producing the interview -- is attempting to set up the same kind of market for podcasts.

STL Vernacular, Frick's podcast network, launched on April 13. In addition to the three podcasts he manages -- STL Swap Meet, the comedy-based Would You Watch This and Married to Music -- Frick says he hopes the network will serve as a landing pad for all podcasts in the St. Louis area.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Picks Up the Pace with The High Country

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Shay Rainey
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will perform Friday, June 26, at Off Broadway.
A group of high school friends get together, form a band and release an album of fuzzy, uptempo songs -- it's a trope as old as rock music itself. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, however, waited until its fifth record to show off its more more garage-rock side. "It was a reaction to our last album," said singer/drummer/guitarist Phillip Dickey of The High Country, the group's latest release. "On the last album [we] recorded all the parts ourselves. We were very meticulous about finding tones.This was...let's do things the exact opposite."

The contrast between the two records is immediately apparent. The piano and drum machine intro that opened Fly By Night , the group's 2013 album, is replaced by a simple count-off and a wall of fuzz with "Line on You," the new album's opener.

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Crosstalk: Bo & the Locomotive and July Talk Interview Each Other to Preview Upcoming Show

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July Talk photo provided by the band, Bo & the Locomotive photo by Abby Gillardi
July Talk, left, and Bo & the Locomotive, right, will perform together Tuesday, June 16 at Off Broadway.
This upcoming Tuesday, June 16, St. Louis' Bo & the Locomotive will perform a co-headlining bill with Toronto, Canada's July Talk, an appropriate pairing of two excellent bands at the top of their respective games. RFT Music's own Christian Schaeffer had the following to say in a critic's pick for the show:

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White Lung's Mish Way Wants Something Different

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Piper Ferguson
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It has been almost exactly a year since Mish Way and her bandmates in White Lung released their third album, Deep Fantasy, but Way isn't the retrospective type. She's already looking forward to new things -- to a new record and a new collection of songs to pull from on the road.

Way hopes to start recording the new album in the fall, but before she can dive into that, she has one more tour. When we reach her on the phone, she is on her way from New York to D.C., getting ready for a nine-day, nine-city stint that will take her from the East Coast to the Midwest before winding back east to New York and Boston. The band will hit St. Louis tonight with a show at the Demo. It's an exhausting itinerary, but Way isn't complaining. This is what she signed up for.

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