Ryan Carpenter Tours Europe with Ian Fisher, Talks of Muny Magic

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St. Louis multi-instrumentalist Ryan Carpenter has just returned from Vienna to God's favorite country, America. He slurps a gin and tonic as it stains the table with perspiration. He leans back and speaks.

"You know, I've never been much of a writer. I arrange a lot," he muses. "I have written songs. And I wrote songs for this Evangelical Christian band I was in -- Harlot Bride. Super good name. I wrote a few songs, but not many. I am more into taking songs other people have written and reworking those."

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King of Power Pop Paul Collins Beat Comes to the Demo Tonight

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Paul Collins is a power pop lifer. Fresh out of college, he moved to California and joined the Nerves with Peter Case (later of the Plimsouls) and Jack Lee. The Nerves only recorded one single during its career, but it was an influential one. You've definitely heard at least one track: "Hangin' On The Telephone," which Blondie covered on Parallel Lines.


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Last in the American League CD/Book Compilation Combines St. Louis' Artistic and Musical Talents

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As kids, many of us curated time capsules. We gleefully tossed our Pokémon cards, Backstreet Boys CDs and TV Guide with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the cover into a plastic container and buried it in the back yard, thrilled to leave culturally representative treasure for the next generation to find.

And while all of that might have been silly, the idea of preserving a slice of modern history has merit. One St. Louis musician says it's time to focus on important local touchstones in a similar way.

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Cardiac Arrest to Host Record Release Pub Crawl July 19

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Bryan Sutter
St. Louis' long-running hardcore favorite Cardiac Arrest will be releasing its first new material in seven years (and first ever full-length) on Saturday, July 19. Those familiar with frontman Rob Ruzicka -- a longtime booker of punk and hardcore in St. Louis -- know to expect the unexpected, and Ruzicka has delivered.

Forget a record release show. How about a record release pub crawl?

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Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years In The Business of Subversive Sound

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Store cat Beryl Apopkitty poses beside the poster for this weekend's show.

Before the advent of Record Store Day, Apop Records had a birthday celebration every April, and for good reason. Having a storefront focused solely on fringe art is a bold move, and not a particularly smart business decision. But that doesn't deter owner Tiffany Minx. She has built a hub for creative minds and music lovers a like - a place to explore subversive sounds.

With the recent rise of Record Store Day, Minx moved Apop's birthday party from April to June so she could focus on the show without the added pressure from a national consumer holiday. Apop celebrates ten years in business this Saturday, June 14 at Plush Saint Louis with a stacked cast of live acts from near and far.

"I think that Apop Records connects to a lot of different music scenes. When we've thrown parties or bigger shows, we've pulled all kinds of people from different groups or walks of life. It's a really good combination of people," says Minx.


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The Lion's Daughter's New Split EP Is For the Dogs

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St. Louis' premier peddlers of metallic misery the Lion's Daughter teamed up with Memphis metallic hardcore outfit Nights Like These to release a split seven-inch serving one of the noblest of causes: All proceeds will go to benefit stray dog and cat organizations in both bands' hometowns. And when they say "all" they mean it -- the money from sales of the record and at the door for the release show this Saturday at the Ready Room will all be donated.

Even the recording work and art was done pro bono, to maximize the potential donation. And if that doesn't pique your interest, perhaps the fact that this is Nights Like These's first recording in eight years will sell you.

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Pat Sajak Assassins' Approach Varies, But Its Core Remains the Same

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Mabel Suen
Bassist Brian Fleschute and drummer Harold Covey are unsung heroes of St. Louis music. The duo is best known for founding the Pat Sajak Assassins, a local group that features a rotating cast of contributing musicians. And that band might best be thought of as five separate bands -- one to correspond with each new approach it has taken over the years.

"We've had so many different players, we're sort of like chameleons," Covey says. "We latch onto this person who's doing their thing and just go with it. It's a back and forth. When they start contributing, I think it changes what we do." In keeping, Pat Sajak Assassins has as many albums as it does lineup changes -- five in total, including Motherboard, which is set for release this Friday at the Heavy Anchor.

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Local Artist Kevin Harris Presents As Unstable As This Friday At Kranzberg Arts Center

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Behold "The Dome."
"The truth is, movement is very simple. Humans can construct movement with electricity and objects, use their bodies, or rely on nature to move particles," says local experimental artist Kevin Harris of his upcoming event As Unstable As -- A Survey of Contemporary Electronic and Performance Art in St. Louis. "I wanted to organize a show that explored the idea of movement. There is obviously a long tradition and history of kinetic art within the art world, but I wanted to approach the curatorial decisions from the perspective of classical mechanics and physics, rather than this art-world tradition."

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Pü in the Lou: Pü Fest to Debut in St. Louis This Fall

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"I don't think we could've come up with a better name," says Pü Fest curator Pat Boland. "We tried. We tried really hard."

"It rhymes with the first syllable of Louis, which is our city," adds festival co-organizer Mike Herr. "It's funny. You know LouFest. And now there's Pü Fest."

Local concertgoers now have a new event to consider during the weekend of September 6 and 7, the same as LouFest, and the premise isn't exactly coincidental. Boland and Herr partnered with local show promoter Luc Michalski to put together the first Pü Fest, an underground music festival featuring around twenty touring and ten local acts that subscribe to the likes of noisy punk, experimental and psychedelic tenets.

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The Demo's New Space in the Grove: First Look

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The Demo's new door decals.
Last week the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) officially opened the doors at its new location, just down the street from its original space attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775). RFT Music stopped by one of the music venue's debut shows to get a look at the room.

See also: The Demo Announces Move to New, Larger Space in the Grove with a Full-Service Bar

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