Don't Like Lightning Bolt's Sharp New Sound? Brian Chippendale Is OK with That

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The members of noise rock duo Lightning Bolt: Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson.

Brian Chippendale, one-half of the two-man noise band Lightning Bolt, is on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design in his hometown of Providence, supporting the school technicians who are striking for better benefits, when someone recognizes him. They exchange a brief "hey!"

It's not a rock star move. Chippendale may be in a band that was previously No. 8 on the Metacritic "Artists of the Decade 2000-2009" list, but today he's getting more recognition for supporting the cause (his wife is a RISD grad student) and for wearing a headband than for his music. You can be a big man in the world of experimental noise rock. You can even perform with Bjork. That doesn't mean people outside the scene will ever recognize you on the street -- especially if your role involves playing the drums in a knit face mask, which also holds the tinny compact microphone that you sing/shout into.

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Volcanoes Are Breaking Up

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Volcanoes Eric Peters and Jon Ryan, photographed outside Vegas while on tour.
Local noise/dance/punk duo Volcanoes is ceasing active existence in June after it plays two more shows, its last "for the foreseeable future."

As the band's Facebook announcement and accompanying biographical short film explain, the split is entirely amicable and due mostly to drummer/synth player/vocalist Eric Peters' impending move to LA with his fiancée. Peters has accepted a modeling contract from the Osbrink Agency, while drummer/bassist/synth player Jon Ryan is staying in St. Louis.

Despite Peters' upcoming departure, he and Ryan have continued writing music together as the clock winds down on Volcanoes, and both plan to play music after the split.

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Sammy Hagar to Host Weekly Radio Show on KSHE

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That guy on the left is gonna be super stoked.
St. Louis-based fans of inferior Van Halen products and the longest wavelength in the color spectrum will be delighted to learn that, starting this Sunday, Sammy Hagar will be hosting a weekly radio show on KSHE (94.7 FM). The Red Rocker's program will air from 4 to 6 p.m. each Sunday.

See also: The Red Rockers of the Sammy Hagar Show


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Anne Tkach's Friends and Fans Pay Tribute to Her Life

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Anne Tkach with members of Rough Shop
Tributes came pouring in yesterday for Anne Tkach, a beloved bassist and vocalist who perished in an early-morning fire yesterday in Webster Groves.

Tkach, 48, was perhaps best known for her work with Nadine, but she also played with Rough Shop, Ransom Note, Magic City and numerous other bands. It's clear from the remembrances posted to her personal Facebook page and to various music blogs and publications that she was far more than a talented performer: She was a kind person, a good friend and a "mama bear" to the musicians she played with.

Here are excerpts from some of the online remembrances. Want to add yours? Post in the comments below.

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Anne Tkach, 1967-2015: Remembering a Wide-Ranging Musician

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Anne Tkach (left) with the members of Rough Shop.
The St. Louis music community is mourning the loss of Anne Tkach, a beloved bassist and vocalist who played with many folk and rock bands. Tkach died in an early-morning house fire today in her father's house in Webster Groves; her father, Peter Tkach, survived the blaze. She was 48.

By day, Tkach was a manager at the Tower Grove South market Local Harvest Grocery, but after hours she could be found playing in a host of bands: in the rootsy quintet Rough Shop, where her plaintive voice and occasional turns on the upright bass were a highlight; performing backing vocals and percussion in the soul-fired combo Ransom Note; or laying down fervent bass lines in the fire-breathing Magic City. Few musicians in town had her reach, or energy, or comfort jumping in and out of genres.


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Fubar to Host Benefit for Families of Musicians Involved in Fatal Van Accident

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The side of the van was ripped off during a crash that left three dead.
This past Saturday, St. Louis venue Fubar played host to a metal show with the bands Kult Ov Azazel, Khaotika and Wormreich on the bill. Just two days later, as that tour made its way from a show in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Atlanta, Georgia, the van that was carrying the members of Khaotika and Wormreich was involved in a terrible crash that left three dead and two in critical condition.

"The driver lost control, either by going to sleep or some other means, we're still investigating that," Georgia State Patrol Corporal Scott Smith told Atlanta's WSB-TV. "He left the roadway, traveled about 300 feet off the roadway and struck a tree with the passenger side of the van."

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St. Louis Guitarist Olufunsho Adeshina Charged in $200,000 Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

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St. Louis guitarist Olufunsho Adeshina.
St. Louis-based and Nigeria-born smooth jazz guitarist Olufunsho Adeshina has been charged in a stolen-identity tax-fraud scheme. According to a press release from the DOJ, Adeshina allegedly fraudulently acquired close to $200,000 from the United States Treasury and funneled it into more than twenty bank accounts under his control since the start of 2015.

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Memorial Day Summer Rocks Event Canceled, Future Festivals in Question

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The first of the Summer Rocks music festivals will not happen on Memorial Day.
In March 2014, a Los Angeles talent agency known as ICM Partners came to St Louis with a not-so-modest proposal. Board Bill 328 was introduced in the city's Convention & Tourism committee by Ald. Phyllis young, seeking to allow the company to host major "Lollapalooza-like" festivals on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in downtown St Louis' Gateway Mall. The Memorial Day event would be a country music concert, while the Labor Day event would focus on rock & roll.

The bill was approved by the Board of Aldermen with a 21-4 vote, despite pushback and skepticism from some in the local music community. ICM was granted exclusive access to the city's Gateway Mall for the holiday weekends for the next ten years, with an option to extend the deal to twenty if all parties agreed.

Now, 2015's Memorial Day event has been cancelled, and the future of further concerts is uncertain.

See also: St. Louis Aldermen Greenlight Summer Rocks Music Festivals

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St. Louis Concert Promoting Non-Violence Erupts in Violence

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R&B star August Alsina and promoter LooseCannon SLIM brawl backstage at Chaifetz Arena.
This past Saturday, January 17, Chaifetz Arena played host to the State of Emergency 2 concert, featuring rappers 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, August Alsina, Fabolous and Migos. The show was billed as one supporting the local anti-violence campaign Put Down the Pistols, with a portion of the night's proceeds allocated to the cause. The show was also meant to honor the late Mike Brown, the Ferguson teenager killed by police officer Darren Wilson in August. (Brown's father, Mike Brown Sr., even made a statement onstage.)

Despite these admirable intentions, chaos reigned backstage as New Orleans R&B star August Alsina and his entourage got into a heated brawl with show promoter LooseCannon SLIM.

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CNN: National Blues Museum Among Top 10 Anticipated World Attractions

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The National Blues Museum, under construction on Washington Avenue.

What do the National Blues Museum and Hello Kitty have in common? They're both on CNN's hot list.

Since the National Blues Museum announced in December that it had achieved its funding goal and would begin construction in downtown St. Louis immediately, blues fans and news outlets alike have been championing the museum. Cable news behemoth CNN is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, touting the museum as one of ten "exciting attractions opening in 2015." CNN writer Mark Johanson includes the National Blues Museum on his list of most anticipated venues from around the world, along with Hello Kitty Park in China, Funtasy Island in Indonesia and the National Videogame Arcade in England.

Here's what Johanson says about St. Louis' upcoming attraction:

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