KDHX Takes Talk Programming Off the Air; Shows to Be Podcast-Only

Categories: News

kdhx-new-building-GITCHOFF.87.jpg
Photo by Jon Gitchoff
KDHX's Andy Coco broadcasting from the studios of the station's newly opened Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media.
This Monday, May 25, will be the last time to hear KDHX's handful of talk radio programs on the air -- after that, they will be converted to podcasts.

It's the latest step in an ongoing move toward music-only programming for St. Louis's 28-year-old community radio station. Six years ago, KDHX took most of its talk radio programs off the air, including St. Louis Poet Laureate Michael Castro's Poetry Beat and the syndicated Democracy Now. Four remaining shows -- Earthworms, Literature for the Halibut, Collateral Damage and Collector's Edition, which is about half music and half band interviews -- were stacked together on Monday night. Some were shortened.

Now they'll be podcast only, not broadcast.

More »

For Kentucky Knife Fight's Jason Holler, an Infant Daughter in Need

Categories: News

hollerfamily.jpg
Courtesy of Jason Holler
Rowan Holler with her parents, Kate and Jason.
As the vocalist and lyricist of Kentucky Knife Fight, Jason Holler enjoyed both critical and popular acclaim. Even if the band never quite hit it big nationally, its following in St. Louis and the greater Midwest was passionate -- and its distinctive blend of alternative rock, blues, Americana and garage-punk won it the RFT Music Award for best rock band for four years running.

But just a few months after notching its fourth consecutive award last summer, the band announced it was breaking up, and Holler moved to Austin. Not to hit it big, but be closer to his wife's family for the birth of the couple's first child.

"The baby wasn't the only factor in Knife Fight calling it quits, but it did force me to make a decision," he says. "I was running on empty near the end and was no longer feeling fulfilled in the band."

On March 25, Rowan Splendoria Holler was born -- a beautiful baby with chubby cheeks and her father's intense eyes. But within just a few days, it became clear something was wrong.

More »

Neighborhood Bar Johnnie Walker's San Loo to Open on Cherokee

Categories: News

johnniewalkerssanloo560.jpg
Photo courtesy of Jon Coriell
The interior of Johnnie Walker San Loo.
The space on Cherokee Street that previously housed Livery Company is getting a new tenant -- a neighborhood bar called Johnnie Walker's San Loo that hopes to open within a few short weeks.

The space, at 3211 Cherokee just east of Gravois, includes a sizable patio, which its new owners hope to use for a beer garden in the summer. They've applied for a full license allowing wine, beer and liquor.

They also intend to host live music.

More »

Jack White Makes Six-Figure Donation to St. Louis' National Blues Museum

2014JackWhite_Press_MaryEllenMatthews090614.jpg
Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews
Jack White
The National Blues Museum has a new benefactor: Jack White.

The museum, currently under construction in downtown St. Louis, announced tonight that it had received a six-figure donation from White, who is best known for his work with the White Stripes.

More »

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

Categories: News

lightning-bolt-jumping-kent.jpg
Photo by Natalja Kent
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.

More »

Volcanoes Are Breaking Up

Categories: News

volcanoes-PRphoto.jpg
Courtesy of Volcanoes
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.

More »

Sammy Hagar to Host Weekly Radio Show on KSHE

Categories: News

stl-mus-sammyandkshe-jongitchoff.jpg
Jon Gitchoff
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


More »

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

Categories: News

tkach-burrell.jpg
Photo by Nate Burrell
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.

More »

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

Categories: News

7770827.jpeg
Photo: Nate Burrell
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.


More »

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

Categories: News

stl-mus-fubarbenefitvancrash-screenshotfromnewsreport.jpg
Screenshot from WSB-TV news report video, embedded below.
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."

More »
Loading...