Tuesday, March 31, 2009

[STL] 4/4 - Private Dancer / Left Arm / She Got Ugly at The Wedge

This weekend!

Saturday, April 4th
at The Wedge

Private Dancer (St. Paul, MN)
Left Arm
She Got Ugly (ex-The Fear Alert)

442 Bates Street, St. Louis, MO 63111
Doors at 9pm | Show at 10pm | 18+

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Empty City: Pink Spiders at Cicero's 3/24/09

This week's Empty City show:
Pink Spiders at Cicero's 3/24/09

I've personally been a fan of this Nashville-based band for quite some time. Mega super buzzy power pop goodness. Until recently (in the last year maybe), they had this schtick that didn't bother me much but I can see how it could turn some people off. This glammy pink/black/white neo new-wave thing (whatever that is) that played right to 16 year old girls. They were on Warped Tour, etc.

Well, the long story short is that they got dropped by their major (Geffen) and two of the three dudes quit. Lead dude, Matt Friction, (with major-label-funded but not released new record, Sweat It Out, in hand) decided to recruit new band members and carry on. We played with this new line-up last September at Bluebird (now Firebird) and they absolutely killed! I'd seen them in the past and they were pretty ok, but this new crew brought the heat! IMHO this has much (everything?) to do with their badass new drummer, Nick Slack.

Check him (them) out in action here in a recent-ish clip (Gimme Chemicals) followed by one of their classics (Modern Swinger).

As a coincidental side note, another great band, The Hard Lessons, are playing Cicero's the next night. Luckily STL already loves these guys.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Empty City Shows

I'm starting a new segment here on the snoop-bloggy-blog (wtf?) called Empty City Shows. It's a concept/name that I've been kicking around for some time now, so let's see if I can give it some new life here. It goes a little something like this:

It happens once in a while. Amazing touring bands come through St. Louis. When they do, there's hardly anyone there. People in STL can be so damn ignorant and complacent hanging out in sports bars and seeing the same cover bands week in and out. If you happen to go, you can stand up close without anyone bothering you. Welcome to Empty City.

This might have little-to-next-to-nothing to do with LEFT ARM, but sometimes it will be bands we've played with in the past and were impressed by.