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Jam of the Day | Lost in the Trees – Red

I was introduced to Ari Picker’s music waaaaay back in the year 2000, when his first band, The B-Sides, opened for someone like Superdrag, or Guided by Voices, at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. He was just a high school kid at that point, but my friends and I left that night singing … Read more

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The Best 20 Covers of 2010

So, we’ve gone through all of our favorite original songs of 2010 already. Now, it’s time to pay attention to the non-originals: the covers we enjoyed most this year. Dagnabbit, cover songs are squirrely; they are very hard to do well. Even we four at Speakers in Code know that, and all we can do is … Read more

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Full Report: LouFest Music Festival

It almost seemed too good to be true. A true outdoor music festival in Saint Louis, one where you could sit on your blanket or in a lawn chair all day, drinking and conversing with friends and music lovers? Really? In Saint Louis? LouFest delivered on its promise: to make everything easy, like you were … Read more

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Carolina Chocolate Drops | Everything Old Is New Again

When I first heard Carolina Chocolate Drops‘ cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” I literally gasped. I’m not gonna lie, that song was my jam back in the summer of 2001, but I’ve long since forgotten about it. Now, it’s something altogether different. I like a cover song as much as the next … Read more