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Video | Née – Pretty Girls

Photo by Carson Minow “You know I probably broke one hundred hearts by now…” I’ve recently been going through an MC Lyte phase, so I’ll just go ahead and say it: Née cold rocks a party. I mean, Spinner compared the Saint Louis foursome (Kristin Dennis, David Beeman, Mic Boshans, and Lex Herbert) to LCD Soundsystem. … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Bo and the Locomotive – On My Way

Photo by Louis Kwok Last Saturday, downtown Saint Louis played host to one of the biggest displays and celebrations of local music: The Riverfront Times Music Showcase. While it’s a fantastic way to dive headfirst into the deep end of our city’s immense local talent, the showcase itself presents a little bit of a conundrum. … Read more

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Concert Photos | M83 at The Pageant in Saint Louis, MO

All photos by Chris Lay Last year, we ranked M83’s album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming as our 40th favorite album of 2011. So, needless to say, we’re big fans. The shoegazing outfit, fronted by Anthony Gonzalez (and complete with the creepy dude on the cover of “Midnight City”), hit up The Pageant last week and … Read more

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Hometowns | Water Liars [Saint Louis, MO]

Photo courtesy of Misra Records We are pleased as punch to feature Water Liars for Hometowns today on Speakers in Code. Reminder: the Hometowns mission is twofold. 1) We wanna let our favorite musicians play homage to the places they hold near and dear to their hearts and 2) we strongly believe that roots have … Read more

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Ring in the New Year at Off Broadway (And Kiss Us at Midnight!)

Artwork by Nate Jones of Kentucky Knife Fight New Year’s Eve can be hard, man. It’s usually flavored with the cynicism of downtrodden naysayers or the overly high expectations of innocent eager beavers (see: all the people who paid money to see this). Between the solo whiskey sippers and the prix fixe four course dinners … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Kathryn Calder – Who Are You?

New Pornos’ permi-member (she sings Neko’s parts when the redheaded power vocalist is away on business, so you know she’s for real) and frequent solo artist, Kathryn Calder, came correct with her sophomore album Bright and Vivid, released in October. We first caught wind of Calder going it alone in May 2010 with the release … Read more

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Download | The LouFest Local Band Sampler

The countdown is on! LouFest is only a week and a half away, and we at Speakers in Code could not be more psyched for the second coming of a plethora of fantastic local and national musical acts, set right smack dab in our city’s biggest bragging right, Forest Park. ‘Twill be a glorious two … Read more

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Concert Review | The Decemberists at The Pageant in Saint Louis

The Decemberists sound check at The Pageant / All photos by Katie Guymon Last Wednesday, I attended my first ever sound check. Yes, I, along with approximately fifteen others, had the privilege (courtesy of my favorite indie radio station, KDHX) to witness The Decemberists, along with Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, gear up for that evening’s … Read more

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Speakers in Code at Vintage Vinyl for Record Store Day

Photo by Katie Guymon Alright, you all know good and well that Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, April 16th. All across the country, indie shops will celebrate in high fashion: special releases, live bands, maybe an adult beverage or six… Jason and I will be representing the Saint Louis contingency of our … Read more

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Announcing: The LouFest High School Battle of the Bands

Okay, we’re so excited about the 2011 LouFest Music Festival that we could just pee our pants. Jason, Darren, and I had almost too much fun at last August’s inaugural event in Forest Park. (We met Jeff Tweedy! And have pictures to prove it!) Although the line-up hasn’t been announced just yet (fingers crossed for mid-March), LouFest … Read more

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A Speakers Endorsed Show | Rhythm and Rails

“Catch the train to catch the spirit!” In these cynical times, golly gee, we love that slogan. But, maybe we love the concept of Rhythm & Rails even more. A few weeks ago, Saint Louis Metrolink unveiled its first ever Holiday Magic Express, a train “decked out in lights, ornaments, garland, and festive cheer for … Read more

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A Speakers Endorsed Show | Rockhouse Ramblers Reunion

If you’ve lived in Saint Louis for any significant amount of time, you probably remember a local rockabilly band called Rockhouse Ramblers. (KDHX claims, “In their day, [they were] the hottest honky tonk band” in the city). According to founder Kip Loui, from 1999 to 2005, the band “played pretty much every bar, nightclub, dance … Read more

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Concert Review | Deer Tick at Off Broadway in Saint Louis

Photo by Katie Guymon “I’m terribly sorry for your loss.” These are the six words that concluded Deer Tick frontman John McCauley’s somber recognition of the late Dave Hagerty, vocalist/guitarist of the local Saint Louis band, Fattback. (Please read the touching obituary written by our friend, Christian Schaeffer, for A to Z, the music blog … Read more

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The 2010 PLAY:stl Line-Up Announced

PLAY:stl, a music festival and conference held each year in Saint Louis, has officially announced its line-up (with just a few TBA spots sticking around for now)! The fourth annual three-day fest will take place September 16-18 and spotlight 100 acts on over seven different stages across the much-loved Delmar Loop. This year, it kicks … Read more

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10 to Spin | LouFest Edition

If you’re any sort of devoted reader of Speakers in Code, you know that around these parts, we are pretty amped about the first annual LouFest taking place in Forest Park, Saint Louis on August 28th and 29th. We are devoted to promoting Saint Louis as a viable music city, whether that be on a … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets To LouFest In St. Louis!

Here at Speakers in Code, we can’t believe it’s almost August. Of course, that means LouFest is just that much closer, and we’ve been looking forward to the inaugural two-day festival, which takes place August 28th and 29th in Saint Louis’ Forest Park, for quite some time now. So, naturally, we’re pretty excited to announce … Read more

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Contest [Update] | Win Tickets to LouFest in St. Louis!

Here at Speakers in Code, we can’t believe it’s almost August. Of course, that means LouFest is just that much closer, and we’ve been looking forward to the inaugural two-day festival, which takes place August 28th and 29th in Saint Louis’ Forest Park, for quite some time now. So, naturally, we’re pretty excited to announce … Read more