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Jam of the Day | Neulore – Shadow Of A Man

You were the last of a dying breed Prone to wander but born to lead Neulore is a duo from Nashville, and if Adam Agin and William T. Cook keep writing catchy songs like “Shadow of a Man,” which was featured on Grey’s Anatomy, chances are they’re gonna be just fine. Jump right in with … Read more

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Concert Preview | Washed Out, Tonight at The Firebird in St. Louis

Photo by Shae Detar You could argue that this isn’t music for the upcoming winter, but really, think about that for a second. There’s something soothing about Washed Out, something exploratory that’s not obsessed with yet another immediate hook. What Ernest Greene, the man behind Washed Out, is creating here is tough to label. And … Read more

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Interview | Jillette Johnson: “The lyrics that stay in my songs are the ones that come from an uncensored, unfiltered place.”

Jillette Johnson is 24, but her songs sound much older. They travel in and out of relationships, like they’ve spent time in the deepest of ditches. Their characters have been abused, yes; but they always fight back, searching for a true identity. Johnson’s voice is sometimes sweet, but don’t let that fool you into thinking … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets to Sharon Van Etten at The Firebird

Photo by Dusdin Condren Let us escape for a nightBreathe the silence.I am aloneBut I am alone in this room with you. Sharon Van Etten released Tramp in February, which will soon be released as a deluxe edition, and while it’s certainly a demanding, emotional listen, it’s well worth your precious time. Van Etten just … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Mynabirds – Body of Work

On Today’s Jam of the Day, “Body of Work,” the second single from The Mynabirds’ upcoming album, GENERALS, percussion is a main character, taking center stage again after its original work in the lead single, “Generals.” However, while the latter is a drumming battle cry, this new track contains a steady global beat that’s as … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Reptar – Sebastian

Here in Saint Louis, Missouri, we are currently enjoying an almost 70 degree day in February. Yup, I’m sitting near an open window with nary a sleeve to warm my pasty arms. It’s good for the soul. That’s why it’s so apropos that this new jam from Reptar (former recipent of Jam of the Day … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets to See Heartless Bastards at The Firebird

Photo by Nathan Presley On February 8th, Saint Louis frequenters, Heartless Bastards, will make another welcomed stop in the Gateway to the West. This time, they’re playing The Firebird. This time, Hacienda is opening. And, this time, we have a pair of tickets to give away. The band’s new record, Arrow, is out on February … Read more

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Contest | Win Two Tickets to Kings Go Forth at The Firebird

They knocked your socks off at LouFest. Or, maybe you weren’t there. In any event, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Kings Go Forth this Saturday night at The Firebird in Saint Louis. Go back for seconds…or find out what you missed! It’ll be a par-tay to remember. Superhero Killer and Exploding … Read more

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Video | Generationals – Tell Me Now

Last night, a football player (we’re pretending one of the dead ones from Beetlejuice), a lizard man of sorts, a panda, a vampire, and a cool-as-shit ghost drummer (with sunglasses and a straw hat!) – otherwise known as the Generationals touring band – lit up The Firebird’s stage for a primo Halloween dance party. Two … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Mates of State – Palomino

Hey y’all. Speakers in Code is co-hosting the upcoming Mates of State and Generationals show at The Firebird on Halloween night. The only thing that’s gonna be creepy is how much I fawn all over these indie-pop music makers. If you live in Saint Louis and you fancy yourself a tastemaker of sorts, you’ll want … Read more

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An Under Cover Weekend | Tight Pants Syndrome (The Interview)

Photo by Jason Stoff September 9th and 10th marks the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, a celebration of live music at The Firebird where local bands cover their favorite artists/bands. The rules surrounding the event are simple: be awesome, don’t be obscure, and play the hits. And while the awesome local bands will be … Read more

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10 to Spin | Union Tree Review + Bo and the Locomotive

Union Tree Review If you’ve got a big toe halfway dipped into the pool of Saint Louis music, you know that Saturday is one heck of a big night. Yes, folks, it’s the double album release party for both Union Tree Review and Bo and the Locomotive, two fantastic bands ’round these parts that tend … Read more

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Listen | Union Tree Review – “Parties (Demo)”

Back in September of 2010, we made Union Tree Review’s “Let Me Be” the Pajammy Jam of the Day (as in a slow, made for bedtime kinda song). We wrote that “Let Me Be” is a chugging, acoustic train, reminiscent of Ryan Adams: brilliant lyricism, piano in all the right places, plenty o’ references to booze … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cotton Jones – Egg On A Sea

Photo credit: Whitney McGraw Cotton Jones, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of the 10 to Spin playlist you made for us last winter. I love thee to the level of your previous Pajammy Jam of the Day. I love you … 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 | US English EP Release Show

US English, the Saint Louis duo of James and Brea McAnally, just released the EP, Used Future, on Post Literate today! It’s the second effort in the now two-thirds complete trilogy, promised in the fall of 2010 when the two dropped the inaugural EP, What Frontier, on our asses. Here’s what US English says about … Read more

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Get Out! Concert Schedule | Saint Louis + The Triangle

Here’s this week’s Speakers in Code endorsed live shows in St. Louis and The Triangle, from now until October! Saint Louis 7/4 – Joe Pug + Rayland Baxter @ Off Broadway [buy tickets] 7/6 – Maps and Atlases + The Cults + The Globes @ The Firebird [buy tickets] 7/8 – Sarah Borges & The … Read more

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Get Out! Concert Schedule | St. Louis + The Triangle

Here’s this week’s Speakers in Code endorsed live shows in St. Louis and The Triangle, from now until October! Saint Louis 6/21 – The Moondoggies + Blitzen Trapper @ Off Broadway [buy tickets] 6/23 – Brahms + Tokyo Police Club + Passion Pit @ The Pageant [buy tickets] 6/26 – Sleep Kitty + The Blind … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Active Child – Wilderness

I, for one, happen to like the recent saturation of synth in the once downtrodden genre of bedroom pop. I mean, it’s still pretty awesome music to play when I’m finally laying down for the night, but it somehow makes things seem all dark and mysterious now. That is – until my dog Angus hops … Read more