Jordan Oakes


Photography by Jennifer Silverberg

The smart, catchy pop of Middle Class Fashion more

Nov 29, 2012 5:47 PM


By CBS Television Network [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Wizard of Oz has followed the Yellow Brick Road straight (winding, actually) into our nostalgic, movie-loving hearts. It’s been a staple of the American cultural diet for over 70 years, when ... more

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 PM Culture

Ever since James Bond came shooting his way into the public consciousness with 1962’s Dr. No , the screen versions of Ian Fleming’s original novels have succeeded with a bang. Six actors have play... more

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

The Del Fuegos were part of an early ‘80s rock scene comprising bands like the Blasters, Fleshtones, X and Jason & the Scorchers—combos that melded a grounded,  sometimes even polite, sense of root... more

Feb 22, 2012 10:49 AM Culture

You have to separate the art from the artist. How they behave is one thing, but what they produce is everything else, be it the tiny swirled mini-grooves left by paintbrush bristles or the locked-i... more

Jan 10, 2012 7:30 AM Culture


Photograph courtesy of Maya Adrabi

Photographer John Zielinski’s stumbled upon a diabolical plot “bigger than the Kennedy assassination.” Or has he? Two Missouri filmmakers spent two years trying to find out. more

Jan 6, 2012 5:21 PM


Harnish and Ross. Photo by Sofi Seck

Matt Harnish is a St. Louis institution. From his long-time, ongoing work in the anti-pop pop group Bunnygrunt to his tenure as record-store-clerk-slash-music-encyclopedia, his musical myopia is no... more

Dec 21, 2011 12:00 AM Culture

Mission Impossible , the television show, was a mixed success. Remembered mostly for hallmarks like the self-destructing mission-assignment machine, slide shows of the bad guys and its true secret... more

Dec 16, 2011 11:32 AM Culture

Robby Robinson is more than just a keyboard player, writer, producer and conductor. You might consider him the fifth Season—a kind of honorary Jersey Boy. But there is nothing merely honorary abo... more

Oct 26, 2011 12:00 AM Culture

The alt-country movement sometimes gets a free pass when it comes to the criteria by which it’s judged. After all, music genres aren’t exactly empty bottles waiting to be filled with creative juice... more

Sep 27, 2011 12:00 AM Culture


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Because he’s mainly known as a television personality, Clark the rock artist has had more to prove; here, he’s shown that he can sing into a microphone as well as he speaks into one. more

Aug 30, 2011 7:43 AM Culture


Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts

Watch a video of magician Terry Richison showing off his tricks. more

Jul 22, 2011 2:44 PM

Sleepy Kitty’s new CD Infinity City has just been released on Euclid, and their sound roughly fits label proprietor Joe Schwab’s vision of what constitutes pop and what pop can be. more

Jul 6, 2011 7:45 AM Culture

Loud Family frontman Scott Miller totally acquits himself as a rock critic, with one of the most interesting compendiums of music journalism since Robert Christgau’s "Rock Music of the ‘70s." more

May 18, 2011 7:55 AM Culture

The ‘80s were terrible on a national level, but vital on a local one. While hair-malfunctioning bands doled out dance clichés on FM radio, the Painkillers self-released one cassette. The buzz about Euclid Records' reissue of those songs, 25 years later, is a testament to their brilliance. more

May 2, 2011 8:28 AM Culture

Chicago power pop trio Material Issue reunites for one show at the International Pop Overthrow festival this week in Chicago; the fest took its name from that band's 1991 debut album, which has just been re-released by Hip-O Select. more

Apr 18, 2011 8:14 AM Culture

These days, R.E.M. are anything but simple. The songs on "Collapse into Now" are busily produced, with shifting, twisting rhythms; but they still flaunt R.E.M.’s beating-around-the-bush catchiness; and on this album the combo is in full-personality gear. more

Mar 17, 2011 8:06 AM Culture


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Now that the red carpet is rolled up like a map that had only one route, and movie people have come down from their Oscar high, it seems a good moment to examine an ego-free component of filmmaking: the music. more

Mar 10, 2011 8:57 AM Culture

Notice I didn't say, "five great movies about rock 'n' roll." more

Feb 22, 2011 8:01 AM Culture