Keep On Rockin' in the Joe Town

In the late 1970s, my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, was a hotbed of pop music criticism. The reason was two young reporters at the St. Joseph News-Press and Gazette, Conrad Bibens and Terry Jordan. For a couple of years, I faithfully clipped their album and...

All Aboard? The M-Train!

If Courtney Barnett had to lose "Best New Artist" to someone at this year's Grammys, I'm glad it was to Meghan Trainor. Trainor–whose second album, Thank You, drops today–brought a blast of non-preachy positive body image lyrics to the world with her first...

The National Blues Museum: How 'Lou Can You Get?

The National Blues Museum, which opened to the public April 2, rightfully places St. Louis among other American music capitals like New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Chicago. If Route 66 is the Mother Road, the blues is St. Louis's Mother Lode. The museum is in the...

Pop Life

The first thing I liked about Iggy Pop's new album, Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista), is that the band members are not just pictured but actually identified on the front of the album. It's as if Pop, who has been mostly a solo artist since his band The Stooges broke...

The St. Louis Artist Who Helped The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

EXCLUSIVE TO THE WRITE FOX BLOG Since Prince's death last Thursday, many stories have surfaced about his love of the arts and his compassion for others, but in 1998 both of those themes came together right here in St. Louis. The result was a lot of happier kids and...

No Stone Unturned

My Freshman year of college, I wrote a journal entry for English class that started, "I have been a Stones fan forever." That may have been hyperbole, but it is true that I–like millions of others–have never lived in a world without the Rolling Stones....