Monday, October 29, 2007

Menomena, Jumbling Towers & Illinois at the Billiken Club

(Tonight, I have a guest contributor, AJS, a man of many mysteries. He also writes a column at

On Tuesday, October 30, the Billiken Club in St. Louis will be hosting a "Hallowindie" show, which includes Menomena, Illinois, and locals Jumbling Towers. The best part about this show is that its FREE. Yes, FREE. If you haven't heard Jumbling Towers yet, I recommend getting there at the start time and checking them out. The band's excellent debut release has led to appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and Pygmalion Festival in Champaign, Illinois, and they've been one of the highest-charting unsigned bands on college and non-commercial radio in recent months.

Portland's Menomena headlines the show, and although I haven't seen them yet, their 2007 release Friend and Foe (Barsuk) has held up as one of the most critically-acclaimed CDs of the year, so I'm definitely looking forward to checking them out. Illinois should be interesting as well - in addition to touring with Menomena, they've also hit the road with The Hold Steady (one of my personal favorites). The band features a very unique brand of banjo-driven indie rock.....

Menomena - Wet and Rusting
Jumbling Towers - Coward
Illinois - Alone Again
Illinois - Screendoor


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