Steve Leftridge has written about music, film, and books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No Depression, and PlaybackSTL. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Missouri, for whom he is an adjunct teacher, and he's been teaching high school English and film in St. Louis since 1998. Follow at [email protected]
Reveling in Abandon: The Triumph of Tom Petty | 5 Oct 2017 // 3:00 AM
Tom Petty was a democratizing mix of Southern rusticism and California cool, a split that made him the most relatable special-burnout rock figure for every gravel-road kid in America with an FM radio.
Prince: Something That You'll Never Understand | 25 Apr 2016 // 4:16 AM
Prince didn't care where you went. He didn't care what you did. And he couldn't take U with him.
Fit to Be Tied: Country's Angry Women | 21 Apr 2011 // 10:35 PM
Modern country music is in love with a new trend: women inflicting violence on men, when the men deserve it... and even when they don't.
Sam Bush: Still Rockin' That Bluegrass Train | 17 Aug 2010 // 5:00 PM
In the pantheon of bluegrass pickers, Sam Bush is the default leader. Still, Bush remembers playing onstage with Bill Monroe in the early '70s, and after he showcased his kinetic picking technique on the mandolin, Monroe leaned over and told him to “stick to the fiddle”.
The Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY (Day Three) | 28 Jul 2015 // 3:00 AM
It was a hot time in the old time tonight as Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, TWEEDY, and more put the cap on Louisville's riverfront festival.
Forecastle Festival: Louisville, KY (Day Two) | 24 Jul 2015 // 7:30 AM
My Morning Jacket headline Day Two, bringing hometown rock glory to Louisville's riverfront.
Double Take: 'Singin' in the Rain' (1952) | 23 Feb 2016 // 9:10 PM
Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place, we gotta dance! Double Take does a pas de deux on the Gene Kelly classic.
Double Take: 'Annie Hall' (1977) | 23 Nov 2015 // 4:19 AM
Is love too weak a word to describe how we feel about Annie Hall? Or is it more like a dead shark? Double Take breaks a few eggs to find out.