Going Public

Doug E Rees

The album's titled Nature Boy and that's the name of the track that kicks it off.  In it Jackson, MO singer/songwriter Doug Rees reveres all of nature: even an ugly old opossum.

Real people show up throughout his writing, including his sister who was on hand to dance during her namesake song "Penny Sue" at the album release party.

"Mr. Brakeman" is a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and Rees said he was inspired by a radio story he heard about the way Rodgers touched lives across racial boundaries during his life.

Jump Starts

Jump Starts is a duo of friends who’ve been a band for only three years, and they are already on their second album. What Hides Inside is a concise and playful run through the pleasant sounds of indie rock.

The St. Louis band is a side project featuring Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire and Sara Ross of the now defunct Paper Dolls. It feels casual, sunny, like it’s intended to be enjoyed, rather than facilitate mopiness, despite the fact that lyrically it deals with lovelorn souls and wanderlust.  

Why Missouri Is Falling Short On Children's Dental Health

Jan 27, 2013
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The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States recently released a report or oral health that didn’t speak too highly of Missouri. On an A through F scale, it gave the state a D for its efforts to provide access to dental sealants for high-need kids. Dental sealants are plastic coatings put on children’s molars after they first come in that help prevent decay.

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Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.


Julia Holter studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts and grabbed the attention of a number of avant music-enthusiasts, including the ever-exploring Lars Gottrich of NPR Music, with her 2011 debut titled Tragedy.