Music » Critics' Picks

Todd Snider

9 p.m. Tuesday, January 27. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.



It's tempting to think of Todd Snider as the slacker generation's answer to Phil Ochs. The east Nashvillian smart-ass sings the headlines of the day, but they're filtered through a bong-water hangover haze and a ramshackle country-rock sound that suggests he knows he can't change the world, but it's more fun to keep trying (at least till the dope runs out). On last year's Peace Queer, a don't-let-the-door-hit-you adios to GWB, he gets in the inevitable but necessary digs at fortunate sons, school bullies and missions mis-accomplished. But Snider also anticipates the Madoff meltdown in lines like "Making money out of paper/Making paper out of trees/We're making so much money we can hardly breathe." Will Snider's hard left turn sound dated six months from now? One can only hope — so enjoy his stoned satires while they last.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.