Birthday Show Announcement! End of 2013 list!

Season's Greetings, Sweet Cuenicorns!

First off, big news: THE BIRTHDAY SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! If you follow me on FB, you've probably already heard the news: It will be Saturday, January 4 at 9 pm at the Venice Cafe (STL). Ages 21+, $5 cover. The Terrible 2s and I are opening the show, Ellen the Felon and Mattronome are playing a set after us, then BRUISER QUEEN is headlining! I just attended their "12 Bassists of Christmas" show recently--definitely one of the best shows I attended this year.

Speaking of this year, I promised y'all a list of artists to check out. Here goes!

Middle Class Fashion: They're a sort of indie-pop 4-piece, led by Jenn Malzone on piano and vocals. Not only a great a musician, I just love her lyrics (I'm a lyrics person, for sure). Brian McClelland is easily one of my favorite bassists, and he's got a hell of a voice too. They get compared to Ben Folds (Five) quite a bit. They put out a great album this year, Jungle. Go buy the crap out of it--you won't regret it.

Ellen the Felon and Mattronome: While we're on the subject of catchy, piano-driven tunes, do check this duo out (obviously you can do that at my birthday show--hint, wink). Apparently it's called Cabaret Pop, this type of music. I just call it really effing good. They too released an album this year, Bang Bang Bang. After weeks of listening to the new MCF album, Ellen's album was the reason MCF finally escaped the clutches of my car's CD player. True story.

Tonya Gilmore: ...then Tonya Gilmore released Phantoms Fill the Sky, and Ellen's CD also finally escaped my car stereo after several weeks of solid listening. She technically is a former St. Louisan, now residing way over in Oregon for the last few years, and she just keeps impressing me more and more with each album. She plays both guitar and piano, sings, and has a full band on this album. It's beautiful and dark and expansive. This lady's a 21st century murder balladeer, and damn, is she good at it.

Sleepy Kitty: With a definite '90s-influenced guitar sound, this duo will rock your face off. But then Paige Brubeck (singer/guitarist/loop pedal pro) sings, and it is the absolute opposite of grungy. The clarity of her vocals and the precision of her harmony loops are just insane. They have an album coming out in January, and they put out a few singles in anticipation of the album. There's not a bad song of theirs, so whatever you go out and find of theirs will be solid.

Pretty Little Empire: They're pretty much straight indie rock, which I know is such an overused label for music these days, but they execute it in a way that is anything but overdone. Lead singer Justin Johnson's voice is emotive without compromising tonal quality. These guys are just great songwriters, too. They put out an album this year too--it's self-titled, though it's their third album. I'm listening to it as I type this post, actually. Needless to say, it comes with a high recommendation.

Bruiser Queen: Perhaps you saw this one coming. Seriously, these 2 are a blast to see live. Even in their recordings, there's a palpable energy (which is hard to capture for some folks in the often-sterile environments of recording studios). Also a rockin' and rollin' duo, but singer/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum's vocals are huge and fierce. Bonus: occasional, awesomely sarcastic facial expressions at live shows. Damn, are they a fun live show. ::coughcoughBIRTHDAYSHOWcoughcough::

Well, folkies: I hope I gave you something worth your time in link-clicking and Google-searching. Have a great rest of 2013, and I'll catch y'all next year.

Kittens & Unicorns,

Suzie Cue


In Time For the Holidays: A New Live Album!

Well, hello there, my darling Cuenicorns! I hope this holiday season is going well for you folkies. Here's what's up on the Suzie Cue front:

-The aforementioned video is being put together right meow. More soon!

-I have a NEW LIVE ALBUM, recorded at The Gramophone in St. Louis (my hometown) on July 31st of this year. It is only available on my Bandcamp page, where you can stream it for free or download it for $3. It is a solo show, which I don't do a lot of these days. Most of these songs I've been playing out for a while now, and most will be on my next studio album, Mean Girl Blues, slated for release in 2014 (though there will be guest musicians and full instrumentation on MGB, so the live album is a fun teaser). There's also one of my newer tunes, on which I play toy piano instead of guitar, at the end. Here's the track list:

1. Fuckin' Song (Did You?)
2. Common Sense Over Sushi!
3. Don't Mean Anything
4. Karma Is A Bitch (And So Am I)
5. 3 Realisations
6. Type-Write To Me

Don't forget that you can also get all kinds of other aural goodies on my Bandcamp page--a few singles for a buck each, as well as my first album either digitally OR on CD. There's also an option to gift anything on Bandcamp to others, so feel free to spread the Cue news in this season of giving. Everyone loves music.

Speaking of giving the gift of music, I'm going to post a list of STL musicians that I think y'all should check out if you haven't yet. Since this is the internet and all, you could be anywhere. If you're in STL, you're likely to have heard of these folks. If you're not, I hope you find something new that you like--they're good folks who are doing some really great things artistically around our community. BUT I'm not posting it yet. It'll be the next post, so stay tuned! Also, I'll include the official announcement for my BIRTHDAY SHOW, which is in early January.

Kittens & Unicorns,

Suzie Cue


A short update

Hello, precious Cuenicorns!

I'll try to keep it brief, since I gave you SO much great news in the update earlier this month.

First off, we're shooting a video this Saturday (Nov. 23)! Suzie Cue and The Terrible 2s are pleased to have Allan Crain (a phenomenal STL photographer) shooting a live video of us playing "Who's Coming With Me?!" at one of my favorite spots on Cherokee Street: the STL Stylehouse. They design and screen-print their own STL-centric designs onto shirts (available in your choice of size and color), tote bags, you name it really. They also make some sweet "City of St. Louis" apparel in that fabulous and familiar orange color that some of our local government's vehicles sport. Here's an example (of their stuff, not the vehicles):

I actually own that bag, and it fucking rules. Anyway, they're great folks who do some really cool work, and I'm very appreciative of them letting us take over their space for a few hours. Obviously I'll post a link for y'all when it's ready. And if you're in STL, feel free to come by STL Style between 2-5 pm this Saturday and say hi, check out their stuff, and hey--maybe you'll even end up in the video. Who knows?

Second thing, buttons are here! Right here, in fact:

You can pick up your very own Suzie Cue button for the low price of $1 each. And I'm throwing in 1 sticker (your choice of either black/turquoise or red/yellow) for free with it too, but you'll have to come to a show to get 'em.

Speaking of shows, I'm very excited about the upcoming "3 Bands For 3 Bucks" monthly gig at Venice Cafe on December 5th. More details can be found here, but in short, it'll be me with the Terrible 2s along with Bryan Ranney of Following the Water and Curtis Brewer of Kentucky Knife Fight. They're both very talented dudes, so please come out if you're in STL. Doors are at 9 pm; the fun gets going around 9:30.

Mean Girl Blues (the new album) is coming along nicely--slowly but surely! It's expected out in 2014 sometime--as always, more updates to come.

And speaking of albums, my debut album from 2012, 11 Years of Lo-Fi, is now (finally!) available at Euclid Records in Webster Groves, MO! I finally got to see their new digs (they moved earlier this year) today, and MAN--is that a sweet spot or what?!

That's all I got this week. Stay tuned, and do yourself a favor--subscribe to the email list, so you can know about all this fun shit before everyone else. There should be a spot to do that on the left of your screen somewhere. Try scrolling?

Be well, and don't be strangers!

Kittens & Unicorns,

Suzie Cue


Wait, seriously?

The date is what? You're kidding me. Well, shit. Greetings, sweet Cuenicorns--it has been a minute. But I have lots of great news to share, so let's get to it.

First off: I HAVE A WEBSITE. You're actually on it now, but instead of using that obnoxious blogger address, go ahead and bookmark yourself http://www.suziecuemusic.com . And if you haven't yet, sign up for the email list. I promise they're about as frequent as the blog posts, but half as long. Definitely just as silly.

The 2nd album, Mean Girl Blues, is coming along really well. I'm very happy with the progress we've made, and I can't wait to let y'all hear it. I mean, I have to wait, because it's not done. Ugh, colloquialisms. And obnoxious words?! I kid! The album is 14 original songs, including 2 old scratch recordings that are instrumental (guitar only) and available for free download here. Here's the full (tentative) track list for MGB:

1. Who's Comin' With Me?!
2. Did You? (The Fuckin' Song)
3. 3 Realisations
4. Cigarette Smoke In A Dark Room (instrumental)
5. Don't Mean Anything
6. Fight. Fight! FIGHT!
7. Asshole Song
8. Walk Away From You
9. Dear Winter
10. Common Sense Over Sushi!
11. Karma Is A Bitch (And So Am I)
12. Shits & Giggles (instrumental)
13. Kitty City
14. In My Dreams

In other excellent, album-related news, St. Louis artist Craig Downs is doing the artwork for the front and back covers. If you're not familiar with Craig's work, you should definitely look him up. He works in acrylic paints, and his work is bright and whimsical-looking. He's one of my favorites. I just got the pictures of the final paintings this past week, and I'd love to give you folks a sneak peek:
That's the front. That's me in the striped socks! And here's the back:

Obviously this is before any text has been added.

Oh, and I finally finished my new merch case:
Doesn't it make you want to buy stuff? I certainly hope so.

Speaking of stuff to buy, I ordered buttons last weekend. Here's another sneak peek (that's 3 in one post! Geez, I must really like you guys):
...except, you know. Round. And stabby on the back. Like buttons do.

What else? Oh, if you're in STL, the monthly gig at Venice Cafe is still going strong. Every first Thursday, it's me and 2 other local bands--3 bands for 3 bucks. I just got back from the November one actually, and The Terrible 2s and I had a blast with The Hobosexuals and Acorns To Oaks tonight. We debuted 2 new songs tonight at the show: one was Walk Away From You, which is on the album, if you didn't catch that. The other one is REALLY new, and Steve (drums) plays the musical saw while Dave (bassist) does some light drumming. It's called Going Down. The Terrible 2s killed it tonight on their instrumental switcheroo. My spell-check fucking hates me right now, you guys.

The December Venice Cafe show will be a great one as well: T2 and myself are playing with 2 great solo acts who you may know from other also-great bands. Bryan Ranney has been in Following the Water, Elemental Shakedown, ARR! and Mars Rover, but we get him all to ourselves for the evening. Or maybe he'll have a guest? Only one way to find out (come to the show). And we've got Curtis Brewer, who's known for his guitarin' in Kentucky Knife Fight and Yankee Racers. Thursday, December 5. 9 pm!

I feel like I've probably overwhelmed you with plenty of information for one day. I promise to write to you more, friends and random internet stalkers.

Kittens and unicorns,

Suzie Cue


Come September

"Autumn's ashes, summers embers on the sidewalk come September and suddenly I can't remember any lessons learned." -Anais Mitchell & Rachel Ries, "Come September"

Howdy, dearest Cuenicorns--I hope you haven't melted yet. We just barreled through 3 shows in 8 days--gotta keep those Terrible 2s of mine on their toes! Thanks STL, for coming out and seeing us do our thing. We had a great time and got to play with some folks we'd never played with: a pop-punk band from STL named Home & Away, a rockabilly group out of KC called The Electric Lungs who TOTALLY rock, and a newer group from around STL called Joeboy & Djibouti (their frontman was the male half of the Spot Ons).

The third show of the run was especially great for 2 reasons: we got to play with Irene Allen (holy shit you guys--that voice), and we got to raise money for a recently established non-profit in our city called Cowboy Angel Network. It was set up in memory of the late, great Bob Reuter, who can only be under-described as a great musician, photographer, radio DJ, vinyl collector and storyteller. I had the good fortune to be asked by Bob to play a Bob's Scratchy Showcase at Pop's Blue Moon a couple years back. There's an official memorial and showcase to his many forms of work coming up in the beginning of September, so if you're in or around St. Louis, I highly recommend checking it out. And regardless of where you are, if you've never heard Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost, treat yourself to a little rock'n'roll.

Speaking of cool shit going on around STL, we're back at Venice Cafe in September on the 12th. Usually we're there the first Thursday, but it just so happens to be Venice's 25th anniversary the first week of September, so stop on by there and drink to 25 years--you know they've got all kinds of cool things and fun bands planned for the week too. And then join us on the 12th along with the Psychedelic Psychonauts and Bumblebee Bob Kamoske. $3 cover, ages 21+, starts around 9 pm.

Still truckin' on recording--Mean Girl Blues is shaping up quite nicely. It just keeps growing too! The guest list is at 10 different musicians, including of course the Terrible 2s Dave & Steve. More to come!

Stay cool, Cuenicorns.

-Suzie Cue


New Music and A Call For Help!

Greetings, sweet Cuenicorns:

More work on the next album "Mean Girl Blues" continues. In fact, I had the first rehearsal with the cellist this evening, which went SO well. There are 15 tracks total on the album. In fact, I just posted the 2 instrumental tracks on the album for free download on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Enjoy them! But more importantly, THEY NEED TITLES.

This is where I need your help. Suggestions are being taken. And I think I just decided that the person(s) whose suggestions are picked gets a free copy of the first album and a few stickers mailed to them. Yes, I'm bribing you. Your title suggestions can be sent via private message on the Suzie Cue Facebook page OR emailed to me (Suzie) directly.

Enough about me though for a minute. While I'm excited about the aforementioned little contest/free download, that's not the call for help I was referring to in the title of this post. (disclaimer: I don't get serious very often, so my apologies for the rare serious, sad moment we're about to have.) A couple of friends of ours (Suzie and the T2 fellas) have recently experienced the loss of their newborn to a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. They are accepting donations to help cover living expenses and the like. More information and a donation link here--please help if you can. They are a wonderful couple, both of whom contribute greatly to our amazing community of artists and musicians here in south STL city. They are truly in our thoughts and we wish them strength through what is surely an immensely difficult  time.

Okay, back to casual silliness and fun times, right? Cool; thanks for obliging me there. Some fun shows coming up:

- Wed. June 19 (yes, TODAY!) at Pops Blue Moon (STL). More details here or in the previous blog post.
-Sat. June 22 at Heavy Anchor (STL). More details here or in the previous blog post.
-Fri. July 5 at MoKaBe's Coffeehouse (STL). Free, all ages. 9-11p. I'll be playing solo, but am leaving an open invitation for musicians to come sit in with me on this one.
-Thurs. July 11 at Venice Cafe (STL). Solo w/ Jordyn Crawford. Doors at 9, show at 9:30 pm. $3 cover, ages 21+. We'll probably each play 2 sets, so music'll be going the whole evening--stop on by!

One last thing to leave you with: I uploaded the cat rap I wrote, Fresh Step, to Bandcamp as well. You can listen for free or download it for a buck. Enjoy the utter silliness!

Kittens & unicorns, my friends.

-Suzie Cue


Holy June, Batman.

June: Seriously?! Already! Damn, y'all - the time's just flyin' by.

I have a few shows worth catching if you're in or around STL in the month of June. They are:

-Thursday, June 6 at Venice Cafe. The Terrible 2s will be backing me up, and Ellen the Felon and Les Gruff & The Billy Goat will play too. $3, 9 pm. Ages 21+.

-Saturday, June 15 at Mangia Italiano. T2 will be backing me up, and Miss Molly Simms is playing too. No cover, 11 pm. Ages 21+.

-Wednesday, June 19 at Pops Blue Moon. I'll be solo, and Brown Bottle Fever and Drown Fish (the other band I'm in) will also play. $3, 9 pm. Ages 21+.

Saturday, June 22 at Heavy Anchor for the Movers & Shakers Dance Party. T2 will be backing me up, and Letter to Memphis and Mikey Wehling & The Reverbs will play too. $5, 9 pm. Ages 21+.

Work on the next album is going well - all of my guitar, vocal, and piano parts (yes, PIANO! Not even a toy one!) are all tracked, and we're preparing for the drums and bass to get recorded next. My friend Bryan Ranney of Following the Water even laid down some sweet mandolin sounds on "Common Sense Over Sushi!", and there's definitely more guest surprises to come. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, come to a show if you're nearby, buy a download or even order a real copy of my first CD on Bandcamp. Most importantly, go find some new music. Support local and independent bands. If you want some suggestions, here's some of what I've been rockin' out to lately:
-Boreal Hills
-Middle Class Fashion
-Bruiser Queen

Go stimulate their economies and shit. That wasn't supposed to be a euphemism, but it sure did sound like one, didn't it?

Kittens & Unicorns,

Suzie Cue


Record the Record

Greetings, sweet Cuenicorns:

Sorry for the lag in updates, but I have actually been surprisingly busy! I'm midway through a fun little project (that's bigger than intended, as all good projects are): merch suitcase 2.0! Here's a sneak peek at some of the progress:

So there's that fun little art project. But the much bigger deal is that I've been recording quite a bit this month - I've laid down guitar and vocals on 12 of the 15 tracks for the next album, "Mean Girl Blues" already. I've also got the final recording of the cat-themed rap song (see last blog post for clarification). Two of the songs are previously unheard for the most part, since I play piano instead of guitar on them. And 2 others (also unreleased) are real bluesy old scratch track guitar recordings that I thought would be cool to throw in the mix - these I decided not to re-record, since the magic is truly in the old recordings themselves. You'll see. This damn thing might actually be finished this year. I did not see that coming, dudes. The hard part now is getting everyone else to record their parts - gonna be a few friends filling out the sound on this one, including my ever-sassy back-up band, the Terrible 2s.

I also just bagged another monthly gig in south city STL, 3rd Wednesdays at Pops Blue Moon. It's a cool little place, very cozy and friendly, music every night, and cheap drinks. My kind of place, for sure. That starts in May on the 15th, with Mt. Thelonious and the Psychedelic Psychonauts. I'll have the T2 backing me up on that one - gonna be a great show. It's a 21+ bar and there'll be a $3 cover, if you're in the area.

Speaking of monthly gigs, the next show at Venice Cafe (STL) is this Thursday, May 2. Just 2 bands, rather than the normal 3 this time - I'll be going it solo, and my good friends the Bottoms Up Blues Gang will be joining me. HIGHLY advised that you attend this one. The RFT once said of the BUBG: "If you haven't heard of the BUBG, you're either dead or in jail." You should probably come if you haven't seen 'em - your imminent future does not bode well otherwise, according to local sources! Totally worth the $3 when the RFT makes it seem so damning not to, right?

Designs are in the planning phases for one/some/all these things: buttons, koozies (how do you fucking spell that?!), T-shirts. That is literally all of the news I have, though. Sorry that was so anticlimactic.

Can you believe we used to sign notes in middle school "TTFN"? 12-year-olds do some weird shit, man.

Kittens & unicorns (I've made such progress clearly),

Suzie Cue


New Tunes

Hello, my dearest Cuenicorns (that's my name for y'all now). It's spring now, right? Close enough!

It seems like every year around this time, I ended up crappin' out a couple o' new songs - hatching them might be a better metaphor? It's pretty gross, either way. Let's digress from this Circle of Life shit, shall we?

NEW SONGS is really what I'm getting at. If you came to the show at Plush this past Saturday, you saw two new tunes. And there's an even newer song that isn't recorded or ready for a live audience yet, which you've heard veiled references to if you follow me on Facebook. I'd like to introduce you to all 3 of these new tunes. My favorite part about all 3 of these songs is that there's NO GUITAR on any of them. WHOA. Different and stuff.

The first is called "3 Realisations" and I've played it about 3 times live now. It involves a telephone receiver converted into a microphone and a loop pedal. The song is actually about 5 years old, and you can listen to the old recording of it (without all those cool aforementioned things) here.

The next, which I debuted at the Plush show, is (tentatively) called "Type Write To Me." I sing and play my toy piano (named Ramyaj and hand-painted by me a few years ago) that I've owned since early childhood. It's nice to be able to bring the little guy onstage finally - though I've been playing it on a few Drown Fish songs for quite some time now. Anyway, it's a whimsical little waltzy number; I dig it.

And the last one, unheard but spoken of on the Internets, is titled "The Fresh Step." It is one of my Kickstarter reward songs. Those that have frequented my open mics are familiar with the ridiculous beats built in to my keyboard - it uses the most ridiculous one I could find. I also use my "cat keyboard" - a children's toy keyboard that looks and does exactly how/what you think it looks/does. Oh, did I mention it's a RAP SONG? Yeah, it's pretty awful/awesome. I can't wait to make a video!

I'll be playing the first two of these 3 songs at the show at Venice Cafe this Thursday (9 pm; $3) at my monthly mash-up show. I'll be playing first, then Lawrence & The Lion, then Old Capital Square Dance Club. Come and say hi if you're in STL.

The next show will be at Nico in the Delmar Loop on Wednesday, April 24. There's no cover for that one, and Guitardog (a super-group of talented STL area dudes) hosts and will also perform.

Stay in touch, check out the other pages on the site, and come to a show!

Kittens & unicorns,

Suzie Cue


Upcoming: Saturday at Plush; April at Venice Cafe


I had a great time at SIU Carbondale last night - what a cool little city! Real nice folks, too; can't wait to go back and play again in C-Dale. Had a blast walking around the square, and we especially enjoyed ABC Liquor (drive-thrus, dudes) and Long Branch Cafe. We even met a music shop owner who knows our guitar technician extraordinaire, Dave Anderson! What're the odds?!

This Saturday (March 30) will be the big show we've been looking forward to for months: I'll be opening for Great Isaac (their singer/guitarist is Steve, my man-partner and T2 drummer). This will be their first show since the tragic loss of their drummer, Casey Kell last September. I've had the privilege of sitting in on a couple practices to hear their new songs, and HOLY SHIT. You should really come to the show, guys. Langen Neubacher & The Defeated County and The Union Electric will be playing as well; both are phenomenal STL bands. There's a $5 cover for the show, but all of it goes to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, so it's worth it. And if you haven't been to Plush (in mid-town STL), you're missing out on some delicious sweet chili sauce and the best little meatloaf cupcakes the Midwest has to offer.

Thursday, April 4 will be a great show, too: the monthly mash-up at Venice Cafe, of course! This time it's me (solo), Old Capital Square Dance Club (a misnomer, perhaps - a surprising lack of square dances, actually. Still awesome, though), and Lawrence & The Lion (my first time seeing them live - can't wait!).

You can find all of these fine STL bands I've mentioned on Facebook, by the way. And you should!

I'll post some C-dale photos for you folks - there's some good stuff. Speaking of Facebook, there's a post on the Suzie Cue FB page from C-dale re: sitting on Katy Perry's face. You should definitely go check that and the accompanying photo out.

Thanks for reading; stay in touch, folks!

Kittens & unicorns,

Suzie Cue


The Times, They Are A-Changin'

Hey folks!

Hope you're all recovering just fine from St. Patrick's Day festivities. Some updates to the calendar:

-SHOW ADDED: Wed 3.20 Stag Nite at Blank Space w/ Gallo (CA). 9 pm, $5. I'll have the Terrible 2s with me!

-CANCELED: Open mics at Livery Company. So don't head down there hoping for a weekend open mic, 'cause there ain't one!

This Saturday (March 23) I'll be celebrating the beginning of Spring in true South City fashion--playing at a good ol' block party. Come see me at 4:30 pm at Halfway Haus for their 2nd birthday festivities. Cole Adams and Jen Norman will be playing too. Day-drinkin', anyone?

Next Tuesday (March 26) will be MY FIRST SHOW IN CARBONDALE, IL. Tell your friends! It's free and open to the public. 7-9 pm (2 sets) at the SIUC Student Center in the Roman Room. This is a solo performance.

The show of shows will be Saturday, March 30 at Plush (STL). Great Isaac is headlining their first show, back from a long hiatus, with a new drummer. I'll be opening up (solo), then Langen Neubacher & The Defeated County will take the stage, then The Union Electric and finally Great Isaac. $5 cover; all proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The monthly shows at Venice Cafe just keep getting better and better, too! They're the first Thursday of each month, and it's me and 2 other random STL bands/artists--often who have never played the venue before. April 4 will be myself (solo), Lawrence & The Lion, and Old Capital Square Dance Club. 9 pm; $3 cover; ages 21+.

Come say hi at a show! Sign up for the email list while you're here. Tell your friends about the music, buy an album, and most importantly: keep supporting independent artists!

Kittens & Unicorns,

Suzie Cue


March. All ready?!

Happy March!

A couple quick updates:

I've been added last-minute to open for Bible Belt Sinners at Livery Company (3211 Cherokee St; STL, MO) tonight (Saturday, March 2) at 9 pm. No cover, ages 21+. I'm excited to finally play with these fine folks, including their singer and my dear friend, fellow STL singer/singwriter Miss Molly Simms.

Don't forget about the free, all ages acoustic showcase I'm in along with Andy Hyland, Aliya Waldman, Hands & Feet, and several other fine STL acts. That's this Sunday (March 3) at Lemmons (5800 Gravois; STL) at 8 pm.

And the details for the SIU Carbondale show on March 26 are pretty sweet: the show is open to the public and is free to attend. I will be playing 2 sets, 7-9 pm. It will be in the Roman Room of the campus student center.

Several other places to see me this month - see my previous post or the 'shows' tab up top for more details on all that.



Thawing Out

Hello, folks!

Wow, February sure flew by, and is nearly over! I'm super-excited for the last gig of the month this Tuesday, Feb 26 at the Shanti in Soulard: Mic the People For the People, a charity open mic night, will be raising money for local non-profit Self-Sufficient St. Louis. My co-host happens to be the founder of SSSTL, who work on sustainable and urban farming projects in the area, as well as oversee the Dave Hagerty Community Garden, which happens to be next to one of our favorite venues in town, Off Broadway. It'll be 9pm to 1 am this Tuesday, ages 21+, and has a suggested cover of $3 (all of which goes to SSSTL & the community garden).

March is full of gigs! Things are thawing out as we speak, and we plan to hit the ground running come springtime 2013. Some gigs in March 2013 include:

Sun 3.3: solo at Lemmons (STL) w/Andy Hyland, Hands & Feet, Cali Thickness, and Aliya Waldman. No cover, all ages! 8 pm.

Thurs 3.7: solo at Venice Cafe (STL) w/Rebecca Ryan, and Syna So Pro. $3 cover, 21+, cash only bar (ATM available). 9 pm.

Sat 3.9: hosting open mic night at Livery Co. (STL). No cover, 21+. 9 pm.

Fri 3.15: Ides of March toga party at the Crack Fox (STL). Suzie Cue & The Terrible 2s, Psyhedelic Psychonauts, Seymour Awesome, LB Johnson, and more! $5 cover, 21+. 8 pm.

Sat 3.23: 2nd anniversary/block party for Halfway Haus bar (STL). Solo w/ Jen Norman, Cole Adams, and more. Starts early--I play around 4:30. Cole's headlining at around 7 pm. No cover!

AND I'll be hosting open mic night at Livery Co. (STL) as well on the 23rd. No cover, 21+. 9 pm.

Tues 3.26: solo at the Student Center on the SIUC campus (Carbondale, IL). More details to come! 7-9 pm. **FIRST SHOW in Carbondale EVER!**

Sat 3.30: solo at Plush (STL) w/ Langen Neubacher & The Defeated County, The Union Electric, and Great Isaac (their first show back since the tragic loss of their drummer last fall. They'll be debuting new songs AND their new drummer!). ALL proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. $5 cover, ages 18+. Doors at 7 pm; show at 8 (I'm opening, so come early and drink late!)

Dave and Steve (those lovely Terrible 2s of mine) are learning some new tunes in preparation for recording later this year. Steve's even been playing banjo as of late with me! This next album is already shaping up to be epic--an overused term, I know. Too bad! :)

There are some other irons in the fire, and I can't wait to let y'all know what they are! But not yet. So stay tuned...and stay warm, in the meantime.

-Suzie Cue


February 2013: Prepare!

Howdy, friends!

Welp, happy February (already?!) I know it's technically the dead of winter, but you'd never know it here in STL--weirdly warm weather, great shows all over town. Feels like Spring is almost here!
In preparation for the changing of the seasons, some fun stuff is on the horizon.
Most obviously, some upcoming shows: Tonight (Feb 7) I'll playing a solo set at Venice Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi). Mt. Thelonious (are amaze-balls) will play a set too, as will The Last Night (practically a STL supergroup!). It's a $3 cover, show starts at 9pm. Venice's bar is cash only, but there IS an ATM in the basement.
If you didn't know, I play in a really fun band called Drown Fish as well. We'll be rockin' out in the heart of the Mardi Gras madness this Saturday in Soulard (DYK: STL has the 2nd biggest Mardi Gras in the country, after NOLA? Now you know!). It's free, so if you're drunk and in the 'hood, wander down 11th Street off of Russell. Look for the crazy sculptures in the yard. ESPECIALLY if you're a Tom Waits fan--you will LOVE Drown Fish. I drum, sing back-up, and play my lovely little toy piano.
Other upcoming events: Saturday, Feb 23 I'll be hosting my bi-monthly open mic night at Livery Company (3211 Cherokee St), 9pm-1am. No cover EVER at Livery, so check the place out if you haven't yet. They've had some REALLY EXCELLENT shows coming through there.
I also co-host another open mic, which is monthly or less, and raises money for different STL-based non-profits each event. It's called Mic the People For the People (MTPFTP) and was started by my lovely co-host Langen Neubacher. Our next event is Tuesday, Feb 26 at The Shanti, 9pm-1am. $3 suggested donation, and all proceeds go to Self-Sufficient STL, which works on sustainable farming, urban and sustainable gardening, and most prevalently, runs the Dave Hagerty Community Garden out side of Off Broadway music venue. Dave was a dear friend to us both (fun fact: that's why I have my dino tattoo!), and so we'd love to help make the garden an even better testament to a beautiful and very much missed friend and musician.
The Terrible 2s will be coming back to haunt y'all sometime soon too. Our wonderful bassist, Dave, has been a-travelin' and playing quite a bit with his other group, Strawfoot/Beggar's Carnivale. We're glad he's finally back!
Hope to see y'all out and about soon. STL has a beautiful community of musicians. But don't let me tell you; find out for yourself. Come out to shows. Tell the bands if you like them (they're all very nice people, I promise!). Buy a CD or a T-shirt. Just show some love for the arts in this city--there's no reason we can't all live in a place that's known for its amazing artists. And that task starts with each and every one of us.
So we'll see ya soon then, right?


Cherry Poppin' Blog Posts

Hey, it must be the future--I finally have a website! Welcome: readers, fans and friends.
Check out the other pages (aka 'tabs' up at the top) on this here site--a comprehensive list of posted YouTube videos of live Suzie Cue performances over the last few years, a music store and player, links to articles and my pages on various social media sites, and all kinds of other fun shit.

Speaking of fun shit, my newest song is a sort of ode to my hometown, Saint Louis, MO. The tune's called Allora the Explorer, and you can download it for free right here on Soundcloud.

Thanks for the support so far, and I hope to see you at a show or on the interwebs soon!

-Suzie Cue