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  • Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

    published June 16, 2011

    Earlier this year, the Fox Theatre played host to an evening with outlaw icons Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, the two songwriters who... More >>

  • R. Kelly

    published June 16, 2011

    When R. Kelly was last in St. Louis for a show at the Fox Theatre in December 2009, he took time out of his bump-and-grind jams to pay... More >>

  • Jam for Joplin Concert to Benefit Tornado Survivors is Tonight
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    Jam for Joplin Concert to Benefit Tornado Survivors is Tonight

    published Jun 08, 2011

    In the two-and-a-half weeks since a massive tornado leveled the town of Joplin, Missouri and left over 140 people dead and scores more injured and homeless, the enormity of the event is still staggeri... More >>

  • Homespun: Ptarmigan, The Forest Darling

    published June 9, 2011

    Make no mistake: The Columbia, Missouri, trio Ptarmigan has made a fine album of dreamy pop music that's well-suited for a warm summer evening.... More >>

  • The Antlers

    published June 9, 2011

    Soul baring and indie rock don't normally go hand-in-hand — save that pap for the singer-songwriters and stick to carefully postured... More >>

  • The Breaks

    published May 26, 2011

    No music is as crucial to the formation of identity and aesthetic taste as the music one listens to as a teenager. Whatever angst, lust or... More >>

  • Beyond Schlafly: Three microbreweries for the St. Louis summer

    published May 26, 2011

    Click here to return to the rest of the RFT Summer... More >>

  • Uh Huh Her

    published May 19, 2011

    As far as homage goes, Uh Huh Her could have done a lot worse than to name itself after a PJ Harvey album. But the band name's... More >>

  • Theodore

    published May 19, 2011

    Theodore singer, guitarist and songwriter Justin Kinkel-Schuster has always had more songs at his disposal than readily available releases with... More >>

  • One Night in Athens

    published May 5, 2011

    Shakespeare was no stranger to injecting a little meta-level drama into his works — consider the "mousetrap" play in Hamlet that... More >>

  • Homespun: Pelvic Girdles

    published May 12, 2011

    The blues-tinged rock trio Pelvic Girdles has been playing together since 2001, but this year's Sad Hammer marks the group's first... More >>

  • Here We Go Magic

    published May 5, 2011

    As a singer-songwriter living and working in New York, Luke Temple had achieved success in the densely populated sensitive-dude-with-a-guitar... More >>

  • Homespun: Mikey Wehling

    published May 5, 2011

    While vinyl fetishists may have breathed new life into an old medium with their limited edition seven-inches and multicolored wax and what have... More >>

  • Colin Hay

    published April 28, 2011

    If Colin Hay existed only as a "Where Are They Now?" relic from the '80s, the adulation would still be well deserved. Born in Scotland,... More >>

  • John Henry & the Engine

    published April 28, 2011

    Boot-stomping harmonies and sweet, ragged fiddle lines populated I Don't Wanna Know, John Henry & the Engine's 2009 three-song... More >>

  • The Civil Wars

    published April 21, 2011

    With a movie star's good looks and a knack for alternating hushed and forceful harmonies, it's no surprise that Joy Williams and John Paul... More >>

  • Rural Alberta Advantage

    published April 21, 2011

    File Nils Edenloff's wonderfully pinched delivery somewhere between Jeff Mangum's evangelical bleat and Billy Corgan's nasally proclamations.... More >>

  • The Arcade Fire/The National

    published April 21, 2011

    After taking home the Grammy for "Album of the Year" earlier this year, the Arcade Fire created a beautifully perverse moment of... More >>

  • Rockwell Knuckles

    published April 21, 2011

    Taking its name from the "inspirational" audiotape autobiography narrated by Eastbound & Down's feckless Kenny Powers, You're Fucking... More >>

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars & Toubab Krewe

    published April 14, 2011

    It's fairly easy to become a fan of the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars even before you hear a note of the band's music. The group's... More >>

  • Homespun: Jonezy

    published April 14, 2011

    Rapper Justin "Jonezy" Jones has the necessary bravado to rock the mike with authority, but he never lets his ego — or his rock-star-size... More >>

  • Homespun: Ocean Rivals

    published April 7, 2011

    There's something comforting about Ocean Rivals, a no-frills quartet that plays peppy, straight-ahead rock & roll without pretension or... More >>

  • The Cave Singers

    published April 7, 2011

    If you needed more proof that bucolic folk music remains a dominant strain of modern indie rock, look no further than the chameleonic career of... More >>

  • Juanita Place

    published March 31, 2011

    B.J. Rice isn't just the singer, keyboardist and principal lyricist for R&B/rock outfit Juanita Place. At several points on Her Hero,... More >>

  • BeBe & CeCe Winans/Mary Mary

    published March 31, 2011

    No clan since the Staples has mixed R&B, gospel and good genetics as successfully as the Winans family. The Detroit-based brood has produced... More >>

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