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2706 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63103 | St. Louis - Midtown | 314-535-0353

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It's dark. It's hotter than Satan's girlfriend. The low ceiling means all the heat being generated by the crowd is rising -- only to fall and suffocate unwitting and terribly sweaty concert-goers. But there's something primal and viscerally satisfying about paying to stand and sweat among the crush of bodies while your favorite indie band or local rockers obliterate the stage. If you're looking for a club that is based on atmosphere or ambiance, you might need to look elsewhere. But if it's music you're after, whether it's punk, rock, metal or something completely different, the Firebird is your new best friend. Having hosted everyone from the Dead Milkmen and Swans to Big Freedia and Best Coast, the Firebird is a lively and open-minded host to an show-going experience to be remembered.


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    Hey guys, I'm Daniel Hill! Well, sort of. On the computer I'm using, I'm known in techie login terms as "Hillda" at least. Cute nickname, huh? My name's Mabel, and I'm hanging out at...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    So whoa, Kiernan's leaving. This is the man that got me my start around here: I replied to an open call on the RFT Music Facebook page for writers, Mr. Maletsky in turn got me a job and now...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Unless we're talking about Gilgamesh or Faith No More's big hit single, the word "epic" should be given its denotative due and used sparingly. Still, it's hard to think of a better word to...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Since Every Time I Die originally stepped out of the metalcore herd by infusing its tracks with Dimebag Darrell fretwork, no description of the group seems to be complete without the use of...
  • RFTmusic: Comedy
    Despite his ever-expanding recognition as a socio-political voice in our society, one thing remains the same for W. Kamau Bell: His desire to be recognized as a great comedian. Kamau will be...
  • Music: Show Preview
    2012 has been an eventful year for Matt Pike. Dopesmoker, the one-track, hourlong 1996 masterwork by his defunct band Sleep finally saw a proper release, and his current group High On Fire...
  • RFTmusic: Comedy
    For those in search of laughter or curious about the on-goings of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations of shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This week's weekend post is the most balanced, evenly distributed list of picks I've yet seen in my tenure at RFT Music. Three shows Friday, four on Saturday, and three on Sunday. Perfect....
  • RFTmusic: Best Of
    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The core duo of Eternal Summers — guitarist and singer Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff — isn't doing anything its better-known, dreamy, lo-fi-inclined predecessors Pains of...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Lots of local love on this week's list (nothing wrong with that, of course), as now that Thanksgiving is behind us the major touring season is officially over. Luckily St. Louis is packed...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Japandroids | Swearin' The Firebird November 20, 2012 Eyes closed, head bowed and rhythmically jogging in place with his guitar over his shoulder, Brian King looked like a linebacker...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Vancouver duo Japandroids brings its forever-young punk rave-ups to The Firebird this evening for its first show in St. Louis since dropping the beyond awesome full length Celebration Rock...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    So I do two of these show pick posts per week, one on Monday (which highlights shows for each day of the week) and one on Friday (which lists shows for the weekend). I've explained in this...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    So I've been doing this "No Shave November" thing, purely based on my own laziness and disdain for repetitive tasks (I'm also looking forward to "Multiple-Weeks -in-the-Same-Jeans...
  • Music: Show Preview
    This June, Vancouver power duo Japandroids released the official summer album of 2012, the aptly titled Celebration Rock. The weather has cooled, but the fire in songs like "Younger Us" and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The most blasphemous band in all of death metal returns to St. Louis (finally) after a fifteen-year absence, prepared to convert the stage of the Firebird into a sacrificial altar most...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    There's lots of good shows this week for music fans of every shape in size, and I'm not just saying that (this time). Deicide is playing the Firebird on Friday, the same day Carolina...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Yesterday was the big RFT Best Of Party, wherein we at the office, along with a thousand or so of our closest friends, piled into Plush and drank copious amounts of alcohol in celebration...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Propagandhi The Firebird November 4, 2012 Before it became a simple formula, punk was a term used to describe bands whose urgent and passionate sound didn't conform to any typical rock n'...
  • RFTmusic: Sound Advice
    Even for a band that tours frequently, Electric Six rolls into town quite often. The dance-rocker's show tomorrow (Tuesday, November 6) will be its fifth appearance at the relatively young...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    It's Monday, it's shitty outside, and I'm tired. My brain is mush, creativity is lacking, and there's an unknown chirp occurring somewhere in the vicinity of my desk (seemingly overhead...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Well that Bieber review sure took off. I got word earlier this week that it recently became the most-read post in RFT Music history (to anyone who missed it, a friend and I snuck booze into...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    The Swayback is currently on the back half of one of the biggest tours in its ten year history. The first leg brought the Denver rock & roll band to Plush for its first-ever St. Louis show,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The many-headed Milo Greene has found its national footing this year on the strength of its exceptional self-titled debut full-length. The Los Angeles quintet employs masterful harmony and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If there's anyone left yearning for yet another messy California garage-rock album — even one from Northern climes — they need not turn to the Fresh & Onlys' latest, Long Slow...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Well I'm feeling pretty good about myself today. Over the weekend I managed to get myself kicked out of the Justin Bieber concert at Scottrade Center while working on a review, proving that...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend is Halloween weekend (Halloween-kend???? Nah, that sucks....) and as such there are plenty of sweet shows for you to attend in clothing that is not your own. Lucky for you --...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    With the beginning of the show pushed back a half hour due to their late arrival, Swans took the stage about 10:30 p.m.. Frontman Michael Gira did not disappoint. Per tradition for Swans...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend has some pretty huge shows: Saturday especially is packed. There's a crazy ass rave thing (it's a rave, right? Cause that's what I'm calling it) happening at the Scottish Rite...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In the beloved Omaha, Nebraska, indie scene packed with brooding and emotive acts Bright Eyes, Cursive and the Faint, Tilly and the Wall always seemed like the apple-cheeked innocents among...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Please pardon my lack of enthusiasm today; I'm still mourning that crushing playoff-ending defeat our city's beloved Redbirds faced on Friday -- damn those victorious Nationals. Also, Dewey...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Nelly's recent run-in with the law is the talk of the town / office / internet today -- if you've been under a rock, check out what I'm referring to here. Anyway, my question is simple: When...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Clownvis Presley, with Little Rachel and the Griddle Kids The Firebird Oct. 12, 2012 I'll be honest: even after 30-odd years, I still think clowns are freaking scary. I'll never understand...
  • Music: Show Preview
    We live in an age where electronic musicians commonly tour in the same circuit as rock bands. In other words, EDM artists are finally catching up with the Octopus Project. The Austin, Texas,...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Before we get into it: I am sure you are all already aware that White Rabbits is playing in town this week. And I am sure you've all seen this ubiquitous press photo, wherein all the members...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    DRAMATIC RE-ENACTMENT OF A RECENTLY-RECEIVED E-MAIL (Names and wording changed to protect the insistent): Dear Sir, Why is it the RFT never mentions Tone Rodent shows? Ringo Deathstarr is...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Indian Blanket -- playing this Saturday at the Firebird with Swedish folk group First Aid Kit -- is the little-known brain child of St. Louis' Joe Andert. The band has spent much of its...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The brothers Caterer had no way of knowing the far-reaching effect they would have on the music world when they formed the Smoking Popes in 1991. How could they? At the time the youngest of...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You can't tell the story of First Aid Kit without a few modern conveniences that helped in the process: The Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg began posting their songs through...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Uh....I got nothin'. This little mouse cursor icon has been blinking at me for a couple minutes now while I've been just staring vacantly at my keyboard, unable to think of anything amusing...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    So did everyone check out this week's Best Of issue? What did you think of our music picks? RFT Music co-conspirator Ryan Wasoba was mourning the fact that there has been woefully little...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Lil B | DJ Billy Brown September 25, 2012 The Firebird There is no merch for sale at a Lil B show. There are five minute conversations with the rapper, where he happily poses for pictures,...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    The office has been hectic lately. Next week is our big Best Of St. Louis issue. Things have occasionally gotten ugly; the "motherfuckers" are flying with unusual frequency, weary staffers...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Less Than Jake The Firebird Sept. 19, 2012 Remember when ska enjoyed that revival in the '90s? And remember when Less Than Jake said, "This ska thing is great, but it could use some pop...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Rugged sludge metal group Big Business headlined a healthily attended show at the Firebird last Friday. Those who arrived early enough caught sets from the Gorge and White Fire, two local...
  • RFTmusic: Fiesta!
    Reverend Peyton and his big damn band will be at the Firebird tonight. The last time they rolled through St. Louis there was quite a bit of competition in terms of entertainment; Wilco...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or...
  • Music: Show Preview
    When Big Business began as a fuzzy bass/drum duo, it compensated for its lack of numbers with volume and sweat, coming off like Lightning Bolt bashing through Sleep's hourlong Jerusalem...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday dominates the hell out of this week's picks, which has never happened before, in my tenure. I'm not sure what to make of that really; we are still running numbers and engaging in...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    An Under Cover Weekend is a time to get silly, abandon caution and get lost with ten St. Louis bands in some of the most loved music ever. Many of us will never see Aerosmith in concert. The...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend is a good one for local artists, as it includes two album release shows and a music video release party. Friday night will see the release of Old Capital Square Dance Club's new...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Erika Wennerstrom, the headstrong force behind Heartless Bastards, has paid her dues, and the dividends show — musically, if not otherwise. After toiling it out in Ohio, shuffling...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Toxie stirs up genres of garage rock and dream pop, birthing a style that's both distinct and flavorful. The vocals keep on the straight and narrow while meandering guitar riffs spice up the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In case, after five years, you are coming into this unprepared: Ten St. Louis bands each don the guise of a different group it is inspired by in some way. Costumes, sing-alongs and...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Well, the white trousers are back in storage and the river flotation seat with tall-boy sized cup-holders is deflated. We may have a few warm days ahead still, but summer is behind us. Lest...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Well I don't know about you, but I was certainly not impressed by so-called "Tropical Storm" Isaac. Yeah, it rained a little, but the way people were talking about it made it seem like we...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Apparently some dude named Isaac is coming to town this weekend and he's expected to raise all sorts of hell all over the place, causing for the unexpected implementation of emergency plans...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Dan Deacon will play the Firebird this Sunday. It will be a good time; in this week's print issue RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba gets you up to speed: "The solo performer built a reputation...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Wacky, quirky, eccentric, absurd. Use whatever word you like to describe Dan Deacon, but know it is not the be-all, end-all of his being. The solo performer built a reputation making...
  • RFTmusic: Homespun
    This Thursday, Chicago's Netherfriends and St. Louis' Bo & the Locomotive will play the Firebird (2706 Olive St.). Columbia's Believers is also on the bill -- tickets are $8 and the show...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Did everyone survive LouFest? Surrounding this post is our extensive coverage; be sure to read up. Rain be damned, the whole thing seemed to go off without a hitch. More big outdoors shows...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    LouFest is this weekend! We're sure you are aware of the huge outdoor event, with headliners Flaming Lips and Girl Talk, not to mention Dinosaur Jr. and Sun Volt. We've already worn out...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Don't pick up Purity Ring's debut full-length Shrines expecting to hear a rainbow of sounds; the Montreal duo of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentation) practices a glitchy...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Lil B is coming to the Firebird. He'll be making his first St. Louis appearance on Tuesday, September 25 -- tickets are $25 and on sale now. The Based God is one of the most prolific...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    LouFest is this weekend, but you will not find it listed within this post. This is because St. Louis's favorite outdoor festival will already see plenty of press this week -- hell, I'd be...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Throughout the whole of the English vernacular, nary are there etymological compositions quite so objectionably mellifluous as are those employed in the odious overindulgent offenses of...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Guardian Alien | Starring | Kisser | Zagk Gibbons The Firebird August 16, 2012 The line between improvising and jamming is quite thin. None of the bands at The Firebird last evening were...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Vektor formed in 2003 in Tempe, Arizona, and quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with within the new wave of thrash movement. Relentless regional touring earned the band a...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    You can actually comfortably go outside today! The temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s. It's been so damn oppressively damn hot this whole damn summer that this respite, however...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Saturday dominates this week's post with a commanding 70% of all picks for the week, though it should be noted that one of our picks, the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway,...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Chicago's Russian Circles plays sprawling instrumental rock that incorporates the full spectrum between intense heavy-metal passages and soft, delicate instances of quiet melody, creating an...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Time constraints occasionally preclude us from being able to preview every single great show in town. There's only so many hours in the week, and we have to keep the trains running on time...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Today's word of the day is "brevity." Lesson learned and applied: 1. Naked Raygun at the Firebird 2. Darin Gray / Bill Horist at the Schlafly Tap Room 3. Fang Island at Off Broadway 4....
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's the curse of the young artist to stay forever in the shadow of an older, wiser, more famous benefactor. And while it's true that Jessica Lea Mayfield has benefitted from the production...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Rarely are the openers for a show as completely appropriate as this one. There's the classic St. Louis punk of Ultraman, which was active and likely played with Naked Raygun during its...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Big Freedia and the Divas | DJ Drace The Firebird July 21, 2012 Big Freedia and her Divas came wiggling into the Firebird on Saturday. It was an unusual show. Unusual how? Let's cut...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Happy Friday, St. Louis! Before we get to the festivities, it's been a little while since we've explained our shows-pickin' blog-postin' strategy, so here it is again for the uninitiated...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's no knock on Frank Ocean's recent admission of a formative homosexual relationship, but the pairing of hip-hop and queer identity politics has never been more fun than at a Big Freedia...
  • RFTmusic: Tonight, Tonight
    A Place To Bury Strangers July 19 @ The Firebird 8:00/9:00, $12, all ages. Not since ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first traipsed around the country demolishing equipment and...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    The Gaslight Anthem, with Dave Hause The Firebird July 13, 2012 By Allison Babka In a huge win for St. Louis, Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem played an intimate, sold-out show at The...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend would have been the hundredth birthday of Woody Guthrie, if he'd only lived that long. To celebrate, both Plush and Off Broadway are hosting tributes -- Plush's is on Friday...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Musical coronations seem to happen more quickly these days. It took Tom Petty ten years to become a Traveling Wilbury and share the stage with his heroes, but the Gaslight Anthem's Brian...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    The Monday after Independence Day weekend is one most brutal. After a full weekend of barbecue and beer and illegal fireworks, going to work seems all the more objectionable. I'm too damned...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    My word of the day calendar says today's word is "stymie," which is a word I was already plenty familiar with. Without the added push of new vocabulary, coming up with the introduction for...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Imagine Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" as a political rallying cry instead of a sultry kiss-off, and you have an idea behind the Mynabirds' "Generals." The title track to...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    As we slouch or saunter into a second decade of war, one that isn't really winding down at all -- it's just taking to the skies, led by robots, or being brazenly waged on women and working...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    ED. NOTE: THE RUM DRUM RAMBLERS WILL NOT BE PLAYING BB'S TONIGHT. Two thirds of the band is on tour with Pokey LaFarge at the moment. The band's next show is July 3 at Off...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday is stacked to the rafters with shows this week, encompassing more than 50% of this blog post. The inimitable Unknown Hinson brings his comedic Country-Western stylings to the Old...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    According to my new calendar, the word of the day is "volant," and it is defined as "moving lightly" or "nimble." I'm not really sure how to incorporate that into a post recommending shows...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    I'm going to level with you, folks: It get difficult coming up with these introductory paragraphs week after week for these show posts, but luckily I just got a "word of the day" calendar...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Corrosion of Conformity came to prominence in the mid-'80s, making musical history with its early releases Animosity and Technocracy. Alongside peers Suicidal Tendencies, Dirty Rotten...
  • Music: Show Preview
    When the Lion's Daughter debuted last year, it was clear that this wasn't going to be the average Midwest metal band. First of all, it was loud as hell. The band is only three dudes, but...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    An Under Cover Weekend -- the annual pair of shows where St. Louis bands play sets as their idols -- is now in its sixth year at the Firebird. It will take place on September 7 and 8. And...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Another weekend of great St. Louis shows: Hot 104.1's Super Jam is this weekend at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and in case you missed it Master P got added to the already stacked bill --...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Hospitality does a pretty nifty hypnotic key line, but the Brooklyn trio sticks in your craw a lot more effectively than nearly all of its poppy peers. Credit the nimble song constructions,...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend is the big event: the 2012 RFT Music Showcase! Some eighty-ish bands will descend on Washington Avenue and fill the air with the sweet sounds of St. Louis music. A mere ten...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Performing under the name Porcelain Raft, native Italian (and current NYC resident) Mauro Remiddi produces nothing but beauty. From his songs to his album art to his videos, all of his...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Don't blame Epic Records for thinking it had found the next Arcade Fire in Indianapolis band Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. Singer and songwriter Richard Edwards had a beautiful and...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    Best Coast|Bruiser Queen|Sleepy Kitty The Firebird May 30, 2012 Best Coast is vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. Prior's to this month's second...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Best Coast | Bruiser Queen | Sleepy Kitty May 30, 2012 The Firebird "Why would you live anywhere else?" It was a rhetorical question. Bethany Cosentino can mean a lot more in her California...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Summer is upon us! The pools are open, the temperatures are high, and my stomach is still recovering from the barrage of barbecue it was assaulted with over the three-day weekend. Another...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you're asking just how long Best Coast can ride songs of fun, sun, love and the comedowns that follow such sugar highs, you're asking the wrong question. The right question is: Why can't...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    [Update: Tonight's appearance by Mighty Diamonds at 2720 Cherokee has been cancelled. In its stead, Zion & The Lion Roots Band will perform two sets tonight; the cover is only $7.] This...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Mayer Hawthorne and the County | the Stepkids May 22, 2012 The Firebird Mayer Hawthorne is so smooth. His pitch-perfect pipes slide from fragile falsetto to deep, soul-filled croon; his...
  • RFTmusic: Music Awards
    The RFT Music Showcase is just over a week away -- on June 2, 79 of St. Louis best bands and artists will play at twelve venues on Washington Avenue. But there's quite a bit of great music...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    We'll start this post off by recognizing the fact that yes, Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing in town on Friday (Scottrade Center); as is Local H (Firebird), but Friday is already...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If Mayer Hawthorne & the County ever achieves household-name status, it may be possible to discuss the Ann Arbor, Michigan, native and band strictly on the merits of its Motown-indebted R&B...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Mariachi El Bronx was first conceived in 2006 as the alter ego of established hardcore punk band the Bronx — a tongue-in-cheek response to the electric-goes-acoustic aesthetic that so...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Mariachi El Bronx is playing this Saturday at the Firebird. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.; San Francisco folk-rock duo Two Gallants opens the show. We have a pair of tickets for the show,...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Some points of confusion to clear up real fast about this weekend's post: First, the Tower Groove Records Double Album Release Party takes place over three days (Friday, Saturday, and...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    Meditate on the metaphysical with Active Child this Thursday at the Firebird. Pat Grossi combines ethereal falsettos and swelling harmonies with billowing harp that floats over an electronic...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    This weekend is the much-anticipated release party(s) for Tower Groove Records' new Double LP, which showcases heaping piles of superb local talent -- thirteen RFT Music Award nominees...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Cross-promotion has become a form of survival for mid-level indie bands given shrinking record sales and dwindling returns on regional touring. So maybe it is not all that odd that Chicago's...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    Maps and Atlases is coming to the Firebird this Saturday in support of its most recent album, Beware and Be Grateful. Also, the Firebird will also host Royal Bangs on Friday. More show...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    This week's Most Triumphant Beard of the Week award goes unequivocally to Map's and Atlases' Dave Davison, whose facial hair would be worthy of IFC's cut-throat Whisker Wars competitions --...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Equally revered by metal heads, grunge kids and stoner music followers, the Melvins is a band for lovers of cross-genre loudness. Thick guitars, devilishly droning vocals and deep, dark...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Formed in 2003 by childhood friends from Lexington, Virginia, the now-Savannah, Georgia-based metal outfit Baroness has been blowing minds with its punishing riffs, blistering leads and...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    Coming to the Duck Room this Wednesday is the Colorado trio the Lumineers. The band induces nostalgic daydreams of yore. Portugal. the Man will come to The Pageant this Sunday with The...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    So today is April 20 -- I'm going to tastefully refrain from making a "4:20 woooh weed hell yeah" joke here, as we at RFT Music are all class, baby. You thought it was coming; I know you...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Windy City mashup wizards the Hood Internet will be in town for a heavily sponsored event. This show is being billed as a party, not a concert, and for good reason. The duo specializes in...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Of the many places you could end your Record Store Day, no where promises the caliber of dance party you can expect at the Firebird for the Hood Internet, presented by Knuckle Rumbler. To...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    Psychedelia favoring Sleepy Sun will be playing Off Broadway this Saturday with St. Louis's equally trippy Troubadour Dali. With beats that make you feel like you have a contact-high,...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Ok folks, this week is insane -- the number of excellent shows that did not make the cut for this post could easily fill another, if not for the nagging reality that time is finite. We don't...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    So it seems that the weather is finally seasonally appropriate for the first time in 2012, but don't let the April showers keep you inside this weekend or else you're going to miss out on...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Grand Rapids' La Dispute might make you nostalgic for the pre-Internet days of punk rock, that era when post-hardcore and emo were indistinguishable and bands made names for themselves...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Happy day-after-Easter, everyone! Hope your holiday weekend was filled with marshmallow peeps and cadbury eggs and all of that other sickening Easter candy crap. This week brings us Canada's...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend is another good one; Saturday especially is virtually overflowing with shows. White Denim, All American Rejects, Flatfoot 56 and 8Ball, MJG and Bun B all come to town that...
  • Music: Show Preview
    White Denim's transformation from Nuggets-fueled retrophilia to druggy art rock hasn't been seamless. The band's 2011 release, D, messes with noisy prog, Talking-Heads-skewed Afro-beat and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Ah, ska: the genre that won't quit. From the original Jamaican ska born in the late '50s to the "2 Tone" of the '70s and, yes, even the oft-ridiculed "third wave" ska-punk of the '90s, the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    As rock operas go, Fucked Up's 2011 effort makes The Black Parade look like Mame. With its award-hoarding concept album David Comes to Life, the Canadian hardcore sextet chronicles the sad...
  • Music: Show Preview
    With just an EP to its credit, Athens, Georgia, quartet Reptar landed on numerous best of 2011 lists. The band's debut full-length, Body Faucet, will likely taste like prime rib for the hype...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Mission of Burma | The Conformists The Firebird April 4, 2012 One-third of a century isn't too long to wait for a band to come to town, is it? Mission of Burma - the band that basically...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    Youth Lagoon | Porcelain Raft The Firebird April 3, 2012 Trevor Power's lucid dream Youth Lagoon became tactile a year ago, about when he put "July" on Bandcamp. Before the band's debut...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    In the past decade, there have been so many indie-rock band reunions, and so many song-by-song recreations of now-classic albums, that the whole scene threatens to take on the tacky air of a...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    Diplo | Chiddy Bang | Lunice The Firebird March 30, 2012 In this day and age of corporate sponsorships often intertwining and ultimately propelling events by selling artists' "cool" - some...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Well Spring has sprung, or whatever, though the 90 degree temperatures belie the notion. Flowers, cool breezes, light jacket weather? Nay: air-conditioner-in-April, sweating in the shade,...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Parking in the Quad of Washington University yesterday was a bus carrying a staff of five AXE employees. Their intent was to hand out free passes to see the Lord of Mad Decent, Diplo....
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Update, 3:35 p.m. The final chance to get tickets is 4 p.m. at Delmar and Kingsland. Oh and it's definitely at the Firebird. But you already knew that. Update, 12:30 p.m. The truck is now...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Astronautalis and Busdriver's ascents to notoriety were far outside of the norm for hip-hop artists. The former released an album on Eyeball Records (one-time home of Thursday and the Number...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Last week we alluded to the fact that this March is a great time to be a music fan in St. Louis....this week we're driving the point home and then some. Unless you are capable of bi-location...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    No time to breathe after last week; March is a good month for music lovers in St. Louis this year and the hits just keep on coming. This week Cleveland's punishing hardcore powerhouse...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    An already great week of music shows no signs of slowing. Tonight, the Spits come to St. Louis for the first time ever on the event of Rob Ruzicka's birthday. The Gramophone's having a...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    This week brings us not one but TWO members of the Wu-Tang Clan (unfortunately on separate nights), Japanese punk-weirdos Peelander-Z, and the first visit ever from Seattle's raw Ramones-y...
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    Peelander-Z is like Gwar on ecstasy. From Japan (via New York City), the members' bright color-block costumes make them look like after-hours Power Rangers. Described as "Japan action comic...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Have you sufficiently recovered from last night's EP releases from Theresa Payne and iLLPHONiCS? Good, because there's more new local music in the hopper: Water Liars will release its...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Just in case you haven't nearly wrecked your car staring at Lumiere Place's toweringly monolithic billboard off I-70 recently, we'll start out by informing you that yes, the legendary...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Heartless Bastards has moved from Dayton to Austin in the course of a career making dusty rock. Its newest release, Arrow, is its most refined work to date. You can listen to it now a week...
  • RFTmusic: Show Recaps
    Voodoo Glow Skulls | Authority Zero The Firebird February 3, 2012 Punk/ska fans got a great bang for their buck at this weekend's concert at the Firebird, which brought Voodoo Glow Skulls,...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    It may not be picnic weather, but it's still pretty damn nice for the first weekend in February. And yes, we realize the ice caps are melting and polar bears are frowning, which is why it is...
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    In its three years, the Firebird has gone from the unused back room of a restaurant to one of the best clubs in the city. The 2012 schedule proves the venue is keeping its foot leaden on the...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Probably time to start looking into a permanent camping spot in the parking lot of the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353). Today the venue announced, among other things, an April 7...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    No seriously: MISSION OF BURMA IS COMING TO THE FIREBIRD!! The post-punk legend will play the finest reformed VFW Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, April 4. Tickets are $18 to $20 and go on...
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    Cincinnati's Pomegranates has a style that leaves you grasping at terms that don't quite fit. If it were any brighter, it would be indie pop, any heavier, and you'd call it shoegaze, any...
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    Along with contemporaries like Alkaline Trio and Rise Against, the Lawrence Arms spent the early 2000s helping put Midwest punk rock back on the map. And when its three members weren't...
  • Music: Feature
    Karate Bikini Though Karate Bikini has been in existence in some fashion for a few years, it has only one EP to its name and seldom plays shows. But the band's pedigree alone is enough to...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Comedian Rob Delaney sold out his Saturday show at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353). The venue has just added a second, late show on Saturday night. Tickets are $14 and doors...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    The main event is Saturday night, obviously, and if you still don't have your New Year's Eve plans in order, we've got you covered: New Year's Eve in St. Louis: Ten Best Things to Do Under...
  • Music: Feature
    Back in the mid-'80s, Dan Potthast, singer and guitar player for MU330, and Theodore Moll, drummer, banged through their first practice for what would become MU330 — St. Louis'...
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    By the Tuesday after Christmas you're as likely to experience a stomachache from the surfeit of holiday-themed music as you are from one too many cookies. But warm, heartfelt pop done...
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    If you're a punk, and you're going to go rockabilly (or vice versa), you might as well go all in. The 7 Shot Screamers has been immersing St. Louis audiences in sacrilegious swilling and...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    It's the last weekend before Christmas, and there are still plenty of shows to keep us occupied. Bo and the Locomotive and Union Tree Review anchor a fantastic lineup at Foam tomorrow night...
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    This was supposed to be the year the recession finally melted away. Yeah, that never happened. An economy both bolstered and hamstrung by the Internet continues its glacial pace, and...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, OK, not actually if you're looking for big-name tours. But that doesn't mean you have no choice but to hole up this weekend. Soul...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Christmas gets people all dewy-eyed about family gatherings, togetherness and the "true meaning of Christmas." If television has taught us anything (everything, really), the true meaning of...
  • Music: Show Preview
    "Back to the Basement," the title track from the Queers' newest offering, shows figurehead Joe Queer whining about a wimpy modern punk scene, asking, "What happened to Black Flag?" and...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    The leftovers are finally gone and the Christmas lights all over the place no longer cause us to grit our teeth. So what better way to celebrate the Season than with a double-bill of...
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    It's a sure sign of encroaching middle age when your favorite, formative bands have their own documentary films, full of A-list testimonials and archival footage. The new Fishbone doc,...
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    Let's get the name-drops out of the way: 60 percent of El Paso, Texas, outfit Zechs Marquise's members are younger brothers of the Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and the group...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Heartless Bastards, the garage rock outfit from Cincinnati signed to Fat Possum, has just announced a show at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353 on February 8th. Tickets are $13...
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    Created in 2002 by former Dropkick Murphys lead singer Mike McColgan, Street Dogs has been riding the Boston flag high with its brand of working-class-fueled punk rock. Despite covering...
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    Call it a case of Show-Me State pride, but plenty of St. Louisans have wondered why the boys in Ha Ha Tonka, from Springfield haven't broken into the stratosphere. We're lucky enough to be a...
  • RFTmusic: Fiesta!
    One problem with Kings Go Forth, performing tomorrow evening at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353): The band's hardline, genuine funk is a rarity in modern times, and citizens of...
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    Since the '50s, girl groups have been using rock & roll as a means to jettison skyward in a male-dominated music world. Laying the groundwork for liberated post-punk, bands like the Shaggs...
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    For various cultural and monetary reasons, Kings Go Forth should not exist. An active Milwaukee band should not be capable of creating such vintage-steeped soul that 2010's The Outsiders Are...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Ska pioneer and mainstay the Toasters is coming to the Firebird on February 13. Tickets are $12 to $14 and on sale now. The Toasters hasn't released any new material since 2007's One More...
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    Supergroups are a dinosaur rock novelty best left in the '70s or '80s — bands such as Asia and Bad English proved that the whole is often less than the sum of its parts. So it's with a...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Kansas City's ACB's frequently make the run down I-70 to St. Louis, and they return to town this Friday with a show at the Firebird alongside our own Blind Eyes, Nee and the Jump...
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    A band of tuneful hippies for which sad songs hold no sway and harmonies know no bounds, Dr. Dog has never been a tough sell. The Philly-based quintet has changed lineups over the years but...
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    If the recently released Tape Club doesn't establish Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin as one of the Midwest's most underrated indie-pop bands of the last ten years, nothing will. Last...
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    Ume is pronounced "ooh may," as in, "Ooh, may I purchase one of the CDs from the band that just destroyed at LouFest?" Few expected the Austin, Texas, trio to upstage the likes of Deerhunter...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    At this year's LouFest, Austin-based trio Ume performed a riotous set punctuated by the band's massive, impressionistic rock and lead singer Lauren Larson's fiery stage presence. Previously...
  • Music: Feature
    Some know Spencer Krug as the mastermind of ambient-rock outfit Sunset Rubdown. Others know him as a creative force in the pop powerhouse Wolf Parade. He is also an auxiliary member of Frog...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Das Racist | Danny Brown | Despot The Firebird October 16, 2011 The Cardinals are going to the World Series! There's dancing in the streets of St. Louis! Or so I would imagine. I don't...
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    Fresh off a satisfyingly baffling set at LouFest, the three smartest stoners in music return for a show in front of a presumably more prepared crowd, one ready for the group's echo chamber...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    This is not the review I expected to write. It pains me to say it, but the Yuck show was kind of, well, meh. Now, I've spent the better part of this year talking up this band. Yuck's...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Tennis System | Death Of Yeti | Sleepy Sun The Firebird September 25, 2011 Sometimes it's fun to go to a show with a small crowd. Your friends are easier to find. There's no wait at the...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Hunx And His Punx came to the Firebird last night packing delightfully grimy Phil Spector updates and tight, tight pants. Jon Gitchoff went to capture the magic, including touring opener...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Sleepy Sun is coming to the Firebird. The San Francisco psych-freaks will play on September 25th. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. The band's set at this year's LouFest was manic and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Oakland-based Hunx and His Punx create salaciously catchy bubblegum garage pop. Similar in sound to neo-garage rockers such as the Black Lips and Shannon and the Clams, HaHP bring a...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Moonface, the current recording moniker of Wolf Parade/Frog Eyes/Sunset Rubdown genius Spencer Krug, is coming to the Firebird on October 25th. Fans of the weird, the dreamy and the colossal...
  • RFTmusic: Homespun
    Now in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Yesterday, the Firebird announced it would be hosting the return of two of LouFest's standout acts: Milwaukee soul party-starters Kings Go Forth and self-described "slacker rap rock" (just...
  • Music: Show Preview
    We'll be honest: We weren't really cognizant of dance music prior to our 21st birthday, so we can't say for certain if the indie celebrity DJ set is a new, Ableton-induced phenomenon or just...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Tig Notaro, who will be performing at the Firebird on September 3rd, is about to release the first ever comedy album on Secretly Canadian, the Indiana label that is home to Yeasayer, Jens...
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    They say the Pacific Northwest can be a real dreary place to set up shop, but the gloomy weather that bums out so many apparently has no effect on Seattle's the Cute Lepers. Singer Steve E....
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Dead Prez stopped by the Firebird last night, rewarding those who stuck around for their midnight-ish start time with some electric hip-hop. A very solid lineup of locals plus Texas' the...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Dr. Dog has just announced its fall tour, and the slightly-damaged, sun-flecked rockers will be at the Firebird on November 5th. Tickets go on sale August 19th. Dr. Dog has played St....
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    The Firebird just snagged Lawrence's the Appleseed Cast for a show on August 30th. Hospital Ships will open. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale soon. The band, which has adapted its emo...
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    Together since junior high, Black Lips has spent its lifeline downing enough alcohol to fill a swimming pool, dressing like rejects from a particularly rowdy episode of Gilligan's Island and...
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    Cold Cave leader Wesley Eisold has some skeletons in his closet — or at the very least, some really skinny people. Although he currently lends his time to the creation of lovely, often...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Josh Caterer, lead singer and one of the three Caterer brothers in the four-piece Smoking Popes, was compared to his grandparents' crooners while he wrote torch songs like "Need You Around"...
  • Music: Feature
    If there's a typical story that most touring punk-rock bands share nowadays, it goes like this: A few disenfranchised punks meet each other at some crumby kitchen they're stuck working in,...
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    Based on the title track of Blitzen Trapper's Destroyer of the Void, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all bands from the Pacific Northwest employ bucolic five-part harmonies. It's true...
  • Music: Feature
    If you took an essay that you wrote in English class when you were seventeen years old and read it ten years later, you'd probably cringe," says the Get Up Kids' frontman Matt Pryor. "Now,...
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    Various music press outlets have touted everyone from Ted Leo to the Darkness to Kings of Leon as the saviors of rock. Free Energy is not part of most journalists' lists because the...
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    You have to hand it to local impresario Mike Tomko — when he creates an event, he makes it memorable, whimsical and annual. He's getting ready to announce the lineup for this fall's An...
  • Music: Feature
    Damian Abraham, singer of Toronto's experimental hardcore spazzoids Fucked Up, doesn't fit the mold of your typical rising indie rocker. The hip clothes, uninterested attitude and air of...
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    The major-label heartbreak that effectively buried Nicole Atkins' debut Neptune City (which was delayed and eventually languished on Columbia Records) has nothing on the real-life heartbreak...
  • Music: Feature
    Sounds Like: Driving Americana with a sentimental streak Recommended If You Like: Tom Petty, Gaslight Anthem, Gin Blossoms Instrumentation: Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums...
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    Scenes, sounds and styles change too quickly to document them with any real speed or scope. Ryan Albritton and the studio he co-manages, R&R Music Labs, have abandoned any pretense of...
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    This year the Chicago-based Company of Thieves followed up its intriguing but erratic debut album Ordinary Riches with the precisely aimed throat punch of Running from a Gamble. It's the...
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    Back in the late '90s, one would have been hard-pressed to find a St. Louis band logging more touring miles than the "psycho-ska" punkers in MU330. Amid a string of successful indie releases...
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    Soul baring and indie rock don't normally go hand-in-hand — save that pap for the singer-songwriters and stick to carefully postured rocking, please. The Antlers, however, successfully...
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    The darkwave duo of Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield is known mostly for its hyperbolic retreads of the '80s holy trinity: Joy Division, Depeche Mode and the Cure. She Wants Revenge came on...
  • Music: Feature
    "Metal is not the first word that comes to my mind when describing our band," says the Gorge drummer Jerry Mazzuca. Those who simply skim the surface of the local quintet may disagree; the...
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    Wu-Tang Clan veteran Raekwon has recently managed a career renaissance. He created a classic on his first solo outing (1995's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...), but seemed at a loss to match its...
  • Music: Column
    Musical amateurism is largely the domain of punk rock and bored celebrities. But for British-born, rural Georgia-based singer and songwriter Holly Golightly, not knowing what she's doing is...
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    As a singer-songwriter living and working in New York, Luke Temple had achieved success in the densely populated sensitive-dude-with-a-guitar market. Temple found more acclaim with his...
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    Spare folkie William Fitzsimmons has made not one, but two divorce albums. Goodnight, released in 2006, focused on the divorce of his parents, who were both blind amateur musicians. Then...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Foals and Freelance Whales played at the Firebird on Saturday. The show sold out, making it one of five sellouts we're aware of over the last three days. Jason Stoff was there to shoot the...
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    Foals flitted out of Oxford, England, in 2008 with "Cassius," a moment of tightly choreographed spasticity that invited comparisons to Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend, with which Foals shares...
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    File Nils Edenloff's wonderfully pinched delivery somewhere between Jeff Mangum's evangelical bleat and Billy Corgan's nasally proclamations. As singer, guitarist and keyboardist for Rural...
  • Music: Column
    Internet buzz-band fame is arguably not far from reality-show fame. You get all of the annoying aspects of public recognition, few of the rewarding ones (like money), and there's no...
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    On Prism Eyes, the Philadelphia duo Reading Rainbow nudges itself into a comfy space between the no-nonsense, low-tech buzz of vintage Flying Nun Records and the boy-girl simplicity of prime...
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    The kids were divided, but they're reunited. In the '90s and '00s, the Subhumans made the rounds with Citizen Fish singer Dick Lucas, who helped make the band's reggae and ska influences...
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    When keyboardist and mustache-twirler Franz Nicolay first appeared onstage with the Hold Steady, rooms full of bookish-but-Budweiser-pounding dudes wondered what would become of their...
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    Although Brian Wilson is the indubitable master of hiding melancholy in pop hooks, the Raveonettes exalt theirs in a similar fashion. Amid swaths of Jesus and Mary Chain distortion and...
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    Power pop is the domain of awkward white males, but Gold Motel traverses the turf like it has the keys to the sugary kingdom. Led by singer and songwriter Greta Morgan (of the Hush Sound),...
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    Bronx-bred rapper Kool Keith has been delighting and terrorizing devout rap fans since helping found the Ultramagnetic MC's in the mid-'80s. He's sure about a couple of things: He hates...
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    When a band with a silly and pretentious name emerges from Indianapolis and starts to take over MySpace, the industry drools. But the post-MySpace world hasn't been easy on Margot & the...
  • Music: Column
    Life in the Trashcan Sinatras isn't always easy. Since entering the public consciousness in the '90s via albums such as Cake and singles such as the all-too-prophetic "Obscurity Knocks," the...
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    While a bare-bones duo from Detroit called the White Stripes was trying to make inroads in the nation's oft-insular garage rock scene, an Ohio band called the Greenhornes was making a...
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    The scary thing about the Constellations is that technically, you could label the Atlanta band "rap-rock," and it wouldn't be entirely inaccurate. On its major-label debut, Southern Gothic,...
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    The worst thing you can say about Wes Miles' voice is that it's almost too good. His role as the lead singer of the orchestral indie band Ra Ra Riot allows Miles to use his clear, never...
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    Save your drummer jokes for another ne'er-do-well Midwestern rock band, as Milwaukee's Jaill pays for drummer Austin Dutmer's pizza, gets the dude off the porch and tips him well with all...
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    When ex-Page France leader Michael Nau shortened the painfully cute name Cotton Jones Basket Ride to just the first two words, he put a premium on the group's debt to the American folk-song...
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    The hypnotic pulse of the Forms' first two albums (2003's Icarus and 2007's self-titled effort) captivated critics and made its less-than-prolific nature somewhat bearable. Still, it was...
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    It must get slightly frustrating being Efrem Schulz. The singer has been fronting Orange County metalcore unit Death by Stereo since 1996, and its revolving-door lineup is legendary: Of the...
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    The three sisters, one brother and one cousin who make up the Tyler, Texas, rock band Eisley have their sights set on the post-emo market — even if they must build that consumer base...
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    Ska in 2011 is a genre of defiance, and no band sums up its resilience better than the Toasters. After thirty years and several dozen ex-members, the New York City group has overcome all...
  • Music: Column
    Taylor Momsen is known for her acting roles, most notably as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. But the seventeen-year-old has been passionate about performing music since she was a little kid...
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    Reports that Tokyo Police Club has dramatically altered its speed-of-light post-punk between its 2006 debut EP, A Lesson in Crime, and 2010's Champ have been greatly exaggerated. The Toronto...
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    It's strange that a music scene can have hundreds of sound-alike pop-punk bands and screamo acts and no one blinks an eye, but the second you try to incorporate traditional Irish influences...
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    After releasing its woozy 2005 space-rock opus, Suburban Hymns, the Life and Times solidified itself as a very formidable (albeit somewhat underappreciated) post-rock power trio. It toured...
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    After exaggerated reports of hardcore's demise began to circulate in the mid-'80s, Sick of It All crashed the CBGB's scene and became leaders of the next school. Though the quartet has...
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    For local clubs, the week after Christmas can be rather dead. Out-of-town touring acts take a break for the holidays, while locals tend to rest up, spend time with family and save their...
  • RFTmusic: Story Outtakes
    In this week's paper, Ryan Wasoba chatted with Ultimate Fakebook drummer Eric Melin, to mark the occasion of the band playing at the Firebird on Sunday, December 19. (The Orbz, Dead Girls...
  • Music: Column
    At the turn of the millennium, Ultimate Fakebook was poised to become a household name. The Manhattan, Kansas, trio's addictive power pop and constant touring landed it a major-label deal, a...
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    Sure, it might have been a shocking band name twenty-plus years ago, but really, calling your band the Queers is almost quaint today. (Keep in mind, we live in a world where there are...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    The aftermath of some gross, snowy weather couldn't keep fans of metal gods the Sword from traipsing over to the Firebird for the band's first St. Louis club show in several years. Jason...
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    After a questionable foray into Renaissance-faire prog with its sophomore record, Gods of the Earth, the Sword returned to what they do best on this year's Warp Riders: Sabbath-indebted...
  • RFTmusic: Concert Calendar
    Tron: Legacy -- the sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 sci-fi film -- is in theaters on December 17. The Daft Punk-penned soundtrack, however, is in stores now. In honor of both these events,...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Blackpool Lights -- the project featuring drummer Billy Brimblecom and the Get Up Kids' Jim Suptic -- will be doing one of its first shows in years tonight at the Firebird. The Class of '98...
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    Most discerning punks considered Fake Problems to be just one of many Against Me! clones that sprouted up following that band's 2002 debut, Reinventing Axl Rose. It didn't help that the two...
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    Midwestern emo forefathers the Get Up Kids reunited in 2008, which meant that guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic put his post-TGUK band, the supremely awesome Americana-rock band Blackpool...
  • Music: Columns
    At their best, the seams of Pretty Little Empire's gentle, Americana-fringed songs become stretched, torn and frayed. In concert, the quartet toys with the twin forces of restraint and...
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    In sports terminology, 2010 has been a "rebuilding year" for Hawthorne Heights. Once kings of the Warped Tour screamo heap, the Dayton, Ohio, band suffered through the death of guitarist...
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    The power-pop sextet Magic Kids first stirred up blog hype with the single "Hey Boy." The short, sugary-sweet song and its harmonizing vocals sounded like they were recorded in California in...
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    Ever wondered what Theodore would sound like if the group had sprouted out of Athens instead of St. Louis? The answer is likely the Futurebirds. Listening to the band's debut, Hampton's...
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    The last thing California rockers need is our sympathy, but it's hard not to feel for Everest, an LA band that's done its best to dodge all the Topanga Canyon and Neil Young references...
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    Through the lens of Brooklyn's Fang Island, Earth is an optimistic orb overflowing with positive energy, and Andrew W.K. is the hard-partying, bipartisan president of everything. Harnessing...
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    Cap'n Jazz broke up in 1995 and splintered into influential groups such as the Promise Ring, American Football and the prolific Joan Of Arc. The longest-running Cap'n Jazz spinoff, Joan Of...
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    With his band the Wandering Sons, the Appleton, Wisconsin-based musician Cory Chisel plays a dark mixture of soul and folk. Even on the innocuously titled "Angel of Mine," swampy bass and...
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    New York City duo Sleigh Bells is the rare buzz band that not only has a ton of hype but also has the record sales to back it up. More than 60,000 copies of its debut, Treats, have been sold...
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    Upbeat electronic riddims and dank drone confections may sound like a culture clash, but Holy Fuck and Indian Jewelry are experimentally in the same hemisphere. The former group is noisy...
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    What a difference eight years makes: In 2002, Portugal. The Man singer John Gourley was fronting screamo band Anatomy of a Ghost — which, while not being all that bad, was still a...
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    Punk music has come a long way — and evolved into a slew of variations — since its inception over thirty years ago. Just ask British Columbia's Nomeansno, which has forged its...
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    While the talents of Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla have been good to two notable regional acts — both So Many Dynamos and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have benefited...
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    Few companies have matched the crowdsourcing success of the Chicago-based online clothing store Threadless. People submit T-shirt designs, other people vote on them, and the winning designs...
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    Nate Ruess' songs imply that he's been dumped a zillion times. The hyperarticulate lead singer-songwriter of fun. — a trio also featuring Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of...
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