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6161 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 | Delmar/ The Loop | 314-726-6161

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The Pageant is St. Louis' premier midsize venue, with plenty of space to sit or stand, and enough stage room and lighting options to please even the most theatrical of bands. The venue hosts the best touring national acts from pop to indie rock, hip-hop to jazz and blues. Standing tall as the center piece of the burgeoning East Loop strip on Delmar, the venue is a sure bet for a great night in the city.


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  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Old 97s, with The Travoltas and Rhett Miller (solo) The Pageant Oct. 16, 2012 Music is a funny thing. Like photos or scent, songs have a way of making us remember the past. Late relatives....
  • 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...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Anniversary parties often are lame affairs that star relatives you haven't seen in 23 years and feature food from the local church ladies. Not so with the Old 97's; it is planning a raging...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Nostalgia package tours normally try to re-create a moment in time or a certain strand of music with the pairings of once-and-again bands. Not so with the Psychedelic Furs and the Lemonheads...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Update, 10/8: One day before the show, it has sold out. Not the kind of instantaneous ticket grab the Pageant often sees, but it's still an impressive leap for Alabama Shakes. Original post...
  • 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: 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: Contests
    New wave legend the Psychedelic Furs is returning to St. Louis on October 12. The Lemonheads (!) will open, and tickets are $27.50 in advance. The show's at the Pageant, a little over a year...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Glen Hansard, with The Lost Brothers The Pageant September 25, 2012 Glen Hansard is a master manipulator. Oh, he doesn't toy with you intentionally, but with lyrics so tightly crafted and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Alabama Shakes has had about as meteoric a year as any band this side of, I don't know, Carly Rae Jepsen. Riding a wave of the neo-soul revival, the Shakes differentiate itself from the pack...
  • 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
    Odd Future The Pageant September 14, 2012 NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache. I never get headaches, but holy shit. I think my brain is rebelling against my body. I just...
  • Music: Show Preview
    LA's underground new-west hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA for short) has made quite a splash since first arriving on the scene in 2007, owing in large part to...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Update: Earl posted on Twitter last night he will not be on the tour.Tonight marks the first time that the rowdy Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future makes a stop in St. Louis, on a...
  • 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: This Just In
    Earl tweeted an apology last night (it's below), saying that he wasn't going to be on this tour, so there goes that. Hell. Parents are the worst, if this means what we think it does. Im not...
  • 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: 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...
  • Music: Show Preview
    St. Louis' prodigal saxophone son makes a rare hometown appearance. Last year, he played at a much smaller venue as part of a trio, but this time he'll share the big stage at the Pageant...
  • Gut Check: This Just In
    Ligaya Figueras of Sauce broke the news yesterday that brothers Adam and Jason Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300) plan to open a new venture...
  • 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...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Riding the wave of success from his current radio hit, "Amen," Philly-based rapper Meek Mill embarks on his first headlining tour in support of Dreams & Nightmares. After signing with Rick...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik have just announced a co-headlining fall 2012 tour, and it will stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on October 28. Expect the loudness and riffage to have your...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: We have a winner: Matthew, who submits Scarface's "On My Block" via Facebook. What an incredible song. We're all winners, really, because now we get to listen to this. Side note: How...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Anyone will tell you that comedian Mike Birbiglia is a funny guy (as that's the nature of the profession). But what sets him apart from shock artists and rape-joke provocateurs is his...
  • RFTmusic: Snapshots
    Slash: Undeniably fantastic guitar player, for sure. But talent alone does not let a guitar player tour the country, decade after decade, putting hundreds or thousands of people in a venue....
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Delta Spirit and JEFF the Brotherhood will make a stop in mid-November at the Pageant. The official date is November 15, tickets are $17.50 in advance or $20 day of show and they go on sale...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Waka Flocka Flame is taking his second full-length on tour, and he'll be making a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on October 2. Tickets are $25 ($31.30 after fees) -- presales start...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Steel Panther is a rock & roll band from Detroit. Just kidding, these dudes from LA, obviously. And they stopped by the Pageant last night, bringing with them several gallons of makeup and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: Can anyone guess our winner? Steel Panther will bring its spandex-enhanced packages to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd.) tomorrow night. The band recently spent a few minutes talking...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Tenacious D The Pageant July 23, 2012 Tenacious D has the biggest dick in rock and roll. Not that I've seen too many rock band dicks -- I can't think of any offhand, actually -- but still I...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    The Indigo Girls | Shadowboxers The Pageant July 21, 2012 A good-sized crowd came to the Pageant on Saturday night to dance, sing, sway and canoodle along to the music of the Indigo Girls,...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Let this be a week for hairspray, black pleather, and boobs. The Sunset Strip hair metal hooligans of Steel Panther will let loose on St. Louis with a sweaty, balls out show at the Pageant...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It should shock no one that a new generation of acoustic-music heads prefers its ersatz-twang handsome and hooky (Avett Brothers), plastered and punk (Split Lip Rayfield) or jammed and...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Odd Future has just announced a show on September 14 at the Pageant. The members of the rambunctious skate-rap collective that will be in the house are Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Left...
  • 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: Reviews
    Beach House July 11, 2012 The Pageant Let's start with some Bonnie Tyler: "Once upon a time there was light in my life; now there's only love in the dark." And like a perfect stranger in...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Alabama Shakes has just announced a show on October 9 at the Pageant. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 day of show -- the advance tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m. As recently...
  • 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: Interviews
    While reflecting on the difference between what he thinks his latest album is about and what his audience thinks it's about -- namely, all the surprisingly wrong perceptions -- Alex Scally...
  • Music: Show Preview
    After the breakthrough success of 2010's Teen Dream, Beach House is back and touring behind a new album. Released in May, Bloom is less sparse than its predecessor. It's happier, with more...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: Our winner is Phillip Winchester, who was the fifth person to give some sort of correct answer, but the first to give both the team and his contact information. Congratulations. The...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update, 6/21: The show's been canceled. Sorry, ya'll. Original post follows... Dance titan Afrojack is coming to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) this Sunday, June 24. The Dutch DJ and...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Alice Cooper (golf enthusiast) may not be catching anyone off guard with his horror rock musical act any more, but he can still put on a hell of a show. Over the weekend, the man who ate his...
  • 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...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Santigold | Nee June 13, 2012 The Pageant Santi White cuts a boring figure on stage. Or at least she did last night during her set at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard). Sluggish 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: Last Night
    Childish Gambino stopped by the Pageant on his way down to Bonnaroo to play a sold-out set in front of a jacked-up crowd. One of many hats worn by Donald Glover, the Childish Gambino project...
  • 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
    Santigold spends her time wisely. In the past four years, the singer-songwriter-producer-goddess-game-changer has swapped a vowel in her name, beefed up her aesthetic and stomped, not...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: And our winner is Tekoa Bolden, whose Wu-name is Budget Nudist. Thanks for playing to all but one of you. Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) is coming to the Pageant this...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    The Shins | The Antlers | Deep Sea Diver June 4, 2012 The Pageant "Should I be surprised at the amount of fist-pumping happening in the audience?" I wondered to myself last night on the...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Well, Saturday night's Music Showcase was, on our end anyway, a rousing success! The night was hectic, fast-moving and filled with people (possible record numbers this year -- in addition to...
  • RFTmusic: LOLZ
    It seemed like a good idea at the time. A couple months ago, close friends and former SLUH grads Tony Cerame and John Simon noticed that the gut-rocking, god-loving, glory-touring guys in...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You want to know what's some bullshit? Bonnie Raitt is totally under-appreciated and under-praised. Yes, people love her, and she's well respected, and her shows are expensive and sold out,...
  • 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: 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...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Who is Aziz Ansari? Well, when he's not drenched in swagger as Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks and Recreation, he kills time terrorizing his cousin Harris on Facebook and hanging out with...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    M83 | I Break Horses The Pageant May 2, 2012 The crowd at the M83 show last night was ecclectic. Girls wearing their best Forever 21 skirts, middle aged men and women sprinkled in the...
  • 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...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    In case you hadn't seen, we have a brand-spankin'-new Concert Calendar setup -- it is useful and easy to navigate, as opposed to the previous format, which was....well, not. Now, rather...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Anthony Gonzalez was either born twenty years too late or ten years too early. He's been the force behind M83's synth-and-shoegaze symphonies for more than a decade, and his reverence for...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Portugal. the Man gravitates toward dank psychedelic pop jams, and its members have hair both long and unwashed enough to make Fleet Foxes look trim. Yet beneath this hippy exterior, the...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: Our winner! milwaukee hurt me sound guy ruined 'got it all' help avenge the song Original post follows. Portland-by-way-of-Alaska's Portugal. the Man is playing the Pageant this...
  • 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: Last Night
    Willie Nelson and Family | The Pernikoff Brothers April 17, 2012 The Pageant Halfway through last night's Willie Nelson show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161), with the...
  • 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
    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...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    Premiering the video "Love the Lonely" this Friday at Off Broadway is St. Louis band Kentucky Knife Fight. Ramones Tribute Band, We're a Happy Family, is playing the opening night of the...
  • 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,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Despite coming together in 2004, the members of Young the Giant didn't hit the radio or the mainstream until roughly last year. Known for years as the Jakes, the guys survived a name and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Yonder Mountain String Band will play back-to-back shows this weekend at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Friday and Saturday's shows both start at 7:30 p.m. and feature...
  • RFTmusic: Show Flyers
    John Wesley Myers of the Nashville based Black Diamond Heavies goes solo at El Lenador as James Leg on Wednesday night. Young the Giant is completing the Southern leg of its North American...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Tenacious D has just announced a show at the Pageant. It's July 23, or roughly a month after the release of the band's third album, Rize of the Fenix. Tickets are $39.50 for general...
  • 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...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    One can entertain oneself for pretty cheap this weekend, as all of the events listed below are under $20 (except for Rollins)....some are free! Vintage Vinyl is playing host to back to back...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's been 31 years since Henry Rollins first joined D.C. punk pioneer Black Flag. Since then, he's grown older, wiser and even handsomer. Rollins now tours mostly as a spoken-word performer,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Watching an Andrew Bird concert is a little like viewing one of those time-lapse videos of a high-rise being built: With architectural precision, he layers loops of violin, guitar, vocals...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Last night, George Thorogood, seller of fifteen million albums, writer of "Bad to the Bone," came to the Pageant last night with his band the Destroyers. He's still an active performer, and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Update: We've picked a winner, via Facebook. Jon Gitchoff, selected by blind polling of our tree-expert panel, who offers this fact, "They're just the right height in Michigan." Thanks to...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Todd Rundgren The Pageant March 20, 2012 Last night, fresh off a five-show stint at City Winery in New York City and a Robert Johnson tribute show at the Apollo Theater, Todd Rundgren...
  • 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...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you wanted to, you could subdivide New Orleans' musical styles endlessly, from Meters-esque funk to second-line struts to swampy blues-rock. It's easier, though, to turn on a Galactic...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Big Gigantic has earned its following by incorporating a saxophone and live drums into its uptempo dance tracks. The duo will play the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) on...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    MuteMath's Odd Soul tour made a stop at the Pageant last night. The New Orleans band is touring in support of 2011's album of the same name. Photographer Kholood Eid was there to capture the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Since 2006, Rusko has made his way from packed London clubs to the international dubstep pantheon. Staying away from the darker side of the genre, Rusko's music vibrates through the masses...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    This week, Philly music legend Todd Rundgren announced a show at
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Jane's Addiction | Black Box Revelation The Pageant February 22, 2012 Jane's Addiction remains an undisputed king of the '90s. From its inception in 1985 to the creation of Lollapalooza for...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Beloved Led Zeppelin tribute band Celebration Day plays a pair of shows at the Pageant this weekend. Saturday's installment is already sold out, and we've got tickets to Friday's with your...
  • RFTmusic: List-O-Rama
    These days, any old band can come out as Christian (even ICP) but the title used to come with a heavier dose of Savior swagger. And maybe more guilt. Because Creed recently announced its...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Fun. has just announced a show scheduled for June 9 at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Tickets are $17.50 in advance and go on sale March 2 at 5 p.m. We think you should...
  • 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...
  • Music: Show Preview
    After an eight-year dormant period, Jane's Addiction has (and the hype backing it) erupted in a fury of over-saturated and unsatisfied expectations with the release of last year's The Great...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Lotus continues a recent spate of bands with roots in the jam scene at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). The longstanding instrumental band will bring its newest, post-rock...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Today in band names that give grammarians high blood pressure: moe. is coming to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) on Thursday. The band, whose credits include Bonnaroo and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Grateful Dead tribute Dark Star Orchestra has collected a road record rivaling that of its hero, performing thousands of shows in the decade-plus. This Saturday, the seven-piece will make a...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Big Head Todd & the Monsters came from Colorado to tell the crowd that the Pageant is its second favorite venue behind the legendary Red Rocks. High praise indeed, and mellow rock...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    The Shins, dormant for the last few years, will return in 2012 with Port of Morrow and a U.S. tour that includes a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-616) on June 4. Tickets...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Steve Aoki brought his globe-trotting, taste-making self to St. Louis last night for a show at the Pageant. And he had no plans to simply jockey discs. There was champagne sprayed, shirts...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Alt-country hero the Old 97's returned to St. Louis last night, playing for a pleased crowd at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Todd Owyoung was ready to capture...
  • RFTmusic: Tonight, Tonight
    The biggest two shows in St. Louis tonight pit headliners that haven't exactly had a history of friendship. The heat has long since faded, but Ryan Adams, particularly in his Whiskeytown...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    Mention Steve Aoki in a crowded room and watch the reactions; some will cross themselves in reverence, most will nod their recognition at the name, and the rest will know him only as "a DJ."...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Happy Friday Party People. It's the last weekend in January already, and don't let the spring show announcements trick you into planning for the future. Because then you'd miss the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Alt-country torchbearer Old 97's returns to a city that knows a thing or two about the stuff. Frontman Rhett Miller's affable presence wasn't enough to deliver the band to a commercial...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Roughly six months after the final season of MTV's reality show Run's House wrapped in 2009, Daniel "Diggy" Simmons (then fourteen) released the mixtape The First Flight on his blog. In the...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Oakland producer MiMOSA brings his self-described "Crunk-Step Dub-Hop for the Soul" (tongue presumably in cheek) to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) on Saturday, and we'd...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Newgrass band Railroad Earth is playing the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) on Friday, and we'd like to send you. The Pernikoff Brothers will open the show, and tickets are...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Georgia singer Corey Smith is playing the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) this evening, and we'd like to send you. Smith's 2011 album The Broken Record landed him on the...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Avicii, the 22-year-old Swedish EDM Grammy nominee and Coachella 2012 performer, played a sold-out show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) last night. His crowed skewed...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Jane's Addiction announced a spring tour this morning, and it starts at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). The show is on February 22nd and tickets are $36 for general...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    JJ Grey & MOFRO, the roots band from Florida with albums named Blackwater and Country Ghetto, will be at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) this Friday, the 13th. JC Brooks &...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    What will 2012 bring us? To start, the finale of the Bad Plus' residency at Jazz at the Bistro. Then there's David Lowery wearing two hats tonight in Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Some people become legends because they're young and working and some because their tender age belies a wicked talent. Avicii falls in the second category. The 22-year-old progressive house...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Whether taking the helm of iconic ironic rockers Camper Van Beethoven, the sardonic janglers of Cracker or a smarty-pants solo project, David Lowery has consistently dug up the twisted roots...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    This weekend, Steve Davis & the Mid South Revival will pay homage to the King with Memories of Elvis at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Double Trouble, Rivertown Sound...
  • 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: Show Preview
    Progenitor of the mass psychosis known as the jam-band scene, Gregg Allman isn't taking his legacy for granted. With the Allman Brothers, his archetypal growl and underrated organ chops...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    David Lowery's Versatile Rock 'n Roll Tour comes to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) next Friday, January 6. Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven -- both projects featuring...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    We're now one week into El Monstero season here in St. Louis, and fans of spectacle and psychedelic rock have only four more chances to see the city's biggest tribute before it goes into...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    El Monstero: The Pink Floyd tribute capable of putting more asses in the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) than any other force known to man. We're rolling through this season's...
  • 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: Last Night
    The Point (105.7 FM) hosted its third Ho Ho Show of the year last night at the Pageant. Sleeper Agent, the Joy Formidable and Cage the Elephant played to a packed house -- Khoolod Eid was...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    The holiday we've been waiting for since the summer is nearly upon us! We are, obviously, referring to El Monstero, the Pink Floyd tribute show that takes over the Pageant (6161 Delmar...
  • RFTmusic: Snapshots
    St. Louis' Ludo has been playing Christmas shows since before the band caught its big break with 2008's You're Awful, I Love You. The Xmas spectacular gets bigger every year, and this...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    M83, the astral band responsible for one of the year's best albums, is coming to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) in May. On the 2nd, to be exact, and tickets go on sale...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Andrew Bird, violin loop poet and documentary subject, returns to St. Louis in 2012 for a show on March 22 at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Comedian Eugene Mirman...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    A great St. Louis tradition returns this Saturday to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161): Ludo's annual Christmas party. This year's openers are Treaty of Paris and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Among the most ubiquitous rock groups of the past half-decade, Switchfoot has endured changing formats, changing tastes and changing times, continuing to record new material and tour. This...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Update, 12/5: The show on Wednesday, December 21st is now sold out -- the only one of the six shows with any tickets remaining is the newly added Christmas night show. Original post...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Hometown classic rock icon Mama's Pride returns to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) for its annual reunion show. This Saturday, the group that spent a year as the backing...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Galactic, as fine a Mardi Gras ambassador as New Orleans has, will make a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) on Wednesday, March 14th. Tickets are $25 and go on sale...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    St. Louis' Grateful Dead tribute expert Jake's Leg will celebrate its 35th anniversary tomorrow night at the Pageant. Aaron Kamm & the One Drops will open. Jake's Leg has evolved a hybrid...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Big Head Todd & the Monsters will be in St. Louis on February 4th, playing at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-616). Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 day of show; they are on...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    The Urge monthlong reunion extravaganza at the Pageant continues tomorrow night. Last weekend's shows were both sell outs, and all signs indicate that this is a band with renewed life and...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    St. Louis' caffeinated ska god is officially, definitely, selling-out-the-Pageant-back-to-back back. In only its second show since a Pointfest reunion earlier this summer, Steve Ewing and...
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    Henry Rollins hits the road with about as much fervor as he does anything in his life, and his 2012 tour will bring him back to the Pageant. He's on The Long March tour, sharing stories and...
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    When Mark Olson left the Jayhawks in 1995, he gave his partner, Gary Louris, his blessing to continue on with the band and brand without him. The Olson-less version released three albums but...
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    The Jayhawks' full-reunion lineup comes to the Pageant tonight. Roy Kasten, previewing the show in this week's print edition, says, "Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks' full-reunion album from...
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    The Urge plays its first of four November shows at the Pageant this Friday. It's the second show the band has played since reforming at Pointfest this summer and it is very, very sold out....
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    David Lowery will be very busy on this tour: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven will be playing a co-headlined bill at the Pageant on January 6th. Tickets are $20 and go on sale this Friday at...
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    Bass dropper Skrillex returned to the Pageant for the second time this year last night, and he sold the place out again. You can't stop the dancing. He came with a new stage setup this time,...
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    Nobody personifies wise-ass East Coast standup like the Boston-born Bill Burr. (He once told an entire crowd of heckling Philadelphians, "I hope your mother has herpes in the center of her...
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    If you've found your way here, we're guessing you don't need to be told. But just in case: Chickenfoot is Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith. That makes for two parts...
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    Joplin's Never Shout Never is playing the Pageant this Sunday. Things are a little different in the world of Christofer Drew these days -- he's working with a full band now and has spent the...
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    The Urge isn't coming back small. The St. Louis ska-punk hero has just announced its fourth show this month at the Pageant -- this one's on Friday, the 25th. The first two, on the 11th and...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Woe is anyone who planned a show in St. Louis this past Friday (ahem). With the city (understandably) otherwise and nearly unanimously occupied with our World Champions, even double bills...
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    Saturday night, the Pageant hosted an elaborate gypsy circus featuring Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band and Kansas City's Quixotic. There were dancers, musicians, face paint and the...
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    >For a band that's been hard at it for more than fifteen years, one would think Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers would start phoning it in or churn out some sort of reenvisioned...
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    Quixotic is a Kansas City-based performing arts group. The wide-ranging music composed and performed by one half of the band is meant to inspire the movements of the other: dancers,...
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    Curren$y | Method Man | Big K.R.I.T The Pageant October 25, 2011 The 2011 Smoker's Club tour hit St. Louis last night, leaving in its wake both fond memories and irreparably damaged brain...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Chromeo | Mayer Hawthorne and the County | Breakbot The Pageant October 25, 2011 Some shows are for toe-tappin' while seated with a beverage in hand. Others are for standing and swaying or...
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    Classicist folk band the Civil Wars is coming back to St. Louis. The time off has been good to the duo -- April's show at Old Rock House was a sold-out success, and this time it'll be at the...
  • RFTmusic: Tonight, Tonight
    Tonight, the Smoker's Club Tour (headlined by Method Man, Big KRIT and Curren$y) comes to the Pageant. Calvin Cox wrote about the show in this week's print edition, saying, "The Smoker's...
  • RFTmusic: Tonight, Tonight
    Tonight, Chromeo brings the party to the Pageant. Previewing the show in this week's print edition, Christian Schaeffer says, "You need a healthy dose of nostalgia, either real or imagined,...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Chromeo will be at the Pageant on Monday, packing a ton of dance nostalgia and an equal measure of good humor. As Christian Schaeffer's preview mentions, last year's Business Casual...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The Smoker's Club Tour returns to St. Louis this month, once again featuring two of the most popular names in underground hip-hop. New Orleans weed-rapper Curren$y has built a large...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You need a healthy dose of nostalgia, either real or imagined, to get down with Chromeo. The Montreal-based duo is made up of guitarist/vocalist Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    The Smoker's Club tour returns to St. Louis for a stop at the big stage, headlined by Curren$y, Method Man and Big KRIT. A formidable lineup, to be sure -- and the bill's rounded out by...
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    Oh yes: Gregg Allman is coming to the Pageant on January 3rd. Devon Allman's Honeytribe will open. Tickets are $37.50 and $50 and go on sale October 21st at 5 p.m. Allman is touring behind...
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    New Orleans rock band MUTEMATH is making a return trip to the Pageant in support of this year's Odd Soul. The group seems to have settled into an identity of late, maintaining the oh-duh...
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    The least likely Loverboy in easy-going folk comes to the Pageant on Saturday, and we've got a few tickets we want to give you. The show starts at 8 p.m. and Blind Pilot will open. Dennen is...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Lucinda Williams | Over the Rhine The Pageant October 12, 2011 Note: If you shot good photos at the show and want to share 'em with our readers, please e-mail versions at least 550p wide,...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    The Pink Floyd tribute juggernaut El Monstero has just announced its annual collection of shows at the Pageant: There will be five this year, on December 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23rd. Tickets are...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Lucinda Wiliams will make a stop at the Pageant tomorrow, and we have a few tickets we'd like to give you. The singer released her tenth studio album, Blessed, earlier this year. It, like...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Beirut came to the Pageant to string lights from the ceiling and play lots of horns. And, by all accounts, to deliver a truly singular performance. After four years without a new...
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    Too often dismissed as a cheesy '80s relic, the Bangles actually started off as a great garage band. If you ever see the SoCal quartet's debut EP on Faulty Products, pick it up and prepare...
  • RFTmusic: Show Reviews
    Death Cab For Cutie The Pageant October 2, 2011 Ben Gibbard has left us. The melancholic Ben Gibbard we once knew is gone, for all intents and purposes. He's skinny now, having swapped...
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    It's easy to love the Smith Westerns for its deft touch, with shimmering pop hooks and fuzzy, '60s-damaged guitar musings. It's easy to hate the Smith Westerns for its members' perma-slack...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    They Might Be Giants The Pageant September 24, 2011 The large (not-quite-but-almost sold out) crowd at the Pageant last night was a perfect cross section of TMBG's fanbase: moms!...
  • RFTmusic: Show Recaps
    Psychedelic Furs | Tom Tom Club The Pageant September 23, 2011 Well? What do you consider fun? In his latest book, Retromania, author/theorist Simon Reynolds explores pop music's current...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    They Might Be Giants returns to the Pageant tomorrow night in support of this summer's Join Us. And we just got a pair of last minute tickets we'd like to give you. Obviously we're working...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Although it hasn't released a new full-length album in twenty years, Richard Butler's Psychedelic Furs still tours with its droll brand of new wave. The band has spent most of 2011 on the...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Okkervil River | Wye Oak The Pageant September 20, 2011 Will Sheff is making a mess. He's lost his glasses and his brown sports jacket and knocked over both of his mic stands and even very...
  • RFTmusic: Snapshots
    Dayglow, which touts itself as the "world's largest paint party," is a bit like cirque-du-soleil gone dance beats. Maybe not in performance, but at least visually, where surreally outfitted...
  • Music: Show Preview
    When it was announced that the Okkervil River's Will Sheff would be producing this year's I Am Very Far, one wondered how much tighter the singer could hold the reins of his dramatic,...
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    What a difference five years makes. Back in 2007, Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver, was just this bearded, pale-faced folkster writing songs in his Wisconsin cabin while recovering from a...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Adam Young returns to the Pageant on Monday, November 7th with his Owl City project. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 10th, at noon. General admission to the all-ages show will be...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In interviews surrounding the release of this summer's The Harrow & the Harvest, Gillian Welch has chalked the album's eight-year gestation period not up to writer's block, but to her own...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    It's been eight years since Gillian Welch last released new music, but this year's The Harrow & The Harvest proves she hasn't lost a step. She and bandmate David Rawlings will take their...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    The most successful independent band ever by several measures, Dispatch, is back and playing a show at the Pageant on Tuesday. Before this year, the band had officially been on hiatus since...
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    Kurt Warner did a lot of amazing things on the football field back in the "greatest show on turf" days, but he'd be the first one to tell you his most amazing accomplishments are achieved...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Lucinda Williams will make her nearly annual trip to the Pageant on October 12. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 day of show for GA and $27.50 for reserved balcony seats; they go on sale...
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    It was once common to hear the name Atmosphere and the descriptor "emo rap" in the same breath. This would read as a derogatory write-off now, but ten years ago the tag was a clumsy attempt...
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    Queensrÿche originally opted for the purely metal umlaut to soften its image: Queensreich comes with some unfortunate neo-Nazi connotations. What resulted was the '80s metal band's...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    Pop singer/songwriter and Joplin Native Christofer Drew will bring his Never Shout Never project to the Pageant on November 6th. For the first few years of its existence, Never Shout Never...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Best Live Band In The World My Morning Jacket is playing a sold-out show at the Pageant tonight. And we just got a pair of tickets to give to a lucky pair of you out there -- whatever backup...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Shaggy. Wooly. Beard-rock. All are the meaningless adjectives overused by critics writing about My Morning Jacket and other "Southern rockers" who sport natural chin mufflers. Must musicians...
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    Cultlike doesn't begin to describe Skrillex's followers. Rolls or no rolls, for those who live for the frenetic pace and bass wobble of dubstep, a Skrillex show is practically a religious...
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    For better or worse, Florence + the Machine's single "Dog Days Are Over" trilled into a broader public consciousness when it was used in the trailer for Eat Pray Love, where it surged over...
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    Nothing is sacred to Elvis Costello: not Euro-pop, Nashville country, scabby punk, string quartets, Memphis soul, piano jazz and now, the holiest of holies, the integrity of the setlist....
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    Saxophonist Richard Elliot first gained wide public attention in the 1980s as featured soloist with the long-running Oakland, California, funk band Tower of Power. Though his early...
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    The insta-party jams of Matt & Kim aren't tough to break down. The duo's tunes are fun, shouty sing-alongs that hit the brain's pleasure center with all the bluntness of Pixy Stix to the...
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    After taking a year off from the road in 2010, pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby is back with a new live recording, a two-CD set called Bride of the Noisemakers and a summer tour...
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    Is Conor Oberst the Bob Dylan of emo? His early lo-fi works under the Bright Eyes moniker were teeming with subversive lyrics, elementary accompaniments and an untrained voice warbling with...
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    Hollywood lies again: One can get to 1.6 million Facebook friends (or "likes" to be precise) without making a few enemies. The endlessly likable Mumford & Sons has done what its old-timey...
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    If you're listening...Jimmy Eat World is touring behind its sixth full-length album, Invented. The band's new effort has a softer touch than Chase This Light. Jim Adkins' vocals are much...
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    Seeing saxophonist Candy Dulfer's glamorous promo photos, one might be tempted to attribute her commercial success solely to her good looks. But make no mistake — Dulfer's got skills....
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    Few standups can sell out theaters wherever they roam, but who else besides Brian Regan has been doing it — six years running — without the aid of Saturday Night Live or a comedy...
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    The Meat Puppets' improbable gold album Too High to Die has a title both accurate and true. The band's main men are brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood, who began playing punk in the '70s,...
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    In 2009, Georgia-based unit Manchester Orchestra put out the best rock release of the year with Mean Everything to Nothing. It's a tight, concise record, indebted to classics like Weezer's...
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    Social Distortion has never been a band that would burden its fans with some abstract concept album or ask them to follow it through some overambitious diversion. It's tried-and-true punk...
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    Diddy Dirty Money has cancelled its May 15th appearance at the Pageant, we have just been informed. Refunds area available at the point of purchase. So far, it seems like the other dates...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    A scant seven months after serving as the meat in an Alice In Chains/Mastodon sandwich at Scottrade Center, the Deftones will be headlining a very sold-out show at the Pageant with the...
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    Deftones has two platinum and two gold albums to its name. Still, it's easy to feel sorry for the band, which never deserved its association with the nu-metal movement. Chino Moreno's lazy,...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Wanna see the Frozen Embryos -- er, 30 Seconds to Mars this coming Monday, April 18? A to Z wants to send you to the sold-out show for free! All you have to do is dream out-loud. Come on...
  • RFTmusic: Contests
    Waiting 'till the last minute to get your tickets for Plain White T's show this Wednesday at The Pageant? Well, your procrastination is about to be rewarded: We have four tickets with your...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    It was a no-brainer that Queens of the Stone Age's show last night at the Pageant was sold out -- incredibly, it was the band's first St. Louis club show since September 2002. Although a...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    When All Time Low headlined the sold-out Pageant last night, the reigning princes of bubblegum punk seemed bent on taking their young audience to an all-time high. The full bill, which also...
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    The only thing surprising about a St. Louis date with James McMurtry and the Bottle Rockets is that it didn't happen sooner. McMurtry has done for Texas and Oklahoma what the Bottle Rockets...
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    For too many groups under the amorphous jam-band banner, the idea of "knowing your roots" extends only as far as the intersection of Haight and Ashbury in the late '60s. Not so for Galactic,...
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    Tiësto probably can't even count the number of times he's been named the best DJ in the world, the supreme lord over all the wax wizards and party starters. (If you think about it, this...
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    Nearly fifteen years into its career, Flogging Molly is finally trying something new. No, the septet isn't ditching the Celt-punk scene; it's still mixing together traditional Irish folk...
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    Fourteen years ago, it's doubtful that Tom Gabel envisioned himself signing on with a major label, recording with highly regarded rock producers and playing huge festivals and arenas across...
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    Between 2009 and 2010, Pete Yorn released three albums. Each demonstrated different shades of his musical personality (though it could be said that all the shades are classic Ray-Bans, and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Ke$ha is a conundrum. Take her Valley Girl electropop at face value — the party-girl anthem "Tik Tok," the first-love romp "Your Love Is My Drug," the all-night rager "We R Who We R"...
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    If Old 97's was supposed to be the post-Tupelo band to take alt-country into the mainstream, the Dallas act fell a little short. Even with the presence of handsome frontman Rhett Miller...
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    It's a certain kind of sonic chemistry that drives band members out of their respective groups and into a shared living space and a brand-new project. Some might even call it magic. For...
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    Off and on for the better part of the last decade, JJ Grey & Mofro have been demonstrating just what the adage "funkier than a mosquito's tweeter" means. On the band's most recent album,...
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    On Friday, February 4, Story of the Year is playing a special hometown show at the Pageant. The set will include a performance of the band's major-label debut, Page Avenue, in its entirety....
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    In this week's RFT, Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala reveals some obscure trivia about the band's breakthrough album, Page Avenue, which the band will play in its entirety Friday,...
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    Tef Poe's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's no surprise that his new album, War Machine, embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on...
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    Music nerds and lit geeks alike rejoiced at the news that piano man Ben Folds and beloved author Nick Hornby were collaborating on an album. The pair had circled around each other for years...
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    The notion of a white reggae band from the California coast may conjure memories of Sublime, but Santa Barbara's Rebelution plays it far straighter than its genre-blending forebears. The...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Ms. Lauryn Hill's difficult reputation precedes her. She shows up for most shows way past the scheduled start time. (And that's if she shows up at all.) She's been known to berate crowds...
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    Wyclef is releasing a puffed-up alternate history EP about his political run for president of Haiti. Pras is telling the Daily News that he wants to assassinate world leaders. Not the...
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    "We're devoted to never nailing down exactly what we are," says the namesake siren of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Critics agree: Although they've called the Vermont-based classic...
  • Music: Feature
    Gregg Gillis, the mind behind the one-man mashup phenomenon Girl Talk, has spent most of his career redefining the term "recording artist." In fact, during Girl Talk's early live shows,...
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    Michael Joseph Jackson has surpassed Elvis Aaron Presley as the biggest and weirdest of all the dead rock icons. But his soul will never suffer the eternal punishment of VFW hall...
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    Once upon a time, a string band meant hillbilly music as advanced by Roy Acuff, Charlie Poole and John Hartford. But the Grateful Dead and outdoor-festival culture changed all that. The...
  • Music: Feature
    In a nondescript office park near the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, a rock & roll army has taken over an empty room. With bland carpeting, fluorescent overhead lights and a...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Near the end of My Chemical Romance's very-sold-out show at the Pageant, the band took a break and left vocalist Gerard Way and touring keyboardist James Dewees alone on the stage. Way,...
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    You know the phrase "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger"? Well, we wouldn't be surprised if the four members of New Jersey rock troupe My Chemical Romance have that tattooed on...
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    Sometimes, there's nothing more apt than a cliché, and so it is for Cake, a band best defined by the old chestnut, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Cake's soon-to-be-released album,...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Last night at the Pageant, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa performed Frank Zappa's seminal album Apostrophe (') "in its unmitigated entirety." (Seriously: That's how the venue billed the album.) A...
  • RFTmusic: This Just In
    In St. Louis, St. Patrick's Day festivities involve green beer, parades and a Flogging Molly show at the Pageant. That won't change in 2011: On Tuesday, March 8, the Irish-punks will bring...
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    The late Frank Zappa wrote an impressive amount and variety of music in his truncated lifetime, including affectionately goofy parodies of '50s doo-wop; blues-drenched, modal guitar...
  • RFTmusic: Last Night
    Let's be honest: Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86, doesn't quite pack the punch of its predecessors, Apologies to the Queen Mary and At Mount Zoomer. It has all the ingredients of...
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    Fans of sprawling, endearing indie rock should be foaming at the mouth in anticipation of Wolf Parade's return to St. Louis. It's a promising premise for a concert: The Montreal band's 2008...
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    It's been three years since Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione last worked together as the Dresden Dolls. The pair spent this time apart padding its musical résumés with tours,...
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    The recent news that Iron & Wine has moved from its long-time label, Sub Pop, to Warner Bros. should be no cause for alarm. The title of its January 2011-released album, Kiss Each Other...
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    Barenaked Ladies fans — don't lie, you know you're out there — had quite the scare when co-vocalist Steven Page (a.k.a. the one who doesn't rap) announced he was leaving the band...
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    Anyone who's seen Sigur Rós in concert will tell you that it's nothing short of a religious experience — mainly due to the primal sound roars enveloping vocalist Jónsi's...
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    Of Montreal was once a paisley-pop band on the tiny Athens, Georgia-based Kindercore label. But those days are just a distant memory: The group has spent the last six years erasing its...
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    Blonde Redhead hasn't been to St. Louis since 2000, when it opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters. (Wrap your heads around that bill.) In the ensuing decade, the trio's evolved...
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    Given the restless impulses of Band of Horses principal singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, it's no wonder that any cease and desist letters the My Morning Jacket legal team may have sent...
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    Guster isn't the most prolific group; the forthcoming Easy Wonderful is its first album in four years. However, any new release from the Boston band is worth the wait, and Wonderful is no...
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    Starting with 2001's Southern Rock Opera, Drive-By Truckers began a hellacious run of storytelling rock & roll that fiercely mythologized and critiqued the American South. The disappointment...
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    In the croaking voice of Matt Berninger and the towering sonic details of the National, the doomed Walter Mitty — with his decrepit fantasies and enervating ennui — finds a...
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    In the year since releasing its major-label debut, I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers has had more time off than ever before. Of course, for this hard-traveling band, "time off" means...
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    Surely you know the back-story of 54-year-old Sharon Jones by now. A struggling gospel/R&B singer during the '70s, she spent years working as a prison guard at New York's notorious Rikers...
  • Music: Column
    Ludo's second major-label album, Prepare the Preparations, is in stores this week. Like 2005's Broken Bride EP, the collection has grandiose, theatrical arrangements: Pirate-themed...
  • Music: Feature
    When drawing up the master plan for a twentieth-anniversary celebration, most bands don't sketch calling it quits into the blueprint. But then again, we're talking about the Black Crowes, a...
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    It took a decade of slogging through the trenches of contemporary punk and emo, but Coheed and Cambria finally did it: The band is now considered strictly a rock band, with no silly,...
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    Cypress Hill was instrumental in putting both West Coast rappers and Latin hip-hop on the map. The ganja-loving group, which formed in 1988, is also among a handful of legends from the...
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    Phoenix made its first indelible mark on pop culture a decade ago when it was the occasional backing band for Air. But in 2010 the French quartet is more well known for creating pop music...
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    For a few years in the mid-'00s, the name Gogol Bordello was on the tip of everyone's tongue. Led by wildly charismatic (and wildly mustachioed) frontman Eugene Hütz, the self-labeled...
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    Being multitalented kind of sucks. Think of all the actors-turned-musicians who get constantly slagged in the press as being "phony" and/or "disingenuous" and/or "Jared Leto" just because...
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    During Something Corporate's original time as a band — roughly the years between 1998 and 2004 — it never received its proper due. The piano-driven group didn't quite fit in with...
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    Typically, Warped Tour has had the market cornered on the all-day summer festival for the disaffected. But the inaugural edition of this year's metal-leaning Cool Tour is relying on some of...
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    Muppets have a signature move when panicking or otherwise freaking out: With their heads back and mouths gaping, their limp arms flail uncontrollably. Modest Mouse figurehead Isaac Brock...
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    Foxy Shazam lives up to its name: The Cincinnati, Ohio, band is a glammy, soul-kissed rock band with little regard for genres or conventions. This year's self-titled album, the band's major...
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    It's been years since author-actor-activist-DJ-punk pundit Henry Rollins toured the land prowling stages like a sweaty, swaggering beast. His live shows are still hardcore, though. Rollins...
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    The 22-20s earned moderate buzz earlier last decade with its distinctly British take on blues-rock — and then, very quietly, the band broke up in 2006. With even less fanfare, the band...
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    It's 2010, and technology has failed us. Carl Newman, chief songwriter, singer, guitarist and de facto leader of the New Pornographers is having issues with his terrestrial telephone line...
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    Starting a band in an attempt to meet girls is not exactly a novel idea. However, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos put a precious, indie-rock tinge on that concept: The first four tracks of...
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    After finding some success with the dance-punk band Ima Robot, Alex Ebert turned down the Pulp-y glam and formed the indie-orchestral troupe Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Ebert created...
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    Despite its simple, drums-and-guitar configuration, the two fellows in the Black Keys are rarely short on ideas. In the past few years, guitarist Dan Auerbach released a solo record, drummer...
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    The Temper Trap bridges the gap between radio-ready and indie-approved. The Aussie quartet crafts immaculate pop songs with epic guitars and stadium-size sound, but frontman Dougie Mandagi's...
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    Sugarcoated, Martin Sexton's seventh studio album, marks the Boston-based singer's transformation from blue-eyed-soul-searching troubadour to full-blown star of the smooth R&B croon and...
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    Chiodos circa 2010 is a significantly different beast than it was just one year ago. In 2009 the Michigan-based post-hardcore sextet, then led by the charismatic Craig Owens, was still...
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    OK, yes: Owl City's brainchild, Adam Young, sounds a heck of a lot like Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, and the music Young creates shares more than a passing resemblance to Gibbard's...
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    It took a bitter breakup, sweet make up and fifteen years between albums for the Bangles to release the remarkable Doll Revolution, a sometimes lush, sometimes biting deconstruction of...
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    The Dead Weather plays "gothic blues." Also, Jack White wants to be Son House, Alison Mosshart wants to be PJ Harvey, and the tastemakers at Pitchfork believe the above has come to pass....
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