• Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    The Five Best Halloween Parties in St. Louis

    Last minute, very important update! It's here! Happy day, everyone. And ho buddy do we have just the celebratory update to this here official RFT recommended Halloween show list: A bunch of punks and rock & rollers are going to do cover sets on the second floor of 2720 Cherokee. To wit, from the Fac ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The 10 Best Halloween Parties in St. Louis

    That most excellent of holidays -- the one where we get to dress up in goofy costumes, the one where it's considered par for the course to vandalize your neighbors' houses, the one where strangers give children candy and everyone is cool with it -- HALLOWEEN is nigh! Skeleton decorations blanket the ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Tributes and Tribulations

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship Last week, RFT Music's Jamie Lees wrote an op-ed piece entitled The Problem With An Under Cover Weekend. I ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The Best of An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird

    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 majority of the two sold-out crowds missed Michael Jackson. And here they are, in joyful incarnation. Just fo ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Problem with An Under Cover Weekend

    The Riverfront Times has a long, long, long history of promoting the An Under Cover Weekend shows. On the surface it's a cool event that seems to support our huge pool of local talent. It's nice to see local bands in any showcase together, especially one where everyone is working together to try to ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Digging Deeper Into Paul Ryan's iPod Playlist: From AC/DC to Zeppelin and Beyond

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. When Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, he pok ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    The 33 1/3 Series is Accepting Submissions

    ​Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 10, 2011
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    July 14, 2011

    The Ten Most Facepalm-Inducing Uses of French in Pop Music: In Honor of Bastille Day

    ​Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Sorry, Gwyneth: Eight Actresses Who Actually Can Sing

    In the old days, just being an actress wasn't enough. Everyone had to be a double threat just to keep up with singing actresses like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. But then musicals fell out of fashion and we find ourselves asking, "Why the hell is Gwyneth Paltrow singi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    ABBA and the SLSO Want You to Be a "Dancing Queen" at Powell Hall

    As if the SLSO wasn't busy enough having a critically lauded Youth Orchestra, now comes word that the orchestra is pairing up with an ABBA tribute band named Arrival for a special concert on September 11. According to the event's information page, "Arrival recreates the ABBA experience, from every n ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010
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    December 15, 2009

    And The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 Inductees Are...

    According to Crain's Cleveland Business: ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the Stooges! David Geffen will be inducted as an executive, while songwriting teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry also made it in. (Other songwriters getting the nod include Jesse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, November 13 to Sunday, November 15

    Friday, November 13 *Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Boys Like Girls/Cobra Starship/Versa Emerge, etc., the Pageant -- SOLD OUT *So Many Dynamos/The Lake/Cold Bear Scout, Off Broadway *Person L/John Nolan (Straylight Run)/Brian Bonz, Firebird *Peter Bjorn and John/El Perro d ... More >>

  • Music

    November 12, 2009

    El Perro del Mar

    8 p.m. Friday, November 13. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University, One Brookings Drive.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    The Dive Bomber: Meeting the Demon at the Cat's Meow

    Considering my history of bars with cats -- sitting on the bar with me, being called one, lewd drinks referencing them and the beckoning feline presence in parking lots -- I have no idea why I waited so long to visit the Cat's Meow. I guess it seemed too obvious.

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    May 17, 2008
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    April 30, 2008
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    February 24, 2008
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    February 12, 2008
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    March 7, 2007

    Homespun: Auset

    Auset (self-released)

  • Music

    May 31, 2006

    Meat Purveyors

    9 p.m. Friday, June 2. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)

  • Music

    December 28, 2005

    Movin' On

    Korn's guitarist moves to holier pastures, words fall into oblivion and B-Sides encourages Gwen and Madonna to grow up.

  • Music

    November 9, 2005

    Dance, Dance

    B-Sides talks wardrobe with Roxy Epoxy, gets the lowdown on Jason Ringenberg's farmer alter ego and goes down swinging with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz

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    October 26, 2005
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    October 12, 2005

    The Hand that Feeds

    B-Sides boogies with a member of ABBA, gets dramatic with Colin Meloy and talks to the funniest NIN fan around

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    February 16, 2005

    Haute Haute Heat

    Rising from the runway

  • Music

    September 8, 2004

    Finding Your Religion

    Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal

  • Music

    September 1, 2004

    The Meat Purveyors and Rough Shop

    Friday, September 3; Frederick's Music Lounge

  • Music

    August 18, 2004

    Tres Femmes

    Friday, August 20; the Pub Above at Dressel's

  • Music

    January 28, 2004

    Love Experts

    Saturday, January 31; Off Broadway

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    December 24, 2003

    Y Tu Mamma También

    The hit ABBA musical disco-dances its way back to the Fox

  • Music

    November 26, 2003

    Shania Twain

    Friday, November 28; Savvis Center

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    December 25, 2002

    Glorious Glut

    Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"

  • Music

    October 30, 2002

    Nicolai Dunger

    Soul Rush (Lakeshore)

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    October 9, 2002

    Cruel and Unusual

    Elvis Costello defies expectations and returns to rock

  • Music

    October 9, 2002

    Do Their Mothers Know?

    A new DVD collection of ABBA film clips raises some interesting questions about sex, kitsch and pop transcendence

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    Sweaty Teddy

    For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change

  • Culture

    August 21, 2002

    Mixed Bag

    Mamma Mia! smokes, Problem Child and Criminal Genius explode, Henry IV fizzles

  • Music

    June 19, 2002

    Various Artists / Duke Ellington

    Secret Ellington (True Life Entertainment) / 1969: All-Star White House Tribute (Blue Note)

  • Music

    May 22, 2002

    The Meat Purveyors with Belle Star

    Friday, May 24; Frederick's Music Lounge

  • Music

    October 4, 2000

    Noise Annoys

    On their new album, In It for the Money, Supergrass make sonic clutter into highly interesting listening

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    October 13, 1999


    Exploring the bond between gay men and straight women in the performance piece fag/hag