By Tom Murphy In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Firebird this Saturday, October 18, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circula ... More >>
Forgive us for not getting this review up the day after Budweiser put on its "Made in America" concert featuring Girl Talk and the Floozies. But with free Budweisers being tossed about the Pageant like Dubble Bubble at a kiddie parade, we were in no condition yesterday to write anything remotely int ... More >>
Blueberry Hill proprietor Joe Edwards could hardly have imagined what would become of the conversation he had with Chuck Berry nearly two decades ago. The rock 'n roll pioneer was at Edward's home late at night in 1996, and the two old friends were reminiscing about Berry's early days before he skyr ... More >>
Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess ... More >>
Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists col ... More >>
One of St. Louis' preeminent rock guitarists, Jimmy Griffin, is hosting an event this weekend to celebrate the opening of the brand new School of Rock in Ballwin, a rock band themed music school for seven to eighteen year olds.
Has anyone noticed that Johnny Depp is a musician now? Wait, has everyone but me noticed that Johnny Depp has been a musician...always? I mean, aside from his singing in movies that I slept through because I thought it'd be funny to get drunk beforehand. Maybe this is just news to me. See Also: - ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
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 would all be awash over the weekend -- my neighbor even asked me on Friday if I had enough groceries and batteri ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
Chick-Fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy made controversial statements recently in defense of marriage - which is Conservative speak for "anti-gay." But if he ever listens to music that isn't made by Michael W. Smith or Steven Curtis Chapman, he probably runs into - and unknowingly enjoys - son ... More >>
If there was ever an example a good musical soldier, it would be Nigel Godrich. The British producer has been an essential behind-the-scenes figure with Radiohead for years and years and years, so much so that he's colliquolly referred to as a sixth member of the band. Radiohead's titanic sound sh ... More >>
Recent music games have become opulent affairs, pulling out all the artistic stops to capture gamers' attention spans. The Beatles: Rock Band for instance was a beautiful visualization of the legendary group's music, complete with dazzling virtual representations of the Fab Four. And various iterati ... More >>
Megadeth rocker Dave Mustaine raised a few collective eyebrows this week when he endorsed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's bourgeoning presidential bid. The former Pennsylvania senator has been gaining steam as of late after prevailing in a trio of February contests, including Missouri's non-bindin ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJustin Bieber at the Scottrade Center. Beam me up, Bieber!If you believe the Internet (yes, collectively), then Justin Bieber is a colossal joke. Everything about him is grounds for mocking: his hair swoop, his askew baseball cap, his voice, his Canadian heritage, his dance moves, ... More >>
Because we know you are wondering, we're going to get this out of the way first: Yes, it is strange to think of the Barenaked Ladies without Steven Page. Dude wasn't just one of the co-founders of the band. He wrote, or cowrote, just about all its hits up until "One Week" (which ... More >>
image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be GoodLast week, we published an interview with Art Holliday, who's working on a documentary about Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, called Johnnie Be Good. Here's part two of our chat, below. Speaking ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
myspace.com/foreignermusicKelly Hansen, vocalist of Foreigner since 2005, is a frontman. He wields the mic stand like a sword -- or a young Steven Tyler. He struts around the stage wearing sunglasses without looking like a tool. When singing tender moments, he frames his face with clasped fis ... More >>
Victoria mines an unlikely chemistry.
Dangerous Game (Norton Records)
John Roderick makes lyrical non-sequiturs an art form.
Chuck Berry turns 80, schools everyone else in rock & roll.
Unreal went to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and all we got was this lousy story.
Unreal gets sweaty with the World's Strongest Man and talks with an expert in yoga for dogs. And, uh, note to City Hall: Restock the TP.
Music mavens reflect on Twangfests of yore
Unreal investigates: holiday tipping practices (you're still not getting anything, mean mail lady), skimpy outfits (!) at a drag show (!!), industrial-plastic Kiss busts and bunny-adopting bloggers.
Unlike Jesus, Avril Lavigne will live to prove her haters wrong
We look back on the career of Gary Mac and check out the concerts of the Final Four
Polar Express is a kids' action movie that parents will also warm to
Week of October 20, 2004
Publicist extraordinaire Jane Higgins has put St. Louis hip-hop on the map
Week of September 24, 2003
Alex Skolnick changes thrash to jazz
Rick Nielsen is not content to pull his old hat tricks anymore
Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
Week of October 2, 2002
The Missouri Prowlers are tilting more at windmills than at blocking sleds
Week of December 5, 2001
Friday, Sept. 28; Powell Symphony Hall
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000
Singer/songwriter Andrew John pops out of St. Louis
Directed by Adam Rifkin
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes