Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. Did you know that mu ... More >>
Every comic worth his weight in salt (why is that a saying?) has some good and bad stories they picked up on "the road." If you plan on having any sort of career in comedy it is something you have to go through. I have my stories. The night Steven Wright walked into the club I was in to do a set. Th ... More >>
For all of Aimee Mann's readily apparent songwriting gifts - lyrical turns of phrase, sophisticated melodies, compelling character sketches - humor would not be at the top of the list. A droll wit, certainly, but Mann's catalogue of recalcitrant sinners, bruised lovers and reckless addicts does not ... More >>
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 Chocolate Drops plays the Sheldon. I'd wager that these two musical experiences will not be alike in many ways whatso ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
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 >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith Fair"This is so much better than I could have ever imagined," exclaimed Mary J. Blige, as the Lilith Fair crowd cheered wildly for her. The same could be said about yesterday's all-day show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. While negative publicit ... More >>
Record stores have have long counted talented musicians among their ranks. A young Aimee Mann worked the counter at Boston's famous Newbury Comics chain, while locally, Jeff Tweedy worked at Euclid Records during his Uncle Tupelo days. But for this year's Record Store Day -- which takes place ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
When I'm sick, I fall down the YouTube rabbit hole more often than usual -- which is why last weekend I found myself watching old live footage of 'Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann's '80s band. I made the bold statement on Facebook that TT is better than Mann's solo stuff -- and while maybe that's a bit too h ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue. Also doing a free in-store at Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. 5 p.m. Monday, September 10.
The Sweet Escape (Interscope)
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.
Aimee Mann knocks out another pop jewel
B-Sides sheepishly admits to liking Sheryl Crow, chats with sassy soul singer Bettye LaVette and introduces you to Emospace
Wednesday, October 26; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947 (SpinArt)
Kanye West tries to live up to the hype -- and nearly succeeds
Sometimes the worst movies have the best soundtracks
Lo-tech gift giving is easy with these rock books
Lullaby for Liquid Pig (Ineffable/imusic)
Our latest pop phenomenon, deconstructed for your convenience
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Week of November 13, 2002
Aimee Mann bought her way out of corporate enslavement; now she can be as sad as she pleases
Lost in Space (SuperEgo)
From Ritual to Romance (125 Records)
Sean Penn plays retarded for Oscar, and audiences aren't rewarded
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
When the Pawn (Epic)
Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson