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    September 2, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 2 to 7

    It's a big week for music in St. Louis. LouFest brings a barrage of artists to Forest Park while Pü Fest simultaneously congregates bands from near and far at Empire Hall. Besides that, there's plenty to look forward to all week, including the Breeders, Inspectah Deck and more. Read on for our crit ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Outkast Will Be Performing at Lollapalooza: What Does That Mean for LouFest?

    Lollapalooza is one of the crown jewels of the modern festival era. We may not love the lineup every year, but we certainly can see how, over the past decade, the Chicago production has redefined what a multi-stage, multi-day, multi-artist event can be, especially in an urban setting. The long-runni ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Abby Gillardi: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten folks. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favori ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Five St. Louis-Based Music Festivals that Draw Out-of-Towners

    Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

    Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Next Year's LouFest Will Be September 6-7, 2014 In Forest Park

    The dust has only just settled on this year's installment of LouFest and already its organizers are looking to next year's event. LouFest 2014 will take place September 6 and 7, again in Forest Park. Here's the announcement from the mailing list e-mail: LouFest 2013 is officially in the books! Than ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    LouFest's 9 Best Dance Moves in GIFs

    If you can't dance but find yourself at a music festival, there's no need to get frustrated like the guy above. Why? Because there are a thousands more people just like you: They're here to dance, free of judgment, with beer tents around every corner and funky jams filling the air. Here are some o ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Alabama Shakes' Commanding and Powerful LouFest Set Belied Its Youth

    Alabama Shakes' rise to success has certainly been swift and deserved. Just two years ago, the band stood on the stage of the Old Rock House and put on an electrifying set to a half-full room. Anyone in attendance that night walked out of there knowing: a) The band was poised for big things. b) Si ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013
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    August 29, 2013

    Local Soul Singer Sarah Bollinger Releases Debut Solo Album, Both/And

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. While ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    LouFest Schedule is Out Now, Single-Day Tickets On Sale

    Publicity PhotoIcona Pop, writers of the song that is everywhere right now, perform at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 8.The good people of LouFest have announced the set times for all of the bands on the lineup this year -- unsurprisingly, Wilco and the Killers will close out the two night affair on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Killers, Wilco, The National, Alabama Shakes to Headline LouFest [UPDATE - Tickets On Sale Now]

    [Update May 3: LouFest tickets are on sale now! Click through this link to purchase yours.] It's official! No need for further speculation, the LouFest lineup has been announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at A limited number of $75 two-day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    People Bitching About LouFest: Presented to You by the Internet

    This week's LouFest lineup announcement has stirred up a lot of conversation in the city of St. Louis. The festival's new partnership with C3 Presents has served as a lightning rod of sorts: There are those who are excited about the veteran production company's ability to draw some big names, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    LouFest Lineup 2013: Here Is Our Best (Educated!) Guess

    This morning LouFest launched a guessing game for its 2013 line-up, releasing a Wheel of Fortune-like thing with fill-in-the-blank band names and plans to release one letter a day between today and Monday, April 29. The first clue is the letter "U," which makes nine appearances in the line-up. In th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    LouFest Update: Lineup to Be Announced in Late April

    Last night C3 Presents -- the company that will be partnering with LouFest this year, also responsible for Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Festival -- hosted a "Media Happy Hour" at Five Bistro. Many members of the local media were in attendance -- in addition to RFT Music, there was the Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    The Year-End List of Lists to End All Year-End Lists This Year (You Wish)

    I am a chronic ranker of things, a lister. You give me a category - movies, music, vegetables, just about anything besides my children - and I'll give you a nice, neat list of my favorites. For my summary of the year 2012, a single Top Ten List didn't seem sufficient, so instead I submit my Top Five ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Euclid Records' 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2012

    Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    The Ten Best Rock Clubs in St. Louis

    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 working our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best blues clubs in St. Louis. ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Alabama Shakes is Coming to the Pageant [Update: SOLD OUT]

    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 follows... Alabama Shakes has just announced a show on October 9 at the Pageant. Tickets are $22.50 in advanc ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 8 to 14

    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 of the band are sprawled lazily on the floor, haphazardly surrounded by their hopelessly-tangled instrument c ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Win Tickets to Alabama Shakes at the Pageant

    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 with a rough, rock edge on all that buttery melody. We are fans, in case that wasn't clear. The band will be ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    LouFest Joins with Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Producer: What Will it Mean?

    The confetti has barely settled on LouFest year three: Despite some uncooperative weather, this year's incarnation, featuring headliners Girl Talk and the Flaming Lips, was its biggest yet, with some 12,000 in attendance. And today, the festivals organizers have an announcement that will dramaticall ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    The Americana Music Association 2012 Award Winners Love St. Louis

    Earlier tonight, the trophies were doled out in Nashville for the 2012 Americana Music Association Awards and Honors. Winners included the Civil Wars, Gillian Welch and, naturally, Alabama Shakes -- the complete list is below. What struck us about the artists honored was how thoroughly they have b ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Top 5 Awesomely Silly Dancing GIFs From the Outside Lands Festival

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog, and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last wee ... More >>

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    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    By Erik Thompson With additional reporting by Reed FischerThe 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many peopl ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Minus the Bear, Deicide, Bomb the Music Industry! and More in This Week's New Show Announcements

    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 >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Alabama Shakes is Coming to the Pageant

    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 as December, this band was playing the Old Rock House. That's a quick jump and the sort of upgrade that tells y ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012: Highlights from A to Z

    The team: six 40-year-old men, leaving behind six fairly respectable jobs, five wives and 14.9 children for four days. The tools: a 32-foot RV, VIP tickets, comfortable shoes and enough beer to take down a small fraternity. The task: to do and see as much as physically and logistically possible at ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Dispatches from Bonnaroo: Alabama Shakes

    The swelling crowd at Bonnaroo had hardly enough time to process the emotional Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "I Will Always Love You" tribute to Whitney Houston when Alabama Shakes took This Stage slightly before midnight. After an opening interlude, Brittney Howard and her Athens, Alabama, bandmates launc ... More >>