By Roy Kasten, Christian Schaeffer and RFT Music St. Louis isn't just a city. It's a song. Or rather songs, hundreds, thousands and more. Don't bother counting. We tried. In back rooms and basements, on stages and streets, musicians have paid tribute to St. Louis again and again. Place matters. St ... More >>
This week, KISS comes to town along with a handful of other great touring acts -- large and small. A five-band punk bill promises to provide one more hot summer night at Melt, Songbird Cafe constrastingly cools down the Focal Point, Brooklyn's Fielded brings her future pop to the Luminary and much m ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
This post is dedicated to all the creepsters out there. You know who I'm talking about: dudes who troll for tail while their significant others obliviously go about their day. These philanders think they can get away with their serial cheating, but almost 97 percent of the time a girlfriend shak ... More >>
Courtesy of Funky Butt Brass BandThe Funky Butt Brass Band, St. Louis' finest purveyors of second-line struttin', is about to unleash its annual holiday throwdown on Saturday night at Off Broadway. Now in its third year, the Holiday Brasstravaganza gives the six-piece a chance to thoroughly f ... More >>
George Clinton brings the funk on Saturday.So, chances are you're going to LouFest this weekend. (Have you read our coverage yet? Go! Do it!) But if you aren't, there's plenty to do this weekend. Read on: 1. St. Louis Bluesweek Festival; steps of the Peabody Opera House The inaugural St. Lou ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, November 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
B-Sides chats with the immortal soul-punk Graham Parker, and boogies down with the NYC power-trio Earl Greyhound.
Bennie Smith: 1933-2006.
Bennie Smith and a dwindling cadre of St. Louis music pioneers have a right to sing the blues
We picnic with Parrotheads, get literary with book-minded bands and witness an old-fashioned blues royale
Our hero hits Nelly's birthday party James Bond-style
Make way for the down-and-dirty sounds of the Big Muddy Blues Festival
Hometown legend Bennie Smith joins other blues greats at the "Guitar Masters 2002" show
The local blues legend looks back on 40 years in St. Louis
East Side jazzman Eddie Fisher's soulful classic "The Third Cup" is a hot-ticket item all over the world -- too bad it's been out of print for 20 years
Thursday, May 24; B.B.'s Jazz, Blues & Soups.
The Unheard Music Series reissues Funky Donkey, a classic of St. Louis jazz
Damn the criticism -- Mayor Ruby Cook runs Brooklyn her way. But in this historic town, best known for its sex trade, she's not the biggest problem. Brooklyn is broke, divided and sinking fast.
Saturday, June 3; Casino Queen parking lot
A new documentary captures "the last generation of authentic bluesmen" on film
Sunday, Aug. 1; Generations