This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>
This week yields plenty of stops from artists all across the board including the Tontons, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Barenaked Ladies and Minus the Bear. Keep reading for our critics' recommendations for the week, and as always, remember to peruse our concert calendar for more options.
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
Things have been crazy around here, to say the least. I can't say for sure, but I have a theory that music editor Daniel Hill hasn't left the office in days and has only stopped working on the RFT Music Showcase for an occasional George Costanza-style under-the-desk nap. See the fruits of our labor ... More >>
We hope you enjoyed that extra day of rest as much as we did. Besides, you're going to need it if you intend on spending an entire day basking in local sounds with us this weekend. The RFT Music Showcase 2013 is this Saturday -- get the exhaustive coverage of all the nominees and come see 50 of the ... More >>
The Appleseed Cast stop at the Demo on April 6 in anticipation of its forthcoming album, Illumination Ritual. Rowdy up-and-coming rapper, Kid Ink, will play at Plush on April 19. Alkaline Trio is on tour supporting its new release, My Shame is True and will be performing at Pop's on June 2. More sho ... 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 >>
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 >>
8 p.m. Monday, October 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous hailstorm (mine only lost a window or two, no biggie) make sure hit the town or else you'll be missing some excelle ... 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 with which you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new ... More >>
Valentine's Day has come again, meaning you are either celebrating your love life or hating on those who are. The holiday's backlash is the perfect vehicle for emo, the genre that strives on tragedy and melodrama. Here are the six most overwrought emo songs about Valentine's Day. If you have additio ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, January 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Image viaLocal third-wave ska legend Mu330 is getting more attention than usual. First, there is the upcoming reunion show with its original 1994 Press-era lineup. Now, the band's singer Dan Potthast has revealed a new group, Dan P and The Bricks. The ten-piece outfit also features four me ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, October 23. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Katie HovlandJosh Caterer, lead singer and one of the three Caterer brothers in the four-piece Smoking Popes, was compared to his grandparents' crooners while he wrote torch songs like "Need You Around" in his early twenties and sang about fatherhood and adulthood on 2008's Stay Down, the ban ... More >>
photo courtesy of Mike JonesAs major record labels continue to consolidate their lineups, it might seem an unlikely time to start an independent record label. Yet, for Mike Jones, founder of I Hate Punk Rock Records, starting his label in the mid 2000s came as naturally as expanding his perso ... More >>
Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course. Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed ... More >>
The Vans Warped tour returns to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on Monday, July 5. Like every year, the tour has its fair share of bands that appeal mostly to "the kids" -- Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, the Cab, etc. But this year's model features plenty of acts with actual musical c ... More >>
AFI Where: The Pageant With: Gallows Sounds Like: Post-everything -- hardcore, punk, electro, rock, pop and goth. The band's new album, Crash Love, rails against the emptiness of fame and shallowness of modern culture, and features some of the catchiest, tightest songwriting of its career. R ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>
Friday, November 14 *Greg Laswell/Jenny Owen Youngs, Duck Room *Secondhand Serenade/Cute Is What We Aim For, Pop’s *Steel Train/Dear and the Headlights, Off Broadway *Femme Fatality/7 Shot Screamers/Exercise, Bluebird *Celebration Day: Tribute to Led Zeppelin, Pageant *Benjamin Del Shreve/David Sa ... More >>
Ben Weasel gets digi with it.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
The Black Parade (Reprise)
5 p.m. Saturday, September 2. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
B-Sides steps out with Gabriel and Dresden, matches drugs with Tool albums and previews the WM3 benefits going on around town
B-Sides investigates the story behind the new Take Action tour, Dar Williams opens her mind, and we suggest the coolest tunes to download this week
We remember Frederick's Music Lounge
Catching up with the World Sax Quartet, atoning for V-Day sins with Stars and heralding the triumphant return of the Smoking Popes
B-Sides sees triple with Alkaline Trio, crunches numbers with Son Volt and gives Billy Idol some career advice
Week of December 3, 2003
Week of June 18, 2003
With Riddle of Steel Friday, January 24; Three-One Three. With Step Softly, GhostSaturday, January 25; Rocket Bar.
Tuesday, October 22; Galaxy
Thursday, Sept. 27; Creepy Crawl
Friday, Sept. 7; Hi-Pointe
Sunday, March 11; Galaxy.
A deluge of CDs yields a couple of winners