Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship.
Almost one year ago, I crammed my guitar, my xylophone, and myself into a crowded midsize car with half ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields | Gal Musette
Sheldon Concert Hall, 11/14/12
Since the Magnetic Fields last played St. Louis, it has completed its synth-free trilogy (2010's Realism was the last puzzle piece), left Nonesuch Records, and returned to Merge Records, the indie label that released its prime 1990s w ... More >>
Stephin Merritt isn't the easiest guy to interview. He isn't rude but, at times, it's obvious that he'd much rather be drinking at a bar or playing with his dog than be stuck on the phone with a stranger asking him about his art. But such is life when you are one of the greatest songwriters in indie ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship
Amanda Palmer is having a rough week. Her situation (abridged) is as follows: Palmer developed a cult foll ... More >>
Em Piro has learned her lesson. St. Lou Fringe 2013 has been scheduled for June 20-24. That is not the weekend of Pride. It is the weekend before.
2012 firmly established that if there's going to be a conflict between Pride and Fringe, Pride, older and bigger and more deeply embedded in St. Louis ... More >>
In case you hadn't heard, fireworks displays are cancelled all over town this year because everything is on fire. Fair St. Louis is just about the only game left in town, which is convenient for our music-related purposes since that's also where Heart will be playing this Wednesday. Other than that, ... More >>
Here's how things were different the last time Ben Folds Five released an album, without digital music stores, social networking, or anything like Kickstarter: Ubiquity was a possible outcome for rock-and-roll albums.
Not just from huge names, either--in the same way baseball's late-90s power bing ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>
Ellen CookEllen Cook is not one for conventions; her voicemail involves the phrase "jazz hands." The local singer's music is sweet and eccentric, and she brings a punk rock sensibility to most everything she does. In preparation for her set at the RFT Showcase on June 4th, we talked to her ab ... More >>
Image viaThose fans who will flock to the Pageant on Sunday night for Ben Folds' sold-out concert should consider staving off the start of the work week a little longer and stick around for Ellen Cook's after-show concert at the Halo Bar. Cook, a pianist and singer, performs around St. Louis ... More >>
Todd OwyoungDresden Dolls Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione at the PageantHalfway through its 10-year anniversary tour, the Dresden Dolls hit the Pageant with the bombastic fury, humor and authenticity borne of two tight musical partners playing in celebration and remembrance.
The Dolls, Ama ... More >>
It's been three years since the Dresden Dolls last toured. In that time Amanda Palmer has released the solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, accompanied by an art book with photos by Kyle Cassidy and text by Neil Gaiman. She recorded with Jason Webley as Evelyn Evelyn, collaborated on product ... More >>
Clownvis Presley with his biggest fans, the Goo Goo Dolls. It's a tale as old as time: Clown insults The Great and Terrible Oz(zy) to his wife and as a result becomes nearly infamous, by winning over the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere -- including, but not limited to, the members of ... More >>
According to a hilarious video released today by Dresden Dolls, the band will be bringing its anniversary tour to St. Louis at the Pageant on Tuesday, November 16. (The clip's below; it features Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione spoofing ladies of leisure, Boston-high-society-style.) Ticket info TBA. ... More >>