With the holidays nigh, it's good to take a look ahead at the potential aftermath. Unwind from the street of Christmas season with some shows this week. Schlafly Beer celebrates its 22nd birthday with a rock show on the big stage upstairs, Jack Buck plays its last show in St. Louis at Apop Records, ... More >>
According to my new calendar, the word of the day is "volant," and it is defined as "moving lightly" or "nimble." I'm not really sure how to incorporate that into a post recommending shows for this week, but I'll do my damnedest. Legendary metal monsters Corrosion of Conformity play the Firebird to ... More >>
7 p.m. Monday, June 18. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
Realistically speaking, bats are more inclined to slurp up bugs than terrorize humanity. But the critters probably aren't getting a lot of love from Andrew Elstner, one of the members of the St. Louis-based Tilts and guitarist for Torche. Elstner, a St. Louis native who now lives in Atlanta, touch ... More >>
After teasing fans about it for five months on the band's facebook page, power trio Riddle of Steel finally confirmed that it will be playing a reunion show at the Firebird on February 18. The show, which is being held in honor of bassist Jimmy Vavak's 40th birthday, will be the group's first ... More >>
Last night, Torche played a show at Fubar, its first in town since adding ex-Riddle of Steel/current Tilts member Andrew Elstner to the lineup. Jon Gitchoff was there and brought back a slideshow of photos from the night. A few are below!Jon GitchoffAndrew Elstner playing with TorcheView a sl ... More >>
Small Black is at the Luminary Center for the Arts tonight with .e and Wise BloodThe post-SXSW embarrassment of riches continues in town tonight. Besides the Greenhornes at the Firebird and Eli "Paperboy" Reed at Off Broadway, there are several other shows featuring awesome/not-to-miss bands. ... More >>
Nick SchnelleAndrew Elstner, playing with Riddle of Steel in October 2009Tilts vocalist/guitarist Andrew Elstner is joining the well-regarded stoner-metal band Torche. The latter group, which has members in Atlanta, Gainesville and Miami, has known Elstner since he was the vocalist/guitarist ... More >>
Singles and EPs have historically served invaluable purposes. For new bands, they can be the best method to come out swinging with their best songs. For established acts, they provide a low-pressure way to showcase new material, try out remixes, or clear the vaults of demos and alternate ta ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons/Juanma1008Holiday season? What holiday season? The weather says otherwise -- and so does our jam-packed concert calendar. Read the music page for some shows, and go elsewhere for a list of music documentaries at SLIFF, info on the Firebrand Recording Showcase and much, much ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Tilts' debut EP, Cassingle. He had this to say: Fronted by ex-Riddle of Steel frontman Andrew Elstner and bolstered by a few ex-members of Shame Club, the band plays ballsy riff-rock that sounded as good now as when T. Rex did it. But instead of mel ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, December 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Tonight, Tilts -- the band fronted by Andrew Elstner of Riddle of Steel and featuring ex-Shame Club members Ken McCray and Andy White -- is playing its first show at the Firebird. Caporetto and Engine Orchestra are also on the bill. The band's MySpace describes its sound like this: The Immigrant S ... More >>
REVIEW BY BOB MCMAHON; PHOTOS BY NICK SCHNELLE Jimmy Vavak, Riddle of Steel bassist. More photos here Notes were flubbed, lyrics were dropped and it was sometimes hard to hear the bass melody, but damn if it wasn't great to see Riddle of Steel play again. The group spent most of this decade ... More >>
Riddle of Steel has its back against the record machine.
Local musicians and writers weigh in on the Police's legacy in St. Louis -- then and now.
Riddle of Steel checks in from Europe, Ghostface Killah gets all James Joyce on us, while the Download directs us to MP3 nirvana
You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards
Riddle of Steel
The Schlafly Tap Room plays host to the RFT Music Awards presentation
Friday, Aug. 10; Rocket Bar