There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what ... More >>
Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. In some cases, you get the sense that they'd almost rath ... More >>
This weekend, take advantage of the fact that it's perfectly acceptable to leave the house dressed up as whatever you want. Halloween's still a week away technically, but no one's going to judge preemptive costume enthusiasts unless it's part of a contest. InFest StL 4 hits four Cherokee Street venu ... More >>
This week, check out our critics' recommendations, including Desaparecidos, M. Doughty and Death Angel. Read about these performers and more after the jump, and stay tuned to our weekend best bets post for more shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Electro-pop artist Dan Deacon and experimental psych-rockers Animal Collective will play the Pageant next Wednesday, and we've got two tickets!
[UPDATE: The complete lineup is now on page two of this post.] Right now, even as I type this, Weird Al Yankovic is in the midst of a three-hour long live streaming video announcement for this year's Bonnaroo Festival, a four-day event that takes place every year in Manchester, Tennessee. As one wh ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Ed. Girl Talk will headline the first day of LouFest 2012, on August 25 in Forest Park. We spoke with the mastermind behind one of the more insane dance parties going for this week's music feature. But Gregg Gillis has a lot to say and we couldn't fit all the gems into print. Below, you can find his ... More >>
Last week, we counted down the best songs over thirty minutes long, essentially a list of weirdos. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it is rare for an artist to call a song complete before it enters triple digits on the time counter. But great works have been made under the sixty second mark, be ... More >>
"American Pie" is eight and a half minutes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is seventeen. It is not uncommon for a prog track to reach twenty minutes, but it takes a certain breed to break the half-hour barrier. Below is a list of the six best songs over thirty minutes long. Feel free to interject your favorit ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, October 2. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
8 p.m. Saturday, September 24. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Big Boi mugs for the camera.Did you hear the one about the rapper who got busted for Ecstasy and Viagra? Earlier this week, Outkast rapper Big Boi got pinched for MDMA powder, Ecstasy pills, and an illegal prescription of the little blue pill for his disco stick. Which got us thinking -- what ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Guided By VoicesThe weather was perfect and apparently -- horrifically -- it is mom-jean-short-season. It was a day for eccentric acts, the line-up carefully curated to force superfans into buying Friday tickets. The will call line stretched around the block and then some. 4:32 pm:tUnE-yArDs ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 1. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
9 p.m. Wednesday, January 26. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.
Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... More >>
Last week, Eric Hall dropped me a line asking if I had any idea who was behind the St. Louis-based band I Was a Fountain. Going by three tracks found on Bandcamp, he pointed out the similarities between IWAF and Animal Collective. He's right, but AC is more of a jumping-off point for the band; its b ... More >>
NoiseFest is a test of wills. Can you handle three days of punishing noise? Without alcohol? And only smoking between sets, outside? Stabilized only by coffee and aural pain, the hygiene-optional crowd of Midwest noiseheads descend on the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center tonight for three days of de ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, October 25. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Friday, July 30. Foam, 3359 South Jefferson Avenue.
9 p.m. Monday, February 15. The Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street.
As always, asterisks indicate bands coming through St. Louis... Vintage Vinyl 1. MURPHY LEE---You See Me 2. BEACH HOUSE---Teen Dream 3. VAMPIRE WEEKEND---Contra 4. CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG---IRM 5. ANVIL---This Is Thirteen 6. SPOON---Transference 7. MAGNETIC FIELDS---Realism* 8. TEDDY PENDERGRASS---Ess ... More >>
Now this is a fine way to end the week: After my post about Animal Collective playing the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, Raglani -- who uploaded the video -- clued me in that he just uploaded another awesome vintage clip: Interpol at the Rocket Bar in 2002, performing "Stella Was a Diver and She Was ... More >>
Electronic musician Raglani has been keeping busy in non-performance ways lately: He's been uploading video after video of vintage St. Louis performance videos to a Vimeo account. The result is a treasure trove of experimental, noise, punk and indie videos: The collection features acts such as Hair ... More >>
Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
marqueemag.com/tag/ghostland-observatory/Few indie bands are as divisive as Ghostland Observatory. For every fan and critic who fawns over its catchy dance punk grooves, there are others who decry tthe band as "robot rock for the flyover states" or, as Pitchfork infamously panned "Daft Punk for f ... More >>
STL's musicians have been all over Pitchfork in the past few weeks. On June 2 the site ran a little news blurb announcing the release of So Many Dynamos' The Loud Wars. (Aside: How about a review too, guys? Flashlights received one...) Last Monday, PhaseOne's remix of Animal Collective's "Daily Rout ... More >>
Twangfest 13 starts tonight at the Pageant with Amy Lavere, Hot Club of Cowtown and Alejandro Escovedo, but the Twangfest eBay Auction, an annual charity event for KDHX Community Media, has been rolling for a week, with many items ending this afternoon. Lots of cool and rare music stuff. Check it ou ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
9 p.m. Friday, April 3. The Billiken Club, on the campus of Saint Louis University. 20 North Grand Boulevard.
Bonnaroo just announced its 2009 lineup -- and like Coachella, it looks pretty strong. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headlining, while Phish is doing two(!) shows. Other notables include Elvis Costello (solo), Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Mars Volta and a bunch more. S ... More >>
(Welcome to Rock Math, where each week Ryan Wasoba will explain a newly released album with the aid of a mathematical equation.) Band: Animal Collective Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion Label: Domino (vinyl out now, CD release on 1/20) Equation: Quadratic Formula
9 p.m. Saturday, August 30. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
I've always had mixed feelings about Animal Collective. Some of their songs are downright brilliant, mixing complex and bizarre deconstructed structures with the most catchy and basic of pop melodies. Other times I think they sound like the most pretentious band on the planet, taking noise rock to i ... More >>
I literally had no idea what to expect from The Dodos. All I knew going into their Sunday set at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was that the band is from San Francisco. That's it. They could have been a stoner death metal band of gypsies and I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised. Fortun ... More >>
The RFT staff was just sitting around the cubicle chewing the fat frites and perusing this week's concert listings when this one caught our eye: War: Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. Soldiers Memorial War at Soldiers Memorial -- how more apt an artist/venue matchup could there be? Well, plenty, when you thi ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, February 18. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard