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. As some of these Better Living Through Music columns have pointed out (and as my nemesis Matt Harnish ... 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 >>
On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious ... More >>
Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes Part Four: Bo & the Locomotive, Rockwell Knuckles, Dubb Nubb and Palace Part Five: S ... More >>
Tower Groove Records Formed Tower Groove Records aims to bring bands out of dingy south-city basements and into, well, other dingy south-city basements. The collective won't be funding the release of records but hopes to utilize the cumulative talents and experience of its members to make it easier ... More >>
Happy Halloween! Let's celebrate with a list of the six best cameos from creepy children in song. 6. Michael Jackson - "Little Susie" The inclusion of Michael Jackson on this list has nothing to do with any accusations of inappropriate behavior with children, of which I will always give the man th ... More >>
Dove ShoreTonight is the long-awaited, very-sold-out Girl Talk show at the Pageant. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Gregg Gillis, the man behind the moniker. (Note: The author is a fellow Pittsburgh native who grew up in the same classic-rock-obsessed area and witnessed Girl Talk ... More >>
Hat tip to a random reader for pointing me toward Buz, a local live-electronic duo worth checking out. The band's been around for awhile -- it released an album called Shapeshifter back in 2006 -- but keyboardist Jake Elking tells me Buz hopes to have a new record out by the end of the year. ... More >>
Why is this the cover art? Nobody knows.Phaseone, the RFT's Best Producer of 2010, has been getting all kinds of Internet lovin' for his new mixtape "The Realest Shit I Ever Wrote." The fifteen-track, 29-minute compilation was featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast earlier this week and Jeff Weiss, for ... More >>
Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, one of my all time favorite bands will rock the collective ass of St. Louis for all that it's worth. Ladies and Gentlemen, AC/DC is in the house. I know, I don't really seem the sort to love AC/DC, but what can I say? Maybe it's the screech of Brian Johnson's vocals ... More >>
The audience present for the 8:30 p.m. Bad Plus set last evening leaned more toward curious observers than diehard fans. It was difficult to suspect the sort of crowd that would take interest in the piano, bass, and drum trio, and even harder to guess what aspect of the group appealed to whom. Some ... More >>
p.m. Sunday, May 18. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Wednesday, January 16. Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Digital music just gets better. See ya later, major labels.
B-Sides gets the skinny on the renovations going on at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, and gets to the bottom of the MetroLink's sound installation.
The View from the Floor (Misra)
Scott Hoffman is spreading the gospel...the sexy, sexy gospel
Showtime (XL Recordings)
These are the best rock & roll conversations in the world. No argument.
Remixes of Dean's amped-up Iowa speech were the online flava of the week
Ambient music lives on in the Darla Bliss Out series
Pressure (Tiger Beat 6)
26 Mixes for Cash (Warp)
The Anti-Pop Consortium built up its reputation by tearing down rap conventions
Rings Around the World (Sony)
Go Plastic (Warp)
The Braindance Coincidence (Rephlex)
Arrived Phoenix (Matador)
Warp Remixes (Warp/Matador)
Electronic data on Droplogic, Brain Transplant, Grandpa's Ghost and the Neem
Presents Maximum Priest E.P. (Nothing/Interscope)