Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band." I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with ... More >>
Sorry for the delay, folks. We've been knee-deep in the music awards. Let us know what we should be adding to this list below. This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in April 2014, listed in alphabetical order. There are li ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. "Your mus ... More >>
L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl ask, "do the Oscars really even matter, guys?" They come to a few conclusions, but only after discussing just how much ass a middle-aged Liam Neeson can kick on an airplane in Non-Stop. Settle in for ... More >>
Get in the holiday spirit by joining in on some festive performances this weekend. The 8th Annual Dan Kelley Christmas Show hits the Warehouse, the Demo holds a toy drive and CoCo Soul performs at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Besides that, Spotlight St. Louis holds its music awards, Pokey Lafarge goes ... More >>
Punk rock is a money toilet. The record/mp3 collecting involved is the most addictive drug that I've ever encountered, and most of my alcoholic/drug addict/straight edge friends would probably agree. But are we all just living in a dumber cliché than the one we're supposedly and lazily rebelling ag ... More >>
Since its opening four years ago, Citygarden has become a must-see St. Louis destination. Now the downtown sculpture park is worth a listen, too. See also: - Jenna Fischer Defends Imo's Pizza - Jon Hamm Brags About St. Louis Cardinals Today Citygarden unveiled an iPhone app that offers -- among ... More >>
For most musicians, it can take a village to create everything that goes into a strong career, but most musicians aren't rapper G-Eazy. Early into his career, the young Bay Area native has criss-crossed the country on tour multiple times, shared the stage with such industry heavyweights as Drake and ... More >>
Before South Florida achieved its cocaine cowboy status and notoriety, Miami was known for a vibrant musical community that nurtured nascent Latin fusion sounds, old school soul, funk, R&B and jazz. Miami's historical Overtown district is a shell of its former self but at one point in time, before t ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
And now a Public Service Announcement from RFT Music: It's wintertime, folks, and you know what that means: It's cold! And as we all know, in the cold, everything dies. The trees, the bugs, at least one ill-prepared bird I found in my side yard -- and most important for the purposes of this post: t ... More >>
For those in search of laughter or curious about the on-goings of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations of shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers crossed, Oh God! I hope this works, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, stand-up, im ... More >>
17. Twenty-Five Percent of the Girl Talk Crowd Girl Talk only makes sense -- and I do mean only -- if you are dancing. Otherwise it's just your very pop-savvy friend's iTunes playlist on schizophrenic overdrive. So kudos to those bumping various body parts and whipping around beach balls -- there w ... More >>
This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area (we're interpreting pretty broadly) in July 2012, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previe ... 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. The greatest living composer (Steve Reich) is currently writing a piece based on source material from the ... More >>
Every week writers for Riverfront Times and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Cri ... 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 >>
It's fitting that a film about a dystopian free-for-all would include music from the Arcade Fire. This is the group, after all, that composed several songs on Funeral about a world overrun by snow and power outages. But the song that appears in the movie is not from Funeral. It's an original song ... More >>
It may have been said before, but it's worth mentioning once again: Jay Fay's musical achievements at such a young age and in a relatively short amount of time have been quite impressive. The artist - whose real name is Josh Fagin - has opened up for established acts with his brand of infectious el ... More >>
The municipality of University City in recent years has been known for producing a number of successful jazz musicians, including pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport, saxophonist Todd Williams, and bassists Neal Caine and Chris Thomas. Now, thanks to the efforts of t ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
Image viaThe rules of the game: Try to guess what Kanye meant by these quotes in less time than it takes to make sure you read them correctly.The only thing that's legitimately surprising about Kanye West comparing himself to Hitler last weekend is that he did so in a negative sense. To the a ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including the much-anticipated collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z, British shoegaze punks the Horrors and Pepper Rabbit.
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany artists have used the album cover as a vehicle for greater mass exposure. Robert Crumb transitioned from the obscurity of underground comics to mainstream consciousness with his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Derek Riggs made his mark o ... More >>
If this were the cover of an actual Weezer album, the title would be neither "Weezer," nor "OK Computer," nor "Raditude."As a Weezer fan I've learned to think in phases. I'd like to think it keeps me sane to understand that no direction they move in, good or bad, will last too long. For insta ... More >>
Sunday Food Network "personality" and "chef" Guy Fieri brings his Guy Fieri Food Tour to the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. The event is a rock & roll celebration of all things Guy, and each evening culminates with the spiky-haired, backwards-sunglasses-wearing, sold-out-to-the-Natio ... More >>
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Rocksteady*Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Rocksteady Todd Park Mohr, vocalist and guitarist for Big Head Todd and the Monsters, said of the new album: "We ... More >>
The end of 2009 brings one of those arbitrary milestones that marks the end of a decade, which prompts some of us to look back at the last ten years to see how far we've come and how much has changed. Yes, this is yet another one of those lists. Here is a list of things we did in 1999 that we either ... More >>
Released in 1977, the song "Father Christmas" by the Kinks did not chart(!), although now it's a power-pop staple. Here's the original, a fantastic version by Chicago band the Figgs and a link to stream a new version by LA singer-songwriter Cary Brothers. The latter version of this song comes from h ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer spotlights a number of this year's top holiday releases. Here are several more festive releases that you might have missed. But are you really missing anything? Read on...The Pet Shop Boys, Christmas Unlike your grandmother's fruitcake, which is always an ... More >>
Congratulations to the SLSO, which received quite an honor today. Doctor Atomic Symphony, the John Adams composition it recorded under conductor David Robertson, was named iTunes' Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2009. (Screenshot below.) Released by Nonesuch Records in July, Atomic was recorded ... More >>
myspace.com/markmulcahyMark Mulcahy isn't a household name, but he should be. In the '80s, the singer-songwriter fronted Miracle Legion, a Connecticut jangle-pop act that managed to transcend early comparisons to R.E.M. and evolve into a pretty solid original rock band. In the '90s, Miracle Legio ... More >>
(Welcome to Obscurity Knocks, where every Thursday we'll unearth something good -- but obscure -- we think deserves notice.) Artist:Beanpole MP3: "Now I Know" From: Pop Goes The World! compilation 7" single, Catch That Beat!/Lovemeknot Records, 1998 Who were they? Sacramento multi-instrumentalist ... More >>
Good morning, St. Louis. Stumbling to your computer or avoiding the boss coming around to your cubicle? Just just rolling out of bed, wondering what the hell went on this weekend? Or even better, still up from last night? Spring is here, so I hope you got out to enjoy some of the warm weather befor ... More >>
And some St. Louis hip-hop artists take their future into their own hands.
Neon Bible, is a worthy follow-up to 2004's Funeral.
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A dispatch from SXSW
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