This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>
This week, the Ready Room makes its big debut in the Grove with Of Montreal. Meanwhile, plenty of other big names take over stages all across town. Check out Earth, Alejandro Escovedo, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more this week. Get the info on these shows and more after ... More >>
This weekend is still pretty Halloween-y, so don't put that costume away just yet. This weekend, check out some spooky sounds from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, or see some touring acts. Flux Pavilion, Okkervil River and Living Colour are all in town. Keep on reading to get the detai ... More >>
Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>
Yeasayer treated devoted fans this past Friday to a sold out show at the Firebird. The music and energy in the building was infectious -- the entire crowd sang along to Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp" from 2010's Odd Blood release; almost to the point that the band's vocal presence on stage seemed unnecess ... More >>
Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
Last week, Kieran Hebden from Four Tet announced a new single entitled "The Track I've Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room." It's an okay track with an awful title, but you have to give Hebden props for taking the plunge. Here a ... 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. Most of my favorite bands from high school are reuniting, either for one-off festivals or for total rebir ... More >>
This week thousands of international athletes will descend upon London to compete in 2012 Summer Olympic games. Some of the dozens of contests that make up the games are as old as ancient Greece; others are relative newcomers; and others are so incredibly inane that the International Olympic Committ ... More >>
Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one might be tempted to take it easy this week. Please remember, though, that taking it easy is for square nerd loser ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, October 15. The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Update, 9/28:This show is now sold out. You've got a little over two weeks to dig through craigslist or buddy up with a ticket-having friend. Original post follows... Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck ... More >>
Courtesy of R.E.M. One of the most important bands in rock music has broken up. After 31 years together, R.E.M. has announced its retirement on its website with a humble, thankful note. The declaration shocked fans, who immediately bombarded social networks and entertainment news stories with ... More >>
Henry Diltz Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on October 15th. He'll also play some songs from Modern Art, his latest. Tickets are $20 and go on sale August 19th at 5 p.m.
Lee HarrisOf Montreal | Yip Deciever Luminary Center for the Arts July 4th, 2011 It seems as though Athens, Georgia's Of Montreal and Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie) shouldn't jive. July 4th is brimming with conservative values, and the band's transgender obsessed schizo-disco ... More >>
Ben Westhoff tonight at Left Bank.Former RFT staffer Ben Westhoff is out with a new book exploring the artists who helped popularize the southern style of hip hop that has dominated airwaves for much of the past decade. Tonight at 7 p.m. Westhoff reads from his work Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayn ... More >>
What y'all really know about the Dirty South? Enough to write a book, apparently. Congratulations are in order to RFT alum Ben Westhoff, whose second book will be officially released on May 1. The book, entitled Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinven ... More >>
Jon GitchoffAre the Drive-By Truckers on this list? After looking over the (very helpful) comments to my blogpost asking for the year's best concerts, I started perusing our show review archives. I got as far back as July before the archives ended -- which meant that in the past six months al ... More >>
While our music page has plenty of things to do this weekend, a quick note: The fun./Steel Train/Jarrod Gorbel show at the Firebird is sold out. Hope you bought tickets! Now on to some other options: All weekend: *Soulard Oktoberfest Drink. Listen to Brave Combo, Copper Box and Soulard Blues Band. ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>
Jason ThrasherConsidering the fact that modern bands summon plenty of varied musical and pop culture touchstones, it's silly to make declarations that a certain band is helping to foster the revival of a specific decade's sound. But in terms of aesthetic and fearless willingness to experiment ... More >>
Todd OwyoungB-52s memorabilia (See a slideshow of the B-52s' performance at the Gateway Arch.) Fair St. Louis is a somewhat unusual venue for artists, especially ones that aren't entirely mainstream. Much of the crowd is simply there to get a good view of the fireworks, and if they're at all ... More >>
Travis HuggettJohn J. McCauley III, chilling like a villain this summerIn November 2009, Deer Tick did an impromptu show at Off Broadway after King Khan & BBQ Show canceled due to an arrest. Then, Deer Tick did a last-minute show in March at the Wedge, on the way to SXSW. But as of today, Dee ... More >>
9 p.m., Friday, August 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
[R.E.M. released a deluxe, 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, Murmur, today. The two-disc set contains the original album remastered from original tapes and a live concert bootleg from Larry's Hideaway in Toronto from that era. Co-producer Don Dixon will be on my KDHX radio show on Mo ... More >>
Good morning, St. Louis.If you were caught up in the fever for Twilight, watching movies about carnies or pondering the settlement between KWMU and its fiery, fired boss Patty Wente, here's what you may have missed.
(Words and photos by Keegan Hamilton)The Athens, Georgia-based groups Elf Power and Vic Chesnutt played a fantastic show last night at Off Broadway. Elf Power, which is part of the famed Elephant 6 Collective that includes Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal, opened with a quick set of its driving, t ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, June 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
8 p.m. Friday, February 15. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard
Courtesy of blogcritics.org They were so much younger then. I ran out of time before vacation to write a proper piece about this, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge that R.E.M. — a.k.a. my favorite band since 1993 -- is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame t ... More >>
Meet Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville group that carries on punk's young, loud and snotty tradition.
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A sneak preview of what local bands are up to in 2006
Wednesday, November 16; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Tuesday, October 19; the Fox Theatre
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, better known as the Indigo Girls, still strike the right chord