One doesn't join the world's foremost Western swing band lightly, and one leaves it even less so. When Austin singer and songwriter Elizabeth McQueen signed up for Asleep at the Wheel in 2005, she had no choice but to throw herself into the role fully, never quite guessing that's she'd wind up with ... More >>
Today is my final day here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and since I suspect this sort of thing might not fly at my new gig: OMG YOU GUYS BREAST-MILK-FLAVORED LOLLIPOPS! AND THEY'RE VEGAN. See Also: - Nothing. There's nothing remotely likely vegan breast-milk-flavored lollipops to see a ... More >>
It certainly seems like it's possible that Reckless Kelly band leaders Willy and Cody Braun will be joining their little brothers Micky and Gary -- who front the country band Micky and the Motorcars -- tonight at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave.). Even if they don't, it should be a good show. The Aust ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, February 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Lane changin', chain swangin'.Gucci Mane might just be the good citizen we always thought him to be--he was released from Fulton County jail three months early for good behavior and is making good on his two-large child support payments. The Hotlanta rapper heads to Posh Nightclub on January ... More >>
Alexandra ValentiPerhaps thanks to singer Will Sheff's creative writing background or its Russian literature-derived band name, Okkervil River wears the tag of "literate rock & roll" more than any other band not named the Decemberists. (Which is silly, since all songwriters are by definition ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, December 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
7 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The Good & the Light EP
Shh. Don't tell Corle 2 Da.Another week another survey ranking the livability of the nation's cities. This one from Portfolio.com that's out with a new poll of America's most stressful cities. Coming in at No. 5 is St. Louis with a stress index of 4.737. The most stressful city? Detroit. (They al ... More >>
In this week's RFT, I interviewed Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick during the influential band's first appearance at South By Southwest in Austin. Read the feature here and check out the outtakes from the interview below. Dana PlonkaRick Nielsen Roy Kasten: Before ... More >>
You gotta love the trend of local rappers making "albums" instead of "mixtapes." The words have basically become synonymous at this point but there are still a few important distinctions. Mixtapes, IMHO, are a way to showcase other artists in the clique and whet the fans' appetites for the full-leng ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, November 2. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Last month we told you about the St. Louisans vying to get their panels on the program at the 2010 South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin this coming spring. Well, the first batch of panelists was announced yesterday, and we were pleased to see our fair city represented on this li ... More >>
Some cool news from the Luminary Center for the Arts, about a few shows it has coming up in July. First, the venue will be co-presenting Austin electro-dreamers the Octopus Project on Friday, July 24. And the next night (that's Saturday, July 25), LA garage-wobblers Abe Vigoda will headline. (Locals ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, Friday, June 12, Saturday, June 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
On Sixth Street in Austin, it's Day One of SXSW 2009 (for Day Zero, go here) and the promotional and busking stunts are on: A couple of kids dressed in epidermally fused body suits to hype (sweetly) their outer space band Frontier Brothers, some Transformer mechano-dude on stilts, a posse with a sig ... More >>
hamellontrial.comEd Hamell, a.k.a. Hamell on Trial, made a pit stop at the Deluxe Diner in Maplewood last night on his way to the SXSW Festival in Austin. The Brooklyn-based artist-- known for his subversive, spoken-word lyrics and blistering acoustic guitar (a '37 Gibson) -- performed before a smal ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, February 26. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
p.m. Monday, October 1. Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard
9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Check out our exhaustive recap of Austin's indie-rock fest.
Renaissance man County Brown steps out.
Knowing me, not knowing you: the enigmatic Richard Buckner.
We're having a music awards party, and everyone's invited!
9 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Dante's (3221 Olive Boulevard)
Roller derby's St. Louis roots run deep. Now a new generation of skaters vows to bring this rock-'em sock-'em sport back to life.
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways
Untied (Soulthink Productions)
There wasn't much of the Lou at South by Southwest
Tucker Booth disses on the lot while the Wall Street Journal has a lot of love for Erin Bode
Saturday, December 11; Mississippi Nights
Sunday, June 20; the Duck Room
Wash yourself in the music of Okkervil River and be cleansed
Promise of Love (Tiger Style)
Saturday, June 8; Galaxy
Friday, May 24; Frederick's Music Lounge
The Band dances The Last Waltz, but can time heal old wounds?
Week of November 21, 2001
Friday, June 15; Pageant
Willis Alan Ramsey recorded one classic record in 1972 and hasn't followed it up ... yet
The hockey Hawks hardly ever win, but they're not about to quit. Game on.
Singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is back among the living