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. There is a modern tendency among musicians to shun the practice of reading music. I understand why, si ... More >>
A few days ago on NPR's All Things Considered program, Beck spoke about his much discussed sheet music only album Song Reader and offered an interesting thought nugget on his previous work: "When I put out one of my early records ... they sent me a sheet music version of the album. It ended up feeli ... 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 Last week, RFT Music's Jamie Lees wrote an op-ed piece entitled The Problem With An Under Cover Weekend. I ... More >>
Remember when the turntable was considered a legitimate instrument in a rock band? Neither do I. But there are rare instances where DJ scratches are not a dealbreaker in a non hip-hop context. Here are the six best rock songs featuring turntables. Let us know your favorites and we'll REEEEEEEEEEEEMI ... More >>
I'm willing to be surprised, on this, but if word got out that there was a Beck sheet music album coming out, I'm fairly sure the average RFT Music reader could fill in the rest of the news story him-or-herself. So: There's a Beck sheet music album coming out. It's called Song Reader, which is nicel ... More >>
Sad news out of Wisconsin: Dennis Flemion, one half of the Milwaukee-based sibling duo the Frogs, disappeared over the weekend during a weekend family boating trip, and is currently presumed drowned. Of the growing population of rock & roll heaven, surely Flemion is one of the few members already eq ... More >>
This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous hailstorm (mine only lost a window or two, no biggie) make sure hit the town or else you'll be missing some excelle ... More >>
Update: Matt Harnish wins, because we can't resist a local hook. As a side note, I sincerely hope that Adam R. is the person I think it is. Well played, everybody. As much has been said about the Velvet Underground, there will always be more worth talking about. Rob Jovanovic, who wrote the only b ... More >>
Bloodshot RecordsThe Bottle Rockets' Acoustic Album Finally Sees the Light of Day Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With the Bottle Rockets was a long time in coming -- four years in fact. Recorded over two nights in 2007 at the now defunct Lucas School House, the live album was one of this ... More >>
Photo by Corey WoodruffOn September 26th, Deerhoof made tracks through St. Louis for the first time in its nearly twenty years of existence. The Luminary Center for the Arts held the loud but intimate sounds of the seminal experimental pop group, catering to a nearly sold out crowd on a chill ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgMatt Holliday and a bottle of wine pair nicely in a weekend event. It's been a busy week. Why not kick back and unwind with some food and live music at events such as Harvest Sessions at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market or the Second Annual Green Tie Affair at The Green Ce ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, May 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
We're all force-fed holiday cheer from Halloween through New Year's, and even if you really, really love Christmas music, hearing the same old standards and modern classics over and over again can begin to fill you with exactly the opposite of holiday cheer. To avoid the monotony of those soft-rocki ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, November 20. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
9 p.m. Thursday, September 9. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Anyone who showed up early at Radiohead's set a few years ago experienced the face-melting Australian nomadic rock band Liars. Although the cavernous Verizon Wireless Amphitheater swallowed the group's post-punk throttling, fans will have a chance to experience annihilation up close on July 22: The ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) Very quietly, Boston ska-core legends the Mighty Mighty Bosstones released a new album, Pin Points and Gin Joints, today. Samp ... More >>
(Welcome to In the Studio, a new section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email me, with the phrase "In the Studio" in the subject heading.) courtesy of ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Thursday, September 25. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard
7 p.m. Thursday, February 14. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard
9 p.m. Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
Mexicans like music that doesn't involve tubas?
The Mexican gets to the root (word) of güero.
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Sound of Silver (DFA/Capitol)
Ten years ago, Kurt Cobain put a bullet through his brain -- and killed rock & roll as well
Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Timeless (Lost Highway)
Rings Around the World (Sony)
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris
Folktronic (Le Grand Magistery)
The Truth About Us (New West)
Wednesday, April 19; Side Door
Sunday, March 19; Monday Club
Saturday, Jan. 29; American Theater
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Saturday, Sept. 11; Side Door
Everything Is Possible! (Luaka Bop)
The RFT music editor advises you on his favorite music of 1998