It was a welcome return to power-pop form when Brian Wiegert and a few of his bandmates from the late quartet Team Tomato regrouped as Picture Day and released an EP last year. After a couple of years with the country-leaning Red-Headed Strangers, the slurry of Kinks, Guided by Voices and Psychedeli ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend is a time to get silly, abandon caution and get lost with ten St. Louis bands in some of the most loved music ever. Many of us will never see Aerosmith in concert. The majority of the two sold-out crowds missed Michael Jackson. And here they are, in joyful incarnation. Just fo ... 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 >>
You may know that the Coachella festival begins this weekend, in which Indio, California is overtaken with every type of person from hippies to people who like watching bands outside and camping yet deny being hippies. The impressive lineup has a few notably similar acts who may not be rivals but st ... More >>
Homer Simpson proudly displays his Grammy Award for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word or Barbershop Album.Adele could soon become a Grammy paper champion. Oh sure. 21 is a worthy entrant for the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year. "Rolling in the Deep," after all, topped the 2011 Pazz and Jop P ... 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 >>
tUnE-yArDs, left, by Jason Stoff. St. VIncent, right, by Kiernan MaletskyThe annual apocalypse is nigh, wherein critics celebrate the end of the year with a debaucherous amount of self-important analysis on the previous twelve months in music. I am among the many to rank my favorite records, ... More >>
All photos by Corey WoodruffPrior to Sleepy Kitty's opening set, Evan Sult lamented the passing of St. Louis luminary Bob Cassilly and dedicated the first song to him. In further tribute to late City Museum founder Bob Cassilly, Evan Sult fashioned a t-shirt that read "Thank You BC".
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 >>
For a guy who makes some of weird sounding shit, Tom Fec is a pretty normal dude. He exercises. He dreams of giving up, getting fat and going bald. He loves the '80s, but not in a lame, ironic way. But Fec crafts day-glo hallucinogenic pop with Black Moth Super Rainbow, and drops bass like a ... More >>
Brent Roam, founder of U-City Family ChurchOn Sunday, September 18, for the first time ever, the Tivoli Theatre in the Loop will begin renting out its space to a religious congregation: the U-City Family Church. Other cinemas across the country have been doing this for years, including the l ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe extraneous requesting of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the longest running jokes in rock and roll history. It also ranks among the least funny. Each time a lazy heckler yells "Free Bird" at a rock band, a lose-lose situation results. The band is mocked and the he ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) British Sea Power's Valhalla Dancehall*British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall Prefix said of Dancehall, "Regarding this record, the band spoke of making musi ... More >>
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 >>
Joseph Cultice/courtesy of S. Carmody PhotographyGary Numan, London, 10/1997, by Joseph CulticeYou've seen photographer Joseph Cultice's work before. Marilyn Manson's iconic Mechanical Animals album cover? That's him. Jonas Brothers' retro Times Square scene on the cover of its 2008 disc, A L ... More >>
(Tuesdays can be a trying day here in Club Land at the RFT. It's deadline day for the show/concert listings, and this fact hangs over my head just like all of those foreboding elementary school (and high school and college) homework assignments that I would inevitably put off to the l ... More >>
With the merger of Anheuser-Busch and Beligan brewer InBev pretty much a done-deal, let's get to know that spunky country a bit. Marc Tielemans is the creator of FamousBelgians.net. Yes, a Web site about famous people. From Belgium. The concept is alien to us, what with our racks and racks of glo ... More >>
Venue: Mike ‘N Molly’s Location: Champaign, Illinois Date: 06.21.08 Other Bands: Sangamon, Curb Service, Todd Kessler We spent the morning at our favorite DeKalb eatery, The Hillside. It may have been Ryan and Stephen’s fourth time eating there, but in their defense, it is pretty great. I r ... More >>
Venue: The Middle East Upstairs Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Date: 06.16.08 Other Bands: Seymore Saves The World, Hospital Bombers, Daniel Oulette We rolled out of bed early to eat some breakfast and say goodbye to our lovely hostess, the Tomkos’ Aunt Donna (Uncle Chris had already headed o ... More >>
Two of the Lou's famous rockers fill us in on their favorites of 2007 — and what the next year holds.
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Week of May 31, 2007
How much should it cost Internet radio operators like Jim and Wanda Atkinson to satisfy your cravings for streaming rock & roll?
Neither cancer nor tour burnout can stop Jack's Mannequin
Pitchfork is taking over music criticism by making people laugh -- or pissing them off
Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers
Saturday, November 2; Savvis Center
The name has changed, but the song remains the same
Air's Nicolas Godin finds life at the heart of the electronic age
How not to interview Joan Jett
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
The Hurting Business (Hightone Records)
Chris Deckard of Penny Studios is no ordinary record producer
Voodoo (Virgin Records)
Friday, Feb. 4; Off Broadway
Saturday, Sept. 11; Side Door
Mock Tudor (Capitol)
Influential electronic-music pioneer Morton Subotnick appears as part of UM-St. Louis's art and technology conference