Ben Smith

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Lumpy & the Dumpers' New Music Video for "Sex Pit" is the Most Awesome Thing

    Lumpy & the Dumpers, St. Louis' premier purveyors of slime-covered, dirty punk rock, just released a music video yesterday, and boy is it a doozy. See Also: Lumpy & the Dumpers: Slime Addicts On The Prowl

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    October 23, 2013

    Doom Town's Split LP with Autonomy Marries Gloom-Rock Melody with Raw Intensity

    Autonomy / Doom Town Split LP Local purveyors of ragged gloom-rock Doom Town have toured both far and near -- the band's European tour diary is worth revisiting on its web site. Such touring has led to fruitful relationships with regional and international acts. This fall, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Doom Town to Release Two Slabs of New Vinyl

    Local kings and queen of the jangly gloom anthem Doom Town have two new split records coming out. The first is the love-child byproduct of the band's 2012 European tour with Hamburg, Germany's No More Art, and the second is a late-night scheme hatched with Carbondale, Illinois' Autonomy. And let's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis this Week: February 4 to 10

    Between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of excuses to celebrate something somewhere sometime soon lately, or even retroactively. Find a place to party this week from a varying list of tasty shows -- just choose your flavor. This week's recommendations await after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: January 7 to 13

    Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Doom Town, St. Louis' Best Tour Diary-Writing Punk Band, Releases Two New Songs

    Doom Town, St. Louis' premiere ambassador of punk to lands abroad, have recently made available two songs from its newly-released cassette demo, entitled Sleep. The first track, "Rat Says", is a straight up jammer, uptempo and hauntingly catchy, especially when the backup vocals come in at around th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Punk: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Pete Stein Benefit: Tonight At Off Broadway

    ​Back in September, Pete Stein lost both of his feet in a train jumping accident in the Oregon. In the intervening days, bars and south side eateries have set donation jars on their countertops to raise money for Pete's mounting medical bills, and his friends jumped at the chance to throw a fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Corbeta Corbata: Lost Tracks of St. Louis

    ​​Photo courtesy of Corbeta Corbata​​​St. Louis' musical history features a wealth of local D.I.Y. talent whose cultural significance has further solidified an ever-expanding reputation for true musicianship and solid attitude. Stemming from the underbelly of the river city, bands like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    RFT Showcase 2011: Highlights (Part One)

    Sleepy Kitty's Paige Brubeck. Photo by Jon Gitchoff​There was no shortage of music to be had this weekend--the Float Yr Face fest was a sweaty success, Oberhofer played the Old Post Office Plaza, a shitload of cicadas serenaded the county, and oh yeah, the RFT Music Showcase was a smash. Amid ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011
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    April 9, 2010

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 11

    Arctic Monkeys are at the Pageant on Sunday​Back and better than ever. Or something. Friday, April 9 *Pretty Lights/Savoy, The Pageant *Kevin Devine/Cody Alan/Race Human Race, Firebird (early) *JEFF the Brotherhood/Flaming Death Trap/Rooftop Vigilantes, Firebird (late) *Killola/Sick of Sarah/B ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2007

    Tooling Around

    B-Sides takes a Maynard-related road trip, then heads back home with Corbeta Corbata.

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2007
  • Music

    September 6, 2006

    Music Showcase Schedule

    The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts

  • Music

    July 13, 2005

    Margaritaville Lives

    We picnic with Parrotheads, get literary with book-minded bands and witness an old-fashioned blues royale

  • Music

    April 20, 2005

    Nomeansno with Corbeta Corbata

    Thursday, April 21; Creepy Crawl (612 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    All the Young Punks

    The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center relieves social constipation, one ear-splitting roar at a time

  • Music

    July 24, 2002

    Basement Banned

    The Man be damned: 2 Keys proves the kids can do for themselves