By Roy Kasten, Christian Schaeffer and RFT Music St. Louis isn't just a city. It's a song. Or rather songs, hundreds, thousands and more. Don't bother counting. We tried. In back rooms and basements, on stages and streets, musicians have paid tribute to St. Louis again and again. Place matters. St ... More >>
St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>
With firm roots in St. Louis soil, New Music Circle stands proud as the city's oldest group of its type. Exploring sound while focusing on live performance, NMC brings artists of jazz, noise and contemporary composition to St. Louis with an emphasis on locations. Beginning in 1959, NMC has spent o ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>
Julius Hemphill may not have resided in St. Louis for his entire life. But it didn't take long for the jazz legend to make his mark in the Gateway City. Hemphill -- who was born on this day in 1938 -- was an jazz virtuoso who unleashed a string of groundbreaking music over his career. Born in Texas ... More >>
St. Louis' past is its future
After thirty-plus years, it's still a literary force of nature.
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Local niche labels keep the music coming.
Week of December 21, 2006
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
Catching up with the World Sax Quartet, atoning for V-Day sins with Stars and heralding the triumphant return of the Smoking Popes
Music news you can use
B-Sides cops to liking the Black Eyed Peas, talks to local-boy-done-good Marty Ehrlich and dreams up some new logos for American Idol contestants
The Laramie Project lives on
Hamiet Bluiett understands the yin and yang of saxophone
The name has changed, but the song remains the same
The Unheard Music Series reissues Funky Donkey, a classic of St. Louis jazz
Bassist Darin Gray learns that the library is where they have to take you in
The Dave Stone Free Jazz Unit shines at Centro Sociale
The latest incarnation of the Third Lip Cabaret bulges with intriguing entertainment
A tribute to the great trumpeter Lester Bowie
There's live jazz in St. Louis -- you just have to know where to look for it