By Nathan Smith In the wacky world of heavy metal, there ain't a whole lot that Philip Anselmo hasn't seen, heard and done. In addition to helping change the sound of mainstream metal as front man for Pantera, the outspoken singer has toured the planet with sludgy supergroup Down, released records ... More >>
By Keith Ploceck This is a big week for weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of ... More >>
Halloween is here! Whether you planned that get-up for months or now have to scour the gutter for some tumbleweave to augment that makeshift costume, get on out and partake in some prime people watching tonight. Lots of local musicians went all out to dress up for one-night-only cover sets, and plen ... More >>
It's a busy week for St. Louis music. Read on to catch a piece of the action. With Halloween celebratory activities well under way, local bands get ready go dress up with special covers-only sets. Besides that, Bug Chaser drops its latest, Noisefest celebrates its tenth anniversary and Tef Poe perfo ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
I'm like a lot of internet-addicted losers out there, meaning that I read a lot about serial killers. Despite admitting that, I'm still not sure where I came up with this concept. Maybe it's because I'm going to the Gathering of the Juggalos for RFT Music in just over a week and I'm trying to mental ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
Rock Band is over. Well--kind of over. It's been "over" in the people-who-wouldn't-otherwise-touch-a-Playstation-caring-about-it sense since a few months after Beatles Rock Band came out, but now it's "over" inasmuch as after April 2, when "American Pie" will be released (nice timing), developer Har ... More >>
Of all rock and roll instruments, drums require the most physical ability and coordination. Sometimes musicians get so preoccupied with the technical aspect, they forgot that drums are also these loud things that sound cool when you hit them. Here are the six best sloppy drummers. Let us know your f ... More >>
See Also: Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was i ... More >>
10 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.
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 >>
Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany artists have used the album cover as a vehicle for greater mass exposure. Robert Crumb transitioned from the obscurity of underground comics to mainstream consciousness with his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Derek Riggs made his mark o ... More >>
The many faces of 420.It's almost that time of year again -- April 20th. Better known to millions of people as 420, the (un)official holiday for stoners and pot enthusiasts everywhere. In honor of this day, we present eight classic songs celebrating the herb that has brought laughter to many, ... More >>
Dove ShoreTonight is the long-awaited, very-sold-out Girl Talk show at the Pageant. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Gregg Gillis, the man behind the moniker. (Note: The author is a fellow Pittsburgh native who grew up in the same classic-rock-obsessed area and witnessed Girl Talk ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Friday, December 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
(Editor's note: D.X. Ferris is a frequent RFT contributor and the author of the 33 1/3 book on Slayer's Reign in Blood. He was kind enough to write this obituary yesterday.) Ronnie James Dio, R.I.P.His band mates didn't invite him to the induction, but let's face it: Ronnie James Dio might b ... More >>
Are you a veteran of the psychic wars?
8:30 and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, through Saturday, January 10. Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard.
9 p.m. Friday, December 19. The Wedge, 442 Bates Avenue.
8 p.m. Friday, July 25. Rockstar Nightclub, 8658 South Broadway
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
9 p.m. Saturday, May 24. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE www.macleans.caPhotoshop: the only justice in this world.Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath chats with Paul Friswold about everything -- from Mississippi Nights to David Beckham. Ian visits Frazer's Restaurant and Lounge for ... More >>
Malcolm Gay investigates Chinese exile mystery novelist -- and St. Louis County resident -- Qiu Xiaolong. Advocates for the disabled tell Kathleen McLaughlin why the Missouri Department of Transportation needs to be reprimanded. Unreal chats with Miss Nursing Home '07, two soapbox racers an ... More >>
Sabbath's Ronnie James Dio isn't into preaching, but Kanye and Fiddy's are.
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
8 p.m. Friday, July 21. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
In the Arms of God (Sanctuary)
We buy cheap tapes, chat with the Fiery Furnaces and drop a fatwa on Big Brother
Friday, February 18; Creepy Crawl
Behold the Great Black Sabbath Cinematic Experience
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
Tuesday, April 20; the Duck Room
New books document heavy metal's ugly history
Saturday, May 10; Hi-Pointe
Local goths are on a roll
Friday, November 29; Radio Cherokee (3227 Cherokee)
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Mike Davis mixes up a mesmerizing blend on his cassette Yars' Revenge