By Art Tavana Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast writes sunny indie-pop that traditionally has drawn from bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys. Right now, however, she's feeling inspiration from a more unlikely source. "As cool as I want everybody to think I am, I don't care: I think Sugar Ra ... More >>
This week in music features lots of exciting acts from the Flaming Lips to King Khan and the Shrines. Additionally, the Luminary features its first official show with Sylvan Esso. the Pat Sajak Assassins release its new CD and the Lion's Daughter puts out a split in the name of charity. Read on for ... More >>
Riot Fest has mushroomed into one of the country's biggest rock festivals--expanding from its base in Chicago in 2012 and again this year to Toronto and Denver--since forming in 2005. This year, the fest's big draw--based on the T-shirts, if nothing else--was Blink-182, including one fan who dress ... More >>
Punk rock is a money toilet. The record/mp3 collecting involved is the most addictive drug that I've ever encountered, and most of my alcoholic/drug addict/straight edge friends would probably agree. But are we all just living in a dumber cliché than the one we're supposedly and lazily rebelling ag ... More >>
By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... 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 >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded Youtube videos with which you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new ... More >>
Last week, we counted down the best songs over thirty minutes long, essentially a list of weirdos. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it is rare for an artist to call a song complete before it enters triple digits on the time counter. But great works have been made under the sixty second mark, be ... More >>
Any DJ, cover band or organ grinder can attest to how touchy people can get when a requested song isn't played. The blowback can be even more harsh when the musical entity in question is Harmonix, the creator of the Rock Band video game franchise. Even though music gaming experienced some discerni ... More >>
Courtesy of the artist.Patrick Stump is at a strange place, career-wise. As the guitarist and lead singer in Fall Out Boy, he helped instill a limber tunefulness many of the bands' pop punk peers lacked. That was one of many reasons FOB built a huge following -- but even those tracking Stump ... More >>
Todd Owyoung Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj/Rick Ross/Travis Barker/Mix Master Mike The Pageant April 10, 2011 Better Than: Whatever the hell else went on last night. They came in jacked-up ghetto cruisers and sensible Hondas; they came in glute-hugging tube dresses, crisp white T's and homemade sh ... More >>
When All Time Low headlined the sold-out Pageant last night, the reigning princes of bubblegum punk seemed bent on taking their young audience to an all-time high. The full bill, which also featured Yellowcard and up-and-comers Hey Monday and the Summer Set, kept up the energy with polished, ... More >>
The Pageant *Trey Songz/Mario, Friday, October 16 *Our Lady Peace, Friday, October 30 *The Swell Season, Friday, December 4 The Gramophone *Serengeti/Polyphonic, Saturday, September 26 *Bawn in the Mash, Saturday, October 3 *Chicago Afrobeat Project, Saturday, October 10
By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>
Local upstarts the Humanoids play classic punk rock the way it's meant to be heard: loud, fast and fun.
The Lou's newest major-label band gives A to Z a sonic sneak preview.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
Umbrellas opens up
B-Sides investigates the story behind the new Take Action tour, Dar Williams opens her mind, and we suggest the coolest tunes to download this week
A reckless cop goes undercover as the Underclassman
We chat with a fresh-faced John Oates, pick the brain behind M.O.T.O. and play a scary game with Burnt by the Sun
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
How do you lure disaffected suburban teens into the bosom of the church? Try this unholy trinity: rock & roll, junk food and Foosball.
Week of May 12, 2004
Radar Station gets what it needs at the Creepy Crawl
Near Miss drives through walls of fire to play for you
Grandaddy is California nightmarin'
Props to us -- for the best-ever RFT Music Awards showcase
Wednesday, February 26; Hi-Pointe
Pointessential 7 has the sound you've come to expect
Week of May 1, 2002
Sunday, Sept. 16; Mississippi Nights
Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!
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.
A-pickin' and a-grinnin' over a new musical discovery