Paul Collins is a power pop lifer. Fresh out of college, he moved to California and joined the Nerves with Peter Case (later of the Plimsouls) and Jack Lee. The Nerves only recorded one single during its career, but it was an influential one. You've definitely heard at least one track: "Hangin' On T ... More >>
Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. If you don't own the book you've undoubtedly seen its ransom note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by ... More >>
It's Sunday in Austin, I'm on South Congress at Jo's Coffee Shop, trying to write as the 5000th (at least) performance of the week takes place on yet another parking lot made into a venue. There's much to say about my final three days at SXSW 2014 (read about the first two days here), and only so ma ... More >>
I'm rereading the first 40 or so issues of The Walking Dead comics, since The Walking Dead TV show returns to AMC this Sunday, October 14. I'm super-psyched about the third season -- my friends are developing a drinking game around how many times Carl gets lost, and I'm more than ready to see Rick G ... More >>
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... More >>
Surely it could not have been easy being one of the lesser Ramones, but never let it be said that Marky Ramone, who assumed the drum kit after Tommy dropped out, was content to rest on the laurels of secondhand rock stardom. Even as the band stopped touring and its founding members slipped off this ... More >>
Metal StudZWill Lackey's double life is the stuff of superheroes. He manages the video production team LumiVid in the daylight, but when the sun goes down he becomes Drake Darrington, lead singer of the spectacle act Metal StudZ. Or, at least he will channel his inner Def Leppard for one last ... More >>
Legendary punk club CBGB closed five years ago tomorrow. In its final week, the venue hosted a string of shows paying tribute its storied thirty year run, and it all culminated with a headlining set from Patti Smith. There were only a couple hundred people lucky enough to get tickets to that ... More >>
Todd OwyoungArcade Fire/The National Scottrade Center Thursday, April 21 "We're still getting used to this arena-rock thing," Win Butler said last night. "But shit, a room's a room. Let's go!" With that, he and the indie rock juggernaut he fronts launched into "No Cars Go," seven of its eigh ... More >>
Still hungover from yesterday? You're probably not the only one. You must rally, however, as there's a ton going on this weekend, from the Southern Graphics Council International Conference to all of the music events we talk about on the RFT's main music page. Ten other good bets are below. E ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Anne Streng According to some garage rock geeks, the Fleshtones is the greatest rock & roll band in the world. For once, the geeks may have a point. At the very least, the New York group, formed in 1976 by high school friends Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba, has come to symbolize what still ma ... More >>
diamondtalent.comXavier: So exploited, so hunky.Who'd of thunk it? The first people arrested for Missouri's new law prohibiting nudity at strip clubs weren't exploiting the allegedly fragile and allegedly manipulated women who lawmakers intended to save. No, they were exploiting a review of bare- ... More >>
Diana BenantiWarpaint last night at the Luminary Center for the Arts. Warpaint and Javelin Luminary Center for the Arts August 5 East Coast battled West Coast last night at the Luminary Center for the Arts, as dynamic Brooklyn sample sluts Javelin opened for Los Angeles' languid post-punk go ... More >>
They didn't airbrush his face here.This week, R.E.M. reissued its 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction as a two-CD set, which includes a disc of demos. The band also announced that it had finished recording its new studio album, which is set for release sometime next year. Perhaps in tribu ... More >>
[Update! Wednesday 1:22 p.m. The show is Saturday, September 26. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show, on sale Friday, June 25 at 5 p.m. 21-plus only.] A little birdy tells me that the Tom Tom Club will be coming to town at the Old Rock House sometime in September. Show info to be announced. ... More >>
ZOMG IT'S HANSON. You can re-live my grade school fantasies on August 5 at the Pageant. 2720 Cherokee *Alex B (of Pnuma Trio), May 7 Blueberry Hill *Alberta Cross, May 21 Cicero's *AudioTherapy, May 6 *Derek and The Darling, June 3 *Helen Keller Nation, May 13 The Complex *Slick Idiot wit ... More >>
(Welcome to Nightclubbing, our new weekly feature where we highlight new bars and clubs in town -- or remind you of some old favorites you may have forgotten. Hear of any new bars/clubs/venues opening? Email our clubs editor, Diana Benanti.) Diana BenantiSilver Ballroom owner Steve "Doc" Dachroeden ... More >>
Finally. Great weather is here. Get out there and enjoy it, but don't go broke doing so. If you're looking for something affordable to do this weekend, here are our ten suggestions that will cost you $10 or less. The Felix Culpa play the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center on Friday for just $7. The ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, April 9. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Liz Linder/myspace.com/thenewcollisions The New Collisions Where: The Gramophone With: Team Relevance Sounds Like: The Boston band specializes in effervescent synthpop full of pitter-pattering beats, zippy keyboards and sassy female vocals. Fans include producer Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Mi ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, January 30. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards.
Today, Bruce Springsteen releases Working on a Dream, his sixteenth studio album. To mark the occasion, writers Steve Kozel and Christian Schaeffer had an e-mail volley over the merits of the new work. Steve Kozel: Working On A Dream starts with the eight-minute Western epic, "Outlaw Pete," which c ... More >>
Remember when I mentioned yesterday that a recent Vintage Vinyl buy included some random pictures of famous bands in casual settings? Here's a cool one of Blondie's Debbie Harry chilling out...somewhere.
Courtesy of blogcritics.org They were so much younger then. I ran out of time before vacation to write a proper piece about this, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge that R.E.M. — a.k.a. my favorite band since 1993 -- is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame t ... More >>
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