I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
The rooms where music is made and experienced affect everything from the sound of the instruments to the mood of the people in them. Each week in Space Explorer, Brian Heffernan will tell you about a different room with significance to St. Louis music. To enter, you must first pass the five cardboa ... More >>
Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger. But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brothe ... More >>
Elizabeth Mitchell didn't set out to sing children's songs -- or, more specifically, "all ages folk music." Along with husband Daniel Littleton, she was best known as the main voice of Ida, a NYC-based acoustic band with several hushed, emotionally driven albums to its credit. During the day, howeve ... More >>
Kiernan MaletskyPaul Simon | Punch Brothers Fabulous Fox Theatre November 15, 2011 Paul Simon still takes a wide stance when he gets into it. He tosses his hands for emphasis of his words, he converses his lines with an unseen foil. His voice belies his 70 years. Close your eyes and you can ... More >>
Photo from a previous show by Kiernan MaletskyYo La Tengo The Blue Note June 20, 2011 Should the New Jersey Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever become a brick-and-mortar reality, Yo La Tengo had better have a wing to rival Springsteen's. For more than a quarter of a century now (and close to 20 y ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to Kelsey Whipple's scoop about the controversy in University City over a statue honoring Chuck Berry. As Whipple reported, one local activist wants to stop the project over Berry's felony convictions.A reader named Daryl Davis weighed in, defending Berry -- drawing ... More >>
"There's no room to dance!" repeated the girl with the double vodka cranberry beside me. No, there wasn't, and getting to the bar wasn't a cake walk either. Blame Jack White or blame one of the great careers in American music, but the Wanda Jackson show at the Duck Room was packed elbow-to-el ... 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 >>
Robyn GrimesBefore the encore, Adam Turla, singer and guitarist for Murder by Death, predicted fame for the band in another 40 years, at roughly the same rate as Bo Diddley. It's just that sort of humbled reckoning that kept the crowd rowdy and the room toasty at Off Broadway, where the band ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, April 24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Entertainment Web site, Cinemablend, recently released its list of the 100 celebrities most likely to die this year. Topping the macabre ranking is 60 Minutes windbag Andy Rooney. (Obviously, Cinemablend doesn't know that Rooney actually died a decade ago. It's true. Since the late ... More >>
In this week's paper, we published some awesome photos by Mark Gilliland, a long-time RFT freelance photographer who also documented major rock stars displaying their love of gear crafted by St. Louis Music. (Brand names include major players such as Ampeg, Crate and Alvarez.) Check back h ... More >>
10 p.m. Saturday, December 16. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway).
B-Sides asks a cadre of local musicians to reminisce about Chuck Berry as he turns 80, while Dr. Zhivegas get down with their debut disc.
...until Unreal puts our eye out. Plus: We hit the lake for some high-speed action, then attempt to chill with Chuck Berry.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Harrah's VooDoo Café and Lounge (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights).
Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4; Laclede's Landing (First and Lucas streets)
Trickle Down Blues (King Solomon Records)
Saturday, December 20; Off Broadway
Week of September 17, 2003
Saint Mary of the Woods (Sugarhill Records)
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
A look at the long career of rock & roller Ronnie Dawson