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 >>
Bob Dylan is being sued. For supposedly being racist. Could the harmonica enthusiast born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- the man whose ejaculate created national treasure Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers -- truly be a bigot? Sure, he could be. Or maybe his comment likening Croatians to Nazis was misinterpr ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Brothe ... More >>
Wow, whatta weekend! 4-20 still has us in a daze (didn't get a chance to make it down? Check out slideshows of Record Store Day and InFest2). Congrats everyone on a successful and eventful RSD weekend. Keep that music high going this week with visits from the Besnard Lakes, Bob Dylan, Wax Idols and ... More >>
Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>
The most recent incarnation of the Grateful Dead experience, Furthur, makes a stop at the Fox Theater this Sunday. The Dead has a cultural and musical legacy which extends well beyond the obvious boundaries of the Jam Band genre and its free-spirited community. Jam bands are typically viewed ... More >>
Steve GullickJohnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit will be in town on Monday at the Duck Room. We talked to Flynn from the UK, where he lives. For more from our interview, read on as Flynn talks about American folk music and being the only kid at his school who liked Bob Dylan. Katie Moulton: Are ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaThough records are most commonly thought of as a way to listen to music, they were also the first medium to document the majesty and mystery of the spoken human voice. Local poet and former Streetside Records employee Philip Gounis is a lifelong collector of spoken-word r ... More >>
How do you sum up the influence of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson? During her 50-year-plus(!) career -- which started when she was a high school student in Oklahoma City -- the singer has moved effortlessly between country, rockabilly and early rock & roll. She opened for (and cove ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 2. ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL---Union 3. SUFJAN STEVENS---Age Of Adz 4. BELLE & SEBASTIAN---Write About Love 5. KINGS OF LEON---Come Around Sundown 6. JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS---Wake Up! 7. AVETT BROTHERS---Vol. 3 ... More >>
There's two kinds of people in the world. Them that like the new Google Instant, and them that prefer this ad, which appropriates Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" proto-music video: Which kind are you?
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 10. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... 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 >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Live Anthology 2. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures 3. Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart 4. Tom Waits - Glitter And Doom Live 5. Bottle Rockets - Lean Forward 6. Swell Season - Strict J ... More >>
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY KATIE MOULTON "You're telling me you're not nostalgic," Joan Baez sings on "Diamonds and Rust," "Then give me another word for it." The 1975 piece is Baez at her most personal, a look back on her relationship with Bob Dylan, and was the appropriate close to her set last night a ... More >>
Everything looked bad but the weather. I crawled through traffic in parts of Cahokia and Sauget that will never make a John Mellencamp small town video. I stared at the lines snaking around the GCS Ballpark half an hour before show time. I forked out $10 for the pleasure of later waiting an hour to ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews the Radical Sons' debut EP, Throwing Knives. He has this to say: The Radical Sons' twin-guitar lineup allows for the interplay between lackadaisical strums, inventive leads and the occasional bit of stop-start dynamics. The guitars are mostly pl ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Tomorrow is the day, when three independent record stores in town unleash limited-edition vinyl, special movie showings, guest DJs, sales and plenty more carefree shenanigans -- all in the name of Record Store Day! Check back on Sunday or Monday for a slideshow of images from all three stores. But b ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, February 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
9 p.m. Monday, January 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
No End in Sight
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B-Sides gets groovy with Ratdog's Bob Weir, gets the scoop on Counting Crows' new CD and hits a grand slam with our next scene trading card.
Saturday, June 18; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Sometimes the worst movies have the best soundtracks
Saturday, December 27; Frederick's Music Lounge
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
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The daring, uncompromising art of singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams
Bonus points to St. Louis bands for warming the winter
History tells us that musicians who turn to the written word are just asking for trouble. Occasionally, though, something special sneaks through.
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It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled