On Saturday, December 14, Off Broadway will host "The 12 Bassists of Christmas," a holiday spectacular presented by Bruiser Queen and featuring Sleepy Kitty and Middle Class Fashion. Notably, there's only one bassist -- MCF's Brian McClelland -- between all three lineups. BQ's Morgan Nusbaum started ... More >>
Spectator, makers of shimmering, gossamer pop songs, is debuting its first official video today on RFT Music. The local quartet released its debut EP, In the Brick, last summer, and opening track "We've Been Through This Before" was the leadoff (and, if we're editorializing, best) track from that ou ... More >>
This week, check out performances from touring groups including Vintage Trouble, Daniel Francis Doyle and the Dreamers, Parasites and many more. Some recommendations for shows to check out this week await right after the jump!
Someday, maybe, Jenn Malzone's pen will dry up, having written dozens of sharp, biting songs about love's pitiful game of Ping-Pong. If and when that time comes, it won't be soon. About eighteen months after releasing the roundly admired Girl Talk, Malzone and her mates in Middle Class Fashion ret ... More >>
At first glance, Jungle seems like an appropriate title for Middle Class Fashion's new CD. On the band's two previous records - a self-titled EP and 2012's Girl Talk - lead singer/pianist/songwriter Jenn Malzone proved to be an expert at evoking tangled, awkward situations. So Jungle is supposed to ... More >>
[Editor's Note: For a change, this week's print edition features two Homespun reviews written by RFT Music Senior Writer Christian Schaeffer, because why not?]
Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
Middle Class Fashion, featuring endless pop founts Jenn Malzone and Brian McClelland, will release its debut full-length, Girl Talk, this Saturday at Foam Coffee & Beer (3359 Jefferson Avenue, 314-772-2100). The album is the subject of this week's Homespun review by Christian Schaeffer. Rea ... More >>
Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason StoffNow in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>
Photo by Ben MuddMiddle Class Fashion plays the sort of unhindered pop music you don't find a ton of in St. Louis. It's so buoyant as to be theatrical at times, but it never sounds frivolous. The band's got plenty of pedigree, with Jenn Malzone on vocals and keys, Brad Vaughn on guitar and B ... More >>
Have cabin fever yet? If you don't, I'd be surprised. Thankfully, this weekend will be a little respite from the cold. Go check out some of the shows listed here. Or explore the events below. Friday STL Loud EP Release @ Off Broadway The first EP in the STL Loud series is being released toni ... More >>
When the world ends in 2012 (as per Nostradamus), I'm convinced the only bands left to entertain survivors of the apocalypse will be the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Tight Pants Syndrome. The latter act's Brian McClelland writes in to say that the power-pop group is again changing members: Keyboa ... More >>
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A look at the positive things going on in the St. Louis scene.
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
Week of June 16, 2004
The Mall is bumped off in favor of "Jingle Bell Rock." Ouch.
Week of August 13, 2003
Eric Stanze is the most successful filmmaker in St. Louis. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Checking into Hotel Faux Pas