This week features plenty of big name shows including Billy Joel and Ben Folds. Besides those heavy-hitters, head to the Engine Room at Ferraro's say hi to the Funs as they get back from tour and bye to Black Panties as they hit the road. The Underachievers, Shakey Graves and more also stop into tow ... More >>
Much like the insufferable word "hipster," "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates and obscure Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker or anything -- nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech b ... More >>
This week's music feature on So Many Dynamos is the latest piece on the band in the pages of the RFT. In that feature, singer/keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Stovall says the group's latest release (a self-titled EP that comes in the form of a digital download whose only physical presence is a SMD 'frid ... More >>
Whenever Kiernan Maletsky (remember that guy?) first announced to our small freelance music writing staff that Daniel Hill would be taking over the reigns at RFT Music, it was sort of emotional. Kiernan put in some really heartfelt words. It was nice. Daniel's response? He assured us all that the se ... More >>
This week's Most Triumphant Beard of the Week award goes unequivocally to Map's and Atlases' Dave Davison, whose facial hair would be worthy of IFC's cut-throat Whisker Wars competitions -- if that show is still a thing, anyway (I sure hope so, but doubt it). Jack Passion would be proud. Maps and At ... 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 >>
Residing in Vancouver, the Pack a.d. draw a stark contrast from their Canadian musical brethren. Where most exports from our northern neighbor are of the carefully manicured pop variety (cf. New Pornographers, Destroyer and Broken Social Scene) the Pack a.d. delivers brash, visceral, blues-inflected ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
Jon GitchoffCory Chisel at LouFest. More photos from day two here."You guys like sad songs in the sunshine, right?" Cory Chisel asked the crowd before beginning "So Wrong For Me," three songs into the Wandering Sons' late-afternoon set. The song was quiet and acoustic, and it only became swee ... More >>
Blue Rodeo, basking in the sunCanadian rockers Blue Rodeo are playing at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room tonight as part of Twangfest. Magnolia Summer, These United States and Ray Wylie Hubbard are also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $20. BR hasn't been in St. Louis for many moons ... More >>
Freelance WhalesIf not an outright winner, Freelance Whales is certainly a contender for indiest of indie rock bands at this very moment. (That statement is purposefully ambiguous, or meaningless.) Last night at a surprisingly populated Off Broadway, the launchpad excitement for its first vis ... More >>
Diana BenantiGet yr vinyl on at Phono-Mode, St. Louis' brand-spankin'-new record store on Cherokee Street. Attention vinyl devotees and converts: There's a new place in town to get your 180 grams and 45s. Phono-Mode opened on Cherokee Street in April, and it's the only all-vinyl store in St. ... More >>
Hating on South By Southwest is too easy. Just look around: Shit-faced lawyers waxing bizness gobbledygook to shit-faced salesmen of exercise bikes, members of psych-metal bands (probably called Red Octopus or Purple Cobra) barely remaining vertical for all their unbathed rock studiousness, the endl ... More >>
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>
With a new four-CD retrospective, Rhino Records captures the agony and ecstasy of the golden age of Modern English rock.
The coolest guy you know named Glenn finds Lost Tracks.
St. Louis bands make a fine showing at Austin's annual indie-rock spring break.
Metric unleashes its inner Sonic Youth on an incendiary new CD
Our critics weigh in on a questionable year’s best music
Week of September 24, 2003