Celebrating both St. Louis' blues legacy and the refreshed cobblestone streets of Laclede's Landing, the Big Muddy Blues Festival is expanding its variety of blues music for 2014, with influential artist Guitar Shorty and blues-rocker Samantha Fish headlining this year's event. Slated for Saturday ... More >>
This week, Lil Boosie takes on the Ambassador, Arcade Fire returns to play at Chaifetz Arena, local rapper Nato Caliph presents a showcase at Blank Space and the Faint performs at the Ready Room. From country and indie-pop to psych rock and hip-hop, here are our critics' picks for this week's best c ... More >>
Friday dominates the hell out of this week's picks, which has never happened before, in my tenure. I'm not sure what to make of that really; we are still running numbers and engaging in statistical analysis at the RFT Music laboratories, in an attempt to explain the anomaly. Hooten Hollers big 45 ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded Youtube videos with which you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... 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 >>
Jay Farrar plays the Sheldon tonight.The October madness continues. Jay Farrar plays a rare show at the Sheldon tonight, the Blind Eyes debut its new, four-piece lineup at the Stagger Inn tomorrow and guitar god Buddy Guy makes a visit to the Family Arena. Plus: both Volcanoes and Palace rel ... More >>
Oh yes: Gregg Allman is coming to the Pageant on January 3rd. Devon Allman's Honeytribe will open. Tickets are $37.50 and $50 and go on sale October 21st at 5 p.m. Allman is touring behind Low Country Blues, his first new album in thirteen years. It was produced by T Bone Burnett (why do we ... More >>
Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Summerfest in Milwaukee is more like an epic feel-good concert series. The festival has the same good-natured and down-to-earth vibe of a city fair, packed with tens of thousands of people proud of their city. Make the half-day drive not for a t ... More >>
The Memorial Day hangover hasn't quite lifted (it's never going to), but we've got a feew gems for ya this week: remember precious pop duo The Blow? It's a solo act now, since Jona Bechtolt left to pursue YACHT, but Khaela Maricich is keeping the cute alive; she'll be at the Old Rock House in ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJack White playing with the Raconteurs at the Pageant in 2008On Friday, Pokey LaFarge revealed that he and the South City Three have a new seven-inch forthcoming that was produced by Jack White - yes, that Jack White, of the White Stripes, Raconteurs and Third Man Records. Over th ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, January 14. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 2. TREY SONGZ---Passion, Pain & Pleasure 3. WAKA FLOCKA FLAME---Flockavelli 4. BLACK ANGELS---Phosphene Dream 5. CHUCK BERRY---Definitive Collection
(Art Holliday interviewing Buddy Guy. Photo by Jim Newberry.)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.
Tegan and Sara at the Pageant, April 2, 2010Fubar *Evergreen Terrace, Wednesday, November 4 *Breathe Carolina/Cash Cash, Friday, November 6 *Kate Voegele, Saturday, November 7 *Vampire Moose CD Release, Friday, November 13 *Wednesday 13's Gufire 76/Bullets and Octane, Saturday, November 14 *Days ... More >>
10 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Beale on Broadway, 701 South Broadway.
8 p.m. Thursday, December 11. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights.
8 p.m. Saturday, November 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, July 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush charms China, while B-Sides makes a mixtape for Elmo the Muppets life.
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 27. Harrah's VooDoo Café and Lounge (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights).
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway)
Bennie Smith and a dwindling cadre of St. Louis music pioneers have a right to sing the blues
Sunday, April 23, at 9 p.m. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway)
Friday, September 9; Roberts Orpheum Theater (416 North Ninth Street)
If Jay Farrar's titles don't have to make sense, then neither do ours
Week of December 15, 2004
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Janis, the Dead, the Band and others take the happiest trip of their lives
Chris Duarte has kicked addiction, but he still has the blues
Blind Mississippi Morris breathes new life into the blues
Thursday, May 29; Broadway Oyster Bar
Sunday, August 25; Broadway Oyster Bar
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Saturday, Aug. 18; Fox Theatre
Friday, June 15; Pageant
The Big Muddy Blues Festival cascades over Laclede's Landing