Sometimes, it's good to unplug the headphones and take a break from music for a minute simply to absorb the sounds from immediate surroundings. Take the Riverfront Times office soundtrack lately, for instance. Above my head, some intense industrial power sanding or something rattles the mug of tepid ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
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 >>
In case you forgot: I gave myself the brain-crushing mission to make a show diary for every weekend in March. This is the third installment in my four-part project. Like the rest of us, my party time was cut short this weekend by twelve inches of snow. I'll have to cover JC Brooks and the Uptown So ... More >>
Bunnygrunt is an act seated right where it wants to be: walking the thin line between musical obsession and hobby, obscurity and fame. "For the most part, the band I thought about being in when I was a kid--this is pretty much that band," says guitarist Matt Harnish. "I guess I didn't really have th ... More >>
This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
All right, folks. Weekend two. Recap: For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am seeing at least three local bands each weekend. The rules: the shows must fit a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo that doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be broug ... More >>
Welcome to March, aka insane show season in our fair city of St. Louis. Bands from all over begin to defrost from winter weather and warm up to the road once more, loading up vans and booking mini tours to Austin's South by Southwest fest and beyond. Catch some in the act as they swing through in co ... More >>
Howdy, folks. For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am hitting three local shows each weekend. The rules: they must be on a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and well-supplied with tequila.
Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows ... More >>
Hard times, high gas prices and an ill economy did little to derail local artists from expanding outward in 2012. As a musician, I've never seen so many of my peers crawl out from these red brick buildings to push their River City sounds than in the past 12 months. Many return with invaluable advice ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... More >>
This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, which for all of you non Spanish-speaking types translates literally to "The Five of Mayo". What this cryptic phrase actually means is unclear, as is the origin of the association between Mexico and mayonnaise, but for some reason it seems to happen every year on the f ... More >>
Editor's Note: Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost will release Born There this Sunday at Off Broadway. For this week's Riverfront Times, Josh Levi talked to Reuter, but the man cannot be confined to our limited print space. What follows is the rest of the interview, complete with old music and new music to li ... More >>
Another excellent spring weekend in St. Louis: It's tough to top legendary DJ and producer Pete Rock, performing tonight at Lola, but he'll get a run for his money from Ben Kweller (Off Broadway) and Peter Frampton (Peabody Opera House). Saturday brings William Fitzsimmons to the Firebird and Pillow ... More >>
Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is jam-packed with shows as well. On Friday, two guys named Pete who happen to be legends in their respective fiel ... More >>
Since late 2011, the members of Anodes haved pulled their time and energy, and this week the group will lay their efforts bare for all to see. Anodes identifies itself as both post-hardcore and emo, two genres that often share similar musical cues and ethics. The group made its debut in St. Louis at ... More >>
For local painter Dana Smith, art and music have always been intertwined. He can he found in the dark corners of music venues, his face obscured by a large lens, capturing live shots of local bands that he'll later use as a guide for his paintings. The sounds, sights and people of St. Louis are his ... More >>
Legendary punk club CBGB closed five years ago tomorrow. In its final week, the venue hosted a string of shows paying tribute its storied thirty year run, and it all culminated with a headlining set from Patti Smith. There were only a couple hundred people lucky enough to get tickets to that ... More >>
In addition to friendly natives and muggy weather, St. Louis provides a myriad of places to light up.Smoking ban? What smoking ban?We recently got an up-to-date list of bars that have received exemptions from the city's nine-month-old smoking ban from gadfly Bill Hannegan, who advocates for the f ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Monday, January 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Anne Streng According to some garage rock geeks, the Fleshtones is the greatest rock & roll band in the world. For once, the geeks may have a point. At the very least, the New York group, formed in 1976 by high school friends Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba, has come to symbolize what still ma ... More >>
6 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The Flaming Lips show has been sold out for weeks, but those without tickets can catch openers and noveau-weirdos Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Vintage Vinyl on September 17. 2720 Cherokee *HD4000, September 11 *Protomen, September 10 560 Music Center *Wadada Leo Smith's The Golden Qua ... More >>
Kid Congo Powers has a rather sterling c.v.: The Gun Club. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The Cramps. As of late, he's been touring and recording with a new group, Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds. That act is coming to St. Louis on Monday, September 13, playing at CBGBs. Bob Reuter's Alley Gh ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, February 13. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
Last week, in conjunction with our feature story on smoking ban loopholes, we asked readers to name the smokiest bar in St. Louis. More than 330 people responded.The overwhelming winner? "All the bars where you can smoke."When it came to an actual watering hole in the city or county, the results ... More >>
New Year's Eve: Amateur night or time to let loose? (A little bit of both, more than likely.) Things are rather quiet this year, in terms of music shows. Here's what I've found below; what else do you know? CBGBs? House shows? Etc.? Chime in and help those bored and looking for fun to end the decad ... More >>
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year -- which means that the ooky-spooky celebrating (and, let's be real, debauchery) begins on Friday night. In light of this, here's a rundown of all the shows going on so far. Did we miss any? Chime in below. Wikimedia Commons October 30 Binge and Purge: ... More >>
Friday, October 9 *They Might Be Giants/Guggenheim Grotto, The Pageant *The Bottle Rockets/Otis Gibbs, Duck Room *Maxwell/Chrisette Michele/Common, Scottrade Center *Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Cicero's *Street Dogs, Pop's *Essince, Vintage Vinyl *Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Broadway Oyster Bar *A ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Bunnygrunt's new LP, Matt Harnish & Other Delights. He had this to say: Delights shows off what Bunnygrunt does best: black humor (the horn-aided opener "665 and 1/2 Won't Do"), romantic frustrations ("You Get What You Get") and off-key, breath ... More >>
Chattin' with Quief Quota (Self-released)
Local upstarts the Humanoids play classic punk rock the way it's meant to be heard: loud, fast and fun.
From Chippewa Chapel to the Band-With Collective, collaboration in St. Louis just got a little bit easier.
The Hi-Pointe closes, but its legacy lives on.
B-Sides explores the van woes of Cars Can Be Blue, talks to Split Lip Rayfield's Kirk Rundstrom about conquering cancer for one last tour and downloads some screaming Sleater-Kinney.
Saturday, October 4; multiple venues
Pho Saigon delivers delicious, authentic food in a forgotten corner of the South Grand strip
The Fantasy Four and the Julia Sets take their show on the road
Axes and Snaxes (Rooster Lollipop)
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