Carlos Santana

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    "Smooth" Is the Greatest Song of All Time

    This summer marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the greatest song of all time. I KNOW. I couldn't believe it either but fifteen years have come and gone since the first time you heard "Smooth" by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas. FIFTEEN. YEARS. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT!? "Smooth" is a song that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

    By Jonny Whiteside While rock & roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Alway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 6 to 8

    Hey there, weekend. The RFT Music Showcase is happening (and then we'll leave you all alone about it for at least another year). Check out the guide to the bands playing the showcase this year -- all 90-or-so of them -- or you can just swing by a newsstand and snatch up a print edition. If the thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    36 New Year's Resolutions for An Awful Music Journalist

    Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on their news page and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

    Here are thirteen food trends that have become ubiquitous and shed the sheen of novelty -- now they're just dull and sometimes annoying, in spite of an exciting debut. (To keep things interesting, we've included a few food trends we hope continue into 2014 and beyond. See if you can identify which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Six Terribly Upsetting (and Erotic) Musical Fan-Fiction Stories

    Last week at my warehouse job, I sat in a forklift and lifted a wooden pallet to prepare for shipping. As the dust particles scattered from the machine's exhaust, a thought settled into my brain that I could not rid myself of: "Gavin Rossdale fan fiction."

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music

    Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Public Enemy, Har Mar Superstar, Water Liars, Pink and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The Six Strangest Crossover Attempts By Jazz Musicians

    About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Tony La Russa Retires: A Farewell Playlist

    TLR shakin' it onstage with Santana earlier this year. ​It's been an emotional roller-coaster for St. Louis Cardinals fans: a heart-stopping Game 6 and a World Series victory are now slightly softened with the farewell of skipper, architect and game-changer Tony La Russa. But we'll leave the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Of Montreal, Tombs Lead This Week's New Show Announcements

    Todd OwyoungOf Montreal at The Pageant last October. ​ The Luminary Center for the Arts weren't kidding about their "big" announcement yesterday--Of Montreal is the biggest act they've ever booked. The show is July 4th, so while the rest of the nation is celebrating our dubious democracy and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Santana is Coming to the Fabulous Fox

    ​Carlos Santana is coming to St. Louis on September 6th. Michael Franti & Spearhead will open. Rolling Stone thinks Santana is the fifteenth best guitarist in history, in case you were in need of some sort of introduction. He played Scottrade in 2008, so it's fair to say his upcoming appearanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Interview: Joel Selvin, Sammy Hagar Red Autobiography Co-Author, on How He Collaborated with the Red Rocker

    ‚ÄčIn nearly 40 years as a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Joel Selvin had a unique landscape to contend with as a writer. Some of his most famous subjects that he was writing about lived right there in the same zip code - bands such as The Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis & The News, Jour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    Show Review: John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Friday, November 19

    Image Via​Nearly 40 years after he helped ignite the jazz/fusion movement with albums such as The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire, guitarist John McLaughlin showed that he can still burn brightly in a performance with his band 4th Dimension on Friday night at the Sheldon Concert Hall. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Show Review Photos: The Mars Volta at the Pageant, Tuesday, September 8

    When the Mars Volta unleashed its 2002 debut EP, Tremulant, some critics cheekily tagged the band "Punk Floyd." Given that vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez cut their teeth in the castle-storming emo-core outfit At The Drive-In, it seemed natural that "punk" would the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    M For Mississippi Wins "DVD Of the Year" at 2009 Blues Music Awards

    The film M for Mississippi -- which was co-produced by St. Louis ex-pat Roger Stolle and current resident/Broke & Hungry Records head Jeff Konkel -- won "DVD of the Year" at the Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the Handy Awards) last Thursday in Memphis. Mississippi triumphed over film ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2008


    7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue

  • Music

    January 4, 2006

    Let's Get It Started

    B-Sides cops to liking the Black Eyed Peas, talks to local-boy-done-good Marty Ehrlich and dreams up some new logos for American Idol contestants

  • Music

    July 20, 2005

    Don't Stop Believing

    We talk shop with Duran Duran's John Taylor, convict the Bravery of crimes against music and give thirteen reasons why Journey rules

  • Music

    June 8, 2005

    Dead Alive

    We chat with Phil Lesh, listen to a new kind of protest song and take a trip into the shadows of the Old School

  • Music

    June 1, 2005

    Bull Run and the Everlasting Gobstopper

    If Jay Farrar's titles don't have to make sense, then neither do ours

  • News

    September 15, 2004


    Week of September 15, 2004

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    September 8, 2004


    Week of September 8, 2004

  • Music

    September 1, 2004
  • Music

    December 18, 2002

    Masters of Their Domains

    Hometown legend Bennie Smith joins other blues greats at the "Guitar Masters 2002" show

  • News

    October 30, 2002

    String Music

    Tom Bills' unconventional guitars tap the full potential of wood and sound

  • Music

    October 23, 2002


    As Yohimbe Brothers, guitarist Vernon Reid and turntablist DJ Logic subvert expectations about genre, race and sexual desire

  • Music

    February 20, 2002

    Channel Change

    Hey, you! Stop calling it Riverport! UMB has dibs now!

  • Music

    January 2, 2002

    Paperback Writers

    The latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas

  • Music

    November 21, 2001

    Michael Jackson

    Invincible (Epic Records)

  • Calendar

    May 9, 2001

    Ultimate Milestone

    One of St. Louis' most famous (but least-celebrated) exports is honored on the 75th anniversary of his birth

  • Music

    September 13, 2000

    Great Midwest Guitar Show

    Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16; Sheldon Concert Hall

  • Culture

    September 6, 2000

    Good Enough for Guv'ment Work

    The kids at Centro Sociale put on a show

  • Music

    June 28, 2000

    Gypsy Soul

    Acoustic Internote brews St. Louis music fans a heady, exotic blend

  • Music

    April 5, 2000

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

    Kiel Center; Saturday, April 8

  • Music

    October 6, 1999

    Santana with Ozomatli

    Friday, Oct. 8; Fox Theatre