The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Roy BastenVans co-founder James Van Doren died in October at his home in California. The news went public last week; he was 72 years old. James started the company that made the essential skate shoe with a group including his brother Paul back in 1966. Vans are among the most iconic shoes ... More >>
Feeling bleary today? Perhaps a bit vomitous? Verging on death? Wondering when and why you painted something green? Then you must have celebrated National Tequila Day yesterday! We thought that was celebrated on May 5, too. But apparently it's sort of a big deal. ABC News even did a feature on G ... More >>
For your Cinco de Mayo drinking and rocking pleasure, Midwestern classic rock heroes Cheap Trick have mashed up their ode to parental perversion, "Surrender" with a mariachi band. You can thank the fine folks at Hornitos Tequila for thinking this was an awesome way to promote their Make a Mashup c ... More >>
On Wednesday night, we told you about Marshall Crenshaw and Bottle Rockets' killer cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender." Well, last night at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos sat in with the bands for that same cover. Video evidence, of course, has already ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, November 22. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
In this week's RFT, I interviewed Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick during the influential band's first appearance at South By Southwest in Austin. Read the feature here and check out the outtakes from the interview below. Dana PlonkaRick Nielsen Roy Kasten: Before ... More >>
On weather.gov, it's a balmy 32 degrees outside. By this link, the Cardinals' pitchers and catchers don't report for spring training for another three weeks. Yet Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin -- which is playing tonight at the Billiken Club with Flaming Death Trap -- conjures warm summer nig ... More >>
Mi amigo Matt runs the blog Addicted to Vinyl, and every Tuesday he unleashes a "cage match" battle between two songs/bands. This week's fight has particular relevance to St. Louis (and not just because I gave him the idea): Cheap Trick's "The Flame" vs. REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You." These ... More >>
Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick played at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night for an appreciative, packed house. The show was overall satisfactory and fun -- although the sheer amount of Rock on a Monday night left me a little tired. So here are my random highlights/lowlights and truism ... More >>
Better than: A crowded dorm-room party with cheap beer and cheap vodka drank out of red plastic cups, awkward grinding and an iTunes playlist full of cheesy dance hits. Actually, wait - that was kind of what the show was. Slide ShowThere's no easy way to review last night's Girl Talk show, mainly ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, May 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
Selected Short Works
(Nice Noise Records)
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
Maxtone 4 - Hey Hey Do It Anyway (Maximum Tone Fidelity Records)
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
The music awards ballot is online! Plus, meet your Best New Artist candidates.
The Greater St. Louis Jazz Fest stresses education and instrumentation.
Then we snag an interview with country legend and new friend of Lambchop Charlie Louvin.
8 p.m. Saturday, January 27. Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles).
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
B-Sides talks physical fitness with treadmill gurus OK Go and blows out some smart-ass birthday candles with the Conformists.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Overlook Stage (Sullivan Boulevard, on the Arch Grounds).
Thursday, May 11, at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Thursday, January 19; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Wednesday, October 12; the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Music news you can use
A local power-pop connoisseur brings his joy to the masses with a new CD
Tuesday, September 14; the Gargoyle at Washington University
Thursday, March 11; Creepy Crawl
Earthquake Glue (Matador)
Special One (Big 3 Records)
Friday, May 16; Galaxy
Friday, April 25; Off Broadway
For Guided by Voices' bibulous frontman, drunken rock & roll is a form of love
Rick Nielsen is not content to pull his old hat tricks anymore
Pointessential 7 is largely disappointing
Power-pop supergroup Swag makes its pitch