We all know that a musician makes art, but in some cases, a musician makes art. Tangible art. Visual art. Karl Haglund is just such an artist. A painter from Charles City, Iowa, Haglund grew up with creative parents, forging his own paths through both music and craftsmanship. As an adult, though, ... More >>
Every guitar tells a story, even when it's not being strummed by a musician in the midst of a performance. Painter Karl Haglund is convinced of it. "You see a guitar that's beat up, or a guitar with stickers, and you know that that musician doesn't just pick it up ten minutes before a show," Haglun ... More >>
RFT Music is proud to premiere the new music video for Finn's Motel's "Recurring Dream with Halo's Glow," a bright, warm track off of the bands upcoming album Into the Realm of Jupiter Rex. With nearly every scene soaked in steep, slanting sun, the video perfectly captures the fading end of summer. ... More >>
Billy Bragg stood at the microphone toward the end of his set at the Royale, thoughtfully looking up in the night sky as he tried to put words to what's happening in Ferguson. "The true enemy is our own cynicism," Bragg finally told the audience. "We have to fight to overcome that cynicism. We hav ... More >>
All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. Music and summertime are forever intertwined, capturing the joys of the present and, ... More >>
Apparently, some football game happened recently, and it was a big deal. We weren't really paying attention; we only watched to see Bruno Mars cause a swoonfest with his sexy dance moves and Bono fight AIDS with his sunglasses. You know -- the stuff that matters. See also: Super Bowl Highlights: Fu ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we chat with music luminaries of all sorts -- nationally touring musicians, roadies, industry authors, tour promoters and more. The interviews we conduct with these folks are enlightening, but time is limited, and we usually finish our business within twenty minutes. That's why we ... More >>
It's hard evidence of a vital music community when this local-release column only touches a fraction of what was released in 2013. Sins of omission aside, here's what caught my ear most this year: established bands hitting their stride, scene veterans trying new things and a few new faces making imp ... More >>
Cave States The Great Divide cavestatesmusic.com Chris Grabau and Danny Kathriner have dipped in and out of each other's musical lives for some time now; Grabau plays guitar in the Kathriner-led Half Knots, while Kathriner has recently begun drumming for Grabau's project Magnolia Summer. But with C ... More >>
When legendary local musician, writer and photographer Bob Reuter died suddenly last month, friends and loved ones were grief-stricken. Reuter played in and documented the south city scene for decades, leaving behind a vast amount of artistic work and no shortage of fans and admirers. Last night his ... More >>
The memorial service for larger-than-life local musician/writer/photographer/DJ Bob Reuter will be held this Sunday at the Casa Loma Ballroom. For those just joining us, Reuter tragically passed away early last month in a freak accident, falling down an elevator shaft. Big Muddy Records, home to Reu ... More >>
PhotoJohn Horton (left) and Chris Grabau of Magnolia SummerMagnolia Summer just announced it'll be touring the U.K. in February with long-time pals/Undertow hombres Dolly Varden. Both groups will be performing as duos; the Magnolia Summer configuration will be vocalist/guitarist Chris Grabau ... More >>
On Friday and Saturday night, the Focal Point in Maplewood hosted Rough Shop's annual Holiday Extravaganza. Guest stars such as Steve Carosello, Toby Weiss, Chris Grabau, John Horton and Kate Eddens joined the band to sing holiday originals and cover favorites from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dar ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, December 10, and Saturday,
Jon GitchoffWavves last night at the Billiken Club. (Drinking locally, we see.) View an entire slideshow here.That's it. Summer is over, and Wavves sent it packing last night with an adrenaline- and pot-fueled rager. Crowd surfing at the Billiken Club isn't something you see every day, but Wa ... More >>
Jason StoffKim Massie at LouFest. More photos from day two here.Now this was the kind of church service I could get into: Kim Massie opened up day two of Loufest with a relaxed Sunday morning set heavy on gospel and what she called "inspirational songs." After kicking off with a version of "A ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Magnolia Summer's two new EPs, The Current Moves and The Slip That Leads Into the Fall. No one can accuse Magnolia Summer leader Chris Grabau of getting lazy. Sixteen months after the release of the band's most recent (and strongest) LP, Lines From ... More >>
The Current MovesEP
The Slip That Leads Into the Fall EP
In this week's paper, I profiled Jason McEntire and Sawhorse Recording Studios, one of the many local studios helping musicians near and far make cool records. As of late, bands such as Building Rome, Ludo, Ha Ha Tonka and Magnolia Summer have stopped by the south-side digs. Oh, and speaking of stop ... More >>
Artist: Stillwater Album: I Reserve the Right! From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1978 Label: Capricorn Records What it sounds like: A real band that's not as good as a made-up one/Southern butt-rock/ Lynyrd Skynyrd-meets-Foghat.
8 p.m. Friday, December 12. The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood.
Concert posters the old-fashioned way.
The 2007 RFT Music Awards winners are here!
Week of May 31, 2007
Check out our exhaustive recap of Austin's indie-rock fest.
St. Louis bands make a fine showing at Austin's annual indie-rock spring break.
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
Waterloo plays a CD release party for Out of the Woods; plus, a sneak peek at the new and improved Creepy Crawl
Magnolia Summer explores the weightier side of life
A dispatch from SXSW
A sneak preview of what local bands are up to in 2006
Saturday, May 14; Red Sea (6511 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Undertow Records is back in St. Louis and better than ever
Week of July 23, 2003
Urban Jazz Naturals beckons rock fans to the electronic side of the street
Friday, April 5; Frederick's Music Lounge