St. Louis-based zine Jet Lag, co-founded by former RFT freelancer Steve Pick and John "The Mailman" Korst, was published from 1980 to 1991. Charmingly low-budget, with offset typewriter print and xeroxed art, the legendary publication featured numerous show reviews, CD reviews and interviews with ba ... More >>
Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. If you don't own the book you've undoubtedly seen its ransom note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by ... More >>
Daddy Time Records
The contribution and influence of African-American artists to the St. Louis sound and the universal music scene is undeniable. From Scott Joplin to Chuck Berry and countless others, St. Louisans have helped define what ragtime, jazz, the blues and rock 'n' roll are today. Scattered around the city, ... More >>
This week, Pink, Pure Bathing Culture, Little Howlin' Wolf and more makes stops in town. Besides that, check out Foxing's album release and the New Music Circle's next event featuring Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder. Read about these shows and more in this week's recommendations.
Due to open in 2014, the National Blues Museum is set to become a must-visit destination for both St. Louis residents and out-of-town visitors. Located on the recently revitalized Washington Avenue downtown, the museum will present the history of blues, which it praises as the "foundation of all mod ... More >>
A favorite topic here at RFT Music, Miss Sinéad O'Connor wrote a blog post on her website about a recent visit to St. Louis to meet Chuck Berry. Her blog lovingly describes both our city and our rock & roll daddy. We contacted her and asked her if we could quote from her blog (she requests that yo ... More >>
The Del Fuegos Old Rock House | March 1, 2012 It's tempting to lament the Del Fuegos as one of the Bands That Never Made It. Indeed, after an compelling start, it was this Boston band's fate to become sucked into the 1980s record-biz machinery. Pre-Nevermind, a major label contract was often a kiss ... More >>
When I first reach Mr. Khan, he's somewhere in Florida, time zone unknown to him. King Khan: Do you know Chuck Berry? Roy Kasten: I've met him once. Do you want me to pass on a message? King Khan: Yeah. Tell him to come to our show. I didn't have the heart to say it: There have been nights whe ... More >>
Chuck Berry in 1971. Photo by Bob GruenIn this week's feature, Jamie Lees talks to legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen about what motivates him, how he finds his shots and what matters about music. He's in town this week as part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, and he had some thought ... More >>
Bloodshot Bill and King Khan are coming to Off Broadway in November as Tandoori Nights. All hail shirtless wonder King Khan, for he is headed back to St. Louis with his homey Bloodshot Bill as Tandoori Knights. The wild duo will be at Off Broadway on November 25. Allegedly, they started play ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>
Albert SamahaWhere were you when the Chuck Berry statue was dedicated?There were many people and it was hot and unless you got there early enough you probably couldn't even see the Chuck Berry statue through all the heads and cameras and miscellaneous visual impediments. But spirits were high ... More >>
Editor's Note: RFT's critic-at-large, Anton LaFontaine, weighs in on the unveiling today of the Chuck Berry statute in the Delmar Loop.Photo: Kelly HoganPeek-a-boo, we see you!The point of commemorative statuary is not to further the fine art of sculpture -- and the bronze homage to St. Louis' na ... More >>
Gabriel Dawe takes fiber art to new heights with his Plexus series, opening at the Luminary Center for the Arts this weekend. These massive ribbons of color are made from little more than thread, and from a short distance, the inventive installations seem to be floating. More information on this eve ... More >>
Icy nuggets of electropop bliss shrouded in gothic imagery, Cold Cave's atmospheric abrasion and disillusionment make for the most depressing songs you'll ever want to dance to. Cold Cave's sophomore effort is out April 5, so cop that before they play the Luminary on April 9. 2720 Cherokee ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie. In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, October 20. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
Last Thursday, local icons Nelly and Chuck Berry played a free show at Kiener Plaza in support of the city's bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Photographer Erin Kinsella was there and brought back the following pictures. Enjoy! Erin KinsellaBehold! An entire slideshow of Nelly ... More >>
The mere existence of this documentary should send post-punk fans, synth dorks and music historians into spasms of ectasy. The BBC's Synth Britannia examines the rise of the UK's early '80s synthpop movement. More specifically, it's a 90-minute, thorough examination of the genre's roots, major playe ... More >>
For the second time in fourteen months, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played a non-stop, sweat-soaked, guitar-tossing, request-taking concert at the Scottrade Center. Springsteen's mission was clear: During "Working on a Dream" he claimed that he and the band were in town to "fulfill a sol ... More >>
Yup, that's right, folks: Sunday is finally the return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. They'll be playing at the Scottrade Center at 7:30 p.m. Part of the show will be a run-through of Born to Run in its entirety. And the rest? Well, up to the whims of the Boss. Check back Monday for our ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
The Daily RFT reports: Anheuser-Busch is said to be working on a contract to purchase the naming rights to Dolphins Stadium in Miami. If concluded, the stadium would be the second professional sports stadium -- after Busch Stadium -- to name itself after an A-B product. The St. Louis brewer (via B ... More >>
St. Louisans can watch Chuck Berry every month at Blueberry Hill, but the inventor of rock 'n' roll has also been touring internationally this year -- and performing at some of this country's larger music festivals. The 81-year-old jet setter performed this past weekend at the Virgin Mobile Festiv ... More >>
With the merger of Anheuser-Busch and Beligan brewer InBev pretty much a done-deal, let's get to know that spunky country a bit. Marc Tielemans is the creator of FamousBelgians.net. Yes, a Web site about famous people. From Belgium. The concept is alien to us, what with our racks and racks of glo ... More >>
7 p.m. Monday, August 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
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Time for Chuck Berry to roll over, says rock legend Johnnie Johnson