Coming up with a good name for your band is crucial. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but it's hard to imagine Coldplay becoming the vanilla-rock powerhouse it is today as Pectoralz. That said, if one of the world's most famous bands started out with a name that godawful, then there's ho ... More >>
If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
There's a new Coldplay song out now, called "Midnight." In the song's video, Chris Martin stands in the frozen wilderness, singing wordless garbles in a bleary, sickeningly holy croon. There's a moment where it cuts to a solemn wolf, staring into the camera. It is this exact moment where we realize ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
The Mars Volta was a rock band from California, which a place where rock bands are frequently formed. Other rock bands formed in California include Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the band that spawned the Mars Volta, At The Drive-In. At The Drive-In is best known for once having a song ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>
5 p.m. Sunday, September 2. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Did everyone survive LouFest? Surrounding this post is our extensive coverage; be sure to read up. Rain be damned, the whole thing seemed to go off without a hitch. More big outdoors shows populate this week's post, for those of you that didn't get enough over the weekend. Tonight Verizon Wireless ... More >>
Regardless of what anybody thinks about the actual program, there's no disputing that Glee has become an absolute juggernaut in the music industry. As of October 2011, songs from the show have been downloaded 36 million times. And during that same time period, 11 million physical albums that have be ... More >>
Gut Check didn't watch the Grammys, but we certainly noticed when those live-snarking the event on Twitter started talking about Chiptole...and Willie Nelson? and...Coldplay? That rang a bell.
In the old days, just being an actress wasn't enough. Everyone had to be a double threat just to keep up with singing actresses like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. But then musicals fell out of fashion and we find ourselves asking, "Why the hell is Gwyneth Paltrow singi ... More >>
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9 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Jailbox's new CD, One for Each of Us. He had this to say: Jailbox may rep for Perryville, Missouri, but the quartet stakes a sonic claim to the melodic and sensitive British rock made popular by Coldplay, Doves and Starsailor. While Coldplay took cue ... More >>
One for Each of Us
9 p.m. Saturday, February 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of... series is self-explanatory. Each release focuses on making tunes from one rock band palatable enough for the naptime set. Past volumes have featured Metallica, Tool, Beach Boys, Coldplay, the Pixies and the Beatles. However, the latest one to cross my des ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Coldplay at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Photo: Kenny WilliamsonChris Martin of Coldplay on Friday nights. See more photos and read the concert review.Music editor Annie Zaleski ventured out to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights to see Coldplay. Read her review here. We also have ... More >>
Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Coldplay delivered exactly the type of set you would want from it - and then some. That's not snark, either: For nearly two hours, the British quartet unleashed hit after hit after hit with little self-indulgence and plenty of spectacle. In fact, th ... More >>
So, Coldplay is in town tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. And anyone I've talked to who's going to the show is -- shall we say -- sheepish. The phrase "guilty pleasure" has been thrown around quite a bit. Embarrassed blushes and giggles are the rule, not the exception. It's as if liking ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, July 24. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
After the success of last week's "no service fees on lawn tickets" promotion, LiveNation.com is doing it again today until midnight -- only better. Grab tickets to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at any level -- reserved or lawn -- with no service fees. What a deal! Some of the choicest bargains ... More >>
Is there a better way to spend a hot summer weekend in St. Louis than at the Pageant? Perhaps, but not a weekend in mid-June: Santigold is performing there on Saturday, June 13 (a show which appears to be something different, because it was billed as "Barcardi B Live" [sic] in the note I received) a ... More >>
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
And the Glass Handed Kites (Sony)
Wednesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Saturday, February 4; the Billiken Club (20 North Grand Boulevard)
Matching the playoff-rockin' Cardinals with some appropriate tunes
Saturday, September 17; UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
Week of September 14, 2005
Wednesday, September 7; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Thursday, August 4; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Thursday, March 3; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Paint the Earth
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
A Cast of Thousands (V2)
Friday, December 12; Mississippi Nights
Friday, August 1; American Theatre
Coldplay reinvigorates the power ballad for the MTV2 generation
Maybe This Christmas (Nettwerk America)
Love Is Here (Capitol)
Thursday, June 21; Galaxy