• Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    The Ten Best Songs By Awful Musicians

    Stopped clocks are right twice a day. Geoffrey Arend is married to Christina Hendricks. Performance artists get federal funding. Canada is south of Detroit. People wear Google Glass and think they look awesome. Some things you just can't explain, like how really shitty bands occasionally luck into r ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Six St. Louis Bands Named After Animals

    St. Louis music really makes us roar. With their catchy lyrics, fierce hooks and fills, and boundary-pushing experiments, local acts definitely know how to claw at our hearts. It makes sense, then, that so many area bands and solo artists are showing their wild sides with beastly monikers. Below, ch ... 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 >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Chance the Rapper at the Pageant 12/8/13: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Chance the Rapper The Pageant December 9, 2013 Before anything else, before even entering the venue, there was Chance the Rapper's large, matte black tour bus with the title of his album, Acid Rap, written across the side and front in rainbow, tie-dye lettering. How could his tour bus not attract c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial

    The end of the summer has brought us one of the more surprising collaborations of the year: Nelly and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee (his name is Buzz). Wait, what? You may have seen the TV spots, complete with a new version of "Ride Wit Me" -- this time, Nelly sings "must be the honey." So, naturally, ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Win Tickets to Fall Out Boy at the Pageant This Friday

    Fall Out Boy, fresh off of hiatus and touring in support of a new album, will be coming to the Pageant this Friday, and we've got two tickets to give away!

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    January 24, 2013

    Lip-Syncing: Immoral Practice or Necessary Evil?

    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. Let's ignore the question of whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem at Monday's Inaugur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    VMA Awards 2012: Handicapping the Video of the Year Nominees

    The 2012 VMA nominees are out, and while there are certainly plenty of big names and obvious choices, there are a few surprises buried in there. Frank Ocean gets a nod, as do A$AP Rocky, Jack White and Regina Spektor. But those are curiosities -- Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry et. al. get the lion's sha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    The Cards Turn Back the Clock -- To 2003

    Hey, who here remembers the year 2003? Yeah, I sure do too. It was a magical time for our great nation; Coldplay had yet to become the source of shame they would later, Mitsubishi commercials simultaneously aroused us, irritated us, and kind of made us want to buy our girlfriends pink Kangol hats. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From June 11 to 17

    Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    M83 at The Pageant, 5/2/2012: Review, Photos and Setlist

    M83 | I Break Horses The Pageant May 2, 2012 The crowd at the M83 show last night was ecclectic. Girls wearing their best Forever 21 skirts, middle aged men and women sprinkled in the balcony and a parade of bros, hipsters and people looking generally out of place. That's what happens when there is ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011
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    November 7, 2011

    The Six Best Statutory Rock Songs

    ​November is national Child Safety Protection Month. Part of protecting the young, naturally, is raising awareness of stranger dangers. We do that through warnings about taking candy and rides from unfamiliar people. As kids approach dating age, the advice sometimes includes "Stay away from mu ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    NKOTBSB at the Scottrade Center, 7/19/2011: Reviews, Photos and Setlist

    Backstreet's back, alright. Photo by Jon Gitchoff​New Kids on the Block | Backstreet Boys | Matthew Morrison Scottrade Center July 19, 2011 Last night's New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys show was an event full of glitter and pandemonium and mass hysteria. It was full of pelvic thrusting a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    "Free Bird" is Actually, Seriously a Great Song

    wikimedia commons​The extraneous requesting of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the longest running jokes in rock and roll history. It also ranks among the least funny. Each time a lazy heckler yells "Free Bird" at a rock band, a lose-lose situation results. The band is mocked and the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    You, Me, and the DuPrees: Eisley Enchants at the Old Rock House, Tuesday, June 29

    Diana BenantiEisley at the Old Rock House​While most of the free world was queued up at one of the local cinemas to take in the latest installment of the Twilight saga, about 160 people were treated to a fantastic show by Texas indie-poppers Eisley.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Ben Folds and Robert Smith Owe Steve Jobs a Drink

    Robert Smith isn't smiling. But he should be.​So, if you've been on the Internet at all today, you'll know that Apple unveiled its tablet iPad this morning. The excellent blog Slicing Up Eyeballs posted the promo video for the device and pointed out that at 1:15 or so, the background music is ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Top Ten St. Louis Concerts of 2009

    We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Are Those Sleigh Bells We're Hearing? Nah, It's Just More Holiday Album Fun with Pet Shop Boys, Beatallica, REO Speedwagon and Michael McDonald...

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer spotlights a number of this year's top holiday releases. Here are several more festive releases that you might have missed. But are you really missing anything? Read on...​The Pet Shop Boys, Christmas Unlike your grandmother's fruitcake, which is always an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Last Night: Toad the Wet Sprocket, El Ten Eleven, Gil Mantera's Party Dream

    Toad the Wet Sprocket played at the Pageant last night -- and boy, what a treat. Toad's my Coldplay, a band I'm almost embarrassed to say I love. But my first time seeing the Santa Barbara quartet (which also featured a great pedal-steel player) was a real treat. ​The set started off shaky, w ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2009

    Greg Laswell

    9 p.m. Wednesday, February 18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Vintage Vinyl's Top 50 Best-Selling CDs and Top 25 Best-Selling LPs of 2008

    Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009
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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    The Year in Music: 2008's Top Ten Pop Songs

    In the RFT that's coming out later this week, our music writers will weigh in on what they liked -- and didn't like -- about music in the year 2008. Various writers from around the Village Voice Media chain also weighed in on their jams, lists we'll be rolling out over the next week or so. Here's a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 26, 2008


    8 p.m. Tuesday, December 2. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    August 9, 2008
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    July 5, 2008

    Gentleman Auction House Tour Diary, Day Sixteen: Champaign, Illinois

    Venue: Mike ‘N Molly’s Location: Champaign, Illinois Date: 06.21.08 Other Bands: Sangamon, Curb Service, Todd Kessler We spent the morning at our favorite DeKalb eatery, The Hillside. It may have been Ryan and Stephen’s fourth time eating there, but in their defense, it is pretty great. I r ... More >>

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    December 18, 2007
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    November 26, 2007
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    October 31, 2007
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    August 22, 2007


    Planet Earth (Sony)

  • Music

    August 8, 2007

    Cary Brothers

    9 p.m. Wednesday, August 15. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City

  • Music

    May 30, 2007

    Johnette Napolitano

    9 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

  • Film

    April 18, 2007

    Arresting Development

    You liked Shaun of the Dead? Then Hot Fuzz will bust a cap in your arse.

  • Music

    November 29, 2006

    Wham Bam Glam

    Welcome home, Brian Delaney.

  • Music

    November 15, 2006


    In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac)

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    The River Runs Dry

    from Bell Biv DeVoe The long-dormant booties of many white-bread St. Louisians were recently reignited when local bland-rock station the River (WVRV 101.1 FM) ditched its flaccid adult-contemporary format in favor of the cold, semi-hard funk. At precisely 11 a.m. September 8, s ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2006

    Bleeding Heart Baby

    B-Sides cuts right to the Heartless Bastards, intellectualizes Hayseed Dixie and dissects the anatomy of the common punk rocker

  • Music

    March 1, 2006

    Bringing Up Baby

    B-Sides gets the real story behind Living Things, chats with the Hail Marys' punk-rock mom and talks to Michael Stipe about his new charity single

  • Music

    January 18, 2006

    Get Thee to a Winery

    Grayson Capps discusses New Orleans as it is now, Willy Wonka talks to D4L about their "Laffy Taffy," and we pair wines with some tasty new releases

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Pop Rocks

    Ten albums that'll snap and fizz

    in your ear buds all winter long

  • Film

    October 26, 2005

    Pick Your Brain

    Locally made zombie comedies gnaw their way through flyover country

  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    Head Over Feet

    We sip java with Alanis, investigate podcasting and figure out what those concert tickets are really worth

  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    We Aren't the World

    A critical fatwa of Live 8

  • Music

    June 1, 2005


    Sunday, June 5; World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park (part of New Belgium Brewery's Tour de Fat)

  • Music

    August 11, 2004

    Various Artists | Various Artists

    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Walt Disney Records) | Garden State (Epic)

  • Music

    June 11, 2003

    Triple Play

    Local college station KCLC-FM proves that adult album alternative radio doesn't have to suck

  • Culture

    April 9, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

  • Music

    March 28, 2001


    Coming to Terms (Pehr)

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