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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Backstreet's back, alright. Photo by Jon GitchoffNew 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 >>
wikimedia commonsThe 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 >>
Diana BenantiEisley at the Old Rock HouseWhile 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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, February 18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 2. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
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 >>
Planet Earth (Sony)
9 p.m. Wednesday, August 15. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
You liked Shaun of the Dead? Then Hot Fuzz will bust a cap in your arse.
Welcome home, Brian Delaney.
In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac)
from www.artnomad.com/bbd 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 >>
B-Sides cuts right to the Heartless Bastards, intellectualizes Hayseed Dixie and dissects the anatomy of the common punk rocker
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
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
2005's best and brightest albums
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
Locally made zombie comedies gnaw their way through flyover country
We sip java with Alanis, investigate podcasting and figure out what those concert tickets are really worth
A critical fatwa of Live 8
Sunday, June 5; World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park (part of New Belgium Brewery's Tour de Fat)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Walt Disney Records) | Garden State (Epic)
Forget critics' warnings: Listening to Radiohead is easy
Local college station KCLC-FM proves that adult album alternative radio doesn't have to suck
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
Coming to Terms (Pehr)