This October, we are seeing an absence of local hip-hop acts -- what's up with that, St. Louis? -- while the national acts flourish. Though not an entirely favorable trade-off (well, maybe for some), some big acts are hitting our stages this month, ranging from the very indie to the slightly indie t ... More >>
When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can fe ... More >>
Last August, Off Broadway concert promoter John Henry told RFT Music that he wasn't sure how big the hugely successful Open Highway Festival ultimately would become, but he shared that he and club owner Steve Pohlman wanted to continue to surprise concertgoers with a variety of musical genres and pe ... More >>
Lollapalooza is one of the crown jewels of the modern festival era. We may not love the lineup every year, but we certainly can see how, over the past decade, the Chicago production has redefined what a multi-stage, multi-day, multi-artist event can be, especially in an urban setting. The long-runni ... More >>
This week, the Blind Eyes go out with a bang with a final show sure to pack Off Broadway to the brim, new rock saloon Los Punk shows Cherokee how its done, and St. Louis sees plenty of big name visitors including Afroman, Kim Richey and Dr. Dog. Get the details on these shows and more in this week's ... More >>
This week, Fitz and the Tantrums, Eleni Mandell, Heatsick, Cheap Art and more stop into town. Plan a romantic weekend with yourself or someone else, or just go out every other night this week and stay in to watch Lifetime movies to your heart's content come Cupid's retribution on Friday. Love it or ... More >>
OK, so calling these posts the "ten" best shows in St. Louis each weekend is a bit of a stretch. Admittedly, we like to include as many shows as possible and inevitably end up linking back to all sorts of preview coverage from earlier in the week. Please excuse the following obsessive, excessive hyp ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
The Civil Wars just posted an announcement on Facebook cancelling all upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" -- effectively declaring the end of the band. This is a huge surprise for a duo decidedly on the rise -- fresh off a pair of Grammys and even ... More >>
In 2005, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was struggling: Labor disputes, falling revenue and diminishing credibility threatened the group, which has existed since 1880. It's safe to say times have changed: the SLSO is now world-class -- it recently returned from a successful European tour and music ... More >>
Dethklok and Lamb of God, with support from Gojira, were supposed to make a stop at the Family Arena on August 15. It's a bill we've been excited about since it was first announced and was probably the marquee metal show of the summer. Unfortunately, the entire tour has just been cancelled because L ... More >>
The man in the chicken hat is hoping things get weird inside. He smokes a cigarette, flicks it to the ground, then changes his mind and smokes the rest of it while standing in front of the Tivoli Theatre in Delmar. He's already holding a ticket, but at the advertised 7 p.m. show time, nearly 100 hop ... More >>
Snoop Dogg | Steddy P. | Kold Kace May 25, 2012 Pop's Nightclub If you hadn't already assumed that Snoop Dogg would be playing to a full house at Pop's last night, the line of people stretching across the parking lot -- hours before his performance -- would be a good indication. Half-naked women, ... More >>
Mariachi El Bronx is playing this Saturday at the Firebird. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.; San Francisco folk-rock duo Two Gallants opens the show. We have a pair of tickets for the show, and you can win them! All you have to do is write in the comments your full name, a way we can contact you, and ... More >>
In celebration of the completion of their 53rd season, the New Music Circle will be hosting a local showcase today, May 11 at the William A. Kerr Building. Curated by NMC concert programmer Jeremy Kannapell, the evening's schedule includes performances from local acts including: Joseph Raglani, Kevi ... More >>
This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous hailstorm (mine only lost a window or two, no biggie) make sure hit the town or else you'll be missing some excelle ... More >>
When Radiohead comes to town, it's a big deal. And for good reason: The Oxford super-group only plays in St. Louis every four or five years, meaning there's pent-up demand for one of the most popular live acts around. Still, Friday's sold-out show at the Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-241 ... More >>
Idle Warship | SoundClash 2720 Cherokee February 15, 2012 Since setting up shop in the burgeoning Cherokee Street Art District in 2009, 2720 has made a name for itself in the national club scene as one of the top venues for street-inspired dance music. Last night's performance with Talib Kweli in ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
With LouFest, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza done you may think the music festival season is over after Labor Day. But there's still more: Those who crave an indie rock festival featuring creative, innovative and up-and-coming artists will be glad to know that their audio paradise is only 178 mi ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 26. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Jason StoffThe Black Lips have done this show before -- and better. Here they are at the Firebird in 2010.Black Lips The Firebird August 4, 2011 The Black Lips who appeared on the dark stage at the Firebird last night were, in a word, tame. Gone were the antics of mid-level indie-rock lore, ... More >>
Brent HolzapfelDeath Cab For Cutie is coming to the Pageant on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale August 5th at 5 p.m -- they're $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved spots on the balcony. Death Cab needs little introduction -- Ben Gibbard's bone-deep delivery has helped ensure the Wa ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, June 16. Pop's. 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Well, this totally sucks: Glass Teeth is breaking up. Keyboardist Mark Early is moving to Atlanta this summer, so the band decided to call it quits. "It was a drag for all of us," said Jeff Robtoy, vocalist and frontman. "And it came completely out of nowhere. We're all kind of a big part o ... More >>
STL Loud Volume Two is coming. The brainchild of Ryan Albritton, the series gives bands a chance at some studio time at R&R Music Music Labs in Dogtown, which Albritton co-owns. The resulting tracks are released as a compilation. The first installment, released in January, was heavy on folk/s ... More >>
Anton CorbijnArcade Fire plays its first headlining show in St. Louis this Thursday at the Scottrade Center. The National will open -- both bands are renowned for their live shows. Arcade Fire, in particular, has always seemed too big for whatever venue it's playing, so it will be interestin ... More >>
Sean PecknoldBearded folkers Fleet Foxes have just been confirmed for a July 19th appearance at the Pageant. This will be the outfit's first headlining show in St. Louis. Last time Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset and friends were in our fair city was in the fall of 2008, when they opened fo ... More >>
Still hungover from yesterday? You're probably not the only one. You must rally, however, as there's a ton going on this weekend, from the Southern Graphics Council International Conference to all of the music events we talk about on the RFT's main music page. Ten other good bets are below. E ... More >>
Bob KuskyChuck Berry was alive and very well last night at the Duck Room.After Chuck Berry collapsed during a show in Chicago on New Year's Day, fans began to worry. Was this it for the duck-walking one? Would they forever regret that they never bothered to catch one of his monthly shows at B ... More >>
Doors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 18. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue.
On February 25, the Friends of the Sheldon is presenting a benefit concert featuring cult composer/songwriter Randy Newman. According to the venue, proceeds from the show will benefit Sheldon educational programs. Patron tickets priced at $125 and $150 are on sale now; these include free parking, pr ... More >>
Jon GitchoffDrake in June 2010 at Super Jam 3.Anxious fans swarmed into the Fabulous Fox last night to watch Canadian rapper Drake perform in support of his platinum-selling debut, Thank Me Later. The majority of his fan base appears to be in the coveted 18-to-25 age demo, but teenagers, coll ... More >>
image via1. Dogtown Street Musicians FestivalThis weekend marks the first ever Dogtown Street Musicians Festival. Located between the 1200 - 1300 block of Tamm, this event will run Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2. Funk Fest 5Go get funked up at Broadway Oyster Bar Saturday night, starting at ... More >>
Amber McDonaldHeart's Ann and Nancy WilsonIt's Labor Day weekend, the last "real" weekend of summer. Don't let it get away from you. Friday: NewPop II Opening at Hoffman LaChance/After-Party at HandleBar Stan Chisholm, recent RFT Mastermind winner, is unveiling two solo shows at once this we ... More >>
The first-ever St. Louis Super Music Fest (slated to be an annual event) took place last night at the Chaifetz Arena, and fans couldn't wait to get funked up. The majority of the crowd was over 40; however a respectable showing of 20- and 30-somethings came out to watch a lineup of musical l ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, August 26. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Watching your wallet? Today and tomorrow are your lucky days. First, today, right at this moment, you can get 2-for-1 tickets for the following Old Rock House shows, in a promotion the venue is dubbing 2-for-1 First Thursday: Friday, August 6: Bettye LaVette - $32.50 Friday, August 13: We A ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 25. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
10 p.m. Saturday, February 13. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.
8 p.m. Saturday, January 30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The grand opening of the Old Post Office Plaza gets underway at 9th and Olive Streets at 4 p.m. today (a.k.a. happy hour!).The new $8-million, 30,000-square-foot plaza was once home to a surface parking lot. Earlier this week cranes swung and workers placed finishing touches on the public space, who ... More >>