It's President's Day! Kick off the week with a rousing show at Livery Company featuring some south city rappers. For more hip hop this week, plan on checking on the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute featuring some of the city's best as they pay homage with a jam-packed bill of local talent. From indie po ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Some weeks overflow with shows, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. The following list highlights just a few of the goings-ons this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned to our Weekend Best Bets post for more than a few recommendations. For now, check out the following to get an idea of what' ... More >>
The hype has been palpable leading up to twenty-year-old Chance the Rapper's new mixtape, Acid Rap. Chance gained some recognition from his first tape, 10 Day, and in anticipation of Acid Rap, he proceeded to hop on as many tracks as possible, put out videos and tour extensively, including numerous ... More >>
This happened: Laura Cantrell, a New York-based country singer and songwriter, shared a stage with two friends, Rosie Flores and Kristi Rose, backed by Fats Kaplin and Mark Spencer, two of the finer musicians in a town that, on this or any week, affords some stiff competition. The trio of voices fil ... 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 >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! I'm a music writer ... More >>
Lee Fields and the Expressions Lola September 16, 2012 Bathed in blue, like the hottest point of the flame, Lee Fields took to the row of subwoofers as the front row scrambled to clear off the empties. He went there again and again, rearing back with a clenched fist to give one long, majestic, gutt ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsSt. Louis native Donny Hathaway assisted in building careers of his musical compatriots. He also had a successful career that included a partnership with Roberta Flack.Donny Hathaway was something of a musical bricklayer. Even though he wasn't in the spotlight his entire care ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyPatrick Stump Fubar August 4, 2011 Credit Patrick Stump for his artistic integrity. Which is to say: He is currently creating the exact music he wants to, the stuff that comes from somewhere in the marrow of his bones. That much is clear. But the Fall Out Boy voca ... More >>
Photo by Jon Gitchoff Raekwon/Steddy P and DJ Mahf/Safety Words The Firebird May 16, 2011 Safety Words, heretofore most commonly known for mashing eight-bit video game samples with rap tracks, officially retired those songs last night. You will never again hear "Biggie, Rae, Ghost, Rash, Zi ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaAs major record labels have struggled to adjust to the new digital landscape, independent labels have thrived by sticking to the tried and true demand for vinyl. We caught up with Kate Eddens, a former employee of both Thrill Jockey records and Vintage Vinyl, at her south city hom ... More >>
Image viaThat's Paris Hilton with King Khan. No, we don't know why either.According to a Facebook event page, King Khan -- who never showed up for his show with BBQ Show last November at Off Broadway because their tour manager was arrested -- will be playing at 2720 Cherokee on Sunday, Octobe ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play the Pageant Friday, July 16Vintage Vinyl 1. Big Boi -- Sir Lucious Left Foot. The Son Of Chico Dusty 2. Roots -- How I Got Over 3. Eminem -- Recovery 4. Drake -- Thank Me Later 5. Black Keys -- Brothers 6. Ratatat -- ... More >>
Last night's Fishbone concert at the City Museum was a reminder that there hasn't been a band quite like the California septet before or since. Certainly the band has some pretty obvious forebears; Sly Stone's multicultural rock & roll, Toots & the Maytals' slinky ska, and Funkadelic's paranoid groo ... More >>
Did you know that rock and soul crooner Vince Martin is one of St. Louis best-kept secrets? Frankly, neither did we. But who are we to argue he's not -- especially when Orchid Terrace Retirement Community declares him that in a press release sent today to Daily RFT? (Yes, we respect our elders here! ... More >>
In this week's issue, I spoke with Hall & Oates' guitarist and songwriter, John Oates. Oates will be in town on Friday night to play the annual American Mustache Institute 'Stache Bash at the Roberts Orpheum. Mark Maglio Despite being clean-shaven for almost 20 years, Oates took some time to ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Maryland House at Brennan's, 4659-A Maryland Avenue, 314-361-9444.
Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green preaches to the redemptive power of music and his transcendent St. Elsewhere.
The Life Pursuit (Matador)
Tuesday, September 13; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Wednesday, August 3; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.
The New Mixes, Vol. 1 (Concord Records)
Fly or Die (Virgin)
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists combine record-geek allusiveness with heartfelt personal politics
Legend of the Liquid Sword (MCA)
Cody Chesnutt's lo-fi album is a raggedy, sprawling, beautiful mess. Think he cares?
Dangerous Kitchen comprises some of St. Louis' best musicians -- and they make the most of their time away from their day jobs
Monday, Dec. 4; Duck Room
The Look and the Feel of Sexicolor isn't breaking any new ground, but it's a delight nonetheless
Saturday, Feb. 19; the Ambassador
Wednesday, Nov. 17; Delmar Lounge
Tiny but determined, WEW-AM and KNSX-FM ride the rough surf of St. Louis radio
St. Louis turns out to greet John Paul II