Darin Gray

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: October 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: July 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 4 to 6

    Get out of that bathtub or basement and get out to a show this weekend. B.B. King plays the Peabody, Kate Nash follows up the Ready Room's debut show with the space's second concert, Why? finds its way to the Demo, and Guttermouth storms the stage at Fubar. No mighty gust of wind could keep is in th ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 28 to 30

    This weekend marks the ten-year anniversary for Belleville's music-filled Herstory Weekend as well as local punk band Scene of Irony. St. Louis also gets two different tribute shows over the next couple of days: a Tribute to the Byrds at Off Broadway and a tribute to Shel Silverstein at the Gramopho ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 24 to 30

    This week, choose from a variety of touring bands to check out all over town: Nervosas performs at Melt, Low takes the stage at Off Broadway, Peelander-Z invades the Demo and more. Note: Though not in our critics' picks this week, Three 6 Mafia also performs in St. Louis this week. More info on this ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 27 to February 2

    This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    The 13 Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Bands in 2013

    St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 23 to 25

    Long-time editor-in-chief Tom Finkel currently wraps up his last week at Riverfront Times, so here's a Kid Rock send-off. Yeah, why not? OK, but seriously, let's all pay our respects by watching Bob Schneider's new music video. Tom will soon be overseeing the Village Voice's music blog, Sound of the ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    A Conversation with Experimental Bassist Darin Gray: Playing Art Hill, Radiolab Live and More

    Bassist Darin Gray might be the most prolific experimental musician out of St. Louis. 32 years after his first performance in the area, he shows no signs of stopping, and RFT Music couldn't be prouder to call him one our city's own. Despite the racket Gray has generated in countless ensembles and ba ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    The 2013 RFT Music Award Winners

    Came, saw, conquered! Another RFT Music Showcase / Awards Party in the bag. We'd like to thank all of the nominees, the good people of Washington Avenue and Atomic Cowboy for hosting the festivities, and everyone who voted in our 26 categories. Congratulations to all of the winners (you'll see their ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Experimental: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    The Day RFT Music Died

    You may have noticed over the weekend, starting on Thursday, that RFT Music was largely inaccessible. Users of Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and likely others were blocked by warnings of malware, looking very similar, if not identical, to the one you see above.

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    April 19, 2013

    A Free Jazz After Party: Weird Out With Chikamorachi

    Chikamorachi: Chris Corsano & Darin Gray Saturday, April 20 FOAM at 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 8 PM, $10 Record Store Day attracts the collector and show goer alike as area stores pile live bands on top of limited releases. The whole affair recalls a certain holiday spirit fueled by feedback and wax. T ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The 2013 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Well, it's that time again, folks! Each year, we at RFT Music HQ present the RFT Music Awards, an annual celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. The nominees are chosen by a crack team of industry insiders, dedicated die-hards and various other musical minds from o ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    October 4, 2012

    72 St. Louis Musicians Record the Soundtrack for Laumeier Sculpture Park

    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 This weekend, the Site/Sound exhibition opens at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Local electronic sensei Eric Hal ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: July 27 to 29

    Today's word of the day is "brevity." Lesson learned and applied: 1. Naked Raygun at the Firebird 2. Darin Gray / Bill Horist at the Schlafly Tap Room 3. Fang Island at Off Broadway 4. Future & Pusha T at the Ambassador 5. Click through for the rest of our picks! "Soul of wit," and all that... ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 23 to 29

    Attention cheap and poor folks in St. Louis: Four of the ten shows listed here this week won't cost you a dime! Tenacious D at Vintage vinyl (better show up early to ensure entry though -- big band, small venue), David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights playing a more intimate set at Plush, then back ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Six Best Bands Named Black _____

    The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Chris Corsano

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28. Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard.

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    September 15, 2011
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    April 15, 2011

    Memories of Danny McClain from Friends and Family

    Courtesy of Mary Ann Starr​In this week's RFT, we profiled Danny McClain, the mind-blowing local musician who passed away on March 28 at the age of 31. To further honor his memory, we invited some of his friends and family to share their favorite Danny McClain stories with A to Z. Mary Ann St ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    R.I.P. Danny McClain, Grand Ulena Drummer

    Image viaDanny McClain ​Danny McClain, a long-time local drummer in numerous bands and projects, including Johnny Angel and Grand Ulena, has died. No further details are known at this time. McClain's musical talents preceded him. He's collaborated and performed with countless musicians in the ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Animal Collective Once Played at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

    Electronic musician Raglani has been keeping busy in non-performance ways lately: He's been uploading video after video of vintage St. Louis performance videos to a Vimeo account. The result is a treasure trove of experimental, noise, punk and indie videos: The collection features acts such as Hair ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    MP3: On Fillmore, "Master Moon"

    In last week's paper, Ryan Wasoba profiled On Fillmore, the instrumental music project featuring Darin Gray and Glenn Kotche. The band's latest album, Extended Vacation, came out recently. Here's an MP3 from that album. MP3: On Fillmore, "Master Moon"

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    November 25, 2009
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    September 6, 2006

    Music Showcase Schedule

    The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts

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    September 6, 2006

    He Bangs the Drums

    Wilco's drummer beats a retreat on his solo disc.

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    July 12, 2006

    And the Nominees Are...

    Get a load of the nominees for our annual music awards extravaganza

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    September 28, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of September 28, 2005

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    April 28, 2004

    It Takes Two

    Come hear Radio Cherokee's beautiful noise

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    March 31, 2004

    Music for Bookstores

    Brian Eno's got nothing

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    November 26, 2003

    Grand Ulena

    Neosho (Family Vineyard)

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    October 15, 2003

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of October 15, 2003

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    June 4, 2003

    Embarrassment of Riches

    If you can't find a show to go to this weekend, it's your own damn fault

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    February 26, 2003

    A Bug in Your Ear

    The call of Ring, Cicada is persuasive indeed

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    October 16, 2002

    Grand Illusion

    The hometowners of Grand Ulena insist they're not a local band

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    September 25, 2002

    Best Store for New CDs

    Vintage Vinyl East

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    July 17, 2002


    A devoted fanboy produces an homage to one of St. Louis' most beloved bands

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    December 26, 2001

    Doing Our Best

    Our intrepid columnist weighs in with her faves for the year that was

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    April 11, 2001

    The Times, They Are A-Changing

    The RFT welcomes a new music editor

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    March 7, 2001

    Bob Reuter, Blueberry, Dave Stone and Darin Gray.

    Monday, March 12; Duff's Restaurant (392 N. Euclid Ave.).

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    November 29, 2000

    By the Book

    Bassist Darin Gray learns that the library is where they have to take you in

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    October 25, 2000

    Lo and Behold

    Hot nightspot Lo has rescinded its prohibition of drum & bass

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    May 3, 2000

    Ghost Stories

    Grandpa's Ghost release their fourth album -- this time with some outside help

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    April 26, 2000

    808 State

    Students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park pay homage to the Roland Corp.'s creations

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    March 1, 2000

    Big Deal

    The Way Out Club, part 2, opens in a new location

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    July 21, 1999


    The magical playing of Darin Gray expands the palette of the bass guitar

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    January 27, 1999
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