"Where'd you get your hair done?" When a lady hears that question, she doesn't want to respond with some barber shop chain with a boring name like Quality Haircuts or Styles for Women. She wants to drop a name with as much flair and swag as her newly-done coif. Luckily, St. Louis is a treasure tro ... 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 >>
Blueberry Hill proprietor Joe Edwards could hardly have imagined what would become of the conversation he had with Chuck Berry nearly two decades ago. The rock 'n roll pioneer was at Edward's home late at night in 1996, and the two old friends were reminiscing about Berry's early days before he skyr ... More >>
October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... More >>
Thematically, the Smashing Pumpkins is a very predictable band. For those familiar with its imagery and history, thoughts of the band conjure up visions of moons and stars and other celestial entities. But last night, Billy Corgan had a lot of love to give to St. Louis. Literally. Corgan sang the ... More >>
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
Most people wouldn't care to know who prevails in a fight between puppets and animated birds -- unless they've taken some sort of hallucinogen. But that's precisely the battle set to be resolved Sunday during the latest iteration of the Academy Awards. The Best Original Song award this year is a tw ... More >>
Courtesy of the artist.Patrick Stump is at a strange place, career-wise. As the guitarist and lead singer in Fall Out Boy, he helped instill a limber tunefulness many of the bands' pop punk peers lacked. That was one of many reasons FOB built a huge following -- but even those tracking Stump ... More >>
After more than 40 years in the music business, one might think that saxophonist David Sanborn has done it all. From playing at Woodstock with the Butterfield Blues Band, to performing on dozens of hit records with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, to a successful solo career ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the artistsKate Middleton and Prince William are getting married in a matter of hours (have you heard about this at all?). You can watch the Royal Wedding via webcam, but let's be honest: Weddings are boring when you're actually there. So we'll take a pass on grainy video f ... More >>
You've heard of garage rock. But Kid Congo Powers - co-founder of the Gun Club, guitarist for the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and prolific, eccentric, solo rock & roll maestro -- doesn't play garage rock. He plays gymnasium rock. His forthcoming album, Gorilla Rose and his 2009 al ... More >>
In 2010, local bands have their choice of venues, radio stations and blogs with which to promote themselves. This wasn't always the case in St. Louis: As labels such as BDR Records and blogs such as Tony Patti's Change Music Variety Show reveal, the city's small but spunky new-wave and punk scenes w ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Bob Dylan's The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964*Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 Guardian said of the Witmark Demos: "The latest Christm ... More >>
It's a Tuesday night and we almost can't get a table at Petra Cafe and Hookah Lounge. The patio is full, every bar stool is occupied, and there's not a single empty chair inside. Most of the other bars on South Grand are empty; it's too hot to think, let alone drink. The obliging, apologetic ... More >>
In this week's RFT, I interviewed Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick during the influential band's first appearance at South By Southwest in Austin. Read the feature here and check out the outtakes from the interview below. Dana PlonkaRick Nielsen Roy Kasten: Before ... More >>
The audience present for the 8:30 p.m. Bad Plus set last evening leaned more toward curious observers than diehard fans. It was difficult to suspect the sort of crowd that would take interest in the piano, bass, and drum trio, and even harder to guess what aspect of the group appealed to whom. Some ... More >>
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
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B-Sides boogies with a member of ABBA, gets dramatic with Colin Meloy and talks to the funniest NIN fan around
We evict party laggers, improve our singing voice and remember the best beer ad of all time
Week of September 15, 2004
Week of May 5, 2004
Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers
Our latest pop phenomenon, deconstructed for your convenience
Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue (Columbia/Legacy)
SIU-Edwardsville students go to camp with a production of Hedwig
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Baz Luhrmann makes movies -- and audiences -- in his own image
With three new reissues, the Krautrock innovators finally get the exposure they deserve
With the new release Satellite Rides, the Old 97's continue their transformation from a country-rock band to a more expansive outfit.
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
Composer Philip Glass and timpanist Jonathan Haas move the kettledrums to the front of the Powell Hall stage
Written and directed by Cameron Crowe
St. Louis favorites the Urge change frequency on their new album, Too Much Stereo
Prize (Righteous Babe Records)
Danny Black -- singer, guitarist and chief songwriter of rock & roll group the Blacks -- talks about his "energetic band"
A case file on the multiple personalities of Kool Keith