Before they were married, Steve Koch tried to convince his then-girlfriend Carla to try joining him in something he loved: reading comic books. She was skeptical -- comics weren't really her thing -- but he selected a special book for her, X-Men No. 1, and insisted that she would like it if she just ... More >>
Some kids go to summer camp. Some kids mow lawns. Some kids play softball. And some kids take their musical acts on tour, perform at the world's largest music festival and get face time with the drummer from the original Smashing Pumpkins. You know -- no big. It's been quite a summer for students ... More >>
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
[Editor's note: Space constraints kept the prose version of our interview with Marilyn Manson out of the print edition, but here you can read the stuff that was left on the cutting room floor. Point your mouse here for the Q & A version in the paper this week.] Once, there was a subculture of peop ... More >>
Emerging from Los Angeles' deep talent pool of producers, Brillz (LA slang for brilliant) has been on a tear lately, with a number of releases. Originally a dancer, he transitioned to instead making music that everyone can dance to. We caught up with Brillz during a short break from the studio to di ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
Stars | Diamond Rings | California Wives October 5, 2012 Plush Stars sings cinematic. Epic stories pour comedy, tragedy, love, lust and longing from soulful singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell, through the sweeping instrumentation by bassist Evan Cranley, drummer Patty McGee and keyboardist/occ ... More >>
The Flaming Lips LouFest 2012: Blue Stage Sunday, August 26 "Fuck the rain," says Wayne Coyne at the beginning of the Flaming Lips set last night at LouFest. It was an appropriate if not re-energizing way to kick-off a set delayed 35 minutes due to a torrential downpour coupled with lightning; a se ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, August 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Sad news out of Wisconsin: Dennis Flemion, one half of the Milwaukee-based sibling duo the Frogs, disappeared over the weekend during a weekend family boating trip, and is currently presumed drowned. Of the growing population of rock & roll heaven, surely Flemion is one of the few members already eq ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Alejandro Escovedo Off Broadway May 15, 2012 Storytelling is a craft that is formulated through years of experience and must be as finely tuned as a guitar. Spirited rock and roll is the backdrop to Alejandro Escovedo's heartfelt and sincere storytelling. Last night in St. Louis, he bared his soul, ... More >>
English space-rock heroes the Telescopes shared both a record label and a scene with bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, but never shared the acclaim. And though the Telescopes are worshiped by modern noise makers as O.G. shoegazers, its influence hadn't translated into a full ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Lucinda Williams' 2009 show at the Pageant. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.Lucinda Williams | Over the Rhine The Pageant October 12, 2011 Note: If you shot good photos at the show and want to share 'em with our readers, please e-mail versions at least 550p wide, along with your name so we can credit ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
Time-wasting websites that are actually clever and funny are hard to find, so when one does come A to Z's way, we must tell everyone. Animated Albums is a long-running Tumblr that doesn't post very often -- but when it does, the results are A-plus. The concept is simple: A whiz known as Mr. Dormouse ... More >>
Tonight, Girl Talk returns to the Pageant for what will inevitably be a sweaty, calorie-burnin' good time for those who possess an affinity for pop culture and a lack of attention span. In light of this event, A to Z was contemplating the (debatable, perhaps illegal) art of the mashup, and came up w ... More >>
The movie Do It Again.The annual St. Louis International Film Festival (that's SLIFF for short) began last night and runs through November 21. As it does every year, SLIFF features a generous selection of music-related documentaries. Here's the rundown. For the RFT's full coverage of the film ... More >>
Niehaus. You remember several years back, when the whole satellite radio thing was just starting up? XM and Sirius were still separate companies and David Bowie fell out of the sky. It was a crazy time. Well, I happened to be one of the earliest adopters of satellite radio, but not because I ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
You know those "Separated at Birth?" things you see all the time, where someone looks just like a celebrity? Well, I was watching the Duke/West Virginia game over the weekend, and I couldn't help but notice forward Kyle Singler of the Blue Devils just happens to look suspiciously like one of ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. The Wedge, 442 Bates Street.
After Christian Schaeffer reviewed Celia Shacklett's album Transformateurs a few months ago, they got to talking, and it turned out she had a very interesting story about how she met folkie Bruce Cockburn, who appeared on the album. In our feature this week, she gives details: Jennifer ... More >>
When the world ends in 2012 (as per Nostradamus), I'm convinced the only bands left to entertain survivors of the apocalypse will be the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Tight Pants Syndrome. The latter act's Brian McClelland writes in to say that the power-pop group is again changing members: Keyboa ... More >>
The Singer: Born Helen Folasade Adu in Nigeria, the singer known as Sade found her way to music a few years after arriving in London to pursue a career in fashion. In 1982 Sade formed the band that shared her name (a trait that makes her something of a precursor to PJ Harvey). Her debut, 1984's ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, March 31. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
9 p.m. Tuesday, October 16. Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
Local director AJ Schnack traces Kurt Cobain's musical influences in his poignant documentary.
9 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Dante's (3221 Olive Street).
Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list.
Global Foods Market
421 North Kirkwood Road
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
Week of May 5, 2006
A critical fatwa of Live 8
Meet world-renowned documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus at Webster University (and see eight of their classic films)
Week of December 24, 2003
Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
Monday, December 30; Way Out Club
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory
D.A. Pennebaker doesn't make history, but he's captured so much of it
As promised, Brian Helgeland's new movie rocks
Visiting the future with local iconoclast Tory Z. Starbuck