In the ever-expanding circles of Americana singer-songwriterdom, Justin Townes Earle may seem like an odd candidate for axis. But at the age of 32, with four albums behind him, he's writing and singing the finest songs of a turbulent, unpredictable career. He'll always be the son of country musician ... More >>
LouFest is nigh! Scratch that -- it's not near, it's here! Besides that annual shindig, plenty of shows provide options for entertainment this weekend, including lots of free picks. Read on for our recommendations, including No Coast skate shop's two-year anniversary and a new release from DJ Mahf a ... More >>
This week, catch the Appleseed Cast, Sin Motivo, Father Figures, Chuck Prophet and more. Chuck Berry also plays his monthly show this Wednesday -- it's sold out, but take that as a reminder that you should purchase tickets to see him next time around while you can! More recommendations on what to se ... More >>
The Mountain Goats | Baptist Generals Old Rock House June 20, 2013 Well, this was more like it. The last time the Mountain Goats played St. Louis, it was April of 2012 and they appeared at the Gargoyle in front of about 80 people. This wasn't because the Mountain Goats weren't popular - they'd pl ... More >>
Record Store Day approacheth! I won't say much this week. I have to reserve as much energy as possible with these vinyl-skimming digits, after all. Outside of all the events and after parties revolving around dear RSD, there's plenty to get out and see all week. Click ahead for our recommendations, ... More >>
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
Little-known fact: According to our style guide (the big book of grammatical do's and don'ts that provide the RFT with its immutable styyyyyyle), all band names are to be treated as singular, not plural nouns. For example, when referencing a band such as "The Beatles," we'd write "The Beatles is com ... More >>
Tonight, the bass guitar gets its muddy moment in the spotlight at El Leñador. Rob Severson, a.k.a. Googolplexia, is roughly halfway through a monthlong Monday residency at the bar that looks German but serves Mexican food, and tonight's entertainment features an open bass guitar jam. Ever ... More >>
Photo by Chris PhelpsSarah Jaffe looks like an elf and sings like a storm. The singer-songwriter comparisons to Cat Power are almost inevitable at this point, but her gender is a factor she remains almost aggressively tied to. The 25-year-old's first guitar cost $10 at a garage sale, and thou ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Photo from a previous Neon Indian show by the design of best fit via Creative Commons. Neon Indian | Asobi Seksu | Née The Firebird 06.08.11 Last night St. Louis was treated to an evening of triumphant power pop, rip-a-hole-in-the-sky shoegaze, and cybernetic neo-bounce. Kicking off a ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Mikey Wehling's newest EP, Galaxy Reverb, came out earlier this week and can be downloaded for free on bandcamp. It's a studiously homemade affair, recorded on a four-track in Wehling's basement using equipment he scrounged up at places like garage sales. The results are at once heartfelt an ... More >>
Dana PlonkaThe Civil Wars12:24 In the South By vortex, all news - or at least news not related to Jack White pop-up performances, Cee-Lo Green cancellations, Kanye gossip and R.E.M. show rumors - gets obliterated. Japan's nuclear nightmare is no exception. Glancing at an RSS reader under 75 d ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, September 2. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
Dana PlonkaJesse Chandler and Tim Smith of Midlake The weather was Midlakian, if ever weather was. Mist and cloud vapors, a drizzle that came and went, all left the streets around the Old Rock House shining. Midlake, a Denton, Texas rock band, hadn't performed in St. Louis in years, ... More >>
Midlake, the Denton, Texas, act which just released its highly anticipated second album, The Courage of Others, is performing at the Old Rock House on Saturday, May 15. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show -- and the show is all ages. Fans of Fairport Convention, the softer side of Fleetwood ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, November 27. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.
Before we begin, a pledge. This review will not use the following words which fall like random keystrokes from a chimpanzee blogger's laptop: rock (or its derivations), crunchy, drunk, Americana, twang, testosterone, Neil Young, alt.country (or its derivations), wasted, and/or dudes. In other words ... More >>
Photo: Nick SchnelleThe Humanoids perform at the Halo Bar during the RFT music showcase back in June. Things may be a little quieter on the local punk scene in the next few weeks as the Humanoids, Suburban Smash and God Fodder all depart Saturday for tours. Suburban Smash and God Fodder pile in ... More >>
On Sixth Street in Austin, it's Day One of SXSW 2009 (for Day Zero, go here) and the promotional and busking stunts are on: A couple of kids dressed in epidermally fused body suits to hype (sweetly) their outer space band Frontier Brothers, some Transformer mechano-dude on stilts, a posse with a sig ... More >>
9:30 p.m. Friday, November 28. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
9 p.m. Tuesday, November 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
10 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
To the Confusion of Our Enemies (Volcom/East West)
Centro-matic makes a new record, mourns Busch stadium
Friday, January 6; The Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
We have a 'Bone to pick with the Drams, write fan mail to the Vibrators and reflect on the music of New Orleans
Todd Solondz has been a lot of things, but never preachy or dull. Till now.
Saturday, May 15; Off Broadway
Nadine is ready for the next step -- no matter what it is
Centro-matic's (and South San Gabriel's) Will Johnson is one of rock music's most prolific composers
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Saturday, December 14; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Friday, August 9; Frederick's Music Lounge
Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?
Brave Combo dares to embrace the last musical taboo: polka
Friday, Sept. 7; Hi-Pointe