George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Part of why I write is because I think words are important. They are similar to songs in that the right one in the right place at the right time can absolutely change your life. Words are not meaningless or forgettable, no matter what Depeche Mode might claim. I wrote about the upcoming Elton John ... More >>
[Editor's note: This article was orginally printed by our sister paper, OC Weekly, where Andrew Youssef is based. Youssef is the author of the Last Shot column that we have been running, which chronicles his struggle against cancer in his own words.] Sneakers squeaking on white tiles, Andrew Yousse ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers, ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three-day bacchanal. In fact, it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so m ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
It's National Coming Out Day! Today is the day that we celebrate and give love to all of our out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer friends. In honor of this yearly event, we'd like to provide you with a soundtrack for your own personal National Coming Out Day. These songs will ... More >>
Update, 6 p.m.: And @medoolah is our winner with any Depeche Mode album or "More than Words" by Extreme. Thanks for playing, everybody. Now go get busy. Ernest Greene (aka Washed Out) released his first proper full-length in July 2011, but his status has been rising for several years now on the st ... More >>
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Dove ShoreTonight is the long-awaited, very-sold-out Girl Talk show at the Pageant. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Gregg Gillis, the man behind the moniker. (Note: The author is a fellow Pittsburgh native who grew up in the same classic-rock-obsessed area and witnessed Girl Talk ... 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 >>
myspace.com/thetwilightgardenmyspaceTodd Loomis of the Twilight GardenDJ Skeletal (a.k.a. Joel Lovins) has been the go-to guy for industrial and gothic music in River City for a decade, and tonight he's celebrating ten years on the scene with an anniversary blow-out at The Complex. Lovins sta ... 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.) Culturebully.comAgainst Me!'s latest release, White Crosses*Against Me!, White Crosses Pick up Against Me!'s latest release to prepare for its upcoming free ... More >>
The mere existence of this documentary should send post-punk fans, synth dorks and music historians into spasms of ectasy. The BBC's Synth Britannia examines the rise of the UK's early '80s synthpop movement. More specifically, it's a 90-minute, thorough examination of the genre's roots, major playe ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Fall Out Boy is returning to its roots somewhat tonight, by doing a show at the Creepy Crawl. (The quartet certainly played at the old Creepy location on Tucker when it was just another Chicago band trying to get ahead.) Tickets are $20 and are only available at the door. The venue's website says th ... More >>
Mexicans like music that doesn't involve tubas?
9 p.m. Monday, April 23. Dante's (3221 Olive Street).
7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
The Best Of, Volume 1 (Sire)
The Sweet Escape (Interscope)
6 p.m. Wednesday, October 11. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
7 p.m. Sunday, October 8. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
The Anatomy Of (Victory)
7 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard)
B-Sides steps out with Gabriel and Dresden, matches drugs with Tool albums and previews the WM3 benefits going on around town
Tuesday, April 25, at 8 p.m. The Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue).
Friday, February 10, 8 p.m. at Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Smooth jazz lives on in St. Louis on the Internet
We tell the Bravery's fortune, decode a rock opera and groan over Sting's intoxicated verbosity
Last Exit (Kin)
Just Be (Nettwerk)
New box sets explore the many faces of the synth-pop stalwarts
In which stellastarr* melds with the universe
Nobody has the right to judge you for your secret musical kinks -- but everyone will
In a world of rigid conformity and paint-by-numbers composition, the work of experimental-electronic artist Kid 606 is rich with adventure
Husband-and-wife team Puerto Muerto produce a strange and beautiful brainchild