• Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The Demo's New Space in the Grove: First Look

    Last week the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) officially opened the doors at its new location, just down the street from its original space attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775). RFT Music stopped by one of the music venue's debut shows to get a look at the room. See also: ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Ten Metal Bands Most Beloved By Geeks

    By Adam Steininger Geeks love metal even more than they love computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planet ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From November 12 to 18

    There's lots of good shows this week for music fans of every shape in size, and I'm not just saying that (this time). Deicide is playing the Firebird on Friday, the same day Carolina Chocolate Drops plays the Sheldon. I'd wager that these two musical experiences will not be alike in many ways whatso ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Randy Blythe is Free! Win Tickets to See Lamb of God at the Pageant

    Update: You've got two more days to enter this thing. There are two ways to win -- the first is by coming up with a new Randy Blythe slogan for us. And today I'm adding a second. Tell us your favorite Halloween song and a pair of tickets could be yours. It can be campy, kiddie, creepy or fit some ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, The Smoking Popes and More in This Week's New Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: September 7 to 9

    This weekend is a good one for local artists, as it includes two album release shows and a music video release party. Friday night will see the release of Old Capital Square Dance Club's new CD at Off Broadway, as well as Spelling Bee's latest offering at the Schlafly Tap Room. The former is ten dol ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Mike Keneally

    7 p.m. Saturday, September 8. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

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    September 4, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 4 to 9

    Well I don't know about you, but I was certainly not impressed by so-called "Tropical Storm" Isaac. Yeah, it rained a little, but the way people were talking about it made it seem like we would all be awash over the weekend -- my neighbor even asked me on Friday if I had enough groceries and batteri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Randy Blythe is Free!

    Randy Blythe is free! The Lamb of God front man has been held in Czech prison on manslaughter charges for the past five weeks. He was allowed to leave after posting a $400,000 bail, which the prosecutors asked the judge to deny for fear Blythe would never return to the country. As of last week, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    The Lamb of God and Dethklok Tour Has Been Canceled

    Dethklok and Lamb of God, with support from Gojira, were supposed to make a stop at the Family Arena on August 15. It's a bill we've been excited about since it was first announced and was probably the marquee metal show of the summer. Unfortunately, the entire tour has just been cancelled because L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    The Case Against Holograms, Which in Honor of Freddie Mercury Needs to be Made Right Now

    A few days after Tupac Shakur came back from New Mexico appeared as a "hologram" during last month's Coachella festival, cynics wondered aloud about the optical illusion becoming a trend. Somebody even put together a humorous "poster" advertising next year's show, which consisted exclusively of eith ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
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    December 14, 2010

    Eleven Local Artists You Need to Know in 2011

    ​The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2010


    7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 28. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

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    October 15, 2009

    Show Review Setlists: Dinosaur Jr and Lou Barlow and the Missingmen at the Pageant, Wednesday, October 14

    The signs on the doors of the Pageant box office and entrances said it all: "Earplugs are available for purchase at the bar and soda areas." The occasion? Dinosaur Jr. was in town last night, and the band is notorious for being loud. How loud? Well, friends who saw the trio's show in Columbia a few ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Show Review Photos: Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire, Tuesday, October 13, at the Pageant

    Photo: Todd OwyoungBill Kelliher of Mastodon. See more photos from last night's show.At one point, Converge vocalist Jake Bannon thanked the Pageant crowd just for being there - and acknowledged the diversity of the quadruple bill of which his band was a part. He noted that whether you were a "punk ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of October 4-10

    Every Monday (or Tuesday), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Built To Spill - There Is No Enemy 2. Mountain ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009
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    August 4, 2009

    Dethklok, Mastodon, High on Fire and Converge at the Pageant, Tuesday, October 13

    It's rare that a show features four bands who are all worth seeing. So thank metal monsters Mastodon and Dethklok, who are bringing along High on Fire and Converge to the Pageant on Tuesday, October 13. Damn, son. That's epic. Tickets are $34.50 and are on sale this Friday.Dethklok, you might r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    St. Louis Concert Announcements: Week Of August 4

    Firebird *All Leather, Saturday August 22 *The Incurables, Saturday, August 22 (late show) *Ready the Destroyer/Sink the Bismark, Monday, August 24 *Pretty Little Empire/Theodore/Paper Dolls, Tuesday, August 25 *Hurts to Laugh, Friday, August 28 *Titus Andronicus, Tuesday, September 8 *These United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    An Open Letter to Metallica Regarding Death Magnetic Friday

    Metallica released its ninth studio album today, five years after the release of its last album, St. Anger. I want to believe, but I’ve been disappointed by the last, oh, five albums and seventeen years. But it’s Death Magnetic Friday, according to Metallica, and I can’t help but be excited.