Four hours west of St. Louis lies a Midwestern city rife with curiosities. Its denizens may seem familiar to the eyes of St. Louisans, but the terrain is alien enough to mask itself in the guise of a pseudo-adventure. This place is called Kansas City, and the reason for the gathering is the Middle o ... More >>
You'd think that having jobs like our's would grant us innate superpowers to recall the goings-ons of any particular day at the blink of an eye, but the reality of it is that staring at the dozens and dozens of new shows that roll in weekly can become somewhat disorienting (luckily, this here concer ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, April 13. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Stan Kann's websiteSt. Louis native Stan Kann was already a celebrated organ player before he became a comedic presence on talk showsFor most part, people in the entertainment business become famous by harnessing a single skill. They achieve notoriety through singing, dancing, acting, spoon-p ... More >>
Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason StoffNow in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>
Jason Torbitzky playing with Theodore. Photo by Ellen HergetTheodore's Jason Torbitzky is making his leave from the band much in the way he played with it: Without flailing or fanfare. His new job won't leave enough time to devote to the band; his final show will be tomorrow for the Union Ele ... More >>
Theodore. Photo by Kiernan MaletskyOn another muggy Wednesday in St. Louis, Band of Heathens brought towering piles of equipment and merch and Theodore brought its two new members. The shakeup in Theodore: Drummer Jason Torbitzky got a job he couldn't share with his duties as a member of a ... More >>
Give 'Em What They Need
Dance!The current Electric Six show is consistent, bordering on predictable. Long time fans know that the group's set is going to include a handful of songs that never leave the set, but it'll otherwise focus on its latest album. Dick Valentine will rant about his drummer in the middle of "Fu ... More >>
Austin singer-songwriter/musician Bob Schneider is performing at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room tonight, Wednesday, March 24. To go along with this appearance, we're running an exclusive excerpt from author Steve Almond's new book, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, which Random House will publish next ... More >>
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>
Jon Hardy and the Public finds beauty in love's vagaries.
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Back to Black (Universal Republic)
Waterloo plays a CD release party for Out of the Woods; plus, a sneak peek at the new and improved Creepy Crawl
Saturday, October 8; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Saturday, June 18; the Gearbox (1551 South Seventh Street)
The grand unveiling of the Reverse Q&A!
Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Thursday, August 12; Gateway Arch Stage on the St. Louis Riverfront
Saturday, January 24; Frederick's Music Lounge
Friday, February 7; Off Broadway
The Bottle Rockets rediscover themselves -- by covering their longtime idol, Doug Sahm
Drag Queens in Limousines (Groove House)
Written and directed by Alan Rudolph
The attractions of Magnetic Fields' three-CD 69 Love Songs