Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
I have never met Mary Grace Cerni. She appears to be someone that I would really like - a Los Angelino with strong opinions she is unafraid to share, a lady that enjoys a solid party and a good writer with presumably excellent taste in music (although if you continue attending Lorde shows, Mary, peo ... More >>
Trever Sawyer, a 21-year-old Elsberry man, is facing accusations that he committed statutory rape and then gave his victim "specific instructions" to lie and "directions on how to destroy her iPod," which reportedly had incriminating evidence on it. Sawyer was recently arrested on felony charges o ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. For the average music listener, Mp3s are a compromise. Sound quality is traded for portability. For the ... More >>
In this week's feature, Dan Moore talks about the way our music-listening habits have changed over the past century, all the way from live performance to instantaneous streaming of 99% of all recorded music. He asks a number of good questions. Among my favorites is this one: "Why listen to the worst ... More >>
When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collection, instead of ... More >>
Chick-Fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy made controversial statements recently in defense of marriage - which is Conservative speak for "anti-gay." But if he ever listens to music that isn't made by Michael W. Smith or Steven Curtis Chapman, he probably runs into - and unknowingly enjoys - son ... More >>
Apple (the Beatles record label) once sued Apple (the computer corporation). After initial squabbles over the right to name their companies after the same fruit, the two agreed that all was good as long as Steve Jobs and crew never entered the music business. As you can probably guess, as you likely ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 1. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
It looks the world's best Scrabble word -- but St. Louis-based Energizer says its new "Qi"-enabled device is actually a way for users of cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players to simplify their lives.Ingenious.As Energizer explains, the Wireless Power Consortium developed Qi standards so t ... 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 >>
Jon ScorfinaNicole Peterson, this week's Last Collector StandingNicole Peterson has worked in many facets of the music industry, including retail at Slackers CD's and Games and (currently) at Suite 100 at the Pageant handling merchandise and ticket sales. After looking through her modest reco ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and 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' record a ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, November 5. The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
So, my guess was wrong about Apple releasing the Beatles catalog on iTunes. I'm not ashamed of that. It was a long shot. But I did get some things right about the Apple announcement and I was surprised by quite a few things, too. I was right about iTunes 9. That wasn't hard to guess. I haven't ha ... More >>
Today is the day when we find out if my prediction that Apple will be the first to release digital versions of the Beatles catalog at the "iPod event" comes true. I'm sort of leaning against my prediction since Apple named the event for a Rolling Stones song; "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" Whe ... More >>
Photo by Crabchick via FlickrRecord companies have been dragged kicking and screaming by consumers (and Apple) into the digital age in the last ten years. And predictions are that 2010 will mark a tipping point where music purchased digitally via download will account for more than half of all mu ... More >>
Photo by Marcin Wichary via FlickrIt's August. The economy is bad. Things are slow, but technology marches on. In spite of the global economic slowdown, there will still be plenty of new high-tech products to look forward to this fall. A lot of them will actually be cheaper (even Apple has lowere ... More >>
Let nobody say the administration of University of Missouri School of Journalism is out of touch with its students. These profs understand that lectures, the scourge of college students since the Middle Ages, are so, like, boring. Especially when they're at the ungodly hour of nine a.m.So, starting ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, March 16. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards.
Some old folks who have vivid memories of the nineties may think that 4:30 in the afternoon is a little early to start raving, and Union Station is kind of a strange locale when there are so many abandoned warehouses in St. Louis, but those folks are just showing their age.It's a whole new world now ... More >>
That iPod "name the first line of the song" meme is going around Facebook, and one of the few tracks I guessed was this one.
9 p.m. Saturday, November 22. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The difference between Dan Deacon and virtually all other avant-garde or performance art is the audience interaction. You go to see a Stan Brakhage film or get caught up watching a bizarre street performer and you just stand still, stare, and inevitably end up thinking, “Wow, this is just bizarre. ... More >>
7 p.m. Monday, February 18. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. photo: steampunkworkshop.com Everybody loves iPod arts and crafts. HERE Ian Froeb, king of the flogs (food blogs, that is), points out some new ones to check out. Annie Zaleski gives a detailed analysis of PJ Harvey's new ... More >>
6600 Clayton Road
Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m. at the Gargoyle (on the campus of Washington University, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards).
Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Gargoyle (on the campus of Washington University, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)
Boogaloo, 7344 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4803.
Bill Streeter's vlog is how others see us
The Buggles were so, so wrong
Mr. Night and Ms. Day grab iPods for an iPopping tour of Forest Park
Friday, September 23; the Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
We sip java with Alanis, investigate podcasting and figure out what those concert tickets are really worth
Radar Station battles with too many choices
Digital music lets us carry our personalities in our pockets