It's Halloween! Yes, that magical holiday that encourages children to take candy from strangers. For one night, it's acceptable for anyone to dress like "slutty" versions of Disney characters, and let us not forget the clever jackasses all across the country who will dress in blackface and woefully ... More >>
The crew at Big Muddy Records has always had an ear for St. Louis' varied strands of country music, from the bruised, punk-infused songs of the late Bob Reuter to the earliest incarnations of Pokey LaFarge's folk-blues revivalism. But on Jack Grelle's second LP, Steering Me Away, Big Muddy now has a ... More >>
Here again is 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 of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>
This week, Wild Hex releases a new tape while supporting the Miami Dolphins from Minneapolis, the Baseball Project performs at Blueberry Hill with Water Liars, and Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones take the stage at Off Broadway. Read about these shows and more in this our critics' picks.
We know Memorial Day isn't actually the official first day of summer, but it sure feels like it. Pools are opening, pork steaks are grilling and there are lots and lots of patios. Don't feel overwhelemed, though -- we've hand picked the best food-related events this weekend and for your day off on M ... More >>
RFT Music will take a break this upcoming Memorial Day Monday. Here's a list of ways to make the most of the extended weekend including a couple of ways to score some barbecue alongside live tunes. Eels play the Sheldon, local artists Mario Pascal and Lobby Boxer drop new releases, Bluesweek Festiva ... More >>
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 >>
Daniel Hill made it back from the Gathering of the Juggalos alive, you guys! Let's celebrate by seeing some shows while he slowly adjusts to a regular, civilized life (sort of) once again. Plenty of great local releases await this weekend including new tunes from Dock Ellis Band, Bruiser Queen and B ... More >>
In this column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. Last year, Corey ... More >>
Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting is always great fun. Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting followed by a pig roast is awesome. On Saturday, May 25, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) will host its annual Pork Shop: A Dowtown BBQ and Garage Sale. Also, there will be beer. A roa ... More >>
Serenity now, serenity now!! What better way to start the week than with a series of nearby ground-shaking, Earth shattering construction noises to accompany a morning cup of joe? Luckily, headphones exist and a series of bookmarked live performances take me back to my quiet place. Music soothes all ... More >>
This week's weekend post is the most balanced, evenly distributed list of picks I've yet seen in my tenure at RFT Music. Three shows Friday, four on Saturday, and three on Sunday. Perfect. As an obsessive-compulsive fan of symmetry, I am absolutely fucking delighted by this, but to be fair I get exc ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Time constraints occasionally preclude us from being able to preview every single great show in town. There's only so many hours in the week, and we have to keep the trains running on time in addition to writing up these recommendational blurbs. That said, a couple of shows early this week warrant y ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
This weekend we're excited about some unusual shows, including collective FarFetched's launch party and Prologue release at 2720 Cherokee and KDHX's benefit on Sunday at Saratoga Lanes. Matt Grayson was involved in a motorcycle accident last fall, and his friends have put together a benefit at Fubar ... More >>
Happy Capitalism Celebration day! This weekend is as packed as your small intestine. First things first: shopping. Friday This year, ditch the evil big box stores in favor of supporting local art and business. You will not get $200 off a 87-inch flat screen TV, but you will find beer and Beryl, th ... More >>
Daniel BoudIt is on nights like tonight when we most wish we were some kind of amorphous blob that could split six ways: Elvis Costello's at the Pageant, Eddie Vedder's packing his ukulele into the Fox, Fucked Up and JEFF the Brotherhood are going to kick ass at the Firebird, Clownvis is fil ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerVin de Set's rooftop barThere are plenty of ways to get barbecue and fireworks fixes this holiday weekend. Check out the Red, White and Brew Bash at Llywelyn's in St. Charles or visit Fair St. Louis. Alternatively, avoid the hustle and bustle of big crowds altogether by checki ... More >>
Jesse Irwin is no stranger to political causes. The solo artist and member of the Dock Ellis Band has crusaded against red light cameras for years now, particularly with the group Missourians Against Red Light Cameras. It's a logical progression, then, that Irwin has decided to run for public ... More >>
Jon GitchoffCross Examination at the 2010 RFT Music Showcase. More photos hereOn Saturday night, we headed to Washington Avenue to see what we could see at the annual Music Showcase. New intern Steve Hardy talked to some of the bands, the bartenders and any random attendees, all in the name o ... More >>
On June 5, the RFT Music Showcase is happening on Washington Avenue. All day, all night. Have you voted yet for your favorite bands? If not, I suggest you do that right here! Perhaps the schedule for the music showcase will spur on your clicking fingers. Read on below for the bands, venues an ... More >>
The 2010 RFT Music showcase takes place on Saturday, June 5, 2010, on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. On and before that day, fans can vote for their favorite local musicians in the following categories. For more information on where and how to vote - and for up-to-the-minute details about ... More >>
SXSW season in the Lou is all about last-minute shows. How else to explain tonight's early show with Canadians the Wooden Sky, a gig that was booked in the last few weeks? The Toronto indie rockers will be performing at Off Broadway at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5 if you're over 21, $8 if you're under ... More >>
Dock Ellis' rookie card from 1969.The late Dock Ellis has one of the coolest baseball stories ever told to call his own. In 1970, he pitched a no-hitter. On acid. Dock died on December 19 of last year, but not before Kevin McAlester of the Houston Press could write this detailed feature story, ap ... More >>
Friday, October 16 *Mirah/Norfolk & Western, Billiken Club *Tom Russell, Off Broadway *The Blakes/The Orbz/Via Dove, Firebird *Ernie Isley and the Jam Band, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Flow Clinic/Mustardfish/Lord of the Yum-Yum, Lemmmons *Trey Songz/Mario/Day 26, The Pageant *This Is Energy/Novell ... More >>
The North City Farmers' Market opens for the season this Saturday, June 6. The market runs every Saturday through October 24 from 9 a.m.-noon. It's located at 14th and St. Louis Streets, across from Crown Candy Kitchen. The market Web site includes a list of regular vendors. The first market of the ... More >>
A bit late, but below the jump you'll find links to as many blogposts we've run with MP3s -- and the occasional MySpace page and embedded tune -- of each nominated band. Whew. Chime in with any URLs that have tunes in the comments, of course. I think I have everyone. The music showcase blurbs/infor ... More >>
Here are the nominees for this year's music showcase. Enjoy 'em after this year's poster, courtesy of the amazing Tom Huck.
KDHX's annual pledge drive is going on right now through April 5 (full disclosure: I'm a programmer). To donate, head to its website or call 314-664-3688 at pretty much any hour of the day. The station has also announced the lineup for Midwest Mayhem, the annual event which takes place thi ... More >>
There's a lot going on this weekend, but I have a raging case of the flu so am not really with it. Please help me out in the comments, this is about all I can remember right now. Friday, March 13 *Takeover UK/High Strung, Firebird *Dock Ellis Cooper, Off Broadway *Blondiegrunt, The Wedge *The Orbz/E ... More >>
Friday, February 13*Maze featuring Frankie Beverly/Keith Sweat/Teena Marie, Chaifetz Arena*G Love and Special Sauce, Pageant*The Diplomats of Solid Sound feat. the Diplomettes, The Gramophone*The Round-Ups/Johnny Vegas et al, Off Broadway*Delmar Kingz/Santone/Space/Jonezy/Family Affair/John Hill, Du ... More >>
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
Dock Ellis, who in 1970 pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping on acid, died Friday, December 19.In 2005 Ellis was the subject of a very good profile by Keven McAlester in the Houston Press. McAlester's piece begins with this anecdote:Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1970, P ... More >>
No rest for the weary; there's plenty to do this weekend. Eat a lot, drink a lot and most important, have fun. Also, if you know of bars/clubs open on Thanksgiving note besides what's listened -- family escapism, you see -- chime in! Wednesday, November 26 *Smashing Pumpkins, Fox Theatre *Black Cob ... More >>
This year's model of the Rock N Roll Craft Show is at the Third Degree Glass Factory on Delmar. Like past years, though, the entertainment is all local bands. As far as I know, the fest is still looking for bands for Saturday, at that 2:30 and 5 p.m. So if you want to play? Give 'em a shout! Friday ... More >>
From Chippewa Chapel to the Band-With Collective, collaboration in St. Louis just got a little bit easier.
Week of July 20, 2005