I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>
This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
Today is May Day, also known as "International Worker's Day." To celebrate, kick your feet up and read our list of the six best songs about work. Feel free to let us know what your favorite working class songs are in our comments, just make sure the boss isn't looking. 6. Dolly Parton - "9 to 5" 9 ... More >>
Tonight's guest at Subterranean Books' Noir at the Bar reading series is of particular interest to us here at RFT Music: It's Benjamin Whitmer, who wrote Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers with Charlie Louvin before he died last year. It tells the story of the pioneering country music ... More >>
The key change is an essential device in the pop canon. Play song, move chords and melody up a half step or so, continue in new key until otherwise noted. It's simple, really, and often effective, which is why it has been employed to the point of abuse. Here are the six best key changes in pop music ... More >>
Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With the Bottle Rockets
Ellen CookEllen Cook is not one for conventions; her voicemail involves the phrase "jazz hands." The local singer's music is sweet and eccentric, and she brings a punk rock sensibility to most everything she does. In preparation for her set at the RFT Showcase on June 4th, we talked to her ab ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
On Friday and Saturday night, the Focal Point in Maplewood hosted Rough Shop's annual Holiday Extravaganza. Guest stars such as Steve Carosello, Toby Weiss, Chris Grabau, John Horton and Kate Eddens joined the band to sing holiday originals and cover favorites from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dar ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Friday, April 23. The Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street.
Midnight at the Capricorn
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews the new album from Earthworms, Midnight at the Capricorn. He has this to say: Using dusty soul breaks, disco strings, heavy-metal guitars, symphonic backing tracks and even a Dolly Parton sample (as on "Circles") the members of Earthworms rhyme agai ... More >>
Rough Shop is releasing a Christmas album, Just Because It Was Christmas. Recorded at Sawhorse Studios, the eleven-track CD is available on MP3 and in a nice digipak right here! Here are two original songs from the album, which will also include covers of tunes by Low, Paul Kelly and Dolly P ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergBranson at night is a scary place. Especially when you're there against your will.Branson, to put it mildly, is an unusual place. As I reported back in 2007, the southwestern Missouri town is something like a '50s fantasy camp. Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff keeps the Cold ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, December 19. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Friday, August 15. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights
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Tuesday, March 14, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
Week of December 29, 2005
B-Sides sheepishly admits to liking Sheryl Crow, chats with sassy soul singer Bettye LaVette and introduces you to Emospace
Sunday, October 31; Savvis Center
Expensive entrees and Bud Light hoisters just don't jibe at this Cajun cafe
Ardie and Tiny's
People reveal themselves, often in ways they don't intend, and the rest of us get to watch!
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Pixie 9 Vintage
That titanic contradiction Dolly Parton is a whore, a saint, a poet and a preacher disguised as a dumb blond country girl
Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success
Friday, May 3, Off Broadway
Every family struggles with its abnormalities
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Friday, June 29; Chevy Music Hall (Steelville, Mo.)
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris
Little Sparrow (Sugar Hill)
Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos (Bloodshot)