Most rock songs use guitar solos as icing. In some rare cases, the solo is an essential element incorporated into the batter of the proverbial song-cake. Here are the six best songs that are at least 50 percent guitar solo. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: -The many moods ... More >>
Interesting things happen when a song realizes it is a song. Forms collapse, listeners become part of the writing process, and a track's guts become its skin. Here are the six most self-aware songs. Let us know what your favorites are, because we all know self-awareness is a common trait among those ... More >>
(A to Z has several writers and photographers covering LouFest. Reviews and photos of the other bands from the first day are coming in separate posts.) Day one of LouFest is in the books. Guys, don't tell the St. Louis naysayers and boo-birds who like to bitch and moan about how much the city suc ... More >>
Let's Meet the Sun and the Moon EP
(Aim & Fire)
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
That's Doug Martsch of Built to Spill behind that hat.It's the end of Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago, which by Sunday, should see 40 bands play and welcome 50,000 -- ahem, hipsters -- through the fences of Union Park. More than a few bands who have made their way through St. Louis ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, January 3. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Doug Martsch runs the biggest little band on Earth
Ancient Melodies of the Future (Warner Bros.)
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000