At the end of our talk, Scott McCaughey -- founder of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, once-upon-a-time sideman in R.E.M. and veteran clutch hitter with the Baseball Project -- expresses some disappointment that this interview is even happening at all. "Hey, it's opening day in St. Louis," h ... More >>
The famous quote about the Velvet Underground -- of which the late Lou Reed was singer and primary songwriter -- is that everyone who heard them went on to form a band. There's no way to prove this: We'd argue that at least half of them became music journalists and/or zine editors. Nonetheless, ther ... More >>
This just in: Vinyl is BACK! Now in its fifth year, Record Store Day has made its international mark, recognized by labels, bands, and collectors worldwide. Celebrating the cultural impact of the independent record store, RSD offers everything from live performances to special discounts to limited e ... More >>
Tony ConradTony Conrad plays this Saturday at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue, 314-531-3442) as part of the New Music Circle. Decades before Sunn O))), Sleep or Lightning Bolt pierced eardrums, Tony Conrad was already building dangerous music from extreme volume and repetition. ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiBangles vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs while singing "Eternal Flame" at the Pageant last night.The Bangles saved its mega-hit, "Walk Like an Egyptian," for the last song of the encore. The three principal members of the Cali group - vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs and sisters ... More >>
My pal Dave runs a website called FiveChapters.com, which every week publishes a five-part serial story from noted authors. This week, however, the site is breaking from the norm and publishing five short stories, one per day -- including a new piece by Joe Pernice. Go here to read Monday''s story, ... More >>
The first 45 recorded for Euclid Records' Euclid Sessions is now available: Steve Wynn's "John Coltrane Stereo Blues, Pts. 1 and 2." Here's what the store has to say about the song: Steve Wynn first recorded "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" when he was in the Dream Syndicate for their second LP, "Medici ... More >>
Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.
Twangfest turns ten and throws itself a big ol' shindig
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Stainless Gamelan: Inside the Dream Syndicate Volume III (Table of the Elements)
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000
Saturday, Oct. 23; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room