Over the years we've pouted as Pearl Jam announced tour dates in other cities again and again. Sure, Eddie Vedder had that fabulous gig with Glen Hansard at the Fox a couple of years ago, but St. Louis hadn't seen full-band Pearl Jam since early 2010. Was the Gateway City simply in Pearl Jam's perma ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. Unlike the past coup ... More >>
The Riverfront Times has a long, long, long history of promoting the An Under Cover Weekend shows. On the surface it's a cool event that seems to support our huge pool of local talent. It's nice to see local bands in any showcase together, especially one where everyone is working together to try to ... More >>
Songwriter Hal David passed away this weekend at the age of 91 from complications resulting from a stroke he suffered four days earlier. Best known for his collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach, David penned hits for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and countless other crooners and ... More >>
Ed. The Great Grandfathers' debut will be officially released on June 26. Christian Schaeffer reviewed the album in this week's print edition. Brothers Lucas Severin Prize and Trevor Deiderich Prize got their charmingly antiquated middle names from their great-grandfathers, and that little biograph ... 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 >>
Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes Part Four: Bo & the Locomotive, Rockwell Knuckles, Dubb Nubb and Palace Part Five: Sl ... More >>
Photo from a previous show by Kiernan MaletskyYo La Tengo The Blue Note June 20, 2011 Should the New Jersey Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever become a brick-and-mortar reality, Yo La Tengo had better have a wing to rival Springsteen's. For more than a quarter of a century now (and close to 20 y ... More >>
9 pm. Sunday, May 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Danny ClinchHardscrabble punk band Social Distortion comes to the Pageant on Wednesday. The band is touring in support of its new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which came out earlier this year. We talked to guitarist Johnny "2 Bags" Wickersham about what sets the new album apart Socia ... More >>
Mumford and Sons blew up faster than a barn housing a meth lab, and now the Anglo-folksters are commanding $35 at the door. Don't make the same mistake you made with Florence and the Machine, this show will sell out before you can say hoe-down. At the Pageant June 5. Blueberry Hill *Dread Ze ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, November 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Enough to do this weekend for ya? Goodness... D. Rider Who: The new band founded by Todd Rittmann of post-rock pioneers U.S. Maple. Think brain-bending percussion, diffracted found sounds and sinewy guitars. Where: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center With: The Conformists RIYL: Cheer-Accident, B ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>
The Singers: Along with the Stylistics, the Spinners and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Delfonics were one of the premier Philly soul acts of the '60s and '70s. Hit-making producer Thom Bell helped the group hone its sound with hits like "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" and "La-La (Mean ... More >>
When I'm sick, I fall down the YouTube rabbit hole more often than usual -- which is why last weekend I found myself watching old live footage of 'Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann's '80s band. I made the bold statement on Facebook that TT is better than Mann's solo stuff -- and while maybe that's a bit too h ... More >>
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Great news, sports fans: Tony La Russa is back -- and so's the CardCarryingRocker! As Tony tells us, the mp3 of Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello's "Tears of Rage" duet is available for download here. A to Z gets random with ... More >>
Keegan Hamilton takes an up-close look at Saint Louis University's new basketball coach. How did a skirmish with river rogues land a 43-year-old grandmother in court? Kristen Hinman investigates. Paul Friswold gets sucked in to the Rep's production of Dracula. Ween easily won over Jordan Har ... More >>
Then we snag an interview with country legend and new friend of Lambchop Charlie Louvin.
Phantom Punch (Astralwerks)
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways
B-Sides gets gangsta with Burt Bacharach, imagines a rainbow of worldly bands and dissects the nuances of two trumpets
A look at the sophomore efforts from a few local bands
Friday, September 2; Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street)
There wasn't much of the Lou at South by Southwest
Please Describe Yourself (V2)
Saturday, August 14; the Fox Theatre
Friday, August 13; the Hi-Pointe
Saturday, August 7; Gateway Arch Stage on the St. Louis Riverfront
The songs are immortal, even if Porter pic isn't
Friday, August 29; Frederick's Music Lounge
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Lost in Space (SuperEgo)
E.T. returns to heal our cynical hearts
The brilliant frontman for the Negro Problem on ageism, racism and preaching to the converted
Bette (Warner Bros.)
Punishing Kiss (Decca/Universal)
Saturday, Feb. 12; Galaxy
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.