It's the most wonderful time of the year: list season. Before we open up all our presents from the past 12 months, let us gather around the fireplace and reminisce on the gifts from the guitar gods. Here are the six sweetest riffs of 2012. Let us know your favorites in the comments below.
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Last week, we counted down the best songs over thirty minutes long, essentially a list of weirdos. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it is rare for an artist to call a song complete before it enters triple digits on the time counter. But great works have been made under the sixty second mark, be ... More >>
RFT File PhotoThursday lead singer Geoff Rickly screams up a storm at a 2009 show at The Pageant. The post-hardcore group announced in November that it will be going on an indefinite hiatus.Thursday may have been the next big thing in rock music. But at a 2009 show at the Pageant, they were a ... More >>
The folks at the Heavy Anchor have been consistently booking solid shows -- both local and national -- since it opened earlier this year, and their lineup tonight is no exception. While a solo set by Tom May of Pennsylvania's punk-rock purists the Menzingers (Epitaph Records) would be perfect ... More >>
Image viaIn late January, Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala revealed some obscure trivia about the band's breakthrough album, Page Avenue, which the band played in its entirety Friday, February 4 at the Pageant. At the same time, he also delivered an update about the Fuck off and Dies, h ... More >>
Tim HarmonIn this week's RFT, Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala reveals some obscure trivia about the band's breakthrough album, Page Avenue, which the band will play in its entirety Friday, February 4 at the Pageant. Below, read on for some leftovers about songs from the record, the ban ... More >>
On the heels of their Epitaph Records debut, In Desolation, Minneapolis' Off With Their Heads have clearly hit their stride. After churning out several albums and split seven-inches on Florida punk-core institution No Idea Records and gaining more and more punk-rock cred with each release, the quart ... More >>
The Vans Warped tour returns to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on Monday, July 5. Like every year, the tour has its fair share of bands that appeal mostly to "the kids" -- Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, the Cab, etc. But this year's model features plenty of acts with actual musical c ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Dear Vincent's EP, So Long Winter. He had this to say:
The local quartet Dear Vincent writes tightly constructed folk-rock songs that spin out with the precision and delicacy of a music box's lullaby, albeit with darker overtones. On the band's debu ... More >>
In this week's paper, I chatted with Dan Marsala, vocalist for celebrated local rock quintet Story of the Year. The band released its fourth album, The Constant, this week via Epitaph Records. It'll be having a CD release show on March 4 at the Pageant, and the only way in is to buy the record at Vi ... More >>
Tip to Largeheartedboy for reminding me that Bear Ceuse -- the moniker under which singer-songwriter Cameron Matthews now performs -- has a new EP available for download at his website, Westminster Labs. It's a solid, vibrant release from the young musician, one which features strong songwriting and ... More >>
Tomorrow is the day, when three independent record stores in town unleash limited-edition vinyl, special movie showings, guest DJs, sales and plenty more carefree shenanigans -- all in the name of Record Store Day! Check back on Sunday or Monday for a slideshow of images from all three stores. But b ... More >>
In this week's paper, there's a long story about punk and hardcore in the Ozarks, titled "Anarchy in the Ozarks." Below find an excerpt from Ben Westhoff's piece that didn't quite make it into the final draft. Check out more information and music at Gabe Harper's blog, Ozark Punk Rock.
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