When reached by phone, Matt Holmen immediately tells RFT Music that he's super busy. "I'm here for 36 hours. I'm trying to put my life in a box," he says. The PHOX guitarist is in his adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, gearing up for the band's biggest tour "by a long shot" to date. Riding ... More >>
Much like the insufferable word "hipster," "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates and obscure Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker or anything -- nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech b ... More >>
Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice. People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.
It's April and the smell of vinyl is in the air. Record Store Day is this weekend, that annual celebration of those places where the things you illegally download live. This equates to a wealth of exclusive releases and reissues, some of which are made in such small quantities they are practically o ... More >>
Coachella has just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival, which will take place over two weekends in April, will feature the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as headliners, and it doesn't exactly drop off from there: Pulp, Cat Power, M83, the Shins, Bon Iver, Noel Gallagher, Feist, Jeff ... More >>
tUnE-yArDs, left, by Jason Stoff. St. VIncent, right, by Kiernan MaletskyThe annual apocalypse is nigh, wherein critics celebrate the end of the year with a debaucherous amount of self-important analysis on the previous twelve months in music. I am among the many to rank my favorite records, ... More >>
Dark Dark Dark Off Broadway September 18, 2011 Minneapolis-based band Dark Dark Dark is easy to love. Having created a buzz with its quasi-hit "Daydreaming," which appeared on ABC's nighttime soap opera Grey's Anatomy, the band might have found it difficult to shake the stigma of viral popu ... More >>
In this past week's Homespun column, we spent some time with Scarlet Tanager's American Songbird, an album of sweetly sung, enthusiastically performed pop songs. The band also put together an unforgettable video for the song "Tumbleweed," which you can peep below. We caught up with lead sing ... More >>
11 p.m. Saturday, September 18. Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar, 6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Tomorrow night's LouFest headliner is Broken Social Scene. In this week's issue, Ryan Wasoba interviewed drummer Justin Peroff about the band's new LP, Forgiveness Rock Record. Here are some outtakes, complete with some drum geek-outs and info on the genesis of the band and its latest album. ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 26. The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Good morning, St. Louis. It was a busy weekend in the Lou, what with Saturday's Barack Obama campaign rally on the grounds of the Gateway Arch and the Rams playing Big D on Sunday. Here's what you may have missed... Metro Station at Pop's Slide Show Metro Station, Tyga, White Tie Affair and Cash ... More >>
What a weekend. Here's what you missed: The Alice Rose of Austin, Texas played Friday night at Lemmons in South St. Louis. Click over to A to Z to read more. On Friday night, the wind was whipping down Washington Avenue, but that didn't stop the club crowd from heading out. Here's a recap from Jo ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The Reminder (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Let It Die (Cherry Tree/Interscope)