Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
On Monday, I read the following sentence on a popular music website about the new Cloud Nothings album: "The band continues to make powerfully utilitarian music for people who don't seek out this type of music just to be told what to think." I read it over and over again until my eyes rolled back in ... More >>
Here's something you don't get to say too often: It's a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping, puppy-eyed, and eager to have a go at the hot new grunge sound of 1993, Dave Grohl's Sound City is an exciting, sometime illuminating documentary about how a squad of techni ... More >>
Legendary Hoboken, New Jersey indie rock trio Yo La Tengo is gracing the Pageant with its presence this Thursday, January 31. The band is notoriously unpredictable live, in part thanks to its virtual encyclopedia of cover songs. Here is a list of Yo La Tengo's six best cover songs. Let us know your ... More >>
Best Coast | Bruiser Queen | Sleepy Kitty May 30, 2012 The Firebird "Why would you live anywhere else?" It was a rhetorical question. Bethany Cosentino can mean a lot more in her California obsessions than one might think, but that doesn't mean she wants answers. But here are a few anyway: Cheap ren ... 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 >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
Idle Warship | SoundClash 2720 Cherokee February 15, 2012 Since setting up shop in the burgeoning Cherokee Street Art District in 2009, 2720 has made a name for itself in the national club scene as one of the top venues for street-inspired dance music. Last night's performance with Talib Kweli in ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsKim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth have separated after 27 years of marriage and now the future of the band is unknown. Their record label released this statement last Friday: Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separa ... More >>
Image viaAn Under Cover Weekend, where local bands play sets as famous bands of their choosing, will have its five year anniversary this September. This thing is consistently awesome, and for the first time, any St. Louis bands can apply via this handy-dandy online form, which opened this mor ... More >>
As the Blind Eyes is an-all male trio, there was some question as to who was going to play the all-important role of Stevie Nicks in its Fleetwood Mac cover set. The solution to this quandary was as simple as it was brilliant: Get every noteworthy female vocalist from St. Louis' indie-rock scene to ... More >>
image via1. Dogtown Street Musicians FestivalThis weekend marks the first ever Dogtown Street Musicians Festival. Located between the 1200 - 1300 block of Tamm, this event will run Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2. Funk Fest 5Go get funked up at Broadway Oyster Bar Saturday night, starting at ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergAfter being away from the city for several months, manicured indie-pop act Old Lights is resurfacing with a show tonight at Off Broadway. Tonight's openers include Jon Hardy, who's doing a solo set, and singer/songwriter/pal of Old Lights David Vandervelde. As we wrote ab ... More >>
Why is this the cover art? Nobody knows.Phaseone, the RFT's Best Producer of 2010, has been getting all kinds of Internet lovin' for his new mixtape "The Realest Shit I Ever Wrote." The fifteen-track, 29-minute compilation was featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast earlier this week and Jeff Weiss, for ... More >>
Midlake, the Denton, Texas, act which just released its highly anticipated second album, The Courage of Others, is performing at the Old Rock House on Saturday, May 15. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show -- and the show is all ages. Fans of Fairport Convention, the softer side of Fleetwood ... More >>
OK, so maybe I do have a few hipster tendencies. Before this week's dive trip, I spent a couple of hours coddling a $5 bottle of beer at the Bleeding Deacon with friends.I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoy such activities. I had a hard time pulling myself away to go a block down Gravois to Time Out Ba ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I heard Tim Rakel play a plaintive folk song on his radio show. Turns out the tune was by a band called String Buzz, a local duo featuring Ann Hirschfeld on guitar and Ron Leible on drums. Music lifers might know the pair from the '90s band Plaid Cattle, although Hirschfel ... More >>
Fleetwood Mac ended its concert Tuesday night with "Silver Springs," a Rumours-era b-side that has become a fan favorite. In the song's chorus, Stevie Nicks unloads what may be her best lyrical quatrain: Time cast its spell on you, but you won't forget meI know I could have loved you but you would n ... More >>
St. Louisians have a choice of fierce females to see tonight: Stevie Nicks -- she of the "magical coochie" -- and the rest of Fleetwood Mac are playing the Scottrade Center tonight at 8 p.m. The show is not sold out, so if you're feeling up to some sing-alongs and gothy twirls, head on downtown. At ... More >>
Now, as Christian Schaeffer pointed out this week, Christine McVie will not be with Fleetwood Mac tonight. Aw. However. I had no idea until a few months ago that one of Cyndi Lauper's first recorded sessions was a cover of Christine McVie's "You Make Loving Fun." Thanks to YouTube, here it is!
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road on the campus of University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pageant *Railroad Earth/Split Lip Rayfield, Thursday, March 26 *Morrissey, Wednesday, April 8 *Bonnie Prince Billy, Friday, April 10 *The Bamboozle Roadshow Spring Tour feat. We the Kings/Forever the Sickest Kids/Th ... More >>
A publicist just emailed some new Fleetwood Mac dates -- and on the list is one for Tuesday, May 5 at the Scottrade Center. Shows like this are considered unconfirmed until the venue lets us know it's happening, so cross fingers! [Edit, January 20: Confirmed! Tickets go on sale this Monday, January ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 13. Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue
9 p.m. Saturday, October 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Limbeck gets classical and Nick Acquisto releases a compilation of classics.
9 p.m. Tuesday, August 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
Strength & Loyalty (Full Surface/Interscope)
Lindsey Buckingham has big, big love for Fleetwood Mac and for his solo work.
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 5. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
There's no better way to perish than via Eagles of Death Metal's Death by Sexy
Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Tuesday, April 26; VooDoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights)
Friday, September 3; Frederick's Music Lounge
Tracks offers comfort to Ensure-swilling music fans
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative
Sunday, September 1; Pop's
Twenty-five years ago, an idealistic freak recorded Canadian children singing pop songs. Newly reissued, the CD is an underground hit.
Where do the candidates stand on the real issue?
Published the week of July 26-August 1, 2000
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