Every year for An Under Cover Weekend, Mike Tomko and Mike Cracchiolo throw together two nights of exceptional local bands that pay tribute to their favorite nationally known acts at the Firebird. Well, "throw together" isn't quite right, considering that the event takes more than eight months of pl ... More >>
Native St. Louisan Kristeen Young, well-known for recently giving Morrissey a simply dreadful case of the common cold which caused Moz to cancel his entire tour (still an unbelievably flimsy excuse, brah), made her television debut this week -- and boy, was it a doozy. Young performed on the Late L ... More >>
It's not often that bands get to turn the tables on music journalists, but that's what happened when HuffPost Live gave St. Louis group Bo & the Locomotive the opportunity to question the young ladies at Kids Interview Bands last Friday. During during the June 6 broadcast, HuffPost Live host Josh Z ... More >>
Jessica Lea Mayfield has often said that some of her favorite music is '90s alternative rock - Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters -- and that Dave Grohl, especially, was an inspiration as she began her career in music as a teenager. If you listened closely to the Kent, Ohio native's first two albums, ... More >>
This weekend marks the ten-year anniversary for Belleville's music-filled Herstory Weekend as well as local punk band Scene of Irony. St. Louis also gets two different tribute shows over the next couple of days: a Tribute to the Byrds at Off Broadway and a tribute to Shel Silverstein at the Gramopho ... More >>
In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
In late October, St. Louis declared its love for pop-punk by selling out a 335-seat screening of Filmage: the Story of Descendents/ALL in only three days. To meet the demand for the chance to see the feature-length documentary, Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230) hosts a second sc ... More >>
By Julia Burch When Taking Back Sunday announced a week ago that frontman Adam Lazzara would be leaving the tour due to the early birth of his son, ticket-holders for the upcoming Halloween show in St Louis were left expecting a refund. However, last week the band made an announcement on its webpag ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
You'd think that having jobs like our's would grant us innate superpowers to recall the goings-ons of any particular day at the blink of an eye, but the reality of it is that staring at the dozens and dozens of new shows that roll in weekly can become somewhat disorienting (luckily, this here concer ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
I'm willing to be surprised, on this, but if word got out that there was a Beck sheet music album coming out, I'm fairly sure the average RFT Music reader could fill in the rest of the news story him-or-herself. So: There's a Beck sheet music album coming out. It's called Song Reader, which is nicel ... More >>
This Friday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls through our fair city, bringing fifteen purveyors of heavy music to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The scope of artists ranges from old-timers like Anthrax and Motorhead to young guns like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. These b ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Homer Simpson proudly displays his Grammy Award for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word or Barbershop Album.Adele could soon become a Grammy paper champion. Oh sure. 21 is a worthy entrant for the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year. "Rolling in the Deep," after all, topped the 2011 Pazz and Jop P ... More >>
In theory, music venues are interchangeable. If one especially great place shuts down, another spot surely will rise elsewhere. But there's something disquieting about the closure of an especially memorable venue. Even years later, I'm still bummed about how Shattered - a Columbia, Missouri, insti ... More >>
The stars of the beer universe aligned when Six Row Brewing Company (3690 Forest Park Avenue; 314-531-5600) decided to put out its latest release, Plant No. 1 Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. The midtown brewpub wanted to release its first lager at the same time that it was filling out a new expansion i ... More >>
Photos by Diana Benanti The Joy Formidable | US Royalty September 21, 2011 The Firebird This is the time to see a band. The Joy Formidable is still pie-eyed and loving it, and there's a new single around every bend. The band is still in love with its luck, and there is no way to not fall in ... More >>
About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>
Neal Boyd's American dream includes serving in Missouri House of Representatives.Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston has already won lots of American votes. Enough to win the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, when he wowed audiences with his pop opera skills. Before finding reality-show fame, Boyd ... More >>
Photo by Corey WoodruffAlt-rock newcomer Peach will release its debut EP tomorrow at the Heavy Anchor. Its six songs are ballsy guitar thrashers; the lineup (Peach, Bruiser Queen and Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome) deliberately comprises women-fronted rock bands. The show starts at 9 p.m ... More >>
Recipe RecordsMaggie McHugh and Lanea Stagg, co-authors of Recipe Records, in the kitchen.Music and food make a wonderful pair, and so do Maggie McHugh and Lanea Stagg, co-authors of Recipe Records, a locally released rock & roll themed cookbook featuring easy and tasty recipes inspired by so ... More >>
Daniel BoudFucked Up, fresh off the release of its 18-track epic, David Comes To Life, will be in St. Louis on Friday. The Canadian six piece is touring with Nashville's JEFF the brotherhood. We talked to Fucked Up front man Damian Abraham in this week's print issue. More from our interview, ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Adele's 21*Adele, 21 NPR reviewed 21: "The songs on 21 don't offer up much specific detail of the heartache Adele says she's suffering, or even outline the ... More >>
Blackpool Lights -- the project featuring drummer Billy Brimblecom and the Get Up Kids' Jim Suptic -- will be doing one of its first shows in years tonight at the Firebird. The Class of '98 opens. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Earlier this week, BPL released a stellar new EP, ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Cassidy's C.A.S.H.*Cassidy, C.A.S.H. The once gold-certified rapper returns with a new studio album. Stream the C.A.S.H. in full here. *Crushed Stars, Con ... More >>
Todd OwyoungRush's Geddy Lee. More photos from the show here.Rush shows are a marathon, not a sprint. They're also not for the faint of heart or for the casual fan: Over forty years into its career, the Canadian trio still plays for close to three hours. Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amp ... More >>
The Saint Louis University basketball team tried hard on Saturday against La Salle, they really did. They clawed for every rebound, dove for every loose ball and hustled themselves to exhaustion on defense, erasing any lingering doubts about whether they have bought into Rick Majerus' grind-it-out, ... More >>
Welcome home, Brian Delaney.
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SoTheySay earns a record deal via hard work -- and a little help from the Internet
Jay Farrar's band is reborn, Nelly sells, and some guys from the 'burbs get signed
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
Pitchfork is taking over music criticism by making people laugh -- or pissing them off
Week of May 28, 2003
Complete "B" Sides (4AD)
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
A Point-ed exchange with KPNT program director Allan Fee