Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. When guit ... More >>
Black Francis and the Pixies brought their music to the Peabody Opera House on a frozen Thursday night to an enthusiastic, multi-generational audience. All photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times. See Also: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago talks about touring and life after Kim Deal
Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>
The Pixies reunited in 2004 for the sake of nostalgia and money. There can't be much doubt over this. They never hinted at new music (apart from the bizarre one-off soundtrack single "Bam Thwok") and unashamedly toured Doolittle to within an inch of its life. Last Friday, entirely apropos of nothing ... More >>
Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
Photo by Chrissy WilmesFrank Black | This City of Takers Old Rock House July 19, 2011 St. Louisans had a tough choice to make last night: Fleet Foxes, Frank Black or NKOTBSB? This City of Takers' vocalist and guitarist Brandon Lee acknowledged this conundrum halfway through the band's brief ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Neo-soul songstress Jill Scott.We're down with any chick bad enough to call herself a "motherf-$%ing G," and on her forthcoming album, Jill Scott is just that bad. Touring in support of her fourth full length, The Light of the Sun, Scott's gathered a cadre of fellow G's for a summer block par ... More >>
We have just learned that Pixes frontman Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis) is playing an acoustic show at Old Rock House on July 19th. He's released thirteen solo albums since the first breakup of his old band, and a fourteenth is on the way later this year. Tickets are $20 in advance and $ ... More >>
Jason StoffIt is an inexplicable force of nature - like a tornado in February - that so many people will leap to the defense of mediocre musicians. Pete Yorn may not be a core-shaker, but last night's show at the Pageant has inspired this writer's existential crisis: Is it the place of an und ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, February 27. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
EMI RecordsDavid Lynch, Danger Mouse and SparklehorseLast spring, the late Mark Linkous (a.k.a. the man behind Sparklehorse) attempted to release what would be one of his final projects, Dark Night of the Soul. The album was a collaboration between Linkous and infamous musician/producer, Dang ... More >>
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBlack Francis at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, 11/20/2009Last Friday night in Chicago, the Pixies managed to make the gimmick of playing an entire album from start-to-finish feel fresh. The amount of fun they appeared to be having had a lot to do with this: All smiles, the band me ... More >>
myspace.com/markmulcahyMark Mulcahy isn't a household name, but he should be. In the '80s, the singer-songwriter fronted Miracle Legion, a Connecticut jangle-pop act that managed to transcend early comparisons to R.E.M. and evolve into a pretty solid original rock band. In the '90s, Miracle Legio ... More >>
9 p.m. Sunday, September 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
A Very Bert Dax Halloween
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Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush charms China, while B-Sides makes a mixtape for Elmo the Muppets life.
Bobby Bare Jr. covers up with his ace Pixies and Breeders tribute act.
9 p.m. Monday, November 26. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The coolest guy you know named Glenn finds Lost Tracks.
Week of September 7, 2006
Epiphanies, Power Wheels and the Pixies -- all in a tour's work for Frank Black.
B-Sides explores whether actors can really sing, downloads some Pixies goodness and has some devilish words for Bleeding Through
New releases for the week of October 4, 2005
Thursday, March 18; the Gargoyle at Washington University
Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)
Show Me Your Tears (spinART)
Gigantic nearly deifies They Might Be Giants -- and why not?
A double dip of Travolta flicks
The witching hour comes early at an upcoming booksigning
From Ritual to Romance (125 Records)
spinART proves that little labels aren't necessarily doomed
Frank Black is pissed about a lot of things, especially brainless rockers who just want to meet chicks and asinine questions about his old band, the Pixies
With the new release Satellite Rides, the Old 97's continue their transformation from a country-rock band to a more expansive outfit.
Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's real -- and really angry.
Some uninvited guests are the cherry on the Sunday at the Slammies Music Showcase