While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
This week, a variety of interesting acts make St. Louis an exciting music town to live in. Just take your pick from a pool of talented performers traveling from near and far. Choose from concerts including OK Go, Wiz Khalifa, Ahleuchatistas, Umphry's McGee and much more. Read on to get a taste of th ... More >>
By Jonny Whiteside While rock & roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Alway ... More >>
Last week the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) officially opened the doors at its new location, just down the street from its original space attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775). RFT Music stopped by one of the music venue's debut shows to get a look at the room. See also: ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>
By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
Musicians frequently reference each other, consciously or otherwise. Usually the reference is something subtle, like a chord progression or a melodic phrase. For those less subtle moments, here are the six best name-drops in song. Let us know your favorites in the comments, but make sure that your p ... More >>
If there's one thing the Pussy Riot trial has taught us, it's that protest music can still be a dangerous, subversive tool. By performing an anti-Putin "punk prayer" during a guerrilla action at a Russian Orthodox church, Pussy Riot intended to provoke and offend. Many saw their action as blasphemou ... More >>
This weekend, two world leaders passed. One, North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, is remembered as an eccentric but dangerous dictator, a man who suppressed dissent and kept his people in a perpetual state of war and famine. The other, Vaclav Havel, played a key role in freeing Czechoslovakia from Comm ... More >>
Rocky SchenckToday is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>
Frank Xavier WeyerichCaptain Beefheart and Tom "Papa" RayOn Friday, Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, died at the age of 69. Tributes and remembrances have been pouring in since Friday, from a reprint of a 1980 Lester Bangs story on the man to a moving LA Times piece by ex-RFT staffer ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 8. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
Something I'd like to do more often in the future is spotlight individual breweries that sell their wares in the St Louis area. To that end, let us talk today of a new arrival, the pride of Petaluma, California: the Lagunitas Brewing Company.Robert Campbell, Wikimedia CommonsPetaluma, California, t ... More >>
6 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Live on the Levee, Gateway Arch and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Writer Ryan Wasoba participated in the 100 Guitars performance at the Pageant last night, which also featured the world premiere of the first movement of Glenn Branca's Symphony Number 14. Here are Wasoba's thoughts on the night and an analysis of the performance. Read more about the concert here an ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Saturday, September 13. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of St. Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Monday, December 18. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.
Opera Theatre proves that less really is more with a brisk Jane Eyre
Tuesday, October 11; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Wednesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 20; Jazz at the Bistro
Friday, November 5; Frederick's Music Lounge
All at Euclid Records
A Loop Battle of the Bands gathers steam
Riddle of Steel
Week of June 16, 2004
A band with some redacted words for Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Radar Station surfs the Web instead of going outside
Reissues of classics are the gifts that keep on giving
I Suck on That Emotion (Drag City)
St. Louis native Ike Willis brings Zappa home
Tuesday, October 22; Cicero's
The name has changed, but the song remains the same
Friday, Sept. 28; Powell Symphony Hall
Composer Philip Glass and timpanist Jonathan Haas move the kettledrums to the front of the Powell Hall stage
New St. Louis music crosses the "Radar"
Local band Fingerpaint Diary starts painting itself out of a corner
Checking into Hotel Faux Pas