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. Brothers ... More >>
Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>
This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... 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 >>
The 2013 RFT Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Mark your calendar and save the date; on June 1 it all goes down on Washington Avenue. Sixty bands and artists, ten stages, ten bucks -- all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. Be sure to check out our ongoing ... More >>
Warning: show-going can be bad for your health. I type this with watery eyes, a sore head and throat, and a forever-runny, impossible-to-breathe-out-of nose. I suppose all that putzing around in the rain between breaking a sweat at shows over the weekend really exacerbated things quickly. Bah! Worth ... More >>
Whoa, it's a new year, and change is weird. I'm still getting used to working at this office. This week, I've been strategically re-adjusting the angle of this side view mirror set up on my soon-to-be desk, which Daniel apparently kicked off of his car one day and brought up here "to prevent people ... More >>
Uh....I got nothin'. This little mouse cursor icon has been blinking at me for a couple minutes now while I've been just staring vacantly at my keyboard, unable to think of anything amusing to write in this little show-post introductory paragraph. It's not my fault. When I came in this morning I cam ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, August 10. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... More >>
Midwestern indie rock band, the Orbz begins a month long residency tonight at El Lenador (3124 Cherokee St). The Orbz will play for free every Monday in July.
8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Have you sufficiently recovered from last night's EP releases from Theresa Payne and iLLPHONiCS? Good, because there's more new local music in the hopper: Water Liars will release its much-ballyhooed debut, Phantom Limb, tonight at Off Broadway, and Lantern Lights will do the same at Foam Coffee & B ... More >>
Tom LampeJay Farrar on the pedal steel for Colonel FordNew Year's Eve isn't just amateur hour. It's a night-long, clown-car traffic jam of colossally defeated expectations, a dispiriting exercise in futility, even, or especially, when you're somewhere somewhat less coastal than Rio. In St. L ... More >>
Welcome to our favorite Commie holiday, where we celebrate the laborers by taking Monday off and no longer wearing white. We'd say something about the coming of Fall, but our landlord just announced they've decided to keep the pool we share with a nearby apartment complex open until the end ... More >>
The nascent Tower Groove Records gets more exciting by the day. You can read, in our earlier story, more about the collective's inception and goals. Basically, several South City stalwarts decided it was time to pool their resources, and bands have been lining up to do the same. And while it ... More >>
â€‹When big events hit St. Louis, like Loufest, the first question is always, "Will Uncle Tupelo reunite for this?" Probably not. Instead, fans got something just as special at Still Be Around: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo. Instead of a nostalgic trip back to the early '90s, the audience got a glimpse ... More >>
A bit late, but below the jump you'll find links to as many blogposts we've run with MP3s -- and the occasional MySpace page and embedded tune -- of each nominated band. Whew. Chime in with any URLs that have tunes in the comments, of course. I think I have everyone. The music showcase blurbs/infor ... More >>
Just before we adjourned for the three-day weekend, I received the lineup/schedule for this year's RFT Music Showcase, on Sunday, June 7. Here's the full list of nominees -- and don't forget to vote for your faves! And if you have any complaints/gripes -- I don't want to hear them, because I didn't ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, May 14. The City Museum, 701 North 15th Street.
KDHX's annual pledge drive is going on right now through April 5 (full disclosure: I'm a programmer). To donate, head to its website or call 314-664-3688 at pretty much any hour of the day. The station has also announced the lineup for Midwest Mayhem, the annual event which takes place thi ... More >>
Congrats to the Radical Sons, which is releasing its new EP, Throwing Knives, on the Secretly Canadian vinyl-only imprint St. Ives in May. The polarizing local band's new release was produced by Patrick Crecelius (Fred Friction); its next local show is opening for Pretty & Nice at the Firebird o ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer chatted with Fred Friction about his new album, Jesus Drank Wine. The entire conversation is fantastic, but here's a sneak preview:Was there an overall aesthetic you were shooting for, where you wanted it rough around the edges? I told him to keep Exile on M ... More >>
Fred Friction, "proprietor and figurehead of the late, great Frederick's Music Lounge," as Christian Schaeffer writes in this week's RFT, has been busy in the basement of the Iron Barley in South City.Schaeffer writes: "Friction recently began booking shows in the basement space at the restaurant Ir ... More >>
According to KDHX's blog, Fred's Six Feet Under -- the venue underneath Iron Barley that's run by Fred Friction -- is now open again, as of this past weekend. Whoever is in charge, please email us your listings. Friction, meanwhile, will celebrate the release of a new album with a show at Off Broadw ... More >>
Sound (52nd City)
We remember Frederick's Music Lounge
A venerable rock club plans to close — albeit temporarily. Plus, part two of our 2006 round-up and things to do around town this weekend.
Locals share their holiday memories; the latest on Frederick's Music Lounge's sartorial swag and for-sale signs
Get your spook on at Halloween shows around town
Hunter Brumfield III: 1974-2005
Especially when it casts Fred Friction as Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, January 3; Lemmons
Fred's Variety Group doesn't let ego get in the way of the music
Frederick's Music Lounge
These days, spaces once reserved for solo performers are being crammed with a wider array of sounds
Frederick's Music Lounge
The Dave Stone Free Jazz Unit shines at Centro Sociale
Axes and Snaxes (Rooster Lollipop)
Rock & roll is alive and well in St. Louis, living in sin with the Highway Matrons
Make a beeline to Frederick's Lounge's weekly hootenanny