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  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From August 25 to 31

    This week, KISS comes to town along with a handful of other great touring acts -- large and small. A five-band punk bill promises to provide one more hot summer night at Melt, Songbird Cafe constrastingly cools down the Focal Point, Brooklyn's Fielded brings her future pop to the Luminary and much m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Grading the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014

    A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Six Anti-Establishment Songs That Aren't by Rage Against the Machine

    Everyone is pissed off right now. For me, it could be from to the head injury I gave myself last night and the accompanying tequila hangover. The rest of the nation, however, is more rightfully concerned with the needless killing of a black high school student down in Florida. See Also: - Six Grea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Recap: St. Louis Achieves 'Airness' in First Official Air Guitar Competition

    No notes were played by the artists on stage, but the message was loud and clear anyway: air guitar in St. Louis was here to stay. As noted in our cover story last week, the Firebird hosted St. Louis' first-ever official qualifying event for U.S. Air Guitar on Friday, June 28. With paid travel and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Kiss and Mötley Crüe at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Review and Photos

    When you open for Kiss you have to put on a hell of a show, and Mötley Crüe delivered. From the displays camaraderie to the set list full of hair metal hits, Crüe brings brotherhood onstage and encourages it amongst the audience. With four-way fist bumps and sly "we got this" smiles, Crüe really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Six Strangest KISS Knick-Knacks

    KISS occupies a strange world. Part Halloween, part devil rock, part creepy mythos, KISS reigns as being among the top bands that freak your mom out. It should come as no surprise, then, that KISS merchandise also is sufficiently wicked. To celebrate KISS' appearance Aug. 27 at Verizon Wireless Amph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Rock & Roll Myths Debunked and Proven in New Book Co-Authored By St. Louis Music Writer

    Ever wondered if Pink Floyd purposefully synced Dark Side of the Moon with the Wizard of Oz? Or if Johnny Cash actually had the Folsom Prison blues? Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz tackle these questions and more in their newest book Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Leg ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    The Ten Biggest Presidential Endorsements by Musicians in the 2012 Campaign

    Megadeth rocker Dave Mustaine raised a few collective eyebrows this week when he endorsed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's bourgeoning presidential bid. The former Pennsylvania senator has been gaining steam as of late after prevailing in a trio of February contests, including Missouri's non-bindin ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Rush Documentary Screening at Ronnies in June

    If Rush's August show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater won't have enough air-drumming dudes and epic prog breakdowns for you, fear not: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary on the band directed by the men behind Iron Maiden: Flight 666, is screening in St. Louis on June 10. Says a press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    RFT T-Shirt Winners!

    ​Earlier this week we had a little competition here on Daily RFT. The three people who could best complete the following sentence would win a T-shirt for our upcoming Music Showcase in June. That sentence: "If I win a RFT Music Showcase T-shirt, I will rock so hard that ..."A mere nine folks enter ... More >>

  • Music

    September 30, 2009

    Farm Aid

    12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.

  • Film

    September 2, 2009
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    November 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2008

    Review: KISS' stinker of a movie in theater form

    Members of the KISS Army and lovers of so-bad-it's-good '70s kitsch were served a heaping, stinking scoop of comedic theater Friday night at the Regional Arts Commission. The St. Louis Shakespeare's Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre production of KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park debuted at the Regiona ... More >>

  • Music

    February 20, 2008

    Ace Frehley

    7 p.m. Tuesday, February 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2007
  • Culture

    May 23, 2007

    Discovering Japan

    Opera Theatre opens 2007 with an outrageous updating of a Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Rolling Stone Alone (In a Field Somewhere)

    You're Bill Wyman, dammit. You held down the bottom end for the quote-unquote World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band for 31 years. What to do, what to do? Write the ol' memoir? Check. Speaking engagements? Sure! Mentor the youth? Most definitely. Self-employed metal detector? Why, obviously. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007
  • Music

    November 8, 2006

    Beat Happenings

    Music news you can use

  • Home Entertainment

    November 1, 2006
  • Music

    September 13, 2006

    Slide Away

    Lock up your family pictures, here come the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players!

  • Music

    August 23, 2006

    Beep Beep, Yeah!

    B-Sides explores the van woes of Cars Can Be Blue, talks to Split Lip Rayfield's Kirk Rundstrom about conquering cancer for one last tour and downloads some screaming Sleater-Kinney.

  • Music

    August 9, 2006

    Crazy Calculus!

    B-Sides analyzes the mathematics of Don Caballero's existence, calls out Bon Jovi for cliches and points you to some hot Futureheads action in the Download.

  • Home Entertainment

    June 21, 2006
  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Keep the Change

    Unreal investigates: holiday tipping practices (you're still not getting anything, mean mail lady), skimpy outfits (!) at a drag show (!!), industrial-plastic Kiss busts and bunny-adopting bloggers.

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2005

    Welcome to the Cabaret

    The bar is open

  • News

    December 29, 2004

    News to Muse

    The Year in Review: A Quiz

  • Music

    November 24, 2004

    American Idolatry

    Who says cover bands are unoriginal?

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Zoo Animal

    Giant anteater

  • Dining

    March 17, 2004


    Monarch, 7401 Manchester Avenue, 314-644-3995

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2004

    Sole Power

    It's all about the tootsies for

  • Music

    February 18, 2004

    Mountain Goats

    Tuesday, February 24; Rocket Bar

  • Calendar

    October 15, 2003

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of October 15, 2003

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Faux Real

    Or close enough

  • Film

    May 8, 2002

    Film Openings

    Week of May 8, 2002

  • Culture

    April 25, 2001

    Shearer Delight

    The voice of Flanders is the voice of reason, absatively posilutely

  • Calendar

    March 21, 2001

    Dr. Love

    Feminist icon bell hooks' fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Record-Store Clerk

    Jim Lovins, Wherehouse Music

  • Music

    March 22, 2000

    Teenage Wasteland

    Good music from some bad girls, the Donnas

  • Film

    August 11, 1999


    Directed by Adam Rifkin

  • Music

    March 24, 1999
  • Music

    December 9, 1998

    A Post-Poster World

    It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled