Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
Last week we counted down the six best songs about cats. In the name of fairness - and as a continuation of the Nitpick Six Animal Series, here are the six best songs about dogs. Let us know your favorite dog tracks in the comments below. 6. Deerhoof - "Kidz Are So Small" Kidz Are So Small by Deerh ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
Todd OwyoungOne problem with Kings Go Forth, performing tomorrow evening at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353): The band's hardline, genuine funk is a rarity in modern times, and citizens of 2011 may not be physically prepared for the booty shaking demands. Shape up for the Kings ... More >>
The Essence Music Festival is the premiere mainstream R&B festival -- but its ambitious scope encompasses a whole lot more. The main events are evening concerts with more than 40 household-name acts in R&B, urban contemporary, soul, hip hop and jazz, including mainstage shows stacked with hea ... More >>
courtesy of Spiritual RezReggae party starters Spiritual Rez will be making an apperance at 2720 Cherokee tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 1st) and we have a couple pairs of tickets just waiting to be won. This show is 21 and up and starts at 9 p.m. For details on how to win the tickets, head ... More >>
Sarah RusnakWiz Khalifa mugging with local rapper Yung Ro in March 2011.Light week for announcements while venues finalize their summer schedules, but there are some gems here: Super Jam 4 will blow through Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 12--it's the first St. Louis date for Wiz Khalif ... More >>
Jeff Tweedy wasn't the only one receiving an official proclamation this weekend: On Saturday at Vintage Vinyl, funk pioneer George Clinton was named an honorary citizen of the Delmar Loop. The presentation of his citizenship happened during his in-store appearance. Here's a pic of Joe Edwards and Mr ... More >>
The first-ever St. Louis Super Music Fest (slated to be an annual event) took place last night at the Chaifetz Arena, and fans couldn't wait to get funked up. The majority of the crowd was over 40; however a respectable showing of 20- and 30-somethings came out to watch a lineup of musical l ... More >>
George Clinton brings the funk on Saturday.So, chances are you're going to LouFest this weekend. (Have you read our coverage yet? Go! Do it!) But if you aren't, there's plenty to do this weekend. Read on: 1. St. Louis Bluesweek Festival; steps of the Peabody Opera House The inaugural St. Lou ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, August 28. Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue.
Electronic Luddites, Ontario's Holy Fuck don't mess around with loops and laptops. Catch them with Houston drone angels Indian Jewelry at the Firebird on October 22 The Ambassador *Melanie Fiona, September 4 Billiken Club *Active Child, October 26 Ciceros *Bass Line Bums, September 8 *B ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl is very excited that legend George Clinton is going to be doing a meet and greet at the store on Saturday, August 28. Did I mention that they are very excited about this? I'm just going to reprint the press release it sent out, as they put it best: There are legends and then there are ... 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 weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
In anticipation of his new solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Big Boi has been holding private listening parties in select cities across the country. Last night St. Louis got a sneak peek at the upcoming project, as local entertainers and media personnel came out to ne ... More >>
Gucci Mane loves you. The Atlanta rapper is currently incarcerated and due to be released next week, but you can still wear your Free Gucci t-shirt on June 12 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. â€‹2720 Cherokee *Shpongle, May 12 Beale On Broadway *Chris Ruest Band, May 22 *Magic Slim and The Teardro ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 18. The Ambassador, 9800 Halls Ferry Road.
Artist: Slave Album: Slave From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1977 Label: Cotillion Records What it sounds like: George Clinton and P-Funk performing during an acid trip gone bad.
Malcolm McLaren is the godfather of today’s mainstream hip-hop. But not for the reason you think.
Peeping Tom (Ipecac)
Police and prosecutors say they know who brutally murdered Cassandra Kovack. But no one has answered the question: Why?
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.
A Loop Battle of the Bands gathers steam
Thursday, September 30; the Ambassador
Tuesday, September 21; Mississippi Nights
Recent compilations unearth a secret history of the United States of Funk
Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine (Arista)
Week of March 24, 2004
Week of March 3, 2004
Saturday, May 24; Rib America Festival, Soldiers Memorial Plaza (Market and Tucker)
Official genius Ken Vandermark wants to reach people who don't know they like jazz
Week of March 19, 2003
Sunday, March 23; Ambassador Entertainment Complex
Every Saturday night, East St. Louis explodes with one of the wildest parties you've never seen
Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (Arista)
God Loves Ugly (Fat Beats/Rhymesayers Entertainment)
Week of April 17, 2002
Thursday, Sept. 6; Pageant
Idiology (Thrill Jockey)
Sun Ra, the prolific progenitor of space-is-the-place jazz, gets more of the reissue treatment
Artist Jim Mahfood produces a comic for young-adult hipsters in his Grrl Scouts
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Carl Craig delivers sci-fi jazz to the techno cognoscenti
Wednesday, Sept. 8; Karma
A case file on the multiple personalities of Kool Keith