St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>
Bassist Darin Gray might be the most prolific experimental musician out of St. Louis. 32 years after his first performance in the area, he shows no signs of stopping, and RFT Music couldn't be prouder to call him one our city's own. Despite the racket Gray has generated in countless ensembles and ba ... More >>
The LouFest lineup announcement has inspired excitement and criticism in equal parts, but the one undeniable act on the bill is Wilco. The Chicago via Belleville band means many things to many people, but in the festival headliner context, the group is one of the best live rock & roll bands in the u ... More >>
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is rightfully associated with excellence, a piece of work commonly heralded as one of the best albums of the 2000s. It's the type of record with enough depth, lyricism and experimentation to get people interested in serious music, no small feat for any band, and this one ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>
There will never be enough praise that could be directed to Levon Helm. Notwithstanding his incalculable contribution to the Band's brilliant rock & roll ride, Helm's titanic craftsmanship and distictive voice provided a heartbeat to an untold amount of musical acts. Not only did he inspire others, ... More >>
Curt Brewer is a familiar face in the local music community: he plays guitar with the raw, bluesy quintet Kentucky Knife Fight, lays down 1920s-inspired jazz licks in Two Swingin' Picks, and sits in as a gun-for-hire for wedding bands, fill-in gigs and the like. This Thursday night, however, he'll b ... More >>
Wilco | Nick Lowe Peabody Opera House October 4, 2011 Wilco kicked off an eight-song encore with "Via Chicago," a song against which I refuse to hear arguments. Not that there are many coming, at least from the thousands assembled in the instantly-sold-out Peabody last night -- it, like pretty muc ... More >>
Courtesy of Chris MillsYou can take the kid of out Collinsville, Illinois, but you can't take Collinsville out of the kid. A certain sense of Midwestern, small-town alienation pervades the music of singer, songwriter and orchestral pop obsessive Chris Mills, even as his music has grown more c ... More >>
Josh CheuseThe Black Crowes is playing at the Pageant tomorrow night as part of its "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys" tour. (Remember, don't bring a camera.) Drummer Steve Gorman chatted with the RFT this week; read on below for outtakes, including a touching recollection of working with Warren ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Euclid Records' Youtube channel strikes again: Last week they uploaded several videos of time-signature-shredders Dazzling Killmen playing live on Criticalmass from back in the day. The one above, "Serpentarium," is a particularly mind-throttling example of the group's post-rock maelstrom. Bassist ... More >>
In last week's paper, Ryan Wasoba profiled On Fillmore, the instrumental music project featuring Darin Gray and Glenn Kotche. The band's latest album, Extended Vacation, came out recently. Here's an MP3 from that album. MP3: On Fillmore, "Master Moon"
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
B-Sides squares off in a debate about Wilco's new Sky Blue Sky, and compares children's-music faves Trout Fishing in America with, well, the real thing.
Week of December 28, 2006
A wrap-up of this year's music showcase
Bigger, better, and more dang fun than ever
Wilco's drummer beats a retreat on his solo disc.
The Hi-Pointe shuts its doors, even as the RFT Music Awards lineup shines the spotlight on St. Louis' best.
A to Z goes to London Calling; feels OK about the UK.
A to Z: Cheerleader extraordinaire.
We're having a music awards party, and everyone's invited!
Mobile (Nonesuch Records)
Born Again in the U.S.A.(Drag City)
Loose Fur (Drag City)
Wilco commits commercial suicide and succeeds as never before
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart pushes pop propaganda
Tuesday, July 23; Pageant
Hot nightspot Lo has rescinded its prohibition of drum & bass