Into the Fire, the first release by Australian country-folk duo the Falls, didn't save the romantic relationship of Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin, but it did save their band. It's the best ending one might hope for, for what should have been an utterly doomed endeavor. The six songs -- orig ... More >>
When Josh Brophy sits behind the baby grand at the Fox Park piano bar Keypers, where he holds court on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, he's more likely to spin out a song by Gram Parsons or Buffy Sainte-Marie rather than, say, suffer through "Piano Man" for the umpteenth time. On his debut EP, Brophy p ... More >>
Shitting on the Eagles is basically a national pastime for hard-core Americana fans. In fact, while there are several brilliant artists that alt-country loyalists are apt to bond over, dislike of the Eagles may be the single most prevalent and unifying force. Yet while there is ample cause to loath ... More >>
This happened: Laura Cantrell, a New York-based country singer and songwriter, shared a stage with two friends, Rosie Flores and Kristi Rose, backed by Fats Kaplin and Mark Spencer, two of the finer musicians in a town that, on this or any week, affords some stiff competition. The trio of voices fil ... More >>
8:45 p.m. Saturday, October 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
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 >>
8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Tonight's guest at Subterranean Books' Noir at the Bar reading series is of particular interest to us here at RFT Music: It's Benjamin Whitmer, who wrote Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers with Charlie Louvin before he died last year. It tells the story of the pioneering country music ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow*The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow Paste gave the album an 8.0 rating: "Barton Hollow, the name of a nonexistent place, is largely ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, September 15. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
myspace.com/prairierehabOn Friday, August 13, at the Schlafly Tap Room, Morgan Nusbaum (The 75s/Bruiser Queen), Tenement Ruth and Prairie Rehab are playing a free show. The latter is the new group formed by the members of the Linemen, sans singer Kevin Butterfield. Prairie Rehab's sound is ce ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 16. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
9 p.m. Friday, October 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Budweiser Main Stage, on the Arch grounds, as part of Live on the Levee.
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
B-Sides intercepts a Ryan Adams IM, gets ghoulish with AFI and downloads pop gems with Little Hits
Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere
Caitlin Cary gets the full-on Lipton treatment
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
Cumberland Gap is not the fourth-best country band in St. Louis
Try as she might, Emmylou Harris can't leave behind her roots
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
Emmylou Harris keeps proving herself to be one of country music's most important artists
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rockhouse Ramblers heat up traditional country music
Free Expression (Bobsled Records)
Poor Little Knitter on the Road (Bloodshot)
Jeff Tweedy used to be in a band called Uncle Tupelo. He's not anymore.