Sure, the weather seems nice now. But Mother Nature can be such a tease sometimes: Right when we think St. Louis is finally thawing out, we are gifted with more ice and snow and freezing rain and sleet and the occasional high-wind freak show. As we ride out the rest of this ruthless winter and St. L ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... More >>
This Saturday, local Hip-Hop artist Thi'sl will throw the first pitch against his beloved St. Louis Cardinals while sporting a Miami Marlins jersey. What motivation could a hometown boy have to turncoat and guest pitch for the Marlins? Plenty, it turns out. "I can't lie I was crushed at first, and ... More >>
Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers, ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three-day bacchanal. In fact, it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so m ... More >>
Ghostface Killah ofthe Wu Tang Clan plays 2720 Cherokee on April 27. John Lee Hooker Jr., the Grammy nominated son of the legendary bluesman, will stop at Broadway Oyster Bar on May 19. The enigmatic and experimental Black Moth Super Rainbow will be performing at The Firebird on May 15. More show f ... More >>
If you like your music blog experiences to be timely and relevant, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is neither. It concerns a book from five years ago that's as inconsequential now as the day it was published. This book hasn't dropped a track on Soundcloud, and it's not in a Twitter fight ... More >>
In the lead-up to this past weekend's Grammy Awards, Gut Check received a press release announcing singer Chaka Khan's new line of chocolates and candles, which were released in the Grammy "gift lounge" this past Thursday. The singer sure had fun naming these new products. The chocolates are called ... More >>
Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things I saw at the skatepark burlesque show. The whole event was huge, weird, fun and extremely exhausting, but ther ... More >>
Pop quiz, hot shots: What was the second-highest charting song of 1969? "Come Together" by The Beatles? "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones? "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone? Those are all excellent guesses. But the correct answer is "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimen ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Gut Check didn't watch the Grammys, but we certainly noticed when those live-snarking the event on Twitter started talking about Chiptole...and Willie Nelson? and...Coldplay? That rang a bell.
Homer Simpson proudly displays his Grammy Award for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word or Barbershop Album.Adele could soon become a Grammy paper champion. Oh sure. 21 is a worthy entrant for the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year. "Rolling in the Deep," after all, topped the 2011 Pazz and Jop P ... More >>
Award season has been very, very good for T-Bone Burnett. The musical impresario has won just about every conceivable honor over his decades-long career, from a Golden Globe to a BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award. Heck, Burnett is only one Rugrats sequel away from capturing a coveted Nickelodeon Kids' Cho ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
6:30 p.m. Friday, August 26. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Image viaWho is Arcade Fire? Well, it's a Canadian indie band on Merge records that's known for its incredibly energetic live shows. Its latest record, Suburbs, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts last August. Oh yeah, they won one of those Grammy Awards for 2010 -- what was it? Alb ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe Ladue News -- the high-society glossy chronicling the upper crust in the St. Louis area -- has a weekly legal column called The Legal Corner. Each week, the column discusses matters such as computer privacy and insurance, and the legal nuances of dealing with them. Last w ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
On Friday, May 6, the Chaifetz Arena will host a Mother's Day edition of the St. Louis Music Festival. Headlining the event is Charlie Wilson, the ex-lead singer of the Gap Band, who's launched quite a successful solo career; he's received several Grammy nominations in recent years. Fantasia, who wa ... More >>
[Update, 2:45 p.m. February 23: This show just confirmed! It's at the Concert Club at Scottrade Center -- i.e., a smaller sectioned-off version of the venue. Ticket prices are TBA but are on sale March 5 at 11 a.m.!] Well, isn't this interesting: Twitter user @megcat79 just noticed that the N ... More >>
If you'll recall, Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat -- an album to which Beatle Bob contributed -- was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. While Bob wouldn't get an actual Grammy statue if the album won, he would get a certificate. The honor was not me ... More >>
The 2011 Grammy Awards are still going strong, two and a half hours into the broadcast. Jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding just won Best New Artist -- frankly, a huge shock, as she beat out Justin Bieber and she's, uh, not exactly a new artist. (Let's be clear, though: Spalding is deserving of t ... More >>
Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>
In the old days, just being an actress wasn't enough. Everyone had to be a double threat just to keep up with singing actresses like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. But then musicals fell out of fashion and we find ourselves asking, "Why the hell is Gwyneth Paltrow singi ... More >>
The 2011 Grammy Nominees were released in December. In the category of Best Spoken Word Album for Children, one of the five nominees was Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat. A to Z readers might recall that this was a double-CD release on which Beatle Bob appeared, contributing a spo ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
A few months ago, a friend Tweeted that he didn't understand the point of a song about drunk-dialing an ex. (I responded with: "Have you ever been in college?") He was referring to Lady Antebellum's huge crossover hit, "Need You Now," which exploded on multiple radio formats shortly after the band's ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, May 29. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 17. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
On Sunday afternoon, July 12, celebrities and baseball legends will gather on the field at Busch Stadium for the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. Musicians scheduled to play include Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell, Nelly, Chingy, Ashanti and Ginuwine. (No word yet on if th ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Bottleneck Blues Bar in the Ameristar Casino, St. Charles (1260 South Main Street).
Radar Station discovers the soundtrack to crime
Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Avenue, 314-776-4200
Tuesday, July 15; Fox Theatre
Brave Combo dares to embrace the last musical taboo: polka
East St. Louis trumpet wunderkind Russell Gunn makes no bones about his desire to bring home a Grammy