Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
By now you have surely heard of Louie 103.7 FM, the new station in St. Louis where you can finally hear music from the likes of Metallica, Green Day, Aerosmith, Local H and more -- you know, all of those hidden gems that simply can't be found anywhere else on the FM dial. And of course you have been ... More >>
By Steve Steward Song associations are strange, because when I hear "Longview" by Green Day, I think of Rosemarie Sandoval's hair. We were both sophomores, sharing a table in Mr. Nardinelli's 3rd period art class. I think she was almost a year older, and if she wasn't taller than me anyway, her bang ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World is coming to the Pageant! The Mesa, Arizona rock band will perform on Thursday, August 1, and we have two tickets up for grabs.
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
This week, RFT announces the winners of this year's Best Of St. Louis issue. To celebrate - and give a break from the local overload to ensue - here are the six best "Best Of" albums, plus a few bonus picks at the end. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and we'll put the comment in our vaul ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFT Music poking fun of the modern concept of genre that spawns ph ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Last week, we counted down the best songs over thirty minutes long, essentially a list of weirdos. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it is rare for an artist to call a song complete before it enters triple digits on the time counter. But great works have been made under the sixty second mark, be ... More >>
American Idiot Peabody Opera House March 2, 2012 The average age of the attendees of American Idiot's opening night at the Peabody Opera House hovered around the mid fifties, neither the target demographic for the music of Green Day nor that of a contemporary musical with a 1:4 ratio of choreograph ... More >>
It's an eclectic mix of offerings we have for you this weekend, ranging from the sold-out-every-venue-in-the-eighties variety to the soon-to-be-selling-records local release types. Friday Barry Manilow and Eddie Money clash for dominance of St. Louis's 106.5 the Arch radio-listening demographic, pla ... More >>
It is possible that no band maintains a more complicated relationship with punk rock than Green Day. Ever since the group's breakout Dookie, its existence has been paradoxical, a flow chart that alternately asks, answers, and dodges questions about the grand concept of punk. According to the gang me ... More >>
Any DJ, cover band or organ grinder can attest to how touchy people can get when a requested song isn't played. The blowback can be even more harsh when the musical entity in question is Harmonix, the creator of the Rock Band video game franchise. Even though music gaming experienced some discerni ... More >>
Lookout! Records officially shut down this month, which is not shocking news to anybody familiar with the long-running punk rock label. The company's financial struggles were well known to the public, and since 2006 it has only stayed in business to keep up its back catalog. In honor of the i ... More >>
In rock and roll, singers get the attention, guitarists get the glory and bass players usually just have to show up. It's the drummers of the world who often put in the most effort for the least return, lugging ten times the equipment and playing twenty times as hard as the rest of the band. ... More >>
Michael DauphinThe term pop-punk had an entirely different meaning fifteen or so years ago. Back then, bands like Jawbreaker, The Descendents, Green Day and Screeching Weasel embodied the angsty sneer associated with punk music, but they all leaned on more poignant and desperate aspects of lo ... More >>
In this week's paper, Ryan Wasoba chatted with Ultimate Fakebook drummer Eric Melin, to mark the occasion of the band playing at the Firebird on Sunday, December 19. (The Orbz, Dead Girls and the Highway, Companion are also on the bill.) The power-pop cult heroes released a new album, Daydrea ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie. In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
Every spring, when the music festivals are unveiling their line-ups, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream also reveals their new flavors. This year, the two have collided with Ben & Jerry's Bonnaroo BUZZ. Ian McCulloch: You know what would go great with that wine? Ice cream. The company's website descri ... More >>
It's easy to forget how awful the Rams have been at drafting players in the first round. Fortunately, we have this little ditty from the boys at Joe Sports Fan as a nice reminder of every failed pick from Lawrence Phillips to Alex Barron that lets us laugh a little bit at the ineptitude.One can only ... More >>
A reunited Soundgarden headlines Lollapalooza Lollapalooza announced its 2010 lineup this morning, after building suspense with a Wheel of Fortune-style puzzle game revealing clues about the performers. As expected, the headliners are a reunited Soundgarden, Lady Gaga, Green Day, the Strokes, ... More >>
Remember those parodies of Green Day's "Holiday" that hit YouTube this summer following the Cardinals' acquisition of Matt Holliday? No? Well, as you can see here, you didn't miss much. Now a Dodger's fan has come up with his own parody of the song involving Holliday. Like the othe ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>
Scottrade Center *Green Day, August 11*American Idols Live, Saturday, August 29 Vintage Vinyl *Left Arm 7" Release, Friday, May 15 *Cracker, Friday, May 15 *Mad HaPPy, Wednesday, May 20
Hot on the heels of its super-anticipated release, 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day is stopping by St. Louis (oops, was not sent a venue, just assumed. Monday brain fart) on Tuesday, August 11, at least according to its publicist and MySpace page. Hear 90 seconds of new single "Know Your Enemy" at ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
With all of the old-school St. Louis band reunion shows happening in the coming weeks, figured this week was a good time to unroll another installment of local old-school videos. Up first is a clip from Judge Nothing, the much-beloved Alton punk/pop/whatever act. The band played gigs with anybody w ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, February 23. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
6 p.m. Sunday, September 16. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
B-Sides reboots Radiohead and takes a roadtrip with Ani.
Saturday, April 22, at 9 p.m. The Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue)
Heaven's Pregnant Teens (Epitaph)
Tuesday, January 24; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11.
Team Tomato blossoms on its third CD
Unlike Jesus, Avril Lavigne will live to prove her haters wrong
Trainwreck (Ferret Music)
Green Day's politicking is simple but effective
And your love of punk-pop may be forgiven
Friday, Aug. 24; Rocket Bar
Good music from some bad girls, the Donnas
Clog dancer Rush McAllister takes the unusual step of recording his fancy footwork