Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar s ... More >>
While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
This week, KISS comes to town along with a handful of other great touring acts -- large and small. A five-band punk bill promises to provide one more hot summer night at Melt, Songbird Cafe constrastingly cools down the Focal Point, Brooklyn's Fielded brings her future pop to the Luminary and much m ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
You know how this works: a snarky writer starts off with a few high-minded paragraphs about subcultures and having an open mind and cultural anthropology. The goal is to make it seem like they started watching whatever video they're about to tear apart with the best intentions, instead of admitting ... More >>
When I'm not raking in the millions writing for music blogs, I, much like many of my fellow artsy-fartsies and anti-professionals, have to earn my dough in the service industry. Working directly with customers in any job can be a trying and frustrating experience, and especially in the bar industry ... More >>
If "best" and "boring" seem contradictory, please know there's no irony or negativity intended in this list. Maybe some irony, as I am poking some fun at the perception that any song over four minutes long, any piece of music built on repetition, anything that requires patience of any form from a li ... More >>
Lamb of God | Hatebreed | In Flames | Sylosis The Pageant November 7, 2012 Before I start trashing one of the most popular metal bands on the planet, let me offer my credentials: In 1989, I saw Sepultura at the Bridgeton Soccer club at just nine years old. I got in trouble for spray painting the S ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.
This weekend, a strange crew of local talent will assemble in support of man's most misunderstood best friend: the pit bull. Ruka Puff, Breakmouth Annie, Hazard To Ya Booty, Bad Mother Healers, Rev. Whiskey Richard and the Buster Hymen Band and Everything Went Black with their Californian friends, S ... More >>
The Monday after Independence Day weekend is one most brutal. After a full weekend of barbecue and beer and illegal fireworks, going to work seems all the more objectionable. I'm too damned hungover on Freedom to be productive, personally. My "word of the day" today is "aliquant," which even my spel ... More >>
Damon Riddick may be the coolest dude alive. Better known as Dam-Funk, Riddick is a walking embodiment of West Coast Relaxation, creating an electrifying brand of modern funk. Heavily inspired by the synth-based funk of the late '70s/early '80s, his music is full of interstellar synthesizers rife wi ... More >>
Jim Uding has been busy. He has been a bit tough to get a hold of lately, and he admits it. He's sorry about it. "I apologize," Uding says. He sighs. "I'm knee-deep in ending my business." The business is Drum Headquarters, a community music staple where he used to greet customers with a gri ... More >>
In a press release sent out yesterday, Jim Dunn, co-founder of the PLAY:stl Music Festival & Conference, announced that the event will not return in 2011. No reason was given for the cancellation, although the release stated, "While the decision to discontinue the festival was difficult, the organiz ... More >>
Progressive rockers Machree today released a video for the song "Wading," which is due on a forthcoming 7-inch EP. The group filmed it at Fubar -- pretty fancy-looking on film, eh? That's not the only good news for the band:
Jon ScorfinaDJs Agile 1 and Crucial with their twin boysRob and April Fulstone might be the two coolest young parents in St. Louis. For over ten years they've been staples in the St. Louis hip-hop scene under the monikers DJ Crucial and DJ Agile 1. Following the birth of their twin sons, Linc ... More >>
A couple of years ago, I wrote about Dave Simon's Rock School, and specifically one of its bands, the Junior Mints. Well, the mom of one of them, Blake Stumpf, wrote in to note that the now 15-year-old recently won a guitar-solo contest that took place at the Watson Road Guitar Center ... More >>
Victoria mines an unlikely chemistry.
7 p.m. Thursday, November 2. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
They might be moguls: Meet Mike Landau and Brad Goldenberg, the minds behind Phat Buddha Productions
A performer's diary charts the brilliant, the bawdy, the baked and the banal among St. Louis open mics