If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... 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 >>
KDHX (88.1 FM) has completed its move to its new home, the Larry J. Weir Center in Grand Station, and will officially begin broadcasting from the building this upcoming Sunday, December 15 at noon. In case you missed it, RFT Music got an exclusive first look at the new digs, and trust when we tell y ... More >>
Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands, for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has a ... More >>
If you are like me, your Internet exploded when word hit that the Replacements was reuniting to play three festivals. Everyone was talking about it. Some shed tears of joy while others likened the band's reformation to a remaking of Predator 2. In any case, here are a few things you should know abou ... More >>
Bands are collections of people. In any such group, some people will be cooler than others. Even in an uncool rock band, there will be cool people. Here are the six coolest members of uncool bands. Cool? Cool. See also: -The Six Best Sloppy Drummers -The Six Best Songs About Murdering A Significant ... More >>
Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Elaine LaRussa. Names that come to mind when thinking of the top heavy metal babes of all time? Not exactly, but it seems the wife of the man who led this city's baseball team to two World Series championships may prefer the mosh pit over the dugout herself. See also: - The 2 ... 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 Last week, RFT Music's Jamie Lees wrote an op-ed piece entitled The Problem With An Under Cover Weekend. I ... More >>
Yesterday, Wednesday, May 23, St. Louis radio station WSGX 100.3 FM switched formats from '90s music mecca "GenX Radio" to "The Brew," a classic rock station. The last song for the Generation X-aimed audience was Blind Melon's "No Rain" followed by jarring transition song "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted S ... More >>
The Shins was indie-rock royalty, ruling the last decade with a often-brilliant combination of soft-spoken and frenetic music. Yet the band seemed to evaporate after the release of 2007's Wincing the Night Away, leaving fans to either listen to Oh Inverted World for a much-needed nostalgic fix or to ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, September 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
New wave heaven hits the Pageant on Friday, when Psychedelic Furs share a bill with Tom Tom Club. And we want to send you to the show for free! Go to our Facebook page for contest details. Robin Wheeler and Christian Schaeffer previewed the show in this week's print edition; they're take ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany artists have used the album cover as a vehicle for greater mass exposure. Robert Crumb transitioned from the obscurity of underground comics to mainstream consciousness with his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Derek Riggs made his mark o ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
Congrats to St. Louis native/Guns 'n Roses member Richard Fortus, who will be filling in for guitarist Vivian Campbell in Thin Lizzy this summer. (Campbell is also in Def Leppard, and that band has a busy summer touring schedule set, including a date in St. Louis with Heart on August 10.) According ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsFor many people, today is a drinking holiday -- whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or reveling at SXSW. It's also a day to let loose those vocal cords, with these stellar drunk sing-along songs. Whether fun, maudlin or cheese-tastic, these ten songs are among the be ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBret Michaels at Rib America Festival, May 29, 2010. See an entire slideshow here.Mortality and rock & roll usually don't mix. The whole point of rock music, especially at the retro-heavy Rib America Festival at Soldiers' Memorial this weekend, is to be forever young. But there wa ... More >>
There's one in every bar, and he always manages to find me. At Just One More Time, he was 50 years old and complaining about living with his parents.No, he wasn't taking care of elderly parents. He was crashing on their glassed-in porch, where he's got a bed and a TV. He doesn't live with his 13 ... More >>
If you forgot to mark it on your calendar, Saturday was World Pillow Fight Day. St. Louis had its own version, under the Gateway Arch (photos here). About 80 kids -- most seemed to be of high school age -- showed up around 2 p.m. and let the smacking commenced. National park rangers asked them ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. G ... More >>
Axl Rose releases Chinese Democracy. Dr Pepper gives everyone a free soda. What could go wrong?
Modern Blues (self-released)
The lights go out at a fabled club but only after one hell of a party.
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Sebastian Bach: Actor, singer, fighter, lover, pal of Axl Rose
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
7 p.m. Friday, August 18. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Bob Dylan's Fox show leaves something to be desired
Ian Curtis gives the smackdown to She Wants Revenge, Against Me! talks politics and punk, and the Download helps you get your MP3 on
Bowling? Delicious drinks? New movies and comfy couches? We're in!
Central Trading Company, 8150 Olive Boulevard, 314-993-4303
Radar Station learns what happens when you mess with Axl
It's been thirteen years since the GNR riot -- but have we healed?
Saturday, June 7; Rocket Bar
The Guns N' Roses tour collapses, and Axl folds. Is anyone really surprised?
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
Week of January 2, 2002
Mobile Chicken Party Unit puts on a show worth crowing over
The fearsome foursome offers high-octane estrogen crunch
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes