Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Brothe ... More >>
Whew, what a weekend! Between LouFest (check our full coverage here), Bob Reuter's memorial show and Iron Maiden/Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, we're tuckered out! No rest for the weary, though. This week, catch performances from touring acts including Lucinda Williams, the Alkaholiks a ... More >>
In this week's Riverfront Times feature, "Hold the Phono," we pay a visit to the Missouri 78 RPM Archive, which encompasses more than a quarter of a million records spread over three houses in one neighborhood in Ferguson. The three collectors whose records make up the archive, Bruce Stinchcomb, Al ... More >>
Norah Jones | Cory Chisel Peabody Opera House October 15, 2012 At game time for the second installment of the NLCS series, the Vegas betting line gave a slight edge to the Cardinals over the Giants. In the fine, you might say invisible, print, odds were even that Norah Jones would hold a crowd - no ... More >>
Update: Pokey LaFarge reached out to us this morning to shed some light on the actual source of his inspiration for the recording of "Lovesick Blues" you heard last night on HBO: It was Emmett Miller, who committed the song to tape in 1925. "Just trying to give a nod to a cat who never got his due," ... More >>
Will Hoge may be the hardest-working musician you've never heard of. A Nashville guitarist who traded his teaching dreams for songwriting, Hoge tried his hand in minor bands before getting noticed as a solo artist at the turn of the century. Despite not having his own hit song (and, oddly, watching ... More >>
According to my new calendar, the word of the day is "volant," and it is defined as "moving lightly" or "nimble." I'm not really sure how to incorporate that into a post recommending shows for this week, but I'll do my damnedest. Legendary metal monsters Corrosion of Conformity play the Firebird to ... More >>
Willie Nelson and Family | The Pernikoff Brothers April 17, 2012 The Pageant Halfway through last night's Willie Nelson show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161), with the obligatory Texas flag backdrop flying on stage and Willie about to launch into "Good Hearted Woman," a man asks ... More >>
Last week we alluded to the fact that this March is a great time to be a music fan in St. Louis....this week we're driving the point home and then some. Unless you are capable of bi-location (or in some cases: tri / quadro), you are going to miss some good shows this week. We have Andrew Bird at the ... More >>
Jon GitchoffRhett Miller of Old 97'sRhett Miller packs more boyish charm into one pick-clutching pinkie finger than the entire Justin Bieber empire. And don't get me started on his hair. Apologies for invoking the Bieb, but last night at the Pageant, Miller and the Old 97's delivered an energ ... More >>
Star & Micey are not a duo; they're not even Star and Micey. The young trio of Joshua Crosby (24), Geoff Smith (25) and Nick Redmond (26) took their name from a random encounter with a homeless man who inspired Crosby to get his shit together, form a band and turn his talent into more than ju ... More >>
As he took the stage for the festival-closing set, Willie Nelson was introduced over the loudspeaker as the "President of Farm Aid." Sure enough, he is the president of the board of directors. But if Farm Aid (either the concert or the non-profit) were run like a Willie Nelson concert, we wouldn't b ... More >>
Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier embodies the word "intense." And that's a good thing.
Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (Yep Roc)
The Blasters keep the fire and brimstone burning
B-Sides and Judah Friedlander fondly remember the hug heard 'round the world, catches up with Bobby Bare Jr. and tells you how to download even more Robert Pollard stuff
Country’s hardcore hard-ass is still bringin’ it.
Owner Sheri Ford creates St. Louis' first punk and metal boutique
A simpleton's guide to Twangfest
Caitlin Cary gets the full-on Lipton treatment
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
A new album, a new member and a new focus revive the Bottle Rockets
Friday, November 28; Savvis Center
Try as she might, Emmylou Harris can't leave behind her roots
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
Erstwhile St. Louis singer/songwriter Emory Joseph specializes in funky country
Week of November 13, 2002
Lyle Lovett's new career retrospective pays homage to his beginnings -- but also raises troubling questions about his future
All Over Creation (Yep Roc Records)
The Executioner's Last Songs (Bloodshot)
Self-proclaimed Jewish Christian Sandy Weltman pushes the limits of klezmer without diluting its soul
Self-proclaimed hoosier Rosco Villa shines a rock & roll light on fucked-up lives
Saturday, June 9; St. Charles Family Arena.
Singer/songwriter Bob Reuter gives voice to St. Louis' unique character
Steeling a moment with Overland country-music legend DeWitt Scott Sr.
Neko Case's new album, Furnace Room Lullaby, generates real heat
Danny Black -- singer, guitarist and chief songwriter of rock & roll group the Blacks -- talks about his "energetic band"