I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
This week, Pink, Pure Bathing Culture, Little Howlin' Wolf and more makes stops in town. Besides that, check out Foxing's album release and the New Music Circle's next event featuring Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder. Read about these shows and more in this week's recommendations.
Punk rock's outcry at pop culture is played out. Some 30 years later, we're in the future and we're bored. Some still ball their spite for pop in other ways. Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre ... More >>
The rooms where music is made and experienced affect everything from the sound of the instruments to the mood of the people in them. Each week in Space Explorer, Brian Heffernan will take you inside a different room with significance to St. Louis music. He doesn't want to know what the name of the ... More >>
In the interest of full disclosure, I've known Ray Wylie Hubbard for going on 15 years, have crashed at his home in the hills of Wimberley, Texas and once rode on his tour bus (OK, it was borrowed) to one of Wille Nelson's picnics. I consider him a friend, in the same way, I suppose, I would conside ... More >>
Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger. But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brothe ... More >>
Having interviewed over 50 of St. Louis' record aficionados, Last Collector Standing is ending the column on an interview with the proverbial "kings of the scene," Vintage Vinyl owners Tom "Papa" Ray and Lew Prince. For over 30 years, Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-4096) has been hub ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Frank Xavier WeyerichCaptain Beefheart and Tom "Papa" RayOn Friday, Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, died at the age of 69. Tributes and remembrances have been pouring in since Friday, from a reprint of a 1980 Lester Bangs story on the man to a moving LA Times piece by ex-RFT staffer ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
Marie ArsenaultThe Bo-Keys at Off BroadwayThe concept behind Beat 'n' Soul is straightforward enough: two nights of veteran and revivalist garage rock and soul at one club in St. Louis. Think of it as a mini Ponderosa Stomp for the River City. In terms of quality, the lineup for the maiden vo ... More >>
Where to begin? I should start with the ornamental comb, like three white gleaming stakes from some Gnostic purification ritual, holding a jet-black stack of hair atop the fiery head of Polly Jean Harvey. She's never wanted for making an impression. Wrapped in white, backed by a hard avant-garde blu ... More >>
Make me a Blues City sandwich, make it ten feet tall. If you cant make me a sandwich, I dont want nothin at all.