Indie Rock and Indie Pop

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    April 25, 2014

    I Kinda Like It: Tales of an Arcade Fire-Ambivalent Music Journalist

    We music writers are often encouraged to argue our musical tastes in black-and-white terms. Not only does it make for a more interesting article, but hard-stance or scandalous opinions prompt conversations and an interesting, interactive online comment section. One band that every music journalist ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 3 to 9

    As our awesome RFT Music contributor and MC for a day, Allison Babka, put it, "I have an RFT Music Showcase hangover." Many thanks to all the bands that took the time and effort to haul their equipment down to Washington Avenue, everyone involved in making it all possible and of course all the folks ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Dealing With the Devil: Making the Conversion From Christian Rock to Heathenistic Indie Rock

    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 >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Yo La Tengo - The Pageant - 1/31/13

    While Georgia Hubley sang "Cornelia & Jane," last night at the Pageant I thought about her band's Twitter handle, @therealYLT, and wondered if I expected to see the real Yo La Tengo or my imaginary "best live band ever" version of the group constructed of only the most exciting scraps of its 29-year ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    The Flaming Lips at LouFest, 8/26/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    The Flaming Lips LouFest 2012: Blue Stage Sunday, August 26 "Fuck the rain," says Wayne Coyne at the beginning of the Flaming Lips set last night at LouFest. It was an appropriate if not re-energizing way to kick-off a set delayed 35 minutes due to a torrential downpour coupled with lightning; a se ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    The Best and Worst of LouFest 2012, According to the Fans

    LouFest 2012 has come and gone, and we have spilled one or two thousand words in the service of telling you our thoughts. But we are but one editorial entity, and there are no shortage of opinions out there. So we collected a few from the locals and visitors alike spending their weekends in Forest P ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 7 to May 13

    This week's Most Triumphant Beard of the Week award goes unequivocally to Map's and Atlases' Dave Davison, whose facial hair would be worthy of IFC's cut-throat Whisker Wars competitions -- if that show is still a thing, anyway (I sure hope so, but doubt it). Jack Passion would be proud. Maps and At ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Cursive's Tim Kasher Talks About Playing the Early Stuff and Where the Band is Now

    Cursive's newest album I Am Gemini is the band's ninth since its 1997 debut. Far be it from the Omaha band to get comfortable at this point in its career; Gemini is the most complex, interwoven and ambitious Cursive record yet, complete with a booklet that lays out the album's lyrics as a Shakespea ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Astronautalis with Busdriver

    8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    December 1, 2011

    Born Ruffians

    8 p.m. Thursday, December 1. The Gargoyle, 1 Brookings Drive.

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    November 30, 2011

    RIP Parasol Records: The Changing World of Independent Music Retail

    When Champaign/Urbana, Illinois' Parasol Records announced this week that it was closing its retail store and suspending its mailorder operation, the general reaction seemed sad but not surprising. On Facebook, some former customers reminisced about ordering records through Parasol's service, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Bon Iver At The Pageant, 9/11/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Jason Stoff​Bon Iver The Pageant September 11, 2011 Let's take some responsibility for the Bon Iver emerges from a cabin mythmaking. It does not belong in the vacuum we have assigned it -- Justin Vernon is considerably more complicated and less exciting than that. And while he may h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    LouFest Interviews: Lost In The Trees' Ari Picker On Classical Music And More

    ​ Ari Picker is as genuine and unfailingly heartfelt as his music would have you believe. His folk orchestra project Lost in the Trees is winsome and soft, but imbued with wrenching emotion and cathartic release. Picker composes symphonic ballads out of pure necessity, to deal with the tragedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Fleet Foxes and Alela Diane at the Pageant, 7/19/2011: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Fleet Foxes. Photos by Christian Schaeffer​Fleet Foxes | Alela Diane The Pageant July 19, 2011 There were occasional wafts of pot smoke in the air, but Robin Pecknold was in the mood for something a little more over-the-counter. "Are there any Claritin users in the house?" asked the Fleet Fox ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Matt & Kim with the Thermals at the Pageant, 6/23/11: Review and Photos

    Photo by Jason Stoff​Matt and Kim | The Thermals | Le Blorr Thursday, June 23 The Pageant Only the most bitter cynic can leave a Matt & Kim show without experiencing at least some amount of fun. Sure, the Brooklyn duo's brand of hyperactive, simple synth pop isn't for everyone, but it's hard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Bon Iver is Coming to the Pageant

    ​Woodsy folkster/hook man Justin Vernon (a.k.a. Bon Iver) is coming to the Pageant on September 11th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 24th, at 5 p.m. It's $32.50 for general admission and $35 for reserved balcony seats. You can buy them through the box office or Ticketmaster, as per usual. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    April 20, 2011

    LouFest 2011 Schedule Announced, Tickets On Sale Now

    ​LouFest is back. We already told you about this year's steller lineup, which features TV on the Radio, the Roots, Cat Power, Deerhunter, the Hold Steady, and plenty more, including a solid batch of locals. Today, LouFest released its 2011 schedule; you can take a look at that below. You can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire on Finding Practical Uses for that Big, Heavy Grammy

    Image via​Who is Arcade Fire? Well, it's a Canadian indie band on Merge records that's known for its incredibly energetic live shows. Its latest record, Suburbs, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts last August. Oh yeah, they won one of those Grammy Awards for 2010 -- what was it? Alb ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Fleet Foxes Coming to the Pageant

    Sean Pecknold​Bearded folkers Fleet Foxes have just been confirmed for a July 19th appearance at the Pageant. This will be the outfit's first headlining show in St. Louis. Last time Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset and friends were in our fair city was in the fall of 2008, when they opened fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    LouFest Wants You to Guess Its Lineup, Win Passes

    ​First, here's some good news on this Day of Snow Reckoning: According to organizer Brian Cohen, LouFest is looking to announce its lineup in late March. Hooray! In the meantime, 'Fest will be presenting shows at several venues around the city, starting with February 8's Tokyo Police Club show ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011

    Oberhofer/Flaming Death Trap/Dubb Nubb

    9 p.m. Wednesday, January 26. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Black Friday Record Store Sales Hit Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records and Apop Records​April's annual Record Store Day has been such a rousing success, a semi-sequel is happening on Black Friday. Indie record stores all around the country will have exclusives, special releases, deluxe editions and other rare, limited-run goodies for sale. Vintage Vinyl and Euc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2010

    Review Setlist Photos: Wolf Parade Pummels the Pageant, Saturday, November 20

    Todd OwyoungWolf Parade at the Pageant, November 20, 2010‚ÄčLet's be honest: Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86, doesn't quite pack the punch of its predecessors, Apologies to the Queen Mary and At Mount Zoomer. It has all the ingredients of the band's recipe for sonic success: Spencer Krug's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Watch and Enjoy: An Insane Treasure Trove of Rare Flaming Lips Videos

    So, yes, the Flaming Lips is performing tonight at the Pageant. Expect spectacle, confetti, joy, psych-pop and other such shenanigans -- and look for a review and photos tomorrow. To pump yourself up -- or to console yourself if you don't have a ticket -- please enjoy this mind-boggling treasure tro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of August 23

    * = coming to town, = local ​Euclid Records 1. JJ Grey & Mofro - Georgia Warhorse* 2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 3. Eels - Tomorrow Morning 4. Black Crowes - Croweology 5. Black Keys - Brothers 6. Best Coast - Crazy For You* 7. Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard 8. Jimmie Vaughan - Plays Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    New Release Highlights for August 24: The Sword, Usher and Everyone's Favorite "California Gurl"

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony​*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of June 28-July 5

    = local, * = coming to town Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86​ Euclid Records 1. Wolf Parade -- Expo 86 2. Black Keys -- Brothers 3. Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St. 4. Robert Randolph & the Family Band -- We Walk This Road 5. Band of Horses -- Infinite Arms 6. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Interview: Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley on Timeless Music, His Dream Opening Slot and Describing The Band's Tunes

    Todd Reoth​Eric Earley started Blitzen Trapper with just a guitar, his Portland basement studio and an insatiable desire to create. After its 2007 breakthrough, Wild Mountain Nation, the band jumped into a life of vans, planes, festivals, and opening slots for Wilco, Fleet Foxes and Iron & Win ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of June 14, 2010

    * = coming to town, = local act Gaslight Anthem's American Slang​Vintage Vinyl 1. Drake---Thank Me Later 2. Nas & Damian Marley---Distant Relatives 3. Black Keys---Brothers 4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers---Mojo* 5. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals---Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 6. Gaslight A ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010
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    May 26, 2010

    LouFest Makes a Lineup Change

    Lee HarrisBottle Rockets at KDHX's Midwest Mayhem, 5/14/10​The Bottle Rockets are now opening LouFest on Saturday, August 28. Local folk act Northwoods, who was previously scheduled, had to drop off due to a scheduling conflict. The BoRox will play at noon, kicking off the two-day festival of ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of May 10

    ​* = a band coming to town, = signifies a local act Vintage Vinyl 1. NATIONAL---High Violet 2. DEAD WEATHER---Sea Of Cowards 3. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS---Together* 4. OZOMATLI---Fire Away 5. GOGOL BORDELLO---Trans-Continental Hustle* 6. USHER---Raymond V. Raymond 7. CARIBOU---Swim* 8. FLYING LOTU ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, Common Highlight Live on the Levee Performers for 2010

    Silversun Pickups​LA rockers Silversun Pickups, neo-punks Against Me! and rapper/actor Common are set to perform as part of the Live on the Levee concert series this summer, joining previously announced Fair St. Louis entertainment John Legend and the B-52's. The series of shows begins on Frid ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Interview: IHEARTCOMIX founder Franki Chan Talks Dancefloor Killers, Fillers and New Music Trends

    World-renowned DJ and IHEARTCOMIX founder Franki Chan plays The Gramophone on May 1.​St. Louis has seen some major names in bloghouse come to town as of late: JFK of MSTRKRFT, Le Castle Vania and Designer Drugs. But this Saturday, you can see one of the most sought-after DJs on the circuit tod ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Lollapalooza Announces Its 2010 Lineup. What Does It Mean for St. Louis? Besides a Phoenix Show...

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2010

    Sleepy Sun

    9 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    February 16, 2010

    Bear Ceuse Chosen as Free MP3 Of the Day on Spinner

    Bear Ceuse's "Kiss Another" was Spinner's "Free MP3 of the Day" yesterday. He's in good company: Other recent recipients include indie-rock heavyweights Quasi, Fiery Furnaces and the Weakerthans. You can snag Bear Ceuse's entire EP for free as well.

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    February 1, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of January 25

    As always, asterisks indicate bands coming through St. Louis... Vintage Vinyl 1. MURPHY LEE---You See Me 2. BEACH HOUSE---Teen Dream 3. VAMPIRE WEEKEND---Contra 4. CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG---IRM 5. ANVIL---This Is Thirteen 6. SPOON---Transference 7. MAGNETIC FIELDS---Realism* 8. TEDDY PENDERGRASS---Ess ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of January 11 to 17

    Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009
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    October 8, 2009

    Interview: Lou Barlow

    Eric Fermin Perez​ Lou Barlow has indie cred out the ass. As the bass player for Dinosaur Jr (which is playing at the Pageant on Wednesday, October 14), Barlow (alongside guitarist J Mascis and drummer Murph) has been at the forefront of the "alternative" scene since the early '80s. And if p ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of June 29-July 5

    Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Vintage Vinyl 1. WILCO: Wilco (The Album) 2. MICHAEL JACKSON: Thriller 3. MICHA ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Fitter, Happier, More Productive: Bon Iver, "Blood Bank"

    (Tuesdays can be a trying day here in Club Land at the RFT. It's deadline day for the show/concert listings, and this fact hangs over my head just like all of those foreboding elementary school (and high school and college) homework assignments that I would inevitably put off to the l ... More >>

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    July 20, 2008

    Pitchfork: Animal Collective Review, Photos

    I've always had mixed feelings about Animal Collective. Some of their songs are downright brilliant, mixing complex and bizarre deconstructed structures with the most catchy and basic of pop melodies. Other times I think they sound like the most pretentious band on the planet, taking noise rock to i ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008

    Pitchfork: KEXP Radio Interview

    As a native Seattlite (recently transplanted to St. Louis) I've felt quite at home thus far in Chicago. Not only am I at a music festival (it seems like Seattle has about one every other week nowadays), but it's raining -- and a nice soggy Pacific Northwest drizzle at that. Adding to the familiar ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    War at Soldiers Memorial This Weekend -- And Other Weird Band/Location Pairings...

    The RFT staff was just sitting around the cubicle chewing the fat frites and perusing this week's concert listings when this one caught our eye: War: Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. Soldiers Memorial War at Soldiers Memorial -- how more apt an artist/venue matchup could there be? Well, plenty, when you thi ... More >>

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