Indie Rock and Indie Pop

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    May 13, 2014

    Outkast, Arctic Monkeys to Headline LouFest 2014: Full Lineup Within

    Oh, St. Louis, our collective wish just came true -- Outkast will headline LouFest 2014, scheduled for September 6 and 7 in Forest Park! Did you fully take that in? OUTKAST! Not only will the 'Kast put on a memorable show, but its inclusion also proves that we're obviously psychic (evidence here an ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Sigur Rós, Nine Inch Nails, Rancid, Hanni El Khatib and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Win Tickets to Yo La Tengo and Calexico at the Pageant

    Yo La Tengo is coming to the Pageant on Thursday, January 31, and we have a pair of tickets right here at RFT Music headquarters! The band will be joined on stage by New Orleans Americana sextet Calexico. Die-hard music nerds and record store clerks all over town can barely contain their excitement. ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 22 to 28

    This week's list is a bonus-deluxe-super edition, with TEN shows instead of the usual nine, on account of this Tuesday getting twice its usual attention. There's good reason: Tuesday night features separate appearances by both ska legend the Skatalites and nihilistic post-punk pioneer Swans. They're ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    The Hood Internet

    8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    April 12, 2012

    Caroline Smith

    9 p.m. Friday, April 13. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    April 3, 2012

    LouFest Lineup 2012: The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Cotton Mather and More

    The LouFest 2012 Lineup is here: the Flaming Lips and Girl Talk get top billing and there's plenty of depth. Dinosaur Jr. and Cotton Mather for you reunion fans. King Tuff, Little Barrie and THEESatisfaction for those looking for new sounds. Cults and Hacienda will act as a musical speedramp to get ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012


    8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 18. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    December 1, 2011

    LouFest 2012 Dates Announced; Presale Tickets Available Now

    LouFest 2012 is officially off the ground: Presale tickets for the two-day festival in Forest Park are now available. It's $50 for a two-day pass or $70 if you wait until the regular sale. Last year's presale sold out in two weeks. The third LouFest will be on August 25 and 26 on Forest Park's Cen ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011


    8:45 p.m. Thursday, October 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    311/Sublime with Rome

    6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.

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    June 23, 2011

    Chris Mills

    9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    June 2, 2011

    Bright Eyes

    8 p.m. Monday, June 6. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    May 19, 2011

    Cold Cave

    8 p.m. Thursday, May 19. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.

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    April 28, 2011

    William Fitzsimmons

    8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Arcade Fire and the National at the Scottrade Center, 4/21/11: Review

    Todd Owyoung​Arcade Fire/The National Scottrade Center Thursday, April 21 "We're still getting used to this arena-rock thing," Win Butler said last night. "But shit, a room's a room. Let's go!" With that, he and the indie rock juggernaut he fronts launched into "No Cars Go," seven of its eigh ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Win Arcade Fire Tickets on Our Facebook Page!

    Anton Corbijn​Arcade Fire plays its first headlining show in St. Louis this Thursday at the Scottrade Center. The National will open -- both bands are renowned for their live shows. Arcade Fire, in particular, has always seemed too big for whatever venue it's playing, so it will be interestin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Review: S. Carey at Off Broadway, Monday, April 4

    Cameron Wittig​It's hard to imagine vocals so beautiful and delicate could come out of a man resembling the Brawny Paper Towel guy. But the vocals of Sean Carey (a.k.a. S. Carey) slowly hummed to life and melted over the audience who came out to Off Broadway Monday night. Carey made one final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three to Play the Newport Folk Festival in 2011

    For the second year in a row, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be playing the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Pokey and co. will be performing on Saturday, July 30, the same day that the Decemberists headline. (Other acts performing that day include Gillian Welch, Gogol ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    Ra Ra Riot

    9 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    December 30, 2010


    9 p.m. Thursday, December 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    October 20, 2010

    Bettie Serveert/Salvation

    9 p.m. Friday, October 22. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    October 19, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of October 11

    * = coming to town, = local ​Euclid Records 1 Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love 2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest 3. Of Montreal - False Priest* 4. John Legend/Roots Wake Up! 5. Neil Young - Le Noise 6. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre 7. Eric Clapton - Clapton 8. Fistful Of Mercy - As I Cal ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2010

    The Ponys

    8 p.m. Friday, October 1. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    August 30, 2010

    LouFest, Day Two: She & Him, A Review and Setlist

    Jon GitchoffZooey Deschanel of She & Him. More photos from day two are up.​A tip of the hat goes to the LouFest organizers for choosing She & Him to close out the two-day festival. It's almost as if they knew the sun would descend and bring in the perfect summer breeze to compliment M. Ward an ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2010

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin/telekinesis

    9 p.m. Tuesday, August 31. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    August 18, 2010

    Lower Dens

    9 p.m. Saturday, August 21. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street.

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    August 18, 2010

    Chicago Afrobeat Project

    9 p.m. Saturday, August 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    August 17, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of August 9

    * = coming to town, = local ​ Euclid Records 1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 2. Black Crowes - Croweology* 3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More 4. Black Keys - Brothers 5. Wolf Parade - Expo 86* 6. Jack Johnson - To The Sea 7. Tom Petty - Mojo 8. Devo - Something For Everybody 9. Sher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Jónsi of Sigur Ros Playing the Pageant in November

    Sigur Ros vocalist Jónsi is embarking on a solo tour this fall -- and according to his website, he's playing the Pageant on November 2. Ticket info is TBA. Sigur Ros' Pageant shows were always gorgeous and affecting; Jónsi's show is sure to be much of the same. (H/T to Jon Gitchoff for news.)

  • Music

    July 7, 2010


    8:30 p.m. Friday, July 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    June 9, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of May 31-June 6

    * = coming to town, = local ​Euclid Records 1. Black Keys - Brothers* 2. Jack Johnson - To The Sea 3. National - High Violet* 4. Jayhawks - Bunkhouse Album 5. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 6. Bettye LaVette - Interpretations:British Rock Songbook 7. Roky Erick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, June 8

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Culturebully.comAgainst Me!'s latest release, White Crosses​*Against Me!, White Crosses Pick up Against Me!'s latest release to prepare for its upcoming free ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Review Setlist: Owl City Sweetens Up the Pageant, May 5, 2010

    Pamela LittkyOwl City's Adam Young​There was not a computer to be found on the stage at Owl City's Pageant performance last night. That may come as a surprise to those who think of the band's singer and mastermind Adam Young as a "laptop artist," one who creates his music without much input fr ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2010

    Yeasayer/Sleigh Bells

    8 p.m. Monday, April 26. The Gargoyle, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard, in the Mallinckrodt Center on the campus of Washington University.

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    April 12, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: A Well-Mannered Riot Hails Arctic Monkeys at the Pageant

    Last night's Arctic Monkeys show proved the kids still have spirit. This post-punk band from northern England debuted in 2006 with the fastest-selling album in British music history, while band members were still 19 and 20 years old. Four years and two more albums later, the band is cleaned up but s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    SXSW Day Two: KDHX/Twangfest Day Party, Ray Davies, John Hiatt, Morning Benders, Roky Erickson/Okkervil River -- and More

    Hating on South By Southwest is too easy. Just look around: Shit-faced lawyers waxing bizness gobbledygook to shit-faced salesmen of exercise bikes, members of psych-metal bands (probably called Red Octopus or Purple Cobra) barely remaining vertical for all their unbathed rock studiousness, the endl ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    St. Louis Is Getting a Lilith Fair Date

    Stop smirking: The fact that St. Louis snagged a date on the being-routed Lilith Fair is kind of awesome. This year's list of artists playing some (or all) of the dates for the reactivated all-female-artists tour -- nothing's set in stone yet -- is bordering on the incredible: Heart! Cat Power! Lore ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Animal Collective Once Played at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

    Electronic musician Raglani has been keeping busy in non-performance ways lately: He's been uploading video after video of vintage St. Louis performance videos to a Vimeo account. The result is a treasure trove of experimental, noise, punk and indie videos: The collection features acts such as Hair ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2010

    Owl City/Lights

    8 p.m. Saturday, January 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    October 28, 2009


    9 p.m. Monday, November 2. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    June 10, 2009

    Jenny Lewis

    8 p.m. Sunday, June 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    April 27, 2009

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Pageant, Tuesday, June 2

    On sale this weekend: Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Pageant on Tuesday, June 2. The trio's latest, It's Blitz!, is out now. Here's the rad video for "Zero," a song I love. Yeah Yeah Yeahs |MTV Music

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    November 10, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Wolf Parade at the Gargoyle, 800-Pound Gorilla at Mad Art Gallery

    Over the weekend, wolves were at Wash U and comic art received the gallery treatment. Wolf Parade at the Gargoyle Slide Show

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    July 2, 2008

    Gentleman Auction House Tour Diary, Day Two: St. Louis

    (On a recent U.S. tour, I asked Gentleman Auction House's Steve Kozel to keep a daily diary of the band's goings-on. All this week, we'll be posting what happened, leading up to the band's CD release show for Alphabet Graveyard on Saturday night at the Bluebird. -- Annie Zaleski) Venue: Private Bir ... More >>

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