This week, catch acts including Nick Waterhouse, Helmet and Filter, Kings of Leon, the Washington Beach Bums and much more. Read on for some recommendations for the next seven days, and don't forget to check back on Friday for more weekend picks.
To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>
The National Blues Musuem (601 Washington Avenue) sets its sights on an opening in late 2014, which seems awfully far away -- far away enough to induce a melancholy tune, wouldn't you say? Luckily, eager music fans won't have to wait to get schooled on the blues thanks to a special free film and lec ... More >>
You'd think that having jobs like our's would grant us innate superpowers to recall the goings-ons of any particular day at the blink of an eye, but the reality of it is that staring at the dozens and dozens of new shows that roll in weekly can become somewhat disorienting (luckily, this here concer ... More >>
3 p.m. Friday, July 15. Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue.
6 p.m. Friday, November 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.
The Singer: Stax recording artist, Shaft theme singer, King of New York, voice of South Park's Chef and Scientologist: Isaac Hayes amassed quite the rap sheet before his death last year. He started as a songwriter for Stax Records and became a singer in his own right in the late '60s. Toda ... More >>
Hustle & Flow is short on action, long on scenes of recording
On Saturday, September 4, we tuned in to local musical frequencies in their vast and varied incarnations. What we heard, all day and all night:
Recent compilations unearth a secret history of the United States of Funk
We talk with the Old 97's, turn up the freedom rock and marvel at Wilco's PR machine
Make way for the down-and-dirty sounds of the Big Muddy Blues Festival
Week of June 25, 2003
Hometown legend Bennie Smith joins other blues greats at the "Guitar Masters 2002" show
For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change
East Side jazzman Eddie Fisher's soulful classic "The Third Cup" is a hot-ticket item all over the world -- too bad it's been out of print for 20 years
Bulletproof Wallets (Sony/Epic)
The St. Louis Film Office loses its funding and closes its doors
The W (Loud/Columbia)
Directed by John Singleton
Comprehensive coverage of the Eighth Annual St. Louis International Film Festival
Isaac Hayes performs in the hallowed halls of Powell as part of the Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans Festival
The RFT music editor advises you on his favorite music of 1998