I keep wondering what Bob Reuter would have to say about the recent violence and civil unrest in St. Louis. He would have a lot to say, no doubt. He always had a lot to say. That was probably my favorite thing about him: how he could go on and on about any old thing. The man could spin a yarn. Most ... More >>
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 >>
Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. If you don't own the book you've undoubtedly seen its ransom note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by ... More >>
The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics across the country in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaime ... More >>
The good people of KDHX will be hosting a discussion this weekend about how up-and-coming musicians can get their music on the radio. The conversation will not just focus on the local station itself specifically, but will include tips for breaking into national radio as well. This Friday, January ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
HaikuLou, the fun-loving local music blog that efficiently recaps shows in just three concise lines of Japanese poetry, has written hundreds of snarky show reviews since the spring of 2011. To celebrate hitting 500 reviews on the mile-marker -- that's 8,500 syllables worth of haiku gold, people -- H ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World is coming to the Pageant! The Mesa, Arizona rock band will perform on Thursday, August 1, and we have two tickets up for grabs.
What month is it again? We hate to reduce our small talk to conversations about the weather, but it's still oh-so-glorious outside, and we hope you had the chance to to get naked over the weekend. Continue to take full advantage of springtime in July by catching some shows this week. Read about reco ... More >>
I have a proposal: let's turn Cementland into a music venue, St. Louis. Because it would be fitting. And perfect. And because, well, I want everywhere to be a music venue.
Sunday thunderstorms kept us from getting into anymore trouble for the remainder of the week, but hey -- it's Monday! It's a new week rife with opportunities to see some shows. See some top-notch working musicians like Roland Johnson and Dave Stone in action, or catch some touring acts like John Ful ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>
Patti Smith Contemporary Art Museum May 5, 2013 It's an emotional thing, seeing Patti Smith. I've seen her perform a bunch of times, and every time I'm shocked by my own intense reaction. I know that I usually get all sentimental and weepy when she starts singing, but this time I was blinking away ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best dive bars in ... More >>
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Go to shows! Go to shows! Go to shows! OK, so one of those makes the other a bit difficult, but we know you have it in you. Grab a shovel, some snow boots, whatever it takes to make way for some great music this week (plus, we hear the forecast is beginning to ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Joel Burton of Taste. Below is a Q&A with Burton, followed by the recipe for the Jack Rose.Inspired by a suggestion from last week's featured bartender Laura Therina ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Laura Therina of Baileys' Chocolate Bar. Below is a Q&A with Therina, followed by the recipe for the Mexican Chocolate Martini.With the most romantic day of the year ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Renee DePauli of Friendly's. Below is a Q&A with DePauli, followed by the recipe for the Blue Steel.Friendly's Restaurant & Pub (3503 Roger Place; 314-771-2040) is a ... More >>
Madonna is considered a living legend, a cultural icon and one of the best performers of her time. She is one of the most influential artists in the history of American music, and last night at the Scottrade Center we found out why: hard work and natural charisma. If we are to believe any of the pe ... More >>
Tonight, Chicago good-time master the Hood Internet will be at the Gramophone. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show starts at 10 p.m. Do some weird shots beforehand.
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Yes, tomorrow is finally the day when Sonic Youth opens this year's Live on the Levee series of shows! Just a heads up on time: Awesome Color goes on at 6 p.m., and SY is on at 7:30. (In other words, expect nearly two hours of SY goodness -- no setlist spoilers from this current tour from me, though ... More >>
St. Louis faves Gringo Star are sneaking back into town for an Independence Day gig at the Firebird with Kid Scientist and Pet Rock: The Musical. Roy Kasten wasn't entirely impressed with the band at SXSW, but Jaime Lees has given them plenty of love in the past. Decide for yourself this weekend -- ... More >>
We've been sittin' on this one for weeks, people. We tried to get official announcements and press statements but they weren't forthcoming.So here it is: The Breeders are scheduled to be in St. Louis on Valentine's Day to shoot a music video with St. Louis' all-female roller derby league, the Arch R ... More >>
In this week's paper, Jaime Lees profiles local blues trio the Rum Drum Ramblers. What do you guys think you sound like? What's your inspiration? Mat Wilson: I would say, like... I'm pulling from pre-war Chicago blues. Like, the first electric blues. Ryan Koenig: I'm into a lot of the country blues ... More >>
Dear Kid Sister, I love you, but you need to get off of your ass and release your debut already. I read yesterday that you and your label are holding your album until it feels right "sonically." I don't know what that means, but it smells like caca. I mean, all I wanna do is kick Dream Date at my n ... More >>
Via TIRC, via NME: Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead at the age of 60 at his Michigan home. Cause of death is unknown right now.You know, it's almost easy to forget how influential the Stooges are on modern music -- all strains of it. Every time I listen to one of their older songs, I'm s ... More >>
Iron & Wine played to a crowded house at The Pageant on Friday night. Roy Kasten has the review. Lauren Winchester has a photo slide show of the show and concert goers. Graffiti from Down Under Also on Friday, "10,320 Miles from Melbourne," an art show consisting of graffiti-inspired pieces fro ... More >>
Kooky rock legend Robyn Hitchcock takes a gander back at his career, and Ian MacKaye takes on new venues.
The 2007 RFT Music Awards winners are here!
Week of November 30, 2006
Dean C. Minderman|Kristyn Pomranz|Andrew Miller|Kristie McClanahan|Christian Schaeffer|Andrew Miller|Ben Westhoff|Annie Zaleski|Brooke Foster|Jaime Lees|Roy Kasten