It seems likely that, back in 1968 when James Taylor signed to Apple records for his first album as an aspiring singer-songwriter, he would have happily -- willfully -- consented to an interview with any publication that would have him. Ah, what good old days those must have been, because 2014 finds ... More >>
St. Louis native Billy Croghan grew up on a steady diet of singer-songwriters -- music he says his "old man listened to." Inspired by artists including Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Waylon Jennings, he set out to learn guitar, later studying classical technique in college and writing his own set of ... More >>
It's Sunday in Austin, I'm on South Congress at Jo's Coffee Shop, trying to write as the 5000th (at least) performance of the week takes place on yet another parking lot made into a venue. There's much to say about my final three days at SXSW 2014 (read about the first two days here), and only so ma ... More >>
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 >>
Acoustics Anonymous Honest & Wild soundcloud.com/acoustics-anonymous Make it past the band name "Acoustics Anonymous" -- a name that conjures images of your uncle's buddies playing James Taylor covers at his Labor Day barbeque -- and you'll find a talented young quartet engaged in the roots and rhy ... More >>
In this week's print issue, I tried to reconcile my complicated feelings about 1970s-styled soft rock. I'm old enough that I experienced this music in real time. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing is Bread's "Make It With You," which blogger/mellow historian Jason Hare identified as the ... More >>
It's one of those weeks. My laptop broke, my vehicle broke and ultimately, my wallet's broke. Fortunately, some shows will cost a mere $5 to provide some cheer to get over these betrayals by machines (proof that you don't have to break the bank for a good time practically anytime: check out the pri ... More >>
Happy Friday, St. Louis! Before we get to the festivities, it's been a little while since we've explained our shows-pickin' blog-postin' strategy, so here it is again for the uninitiated and the forgetful: Every Monday we do a blog post called "Out Every Night" that lists shows the RFT Music staff p ... More >>
Elizabeth Mitchell didn't set out to sing children's songs -- or, more specifically, "all ages folk music." Along with husband Daniel Littleton, she was best known as the main voice of Ida, a NYC-based acoustic band with several hushed, emotionally driven albums to its credit. During the day, howeve ... More >>
Rocky SchenckToday is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>
Shirley and Chris Mucci of Alton, Il. Back in January we told you about a local musician looking for a cure. Chris Mucci, 61, of Alton, passed away on February 21 surrounded by his friends and family. This weekend, Chris's friends and accomplices in the music community are hosting a memorial ... More >>
C.Taylor CrothersThe Zac Brown BandBY PHIL FREEMAN Country's hard to define in 2010. The genre includes pop stars (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum), critic-friendly brooders (the morose, arty Jamey Johnson) and grinning, suburbanite showmen (Brad Paisley). And then there are all the indie-rock ... More >>
courtesy of the SheldonThere were a few different intriguing elements going into Lyle Lovett's Monday night St. Louis visit. For starters, the show sold out less than ten minutes after it went on sale. This, of course, had as much to do with the country-folk troubadour's crossover appeal as i ... More >>
On My Way
Common will perform for free with DJ Needles Friday night at Live on the Levee.Friday, July 9 *Common/DJ Needles, Live on the Levee *Jonny Lang/Brandi Shearer, The Pageant *Let Them Eat Art festival, Maplewood *3 Sheets to the Wind/Vanattica/Sonic Candy/Ahj/Acupunkture, Fubar (early show) *Le ... More >>
* = 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 >>
Friday, May 8*Mac Lethal/Soulcrate Music, Firebird*Thao and the Get Down Stay Down/Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers/Sister Suvi, Off Broadway*Yonder Mountain String Band, Pageant*Earth Crisis/Walls of Jericho, Fubar*Nightwish/Volbeat, Pop's*KRISTEENYOUNG, Vintage Vinyl (8 p.m.)*Benjamin Del S ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pageant *The Decemberists, Sunday, May 31 BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups *Ernie Isley and the St. Louis Allstars, Saturday, March 7 *Bill Lupkin and the Workers, Saturday, March 14 *Chris Duarte Group, Wednesday, March ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier embodies the word "intense." And that's a good thing.
7 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
8 p.m. Thursday, November 16. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
Sedalia or die
Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11.
Tuesday, November 1; the Gargoyle (on the campus of Washington University, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)
We catch up with the Gentleman Callers, find out what Ron Jeremy has to do with school and examine how much James Taylor really sucks
Thursday through Saturday, April 21 through 23; Finale (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)
We look for a home for Hem, weigh Soulard against folk music and visit the Old School
Kerry may have given up on Missouri, but musicians haven't
Wednesday, October 6; Fox Theatre
Soundtrack to the Apocalypse (American)
When entertainment isn't enough
Friday, January 17; Focal Point
The songs on Cassandra Wilson's new album unfold over many listens, revealing some of their secrets and leading to more
A new posthumous solo album is a revealing glimpse at Joey Ramone's optimistic final days
Rings Around the World (Sony)
Willis Alan Ramsey recorded one classic record in 1972 and hasn't followed it up ... yet
Directed by Stephen Frears
Co-written and directed by James Mangold