Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship
Last week, RFT Music's Jamie Lees wrote an op-ed piece entitled The Problem With An Under Cover Weekend. I ... More >>
When you open for Kiss you have to put on a hell of a show, and Mötley Crüe delivered. From the displays camaraderie to the set list full of hair metal hits, Crüe brings brotherhood onstage and encourages it amongst the audience. With four-way fist bumps and sly "we got this" smiles, Crüe really ... More >>
Of the many places you could end your Record Store Day, no where promises the caliber of dance party you can expect at the Firebird for the Hood Internet, presented by Knuckle Rumbler. To win tickets: Tell us in the comments below what your favorite fusion food dish is. Because of the mash-ups, you ... More >>
via Gary CopelandSouth-Fi studioWe get very excited when there is a new recording studio in town. With each new studio comes the promise of new batch of local releases, so we checked in with Gary Copeland of the minty-fresh South-Fi studio for a glimpse of our future. Copeland gives us all of ... More >>
What can be said about Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" that hasn't already been said? It's a naughty crowd-pleaser that contains more double entendres than there are silver bells on a Christmas tree.
But the song holds some intriguing designations, besides that fact that it was utilized brilliantly ... More >>
2011 was a big year in the amazing continuing career of Chuck Berry. After a scary collapse in Chicago, he returned to his monthly post at Blueberry Hill, saw his statue installed in the Loop and got a feature in the January 2012 Esquire.
Last week, Jamie Lees explained why you shouldn't wait to se ... More >>
Tom LampeJay Farrar on the pedal steel for Colonel FordNew Year's Eve isn't just amateur hour. It's a night-long, clown-car traffic jam of colossally defeated expectations, a dispiriting exercise in futility, even, or especially, when you're somewhere somewhat less coastal than Rio. In St. L ... More >>
As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the metro area number in the th ... More >>
Photo by Jamie LeesEric Hall's creative takeover of the Laumeier Sculpture Park hit an early high point this weekend with his performance in the Park's Cromlech Glen. It's a spot he says has inspired him as an artist for years, and his half-hour set on Saturday was nothing if not respectful ... More >>
Chuck Berry in 1971. Photo by Bob GruenIn this week's feature, Jamie Lees talks to legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen about what motivates him, how he finds his shots and what matters about music. He's in town this week as part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, and he had some thought ... More >>
Live music enthusiast and rapier wit Jamie Lees had an idea for chronicling the former. She brought her idea to Matt Harnish of Vintage Vinyl and Bunnygrunt fame, and he co-signed. The idea: HaikuLou, wherein they, their friends and you (if you want) recap their experience at a show in three ... More >>
Now that Independence Day and the All-Star Game are in July's rear-view mirror, you might be watching your wallet, what with all those fireworks shopping sprees and major-league bar tabs behind you. So, here are a few economical things to do this weekend all under $10.Cowboy Mouth at Mad Art Gallery ... More >>