Jason Stoff

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    July 17, 2014

    Beck Performs In St. Louis For the First Time In Fourteen Years: Review and Photos

    Beck The Pageant 7/16/2014 As Beck stepped on stage in front of a capacity crowd at the Pageant last night, he looked younger than he should. His hair was cropped short, a leather jacket stylishly complimenting his black jeans and Hawaiian-ish button-up. Here he was, his first show in St. Louis in ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    The EDM Fans of Skrillex: Photos

    EDM fans packed the house last night as bass-dropping superstar Skrillex performed at Chaifetz Arena along with Dillon Francis and What So Not. We sent photographer Jason Stoff to the show, and the pictures he brought back display a colorful audience having a wonderful time.

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    June 11, 2014

    Flaming Lips Brought the Party to the Pageant Last Night: Photos

    Flaming Lips brought an unsurprisingly over-the-top set to the Pageant last night, with so much confetti and streamers it seems likely that you'll be able to find remnants from the show in the building for months to come. We sent photographer Jason Stoff to catch the highlights of the spectacle.

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    June 5, 2014

    Twangfest 18 Kicks Off At Plush: Photos

    The eighteenth installment of KDHX's (88.1 FM) Twangfest kicked off at Plush last night, bringing performances from Cody ChesnuTT, DeRobert & the Half-Truths, and Theresa Payne to an enthusiastic crowd. As in years past, the festival will move to Off Broadway tonight, where it will remain for the r ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Apply Now to Participate in An Under Cover Weekend This Year

    2014 marks the eighth edition of An Under Cover Weekend, a yearly event that sees many of St. Louis' finest musical acts taking on the personas of their favorite bands. In the past we've seen Dots Not Feathers as Queen, Via Dove as Aerosmith, Humdrum as Beck and many, many more. St. Louis bands and ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Easter Mass Gets Blasphemous With Ghost at the Pageant 4/20/14

    Fans of blasphemy, marijuana and heavy metal were treated to a perfect storm yesterday, as Sweden's Ghost performed at the Pageant on an Easter Sunday that this year aligned perfectly with everyone's favorite pot holiday, 4/20.

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    April 3, 2014

    The Ready Room in the Grove: First Look

    On the afternoon of its inaugural show featuring indie-rockers Of Montreal, the Ready Room still wasn't quite ready to fill its 800-capacity space with its first set of guests -- yet. Staff worked diligently to install the vital finishing touches for the stage's debut show, including sets of colorfu ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Major Lazer at the Pageant 3/21/13: Photos

    EDM tastemaker Diplo came to town last night with his Major Lazer project, whipping the packed Pageant crowd into a dance-induced frenzy. RFT Music's own Jason Stoff was there with camera in hand to catch all of the highlights. See Also: -The 13 Most Hardcore Ravers at Ultra, in GIF Form

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    February 27, 2013

    Passion Pit at the Peabody for the Point's Birthday 2/26/2013: Photos

    Cambridge, Massachusetts indie darlings Passion Pit played the Peabody Opera House last night to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. The show was also 105.7 the Point's twentieth birthday show. RFT Music's own Jason Stoff was there with camera in hand to catch the highlights.

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    February 25, 2013

    Dots Not Feathers, Palace and More at the Firebird 2/23/2013: Photos

    It was an all-local show-stravaganza this Saturday at the Firebird. Locals Palace, Union Tree Review, Dots Not Feathers and Wildeyed played sets. Union Tree Review and Dots Not Feathers debuted new lineups and Palace played its last show with keyboardist / vocalist Sydney Scott. RFT Music's own Jaso ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Jukebox the Ghost at the Firebird 3/15/13: Photos

    Brooklyn-based, Philadelphia-born rock trio Jukebox the Ghost came to the Firebird on Friday. Opening the show was Matt Pond, the Lighthouse and the Whaler, and We Should Leave This Tree (by the way, is the "leave" in that band's name supposed to be a pun in reference to trees? I can't decide). Our ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Gerry Lundquist Benefit at Lemmon's: Photos

    St. Louis punks both young and old came out to Lemmon's Sunday night for a show benefiting Gerry "Ayatollah of Rock & Rollah" Lundquist, trombonist of local ska-punk heroes MU330 and their Dill Records / Asian Man co-patriots, Skankin' Pickle. Live sets by the Unmutuals, the Scam, the Haddonfields a ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    The Top Five Notes on My Bass Guitar

    Editor: Mr. Sawyer-Dickhoff has been playing bass guitar for a little over a year, ever since he visited the Experience Music Project and did that hands-on exhibit where you learn how to play some two-note Beatles bass line. He bought himself Yamaha and a little amp, and quickly discovered that the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Jason Stoff: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Before the Thanksgiving break, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts of the Summer

    Well, the white trousers are back in storage and the river flotation seat with tall-boy sized cup-holders is deflated. We may have a few warm days ahead still, but summer is behind us. Lest it all fade into a haze of sweating (so it was hot this summer...), we here at RFT Music have preserved the bi ... More >>

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    August 26, 2012

    The 17 Best Fans, Musical Moments and Trends at LouFest 2012: Day One

    17. Twenty-Five Percent of the Girl Talk Crowd Girl Talk only makes sense -- and I do mean only -- if you are dancing. Otherwise it's just your very pop-savvy friend's iTunes playlist on schizophrenic overdrive. So kudos to those bumping various body parts and whipping around beach balls -- there w ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Gin Blosssoms, Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Marcy Playground at the Family Arena, 8/7/12: Reviews, Photos and Setlists

    Summerland Tour 2012 Family Arena August 7, 2012 "Everyone here will know at least one song by one band tonight," Art Alexakis, lead singer of Everclear, promised early in the night at last night's Summerland concert at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4200). Alexakis was ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Alice Cooper with Tentacles and Shooting Out Sparks at the Pageant: Photos

    Alice Cooper (golf enthusiast) may not be catching anyone off guard with his horror rock musical act any more, but he can still put on a hell of a show. Over the weekend, the man who ate his band by taking its moniker for his solo project made a stop in St. Louis. He brought with him a demon pulpit, ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    White Rabbits at Plush, 4/5/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    White Rabbits | Gull April 5, 2012 Plush For White Rabbits (for Gull, too) music is not a tender nerve. It is not a quiet moment of confession. It is a raging, delirious case of id, an animal instinct given form by relentless repetition and experimentation. At Plush we welcomed the homecoming cr ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    tUnE-yArDs at Off Broadway, 11/8/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Jason StoffPlenty more where that came from.​tUnE-yArDs | Pat Jordache Off Broadway November 8, 2011 Attending a show is participating in it. There is no such thing as a bystander at any occasion of live music; every single person, whether on stage or not, affects the proceedings in ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Beirut At The Pageant, 10/9/11: Photos

    Beirut came to the Pageant to string lights from the ceiling and play lots of horns. And, by all accounts, to deliver a truly singular performance. After four years without a new full-length, the Sante Fe band returned with this year's The Rip Tide proved its particular blend of Eastern-Bloc-flavore ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Off Broadway Is Getting Rid Of Its Booths. Incidentally, Do You Need A Booth?

    Jason StoffAh, memories. ​A month after they gave the bar a trim (to put it mildly), Off Broadway is making another (much less drastic) alteration: The five booths on the patio are on their way out. "They just aren't a very efficient use of space," says owner Steve Pohlman. He says they will ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    It's A Small World, As Re-imagined By An Under Cover Weekend Bands

    Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason Stoff​Now in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Dead Prez At The Firebird: Photos

    Dead Prez. Photo by Jason Stoff​Dead Prez stopped by the Firebird last night, rewarding those who stuck around for their midnight-ish start time with some electric hip-hop. A very solid lineup of locals plus Texas' the League Of Extraordinary Gz opened the show. Jason Stoff was there to captur ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    The Best Beards of Twangfest

    Photo by Jason Stoff​Twangfest Fifteen is well underway, with two nights of acoustic guitars and story-singin' down and two to go. The crowds have been, as advertised, great: mostly attentive, enthusiastic and both rooms have been comfortably full. As might be expected with something called T ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    RFT Showcase 2011: Crowd Reaction Interviews (VIDEO)

    Jason Stoff​70-plus bands and artists invaded Washington Avenue and some of its bars and restaurants for this Saturday for a twelve-hour crash course on St. Louis' music scene. In case you missed/don't remember/wish to relive the Showcase, we present these videos of a few fan's perspectives on ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Midwest Mayhem Fan Interviews (VIDEO): The Mayhem Defies Description

    photo by Jason Stoff​Last night's Midwest Mayhem brought seven stages, a dozen-odd bands a crowd we're going to say was comfortably in the thousands to the City Museum. KDHX knows how to throw a party, but don't take our word for it: We brought our Flip camera along and asked some folks what ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Social Distortion at the Pageant, 5/4/11: Photos Setlist

    Social Distortion. Photo by Jason Stoff​Taking the stage to 2Pac's "California Love," Social Distortion brought its California hustle and flow to The Pageant Wednesday night and treated the packed house of rowdy punks, jocks, skaters and auto mechanics to almost two hours of unadulterated punk ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Photos: Fishbone at the City Museum, Monday, March 14

    Monday? What Monday? Fishbone returned to the City Museum last night and reveled in the venue's whimsy. Jason Stoff was there and brought back some photos. An entire slideshow is here! Did you go to the show? How was it? Jason Stoff​

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    March 7, 2011

    Winners and Photos! The 2011 Traffic Music Awards at the Ambassador, Sunday, March 6

    Last night at the Ambassador, the annual Traffic Music Awards honored the best and brightest in music, retail, comedy, television and more. A total of 41 awards were given out; some notable music winners included Ray Da Kid, Yung Ro, Bradd Young, MoTre, T-Will and Nelly. See the entire list of winne ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Review: The Pretty Reckless at the Firebird, Tuesday, February 22

    Jason StoffTaylor Momsen​Bottle blonde guttersnipes split the city into two factions last night. Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen rocked hard with her black-clad band the Pretty Reckless, while Ke$ha put on a trash-tastic set for a sold-out crowd at the Pageant. Ke$ha must have won the tween ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Photos: Tokyo Police Club and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at the Firebird, Tuesday, February 8

    Last night, not even wintry chill could keep fans of Tokyo Police Club and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin away from the Firebird. Jason Stoff was there and took a bunch of photos; an entire slideshow is here. Jason StoffTokyo Police Club​

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    January 31, 2011

    Photos: Matthew Dear at the Koken Art Factory, Saturday, January 29

    Electronic innovator Matthew Dear performed with a full band at the Koken Art Factory on Saturday night, January 29. How was the show? Did Dear's full-band set-up trump his solo-only work/DJing? Let us know in the comments- - and check out photos from a slideshow shot by Jason Stoff.Jason StoffMatth ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Photos: Never Shout Never at the Firebird, Thursday, January 27

    Last night, Never Shout Never - the name under which Joplin, Missouri, native Christofer Drew records -- played a very sold-out show at the Firebird. Jason Stoff took in the scene and brought back a slideshow of photos. That'll be up in a bit, but here are a few in the meantime.Jason StoffNSN's Chri ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    The Riverfront Times' 31 Best Concerts of 2010: #20-11

    Jason Stoff​(This is part two of our 31 Best Concerts of 2010 countdown. If you missed part one, #31-21, you can view that here.) 20. Todd Rundgren, Roberts Orpheum Theater, September 10, 2010 "Finally the curtain came down, but the last song wasn't over -- the band kept playing, and when the ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Photos: The Sword at the Firebird, Monday, December 13

    The aftermath of some gross, snowy weather couldn't keep fans of metal gods the Sword from traipsing over to the Firebird for the band's first St. Louis club show in several years. Jason Stoff was there and took these photos.Jason Stoff​ View a slideshow of the Sword at the Firebird photos

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    December 4, 2010

    Review Photos Setlist: Monotonix Storms the Gargoyle, Friday, December 3

    Jason StoffMonotonix at the Gargoyle​A question posed by someone in the audience at Monotonix last night: "Where are all the grungy St. Louis hipsters?" The girl went on to state her disappointment in the seeming lack of Southside punks in the crowd, but the answer to her query seemed self-evi ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Review Photos Setlist: Ben Kweller and Julia Nunes Delight a Sold-Out Off Broadway, Thursday, November 11

    Jason StoffBen Kweller at Off Broadway​Last night at Off Broadway, Ben Kweller put on a raucous acoustic show with a DIY vibe which got the audience in on the act. View a Julia Nunes/Ben Kweller at Off Broadway slideshow (link coming soon)

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    November 8, 2010

    Photos: Ladytron's Mira Aroyo and Reuben Wu DJing at SOL Lounge, Saturday, November 6

    On Saturday night, November 6, Mira Aroyo and Reuben Wu of Ladyron did a DJ set at Sol Lounge. Jason Stoff checked out the scene and brought back pictures for a slideshow. You can see that here. Preview pics below. Jason StoffMira Aroyo and Reuben Wu of Ladytron​ View a slideshow of photos f ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Photos: All Time Low at the Firebird, Monday, November 1

    Jason StoffBras on the mic stand, an All Time Low show staple.​What happens when All Time Low -- a ragingly popular pop-punk band who can sell out the Pageant -- decides they want to do a tour of smaller venues? Answer: Last night's hysteria at the Firebird. ATL's predominantly female fanbase ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Review Setlist Photos: Vampire Weekend, The Very Best and Beach House at Chaifetz Arena

    Jason StoffVampire Weekend performing at the at Chaifetz Arena.​Click here for a full set of photos from the show.It's extremely difficult to write about a band that does everything right, as Vampire Weekend did last night at Chaifetz Arena. Even the band's ghastly novelty songs about punctuation ... More >>

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    September 25, 2010

    Review Setlists Photos: Avett Brothers, with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Cut the Pageant Wide Open, Friday, September 24

    Jason StoffThe Avett Brothers at the Pageant. More photos here.​"I am a breathing time machine," Scott and Seth Avett sang at the very end of last night's show at the Pageant, passing the lines around like a bluegrass villanelle. After ten years and probably a thousand shows with a band that s ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Jamie Lidell Funks Up the Old Rock House, Thursday, September 9

    Last night, Jamie Lidell induced bootyshaking at the Old Rock House, thanks to his mix of funk, soul and electro. Photographer Jason Stoff was there and snapped the following photos; an entire slideshow will be up tomorrow. Thanks to a nasty, huge deadline, I was chained to my laptop and couldn't re ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Photos: RFT Music Showcase on Washington Avenue, June 5, 2010

    If you missed it over the weekend, the Riverfront Times Music Showcase went on from about noon to 2 a.m. up and down Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. We dispatched three music photographers --  Jon Gitchoff, Jason Stoff and Steve Truesdell -- to the streets on Saturday. Check out this p ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Con-tamination Attracts 1,500 Sci-Fi, Horror and Pop Culture Fans

    A bevy of C-list celebrities, camp-movie icons and aspiring actors -- and the people who love them -- gathered at a south St. Louis County Holiday Inn this weekend for the first-ever "Con-tamination," a convention for fans of horror, sci-fi and pop-culture. Promoter Pamela Raymond tells Daily R ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Review Setlist: OK Go Wows the Old Rock House with (Hand)bells, Whistles and an Engaging Set, Sunday, April 18

    When I interviewed OK Go frontman Damian Kulash, he said that he thinks rock & roll is not the just beats, chords, melodies and lyrics of a song, but also the inaudible actions that accompany the tune's performance. In other words, Kulash feels Elvis' swinging hips are as important to rock & roll as ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Concert Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Thyroid-Pumping Pageant Show, Tuesday, March 23

    What Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is and what it ain't has been a source of clothespin tension since its inception. Its new album Beat the Devil's Tattoo, the band's fifth, reconciles much of that tension by yoking together its effects-laden shoegaze and its blues-based rock -- both leer and sneer -- ... More >>

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    January 23, 2010

    Owl City's Pageant Show Tonight is Postponed

    Tonight's Owl City show, which was due to start in about an hour, was just postponed due to "an illness in the band." All other information -- including a potential new date and other such details -- are to be announced as it becomes available. Photo: Jason Stoff​More photos from the scene at ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Photos: 20 Handmade Oddities from Cherokee Street, 12/5/09

    Crisp, cold sunlight wasn't the only thing lighting up south St. Louis on Saturday -- plenty of local artists were also on hand brightening the day with their contributions to the Cherokee Print League's annual holiday sale. Here are a few highlights from the sale.View "20 Handmade Oddities from Che ... More >>

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    November 21, 2009

    Japandroids and Surfer Blood at the Billiken Club, 11/20/09: Photos

    Saint Louis University's Billiken Club finished this semester's concert series last night with Vancouver's the Japandroids and Florida's Surfer Blood. Photographer Jason Stoff was in the sweaty mess of bodies during the Japandroids set and brought back 40 photos from the show: The slideshow is title ... More >>

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