We all know that a musician makes art, but in some cases, a musician makes art. Tangible art. Visual art. Karl Haglund is just such an artist. A painter from Charles City, Iowa, Haglund grew up with creative parents, forging his own paths through both music and craftsmanship. As an adult, though, ... More >>
Every guitar tells a story, even when it's not being strummed by a musician in the midst of a performance. Painter Karl Haglund is convinced of it. "You see a guitar that's beat up, or a guitar with stickers, and you know that that musician doesn't just pick it up ten minutes before a show," Haglun ... More >>
This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... More >>
The Bottle Rockets, Goblin and Chance the Rapper all headline gigs to kick off December in style. Besides that, catch shows including Pat Martino Trio at Jazz at the Bistro and Midlake at the Old Rock House. Read on for a selection of shows in St. Louis this week.
Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>
Whew, what a weekend! Between LouFest (check our full coverage here), Bob Reuter's memorial show and Iron Maiden/Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, we're tuckered out! No rest for the weary, though. This week, catch performances from touring acts including Lucinda Williams, the Alkaholiks a ... More >>
Ryan Spearman is too nice of a guy to talk dirty. His good-natured drawl and perennially laid-back air make even the obvious double-entendres of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man Blues" sound almost innocent. But as the title suggests, Pain & Time is not lightweight on the lyrical themes (especiall ... More >>
At its core, rock & roll is a simple art form. Though at times, AC Newman piles layers of sounds and effects to gain the aesthetic he's searching for, the three minute pop song still conveys everything he needs. In the last decade-plus, the prolific songwriter has honed his wide array of pop skills ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. 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 blues club ... More >>
The LouFest 2012 Lineup is here: the Flaming Lips and Girl Talk get top billing and there's plenty of depth. Dinosaur Jr. and Cotton Mather for you reunion fans. King Tuff, Little Barrie and THEESatisfaction for those looking for new sounds. Cults and Hacienda will act as a musical speedramp to get ... More >>
It's like having Tom Crusie at your beck and call at every St. Louis show. Oh, the interwebz. You give us so many awesome gifts. You even take things that are already awesome, and then you put a kitten on them and make them even awesomer. For that we thank you. Today we celebrate Drinkify.or ... More >>
Christian SchaefferCentro-matic | Sarah Jaffe Off Broadway July 5, 2011 In a perfect world, the makers of Auto-Tune - the vocal pitch-correction software that makes starlets sing like robots - would come out with a Will Johnson Sound-Alike module. The singer and guitarist for Centro-matic ha ... More >>
When big events hit St. Louis, like Loufest, the first question is always, "Will Uncle Tupelo reunite for this?" Probably not. Instead, fans got something just as special at Still Be Around: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo. Instead of a nostalgic trip back to the early '90s, the audience got a glimpse ... More >>
Photo: Jason StoffJay Farrar last night at the Old Rock House. See a full slideshow from last night's Jay Farrar solo gig at the Old Rock House.Clad in a kitschy, long-sleeved black cowboy shirt, Jay Farrar barely flinched from the heat as he plowed through a 100-minute set loaded with Son Vo ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Robin WheelerChef Jeffrey Constance of Hanley's Grille and TapWhat do you mean, you haven't heard of Hanley's Grille and Tap? Chef Jeff Constance took over the former J.Buck's locations at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and West County Center in Des Peres a few months ago. Though ... More >>
All of a sudden the Cardinals are embracing a youth movement.
The lights go out at a fabled club but only after one hell of a party.
Week of December 21, 2006
B-Sides gets our groove on to Scott Kay & the Continentals, establishes Joan Jett's badass reputation and gets cozy with Strawfoot's Reverend Uncle Marc
B-Sides asks a cadre of local musicians to reminisce about Chuck Berry as he turns 80, while Dr. Zhivegas get down with their debut disc.
Twangfest turns ten and throws itself a big ol' shindig
Ministry's Al Jourgensen gets political, Black Heart Procession talks facial hair, and Minnie Driver loves us (yay)!
Undertow Records is back in St. Louis and better than ever
A new album, a new member and a new focus revive the Bottle Rockets
Week of September 24, 2003
Centro-matic's (and South San Gabriel's) Will Johnson is one of rock music's most prolific composers
Week of June 18, 2003
South by Southwest welcomes some St. Louis acts that merit the spotlight -- and one that doesn't
Wilco commits commercial suicide and succeeds as never before
Who showed up -- and who didn't -- to collect their RFT Music Awards
In our humble opinion, RFT contributor Andrew Broder is headed for rock stardom
Week of November 14, 2001
St. Louis welcomes three acts you won't want to miss
Jeff Tweedy used to be in a band called Uncle Tupelo. He's not anymore.