The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess ... More >>
On Saturday, August 17, the international music education chain, School of Rock (14560 Manchester Road), unveils its first St. Louis area location with a public grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of the opening, RFT Music decided to, ahem, research, some of the best visual interpret ... More >>
One of St. Louis' preeminent rock guitarists, Jimmy Griffin, is hosting an event this weekend to celebrate the opening of the brand new School of Rock in Ballwin, a rock band themed music school for seven to eighteen year olds.
Stacked. That's what this weekend is -- stacks of records, stacks of bands, stacks and stacks of shows. There's so much going on lately that its a surprise RFT Music hasn't toppled over like a teetering Jenga tower (or has it? Google Chrome has trouble loading the website lately. Quit it!). Let's tr ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>
It's my byline; we're doing what I want this week. And I want to bring back the word of the day, which just happens to be Bollix. Seriously! That's how you spell "bullshit" in British. So here we here, a Bollix fill-in weekend post from your esteemed music editor. Shouldn't it be "Bollocks"? Ah, who ... More >>
If you only know Jimmy Griffin as the consummate tribute-show guitarist, you only know half of the story. Griffin's high-profile turns playing the riffs of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and David Gilmour in increasingly popular tributes to classic rock icons have been a central part of sold-out spectac ... More >>
El Monstero 212: The Pigocalypse has just sold out its third of six shows at the Pageant. You're out of luck for December 22, 29 and 21 (the actual Pigocalypse, you note). You can still see the most extravagant Pink Floyd tribute this side of Roger Waters' The Wall tour on December 23, 27 and 28. Bu ... More >>
Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>
This weekend is Halloween weekend (Halloween-kend???? Nah, that sucks....) and as such there are plenty of sweet shows for you to attend in clothing that is not your own. Lucky for you -- and more work intensive for me, (you are welcome) -- we already wrote up a post regarding the best Halloween sho ... More >>
Hopefully by now you've enjoyed perusing our annual Best of St. Louis issue, which hit the stands a week ago today. We had some truly tough decisions to make this year, and we'll agonize over them in the coming weeks and months in this space. For now, though, we want to turn our attention to your pi ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Alejandro Escovedo Off Broadway May 15, 2012 Storytelling is a craft that is formulated through years of experience and must be as finely tuned as a guitar. Spirited rock and roll is the backdrop to Alejandro Escovedo's heartfelt and sincere storytelling. Last night in St. Louis, he bared his soul, ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Once a year, the Stag Nite All-Stars form a ramshackle convergence to pay loving, egg-nog-addled tribute to The Last Waltz, arguably the most famous concert in history. Spearheaded musically by Mark Moynihan of Racketbox, the group also includes members of a dozen-odd other south city mainstays. Thi ... More >>
Just when you thought that St. Louis' love for cover nights and tribute bands couldn't swell our collective hearts any further, a promising new venture in classic-rock recreation hits Off Broadway tonight. Street Fighting Band is a new local tribute to the Rolling Stones, and the band is made ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the FeedLocal piano-driven rock trio the Feed has been coming out of a long hibernation over the past few months. But if you were among the sold-out Off Broadway crowd that saw them rip up "Obviously 5 Believers" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" at the ... More >>
Courtesy of the IncurablesJimmy Griffin and his band the Incurables are releasing a new EP entitled FM tomorrow at Off Broadway. Griffin is graciously allowing us to give you an advance listen to the title track, which you can hear below. The rest of the EP comprises a Big Star cover ("The B ... More >>
BunnygruntAfter last weekend's total insanity, things are a little calmer in the 'Lou. As usual, however it wasn't hard to find ten things you could be doing with your time: Kinky Friedman plays tonight at Off Broadway, the Incurables are releasing an EP at the same place tomorrow and Bunnygr ... More >>
Jon GitchoffIt takes cojones to play a set that, save for one song, draws entirely from Pink Floyd's The Wall -- when Roger Waters himself played the entire album in your town less than two months ago. But the masterminds behind El Monstero, St. Louis' annual December Pink Floyd tribute supe ... More >>
In October, the Incurables had the opportunity to open several Midwest dates for Alejandro Escovedo. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Griffin agreed to keep a tour diary for A to Z. Here's the second installment; part one is here. All photos are from the Bloomington, Illinois, show. Stay tuned to A to Z for ... More >>
Earlier in October, the Incurables had the opportunity to open several Midwest dates for Alejandro Escovedo. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Griffin agreed to keep a tour diary for A to Z. Here's the first installment. All photos are from the Bloomington, Indiana, show. Stay tuned to A to Z for more recaps ... More >>
Roy KastenMagic City at Big Star Tribute.It's been a tough year for Big Star fans. In March, guitarist/singer Alex Chilton died - ironically, several days before he was to perform at South by Southwest with original members Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens. Then, four months later, Hummel died t ... More >>
Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course. Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed ... More >>
To celebrate the reissue of the Rolling Stones' revered album, Exile on Main St., a hodge-podge band of local musicians calling themselves Torn & Frayed convened to pay tribute to the dirty, swaggering, heroin-fueled, Southern-fried boogie of the '70s Stones. To call it a "supergroup" may be ... More >>
Each year in St. Louis, the official kick-off to the holidays becomes more and more synonymous with the series of shows performed by the local Pink Floyd tribute act El Monstero y Los Masked Avengers. It's a seasonal reunion of sorts for the aging KSHE crowd who grew up with Floyd's haunting psyched ... More >>
A couple of years ago, I wrote about Dave Simon's Rock School, and specifically one of its bands, the Junior Mints. Well, the mom of one of them, Blake Stumpf, wrote in to note that the now 15-year-old recently won a guitar-solo contest that took place at the Watson Road Guitar Center ... More >>
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
Songs for a Blackout (Self-released)
The lights go out at a fabled club but only after one hell of a party.
9 p.m. Thursday, January 4. Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue).
Big Will gets his chance to shine on BET, while a local record label quietly shutters its doors
Red Eyed Driver crosses the finish line with some of the most compelling new rock in town
Nadine is ready for the next step -- no matter what it is
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Saturday, December 7; Frederick's Music Lounge
Week of January 30, 2002