While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
There's a great scene from Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones' 2006 performance at New York's Beacon Theatre, in which Jack White joins the band to sing and play guitar on "Loving Cup," a bluesy track off 1972's Exile on Main St. Midway through the song, White sha ... More >>
Four hours west of St. Louis lies a Midwestern city rife with curiosities. Its denizens may seem familiar to the eyes of St. Louisans, but the terrain is alien enough to mask itself in the guise of a pseudo-adventure. This place is called Kansas City, and the reason for the gathering is the Middle o ... More >>
I, Ryan James Wasoba, hereby announce that, after over a year and a half of weekly contributions, the end of my Nitpick Six column is upon us. As such, it's bucket list time. This space is usually reserved for microscopic aspects of music, but now let's go big. These are the six sweetest riffs of ... More >>
The Black Crowes are back, and in force, as evidenced by the fact that the band's upcoming show at the Pageant is completely sold out. The 23-year-old band emerged from its "indefinite hiatus" in December of last year, and is currently in the midst of a 21-date U.S. tour stopping in St. Louis -- and ... More >>
Ah, spring. Well...sorta, we can only hope those March snow storms lead to a warmer April -- we're off to a good start so far. There is a wide array of electronic shows coming through St. Louis in April, with something for everyone. Lets dive in and see what's in the mix.
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... 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 >>
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 >>
First, a joke: A man visits an Indian reservation. The tribe's chief leads him on a tour, and the man hears drums in the distance. "What are those drums?" he asks. The chief replies, "When the drums stop, bad things happen." They continue the tour, but the man keeps getting distracted. "Excuse me, w ... More >>
Last week, our cohorts at Daily RFT brought you the story of an albino ruby-throated hummingbird, or maybe a pair of them, seen in northeast Missouri. The exceptionally rare species is easily spotted by predators and is therefore a small population that dwindles every year. The hummingbird, with its ... More >>
With music being so subjective, it's no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame emerged over the years as a colossal punching bag. When people disagree over whether Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is dreck or a stroke of genius, no decision is going to be universally loved. The Cleveland instit ... More >>
There's no precise way to define a sweet guitar riff, much less a criteria for such categorization. A sweet riff is, like love or God or truly excellent barbecue, something only realized upon experience. This, the second year of the second decade of the twenty first decade of the modern calen ... More >>
Photo courtesy of R6 Implant. The good thing about a band calling it quits in St. Louis is that its never really done. R6 Implant is playing a farewell-of-sorts show on Saturday at Cicero's, but this isn't goodbye forever. The bill is shared with the Lion's Daughter, Galaxicon and Iron Hills. ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsLast week, William Shatner unveiled the tracklist to his third studio album, Searching For Major Tom. Regardless of how you feel about the actor or his musical career, it's imperative you look at it right now. The album comprises nineteen covers of mostly space-themed songs l ... More >>
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, June 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 11. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Music nerds, mark your calendars: It Might Get Loud -- a documentary featuring guitar gods Jimmy Page, Jack White and the Edge -- is set to open September 18 in St. Louis. (No word yet on where, although I'm guessing it'll be at the Tivoli.) According to Landmark Theatre's website, the David Guggenh ... More >>
"The Song Remains the Same is not a great film, but there's no point in making excuses. It's just a reasonably honest statement of where we were at that particular time. It's very difficult for me to watch it now, but I'd like to see it in a year's time just to see h ... More >>
Unreal has spent all of June breathlessly tracking the Tony La Russa v. Twitter brouhaha. OK, so we've actually just quickly spent the past few minutes skimming our columnist colleague Bill Streeter's two dispatches about the lawsuit, and also the one by Kristen Hinman. And even though those two are ... More >>
With his spiky, greying mullet, Bob Dylan shades and hotel room drink in a plastic cup, Glenn Branca cuts a mean, iconic hipster figure, a pure punk aesthete who for 30 years has been taking music -- call it rock, call it classical, call it Post-Minimalist, call it Maximalist -- to places the most s ... More >>
B-Sides analyzes the mathematics of Don Caballero's existence, calls out Bon Jovi for cliches and points you to some hot Futureheads action in the Download.
Five nights in November with the "Card-Carrying Rocker"
Week of October 20, 2004
Week of September 15, 2004
Tuesday, April 13; Generations
Sunday, September 28; UMB Pavilion
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative
Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
After Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe comes of age...finally
St. Louis may be the center of the classic-rock universe
Ben Harper's journey to musical stardom
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes
Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.