By Rae Alexandra As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, even more angry voic ... More >>
The music, film, TV, and sports industries are in bed with a convicted child molester: Gary Glitter. You know Gary Glitter, even if you don't think you do. He's famous for "Rock and Roll Part 2," which is played during sports events from coast to coast. (Ring a bell? "Da da da - Hey!" The video is ... More >>
National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind. The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to ke ... More >>
Like many people, I had a brief but intense relationship with country music in the mid-1990s. College couldn't come quickly enough, and, with it, an appreciation for music that delved a little deeper than, "Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee/It gets hotter than a hoochie cootchie." Of course, tha ... 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 >>
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:25 p.m. I've been coming to SXSW for over a decade now, and pre- and post-apocalypse days off are as much essential rituals as 2 a.m. taco runs and sleep deprivation. This year, there'd be no day-before day off, as SXSW has extended the music portion of the festival/confer ... More >>
Metal StudZWill Lackey's double life is the stuff of superheroes. He manages the video production team LumiVid in the daylight, but when the sun goes down he becomes Drake Darrington, lead singer of the spectacle act Metal StudZ. Or, at least he will channel his inner Def Leppard for one last ... More >>
The Christmas music backlash is swift and mighty. Realizing this, the programming folks at The Arch (106.5 FM) decided they'd fight the Holiday creep by playing the station's entire library -- which they say is the largest of any radio station in St. Louis -- in alphabetical order. It's called A to ... More >>
November is national Child Safety Protection Month. Part of protecting the young, naturally, is raising awareness of stranger dangers. We do that through warnings about taking candy and rides from unfamiliar people. As kids approach dating age, the advice sometimes includes "Stay away from mu ... More >>
Well everyone, it's a rainy, poopy Thursday and we need all the awesome available to make it through the next few hours before the RFT's Best Of party tonight at the City Museum. (We'll see you there, right? Bloody well right.) The party theme is the Rapture, and (awkward segue alert!) here's ... More >>
* means coming to town, means a local release Euclid Records 1. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil 2. MGMT - Congratulations 3. Jeff Beck - Emotion Commotion 4. Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies, & Alibis 5. Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social ... More >>
As always: The denotes a local release, * means the band is coming to town. Euclid Records 1. Caribou, Swim* 2. MGMT, Congratulations 3. Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, True Love Cast Out All Evil 4. Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu 5. Jonsi, Go 6. Jeff Beck, Emotions ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Why has no one ever alerted me to the presence of this band before? A bunch of 1982 clips from an all-girl band called the Remaindrz just surfaced on YouTube. Think the Go-Go's meets Joan Jett, minus the perky enthusiasm and badass snarls. Or the Runaways, minus the spunky naivete. The interview is ... More >>
Repo! The Genetic Opera features a who's-who of cult actors and musicians, including Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Bill Moseley and Paul Sorvino. The list of musician contributing to the soundtrack is even more impressive: Joan Jett, Poe, Cl ... More >>
With all of the old-school St. Louis band reunion shows happening in the coming weeks, figured this week was a good time to unroll another installment of local old-school videos. Up first is a clip from Judge Nothing, the much-beloved Alton punk/pop/whatever act. The band played gigs with anybody w ... More >>
The Exotic Birds were a Cleveland synthpop band which in hindsight was sort of a farm team for electronic musicians. The band, which formed in 1983, at various times featured Trent Reznor on keyboards, programming and backing vocals; Andy Kubiszewski -- later known for his work in Stabbing Westward ... More >>
Faith, Forgiveness, Sweet Revenge (Self-released)
B-Sides gets real with our favorite Pretender and theSTART's Aimee Echo.
The Best Damn Thing (RCA)
7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Week of November 30, 2006
8 p.m. Saturday, November 25. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
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
Hot fun in the summertime with Warped Tour
Twangfest turns ten and throws itself a big ol' shindig
Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
A little comic, a little poetic, totally Clem Snide
Drinking games, zombies, pompadours and fire: the wonderful world of Guitar Wolf
A St. Louis rocker is laying down the Democratic soundtrack. Is that a good idea?
Friday, July 16; Way Out Club
The fashion-forward minds behind Rock Star Rags, St. Louis' invite-only vintage clothing warehouse
The Runaways/The Queens of Noise (Cherry Red)
Week of September 3, 2003
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Saturday, May 11; Frederick's Music Lounge.
How not to interview Joan Jett
Good music from some bad girls, the Donnas