Joe Stein

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Experimental: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The 13 Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Bands in 2013

    St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Tower Groove Records: The Bands Discuss their First Double-LP Compilation

    Photo by Dana Smith A backyard is as good a place as any to start a movement. That's where, in two separate neighborhoods over roughly nine months, 22 bands outlined the edges of a music collective, filled them in over beer and launched Tower Groove Records. They collected votes and took turns. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    An Evening with Catholic Guilt and its Moonshine-Infused Paint

    Since 2007, Catholic Guilt's brazen brand of sonic warfare has become a staple in the experimental/noise rock community in St. Louis. Having won the title of the RFT's Best Noise Band of 2011, the band's raw gutter sound continues to emanate from venues all across the South Side area. Comprising the ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 5, 2003

    A Working Composer

    Stephen Schwartz shows how it's done