October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... More >>
Legendary Hoboken, New Jersey indie rock trio Yo La Tengo is gracing the Pageant with its presence this Thursday, January 31. The band is notoriously unpredictable live, in part thanks to its virtual encyclopedia of cover songs. Here is a list of Yo La Tengo's six best cover songs. Let us know your ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields | Gal Musette Sheldon Concert Hall, 11/14/12 Since the Magnetic Fields last played St. Louis, it has completed its synth-free trilogy (2010's Realism was the last puzzle piece), left Nonesuch Records, and returned to Merge Records, the indie label that released its prime 1990s w ... More >>
Tony ConradTony Conrad plays this Saturday at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue, 314-531-3442) as part of the New Music Circle. Decades before Sunn O))), Sleep or Lightning Bolt pierced eardrums, Tony Conrad was already building dangerous music from extreme volume and repetition. ... More >>
Image via.A plethora of compelling music has come from indie rock's complicated relationship with Christianity: Sufjan Stevens' folk hymns, David Bazan's tormented crises, the Thermals' blasphemous pop punk. These are the polar opposite of today's contemporary Christian rock, with its overt p ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Limbeck gets classical and Nick Acquisto releases a compilation of classics.
Plus, a sidebar detailing some of the label's essential releases.
Flaming Lip Michael Ivins drops some serious science -- fiction, that is -- on Paul Friswold.
B-Sides talks to Alejandro Escovedo, explores hip-hop's essential albums
Slumber Party's Aliccia B.B. goes it alone, while B-Sides gives good Download and makes a mix of anti-patriotic songs
The Boxing Mirror (Back Porch)
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
Stainless Gamelan: Inside the Dream Syndicate Volume III (Table of the Elements)
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Shrek offers an amusing, if empty, fractured fairytale
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000