North Carolina-based folk-rock band the Mountain Goats is currently gearing up for its first full-band show in a year, as part of Merge Records' 25th anniversary festival that runs from today through this Saturday. In anticipation of the big event, drummer Jon Wurster recently posted a very odd vide ... More >>
There are two distinct eras to Jandek, an experimental-music project revolving around a Houston, Texas, musician and songwriter who — though it has never been officially confirmed — most people generally agree is named Sterling Smith. The enigmatic performer arrives in St. Louis on Frid ... More >>
In case you missed it in this week's show announcements, Houston's Jandek is scheduled to play at St. Louis University's Billiken Club on March 21, 2014. "Rare" doesn't even begin to describe what an event this is.
The Mountain Goats | Baptist Generals Old Rock House June 20, 2013 Well, this was more like it. The last time the Mountain Goats played St. Louis, it was April of 2012 and they appeared at the Gargoyle in front of about 80 people. This wasn't because the Mountain Goats weren't popular - they'd pl ... More >>
This week's show recommendations include visits from Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Black Flag, and more. Also, be on the look out for the Skin Graft St. Louis Homecoming and a dual release show featuring Humdrum and the latest Tower Groove Records single. Read on for all that and more!
Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Nobody truly knows how to cope with something as disturbing as the Sandy Hook massacre. But please don ... More >>
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
Last week we counted down the six best songs about cats. In the name of fairness - and as a continuation of the Nitpick Six Animal Series, here are the six best songs about dogs. Let us know your favorite dog tracks in the comments below. 6. Deerhoof - "Kidz Are So Small" Kidz Are So Small by Deerh ... More >>
The Mountain Goats | Water Liars April 21, 2012 The Gargoyle I'm just going to call it now: the most common response to this review will be "I didn't know the Mountain Goats played in St. Louis this weekend." John Darnielle and his crew flew in to play a one-off show on the closing night of Washing ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... 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 >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Dana SmithAs we stood in the slightly elevated perch of Vintage Vinyl's DJ booth, I asked store co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray if Record Store Day was his version of Christmas morning. He thought about it for a second and said, in his inimitable drawl, "You know, I think I like Record Store Day bett ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
John Vanderslice gets by with a little help from his friends both live and in the studio.
Week of December 28, 2006
B-Sides gets lonely with the Mountain Goats and pays the rent with Pet Shop Boys.
Monday, March 6. Doors at 7 p.m. Creepy Crawl, (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Doug Martsch runs the biggest little band on Earth
Tuesday, February 24; Rocket Bar
Week of April 2, 2003
Week of June 20, 2001