John Mayer

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    May 8, 2014

    The 2014 Best Music Photographer in St. Louis: Vote Now!

    We've spent the last couple of months introducing you to our favorite music photographers in St. Louis, and now it is time for you to vote for the best of the best. Below you'll see a photo from each of our nine nominees -- yes, nine, not ten. Last year's winner, Todd Owyoung, who was also nominate ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Hail to the Self-Appointed DJ: A Rebuttal

    I have never met Mary Grace Cerni. She appears to be someone that I would really like - a Los Angelino with strong opinions she is unafraid to share, a lady that enjoys a solid party and a good writer with presumably excellent taste in music (although if you continue attending Lorde shows, Mary, peo ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Six Musicians That Rule Despite Their Music

    Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From July 1 to 7

    July 4th lands on a Thursday this year, but don't mind us for getting the celebration started way early this week. Read on for some recommendations on how to make that happen. Check out the next Tower Groove Records Singles Club seven-inch release, party with the Lion's Daughter, experience the worl ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Attention New Bands: Chill Out, For These Are the Best of Times

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    The Top Ten Douchiest Guitar Players of All Time

    By Nate Jackson Hey, we can all appreciate a quality guitar god. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of music knows the joy of watching their favorite axe man/woman go on a tear and destroy the crowd with their fast-fingered prowess, signature style and lush mane of flowing hair. It's the textboo ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Candles As Band Merch: An In-depth, Intensive Look with GG Allin, Mumford and Sons

    By Michael Alan Goldberg Perhaps you have seen that in addition to the T-shirts, hoodies, posters, and brass boat necklaces (?) found in their online merch section, Sigur Ros has introduced their "Vardeldur candle" for the princely sum of $23.50. The site describes its scent thusly: The smoky, sl ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    No, Playing Guitar While Singing 'Renegade' Isn't Karaoke

    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 >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Gift Guide for Musicians we Love (and Love to Hate)

    Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Country Music for People who Hate Country

    Cardinal fans and Cub fans. Democrats and Republicans. Those who keep up with the Kardashians and those who should be allowed to vote. Country music fans and country music haters. While no end is in sight to the strife between the first three aforementioned warring factions, there may be hope for t ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Why John Mayer's 'Daughters' is the Worst Song Ever

    I have three daughters. I love and adore my three daughters. If it were possible, I would move heaven and Earth for my three daughters. I hate the song "Daughters" by John Mayer. Every year, I take my oldest two children to a father-daughter dance where there are three things I can count on with ab ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012


    5 p.m. Sunday, September 2. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    August 27, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From August 27 to September 2

    Did everyone survive LouFest? Surrounding this post is our extensive coverage; be sure to read up. Rain be damned, the whole thing seemed to go off without a hitch. More big outdoors shows populate this week's post, for those of you that didn't get enough over the weekend. Tonight Verizon Wireless ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The End of SXSW 2012: Too Much Portland to Count and a Little St. Louis

    Friday, March 16, 2012 2:15 p.m. By mid-afternoon the South Congress strip had become a not-quite-debauched Mardi Gras parade of young and old, hip and unhip, crunchy and coiffed, and dogs, lots of dogs, all taking in the food trucks, boutiques, vintage apparel encampments and day parties, lots of ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Taylor Swift Is Destroying America

    What was that about short skirts? ‚ÄčTaylor Swift is that skinny girl who's always whining about how fat she is. She claims to be the nerd that you're likely to overlook. And she'll tell you she's the sweetheart who gets taken advantage of by Big, Bad Men ("Don't you think nineteen's too young/ To b ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Brett Dennen Is Coming To The Pageant

    wikimedia commons​The unlikeliest ladies' man in contemporary music comes to the Pageant on October 15th. Brett Dennen, who is fresh of the release of his fourth album, Loverboy, has found success by sounding like a straight-faced soft pop star without looking or acting like one. Though he ha ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    What It's Like To Audition (Unsuccessfully) For American Idol

    One of these people might have moved past the first round. Maybe. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.​Ed: The American Idol Season 11 auditions attracted more than 10,000 hopefuls to the Scottrade Center yesterday. Recent Mizzou grad Mallory Gnaegy was one them, and she has agreed to let us publish her ac ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Mile 277 Tap & Grill Serves Up Bikes, Bands and Brews

    Robin UtzThe honey-bourbon chicken from Mile 277.​Its bike-and-entertainment theme precedes Mile 277 Tap & Grill (10701 Watson Road, Sunset Hills; 314-645-3277) -- you begin to become aware of it even before you enter the parking lot. Motorcycles are everywhere; their owners, friends and famil ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2010

    Martin Sexton

    8 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    May 14, 2010

    Homespun: Fundamental Elements, This Moment EP

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Fundamental Elements' new EP, This Moment. He had this to say:The oh-so-smooth, endlessly breathy pop of Maroon 5 mixes with modern R&B flourishes on Fundamental Elements' new six-song EP, This Moment. The band stuffs its tightly constructed song ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Homespun: Fundamental Elements

    This Moment EP

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    March 21, 2010

    "I don't even know what napalm means," "Chubby, Married Cougar who needs hugs" and Fifteen Other Nuggets from John Mayer's March 20 St. Louis Concert

    The RFT was denied reviewer tickets and a photo pass for John Mayer's show at the Scottrade Center last night. Why? No clue -- depending on the artist performing, sometimes these things just happen; you can't get too worked up over it. So instead, because Mayer's Twitter account is legendary, I peru ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Highlights: Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21

    It's been a long week. Here are the highlights of shows going on this weekend -- please chime in with your own below. Friday, March 19 *Jay-Z/Young Jeezy/Trey Songz, Scottrade Center *David Gray, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center *STS9, The Pageant *Michael McDermott (early), Off Broadway * ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    John Mayer

    8 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

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    January 25, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of January 18

    Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of January 11 to 17

    Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of December 14 - December 20

    Euclid Records 1. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures 2. Tom Waits - Glitter And Doom Live 3. Neil Young - Dreaming Man Live '92 4. Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart 5. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind EP 6. Norah Jones - The Fall 7. Vince ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of December 7-13

    Vintage Vinyl 1. THEM CROOKED VULTURES---Them Crooked Vultures 2. CLIPSE---Til The Casket Drops 3. MELANIE FIONA---The Bridge 4. GUCCI MANE---State Vs. Radric Davis 5. BLAKROC---Blakroc 6. JOHN MAYER---Battle Studies* 7. VARIOUS ARTISTS---Daptone Gold 8. TOM WAITS---Glitter & Doom Live 9. PASSION PI ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of November 30-December 6

    Late reporting from record stores this week, sorry! As always, as the asterisk means someone is coming to town. Euclid Records 1. Blackroc- Blackroc 2. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures 3. David Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend 4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Live Anthology 5. ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of November 16-22

    Vintage Vinyl 1. ALL TIME LOW---Nothing Personal 2. BOYS LIKE GIRLS---Love Drunk 3. JOSH GOLDEN---Josh Golden 4. 50 CENT---Before I Self-Destruct 5. THEM CROOKED VULTURES---Them Crooked Vultures 6. JOHN MAYER---Battle Studies* 7. RAKIM---Seventh Seal 8. NORAH JONES---The Fall 9. BOYS LIKE GIRLS---Bo ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Holly Golightly, John Mayer Announce St. Louis Shows

    British garage-rock queen-bee Holly Golightly is returning to St. Louis for the first time since August 2005 at the Firebird on Tuesday, December 1. Details forthcoming. Also, John Mayer has announced a show with Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Scottrade Center on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Ticke ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009


    8 p.m. Friday, July 31. Live on the Levee, Gateway Arch and Jefferson Expansion Memorial.

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    July 3, 2008
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    January 7, 2008
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    December 20, 2006

    Buddy Guy

    8 p.m. Wednesday, December 27. Harrah's VooDoo Café and Lounge (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights).

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    December 6, 2006

    Ray LaMontagne

    8 p.m. Thursday, December 7. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).

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    September 18, 2006

    The River Runs Dry

    from Bell Biv DeVoe The long-dormant booties of many white-bread St. Louisians were recently reignited when local bland-rock station the River (WVRV 101.1 FM) ditched its flaccid adult-contemporary format in favor of the cold, semi-hard funk. At precisely 11 a.m. September 8, s ... More >>

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    April 5, 2006
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    February 15, 2006

    Local Motion: Full Day Affair

    Saturday, February 18, at 9 p.m. at Ciceroís (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

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    November 16, 2005

    Something in the Way You Squeak

    Unreal cuddles up to singing mice, sends some postcards home and praises the Grant Writer of the Year. Plus, a local blogger sidesteps Mr. Porn Man.

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    August 3, 2005

    John Legend, Common and De La Soul

    Wednesday, August 3; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

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    June 1, 2005

    Bull Run and the Everlasting Gobstopper

    If Jay Farrar's titles don't have to make sense, then neither do ours

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    December 29, 2004

    Gavin DeGraw

    Wednesday, January 5, the Pageant

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    November 5, 2003

    Maroon 5

    Wednesday, November 12; the Gargoyle at Washington University

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    June 11, 2003

    Triple Play

    Local college station KCLC-FM proves that adult album alternative radio doesn't have to suck

  • Culture

    April 9, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

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    October 9, 2002

    The Big BM

    Week of October 9, 2002

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    July 31, 2002

    John Mayer with Guster

    Saturday, August 3; Fox Theatre

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    March 7, 2001

    The Anarchists' Cookbook

    They make bread, not bombs, at the Black Bear Bakery

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