In the ever-expanding circles of Americana singer-songwriterdom, Justin Townes Earle may seem like an odd candidate for axis. But at the age of 32, with four albums behind him, he's writing and singing the finest songs of a turbulent, unpredictable career. He'll always be the son of country musician ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
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 >>
This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 13. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a consistent fallback. That said, I wore a jacket outside this weekend! WHOA HOLY SHIT. Sometimes I think I could write ... More >>
Dave Matthews Band | Brandi Carlile July 11, 2012 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Dave Matthews has exceeded the usual confines of a musician. He is an idea, a cultural shorthand, a punchline, a hero. No less a songwriter than Brandi Carlile (much more on her in next week's print edition), who opene ... More >>
This weekend (Friday, to be specific) St. Louis will play host to the record releases of three of its finer bands: CaveofswordS release its debut offering on Friday at Heavy Anchor (click here for a profile of the band by Christian Shaeffer), Aquataine (formerly Supermoon, then Super Maroon) release ... More >>
Although he's a good 11 years into his musical career, it seems as though Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, ex-Drive-By Trucker) -- playing Friday, June 29 at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard) is just now settling into a comfortable place as an artist. After sweating it o ... More >>
JD McPherson Blueberry Hill's Duck Room April 26, 2012 JD McPherson's signature song, "North Side Gal," is a hit waiting for a chart, a single looking for a jukebox, an irresistible dance number on its way to a rockabilly rhythm & blues sock hop that doesn't exist anywhere, save all the joints where ... More >>
Kholood EidCraig Finn puts smiles on faces.Craig Finn | Mount Moriah Off Broadway February 10, 2012 People still talk -- and most of them were doing so through all but the quietest numbers last night, but I digress and we're only three words in -- of the one-and-only show by the Hold Steady ... More >>
Ryan Adams | Jason Isbell Peabody Opera House January 31, 2012 Ryan Adams has had a troubled relationship with himself and with his music, which forms much of the the narrative of his later career. Many of his fans have held similarly ambivalent opinions about his work. It has been difficult to be ... More >>
Roy KastenJohn Prine stands and delivers at the TouhillJohn Prine | Jason Isbell Touhill Performing Arts Center December 3, 2011 Why is John Prine so beloved? He's never had a major hit of his own, never really crossed over from the folkie netherworlds, never, as a touring musician, done muc ... More >>
Kinky Friedman. Photo by Nicole WeingartThe leftovers are finally gone and the Christmas lights all over the place no longer cause us to grit our teeth. So what better way to celebrate the Season than with a double-bill of Hanukkah mayhem and irreverence tonight at Off Broadway? Kinky Friedm ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, December 3. Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Drive at Natural Bridge Road.
Slow week for announcements, but there are some gems up in here: Remember the '90s? Yeah, they like, weren't that long ago, and just when we thought we were nearing the end of this otiose, pervasive nostalgia, Lumiere Place comes to the rescue with October shows from Better Than Ezra and the Gin Blo ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, July 22. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Katie MoultonEd: Last weekend, the Beale Street Music Festival welcomed one of the stranger lineups of the season to Memphis: Cee-Lo Green, Ke$ha, Mumford & Sons, Jon Mellencamp, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Gregg Allman and more. We sent Katie Moulton on a last minute road-trip and she brought ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Kate McDanielDeer Tick @ Off BroadwayAt first blush, a Band of Heathens and Deer Tick double bill at Off Broadway seemed a strange pairing. First blushes, however, are no match for good guitars, good songs and a damn good Halloween party.
Courtesy of NPR, you can listen to Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three's Newport Folk Festival set from last weekend. Back in April, it was announced that the band would be performing at the world-famous festival, which also featured Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Levon Helm, John Prine, Avett B ... More >>
= local, * = coming to town Euclid Records 1. Black Keys - Brothers 2. Tom Petty - Mojo* 3. Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic 4. Robert Randolph And The Family Band - We Walk This Road 5. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. 6. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows - Songs Of ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. Black Keys - Brothers* 2. Jack Johnson - To The Sea 3. National - High Violet* 4. Jayhawks - Bunkhouse Album 5. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 6. Bettye LaVette - Interpretations:British Rock Songbook 7. Roky Erick ... More >>
Twangfest 13 closed out on Saturday, June 13 at the Duck Room, but you could consider the Pageant debut for Jenny Lewis (supported by indie twang-blues rockers Deer Tick and the droll and self-consciously eclectic Farmer Dave) an unofficial fifth night. And yet the vast majority of the capacity crow ... More >>
"Hello," John Prine said when he walked onstage at UMSL Friday night and picked up a guitar. Then he reeled off seven songs from his prodigious back catalogue before delving into his most recent collection, 2005's Fair & Square.That was just dandy with the audience at the sold-out Touhill Perfor ... More >>
Friday, February 27*John Henry and the Engine/One Lone Car, Off Broadway*St. Louis Blues Festival, Chaifetz Arena*John Prine, Touhill*Celebrity Autopsy, Lemmons*Fattback/Dirty 30's, The Gramophone*Hooten Hallers, Schlafly Tap Room*Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Cicero's*Leslie Sanazaro Duo, ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, February 27. Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Drive.
John Prine comes to the Touhill February 27, which is a very good thing.Unreal watches TV about as much as we go to the movies, but some of our most favorite friends are more culturally literate than we are.So it was that we were treated to a first-season episode of Weeds, the Showtime series whose ... More >>
Opening for Old 97's. 8 p.m. Friday, June 6. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier embodies the word "intense." And that's a good thing.
Todd Snider's restless soul belies a heart of gold.
Friday, May 12, at 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
A Case for Case A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case (Hungry for Music)
Friday, February 3; the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard)
Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road)
Tuesday, May 3; the VooDoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights)
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Wednesday, January 29; Focal Point Arts Center
The Holmes Brothers aren't sweating the secular/sacred conundrum, just following Jesus' example
A Bosnian family gets a chilling reminder of the hatred left at home
Thursday, Nov. 8; Sheldon
Bluegrass virtuoso Larry Sparks brings a new sound to an old genre
Friday, Oct. 15; Off Broadway