By Roy Kasten, Christian Schaeffer and RFT Music St. Louis isn't just a city. It's a song. Or rather songs, hundreds, thousands and more. Don't bother counting. We tried. In back rooms and basements, on stages and streets, musicians have paid tribute to St. Louis again and again. Place matters. St ... More >>
This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in September 2014 that we could get our hands on, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previe ... More >>
This weekend boasts plenty of fests, parties local release shows -- almost too many to have to narrow down across town. On the fest side, choose between Blues City Deli's Tenth Anniversary Street Festival, Broadway Oyster Bar's Funk Festival, the St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival and the Rock Univer ... More >>
After seven years and three releases, the Blind Eyes made a final stand this past Saturday at Off Broadway. The band was joined onstage by Jenn Malzone and Brian McClelland of Middle Class Fashion, and Jon Hardy & the Public opened the show, with DJ sets by KDHX's Jeff Hess and bobEE Sweet between s ... More >>
This week, the Blind Eyes go out with a bang with a final show sure to pack Off Broadway to the brim, new rock saloon Los Punk shows Cherokee how its done, and St. Louis sees plenty of big name visitors including Afroman, Kim Richey and Dr. Dog. Get the details on these shows and more in this week's ... More >>
It's hard evidence of a vital music community when this local-release column only touches a fraction of what was released in 2013. Sins of omission aside, here's what caught my ear most this year: established bands hitting their stride, scene veterans trying new things and a few new faces making imp ... More >>
Serenity now, serenity now!! What better way to start the week than with a series of nearby ground-shaking, Earth shattering construction noises to accompany a morning cup of joe? Luckily, headphones exist and a series of bookmarked live performances take me back to my quiet place. Music soothes all ... More >>
Well, I hope you enjoyed that temporary shot of springtime over the weekend while you could! Clouds are currently unloading some major snowflakes outside, but that's no reason to get left out in the cold during this week's shows. Check out Ian Fisher & the Present's CD Release and visits from Sponge ... More >>
Throughout the whole of the English vernacular, nary are there etymological compositions quite so objectionably mellifluous as are those employed in the odious overindulgent offenses of music journalists. Such belittlingly belletristic behavior burdens the reader and introduces intensely inhibitive ... More >>
One of the ironies with power pop is that while it's the quintessential teenage soundtrack -- a mix of hormones, harmonies and bright-eyed optimism -- the best practitioners of the form are usually on the wrong side of eighteen. Tim McAvin is no teenager -- he has been playing in bands around St. Lo ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Anthony Perolio was a Marine, a gifted drummer, an engineer, an athlete, a leukemia survivor, a loving husband and the father of two joyous poodles. His on-paper accomplishments, though varied and many, pale in comparison to who Tony was when he woke up every morning and went to sleep every night -- ... More >>
Ed. In this week's print edition, we talk a bit about seven bands we're think will be worth watching in 2012. They're listed here -- please let us know what you're excited about in the comments below. Karate Bikini Though Karate Bikini has been in existence in some fashion for a few years, it has ... More >>
It's no secret we're all aflutter over the return of LouFest, our city's very own large-scale indie music festival. Not only does the to-do feature eighteen bands on two stages over two days, it's set in the green jewel of our city, Forest Park, and attracts national acts in genres from hip h ... More >>
Surprise! Happy Tuesday! LouFest just announced the lineup for the 2011 edition of the festival, which takes place in Forest Park on August 27 and 28. Hip-hop hotshots The Roots, indie darlings TV On the Radio, folkie chanteuse Cat Power, neo-shoegazer Deerhunter, bar-band bros the Hold Stead ... More >>
The Breaks' EP release is Saturday at the Firebird.So, hey, I guess it snowed this week. Yeah. It'll have to melt soon, right? RIght? Anyone? Hello? Ah well. Shows and concerts must go on; see this list here. And also see ten more lovely events below. January 21 DJ Solange Knowles @ Exo Beyo ... More >>
On Saturday, December 18, the Firebird is hosting a pop-tastic show with Jumbling Towers -- in fact, it's the band's de facto local CD release for the Ramifications of an Exciting Spouse EP -- Jon Hardy & the Public, and out-of-towners Canasta and Elsinore. Tickets are $8 to $10. Now, the Els ... More >>
Bill StreeterPokey LaFarge and the South CIty Three do a holiday showNovember 10's May Day Orchestra release show at the Sheldon Concert Hall functioned as the inaugural concert in the Sheldon Ballroom Series. In an interview with Michael Dauphin, organizer Ryan Harris explained the aim of th ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons/Juanma1008Holiday season? What holiday season? The weather says otherwise -- and so does our jam-packed concert calendar. Read the music page for some shows, and go elsewhere for a list of music documentaries at SLIFF, info on the Firebrand Recording Showcase and much, much ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons/flickrIn this week's RFT Summer Guide, we highlighted some of many outdoor concert series taking place around town in the next few months. One of the more intriguing events is the Post Performances, a monthly marriage of art and music to be held at the Old Post Office Plaza ... More >>
The 2010 RFT Music showcase takes place on Saturday, June 5, 2010, on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. On and before that day, fans can vote for their favorite local musicians in the following categories. For more information on where and how to vote - and for up-to-the-minute details about ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergAfter being away from the city for several months, manicured indie-pop act Old Lights is resurfacing with a show tonight at Off Broadway. Tonight's openers include Jon Hardy, who's doing a solo set, and singer/songwriter/pal of Old Lights David Vandervelde. As we wrote ab ... More >>
Psych-rockers Troubadour Dali are celebrating the release of their Bill Racine-mixed album tonight at Off Broadway. Jon Hardy & the Public and the Campfire Club are also on the bill. Check out a new MP3 from the album below! In print this week, I say the LP "captures the band's dreamy psych ... More >>
5 p.m. Saturday, August 29. The parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
Friday, June 12 *Twangfest, featuring Andre Williams, Asylum Street Spankers, Jon Hardy & the Public, more, Duck Room *Yowie/Upsilon Acrux/Aleuchatistas, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (late) *Peter Brotzmann, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (early) *The Northwoods, Off Broadway *Colbie Caillat, Six Fl ... More >>
REVIEW BY KATIE MOULTON; PHOTOS BY STEW SMITH Despite labeling White Rabbits' performance at the Firebird last night a "homecoming show," at first the only parts that looked homegrown on these prodigal sons were the bottles of Bud Heavy they swigged onstage. Formed in Columbia and relocated to Bro ... More >>
A bit late, but below the jump you'll find links to as many blogposts we've run with MP3s -- and the occasional MySpace page and embedded tune -- of each nominated band. Whew. Chime in with any URLs that have tunes in the comments, of course. I think I have everyone. The music showcase blurbs/infor ... More >>
Friday, May 15 *Paper Dolls/Heather Perry, Off Broadway *Cracker, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (also appearing at Vintage Vinyl at 5 p.m., free beer & BBQ!) *Left Arm, Vintage Vinyl, 8 p.m. *The Linemen, Atomic Cowboy *Messy Jiverson (CD release as Blown Speakers), Old Rock House *The Syn (members of ... More >>
Here are the nominees for this year's music showcase. Enjoy 'em after this year's poster, courtesy of the amazing Tom Huck.
Some names trickled out a few weeks ago, but we can exclusively reveal the Twangfest lineup for this year's model, which takes place from Wednesday, June 10, through Saturday, June 13.Wednesday (Pageant)Alejandro EscovedoHot Club of Cowtown TBA Thursday (Duck Room) Big Sandy and His Fly-Ri ... More >>
Space Parlour curator Nick Acquisto writes in that the annual live local music series he curates on his KDHX radio show is starting again tonight with a performance by the May Day Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. The schedule for the next few months is below, although music will start at 8 p.m. those nights. ... More >>
Under the Yellow Moon
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Does Chad Garrison need to wash his hands after a restroom visit? Not with Spaloo! Watch an informational video about this Japanese-style throne. UMSL baseball coach Jim Brady is still fired up about his former bosses not getting the boot. Can the Coen brothers claim success on their ne ... More >>
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