While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
I'm closing in on a half century of existence -- an existence immersed in the world of entertainment -- and sometimes I just sit back and marvel at technology. My phone is a computer. I can fast forward commercials. I've got music and movies and everything in between right at my fingertips. We've ... More >>
By Jonny Whiteside While rock & roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Alway ... More >>
The Polar music prize, regarded by many as the musical equivalent to a Nobel Prize, was first awarded to Sir Paul McCartney and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania upon its foundation in 1992. "The difference with this one for me is that I've presumably been chosen from everyone in th ... More >>
In this biweekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. RFT ... More >>
Archdiocese be damned, PrideFest is going to be all kinds of crazy fun this year. Celebrating with new digs at Soldier's Memorial downtown, commitment ceremonies in City Hall, a headlining appearance by Taylor Dayne and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is u ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... 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 >>
Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes Part Four: Bo & the Locomotive, Rockwell Knuckles, Dubb Nubb and Palace Part Five: Sleepy Ki ... More >>
tUnE-yArDs, left, by Jason Stoff. St. VIncent, right, by Kiernan MaletskyThe annual apocalypse is nigh, wherein critics celebrate the end of the year with a debaucherous amount of self-important analysis on the previous twelve months in music. I am among the many to rank my favorite records, ... More >>
Bryan PetersFeatured at Araka's sneak preview: "Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops" (or one of 'em, anyway).When Gut Check learned Sauce Magazine had teamed up with Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) to introduce the latter's new chef, Michael Burnau, and unveil his new menu, we in ... More >>
Founding member of X, a benchmark Los Angeles band that redefined punk in the 1980s. A solo career that has stood astride country and rockabilly and folk rock. In person, an ideal combination of sweetness and light. And, as a working Hollywood actor, bartender at the Double Deuce in Jasper, Missour ... More >>
Benjamin Wahiche/myspace.com/juliepeel Julie Peel Where: Off Broadway With: Joe Purdy Sounds Like: The crispness of autumn. Songs from Peel's debut, Near the Sun, sigh with winsome acoustic guitars and soft-glow percussion -- and are the perfect gentle accompaniment for her husky alto voice. ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Week of May 24, 2007
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 13. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
Aimee Mann knocks out another pop jewel
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
Saturday, August 14; the Fox Theatre
Saturday, January 17; The Focal Point
Sunday, November 2; the Gargoyle at Washington University
Café Balaban, 405 North Euclid Avenue, 314-361-8085
Jazz instead of rocks
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
Matt Dillon takes on Cambodia in City of Ghosts
Friday, January 17; Focal Point
Saturday, July 27; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
St. Louis loses one of its best make-out spots, another casualty of airport expansion
Saturday, Feb. 16; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Cameron Crowe takes Jerry Maguire on a dizzy trip through dreamland
Coming to Terms (Pehr)
Friday, Feb. 2; Sheldon Concert Hall.
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
Renowned singer/songwriter Michael Smith hasn't limited his craft to the coffeehouse folk scene
The Neem offer up 29 songs on their self-titled debut
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes