Josh Levi

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    November 17, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 17 to 23

    Don't let snowfall ruin your good time. This city has a tendency to panic every time a flake hits the ground, but fret not, the road is still here for those brave enough to venture out for good music. Shaggy and The Urge are just a few highlights for the week ahead, but we want to make a special rec ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Schwarz Talks About Lil B, Social Media and His Protest Song "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"

    It makes sense that a world informed by social media and infinite feeds of information would inspire generations of artists. Such is the case for house-music producer Adam Schwarz. For years now, Schwarz has been producing high-energy club music from his homebase of Baltimore, Maryland. Imbued with ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From October 6 to 12

    This week check out Mirah at Off Broadway, Rebirth Brass Band at the Gramophone, the War on Drugs at the Ready Room, Jack Grelle's record release, the last show at Apop Records featuring a line-up of experimental sounds and much room. Read on for our critics' picks, and stay tuned for more recommend ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From July 28 to August 2

    This week, catch acts including Nick Waterhouse, Helmet and Filter, Kings of Leon, the Washington Beach Bums and much more. Read on for some recommendations for the next seven days, and don't forget to check back on Friday for more weekend picks.

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    July 21, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From July 21 to 27

    This week, our critics' picks include a varied pool of performers across genres including Boz Scaggs, 7 Seconds, Pigeon John and Peter J. Woods. Take your pick from punk and hip-hop to blues and noise. As always, stayed tuned until Friday for even more recommendations over the weekend.

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    June 30, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 30 to July 6

    This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Local Artist Kevin Harris Presents As Unstable As This Friday At Kranzberg Arts Center

    "The truth is, movement is very simple. Humans can construct movement with electricity and objects, use their bodies, or rely on nature to move particles," says local experimental artist Kevin Harris of his upcoming event As Unstable As -- A Survey of Contemporary Electronic and Performance Art in S ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Pü in the Lou: Pü Fest to Debut in St. Louis This Fall

    "I don't think we could've come up with a better name," says Pü Fest curator Pat Boland. "We tried. We tried really hard." "It rhymes with the first syllable of Louis, which is our city," adds festival co-organizer Mike Herr. "It's funny. You know LouFest. And now there's Pü Fest." Local concert ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Angel Among Us: An Oral History of Angel Olsen's Time In St. Louis

    "OK, here's the deal: I'm not prep, I'm not punk, I'm not grunge, I'm not emo. The only label I go by is my name, which happens to be Angel -- even though it doesn't make sense when you compare it to my character." --Angel Olsen's profile, circa January 2003. On April 27, Angel Olsen co ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Josh Levi, Max Eisenberg and Jack Callahan Return To Jade Room Tonight

    Radiator Greys w/ DJ Max Eisenberg, Die Reihe and Brain Transplant Jade Room (3131 South Grand Boulevard) Tonight, December 26 | 9 PM | FREE Every now and again, St. Louis gets shanked in the gut and leaks some of its talent all over another city. Josh Levi is one such case. When he left, the city ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost Releases Video for New Song: See It Before It Self-Destructs

    Last week Left South Pictures released a new music video for the song "Dana Dew" by Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost. The song is the first single from the group's upcoming EP on Left South Records. The video is only available for a limited time only; we're told it will be pulled from the internet at 11:59 ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis this Week: January 22 to 27

    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 >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Sound and Vision: Jeremy Kannapell on the New Music Circle's 54th Year

    Stemming back to its foundation in 1959, the St. Louis-based New Music Circle has moved forward as torchbearer in the curation of both regional and international innovators of avant-garde music. Embracing everything from modular synthesis and experimental turntablism to free improvisation and tape m ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Win Meek Mill Tickets

    Update: We have a winner: Matthew, who submits Scarface's "On My Block" via Facebook. What an incredible song. We're all winners, really, because now we get to listen to this. Side note: How 'bout that new commenting system, eh? Philly mixtape prince Meek Mill brings his Dreams and Nightmares tou ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Here Are Five Unreleased Sweet Tooth Songs

    Last weekend, during a road-trip to the Northern-er portions of our country, one of my travelling companions (one Ben Osborne) got his hands on the vehicle's stereo and hooked up his MP3 player, hijacking the entire audio entertainment of an eight-man-deep van. It may have been in direct response to ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 23 to 29

    Attention cheap and poor folks in St. Louis: Four of the ten shows listed here this week won't cost you a dime! Tenacious D at Vintage vinyl (better show up early to ensure entry though -- big band, small venue), David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights playing a more intimate set at Plush, then back ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 9 to 15

    The Monday after Independence Day weekend is one most brutal. After a full weekend of barbecue and beer and illegal fireworks, going to work seems all the more objectionable. I'm too damned hungover on Freedom to be productive, personally. My "word of the day" today is "aliquant," which even my spel ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From June 18 to 24

    According to my new calendar, the word of the day is "volant," and it is defined as "moving lightly" or "nimble." I'm not really sure how to incorporate that into a post recommending shows for this week, but I'll do my damnedest. Legendary metal monsters Corrosion of Conformity play the Firebird to ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Chiddy Bang is Coming to Plush

    Party starter and most-important-meal espouser Chiddy Bang will be returning to St. Louis -- Plush (3224 Locust Street, 314-535-2686), specifically -- on August 9. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Chiddy Bang is having a big year. The Philadelphia duo released its debut full-length, Breakfast, e ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Psych: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more of o ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 21 to May 27

    We'll start this post off by recognizing the fact that yes, Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing in town on Friday (Scottrade Center); as is Local H (Firebird), but Friday is already well-represented below with another what-is-this-1996 artist, Snoop Dogg, playing at Pop's and roots-reggae pioneer Might ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Metal: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    The New Music Circle Showcase Celebrates the end of the 2011-2012 Season

    In celebration of the completion of their 53rd season, the New Music Circle will be hosting a local showcase today, May 11 at the William A. Kerr Building. Curated by NMC concert programmer Jeremy Kannapell, the evening's schedule includes performances from local acts including: Joseph Raglani, Kevi ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Electronic/Dance: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From April 23 to 29

    Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one might be tempted to take it easy this week. Please remember, though, that taking it easy is for square nerd loser ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    April 12, 2012

    The Complete Bob Reuter Interview

    Editor's Note: Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost will release Born There this Sunday at Off Broadway. For this week's Riverfront Times, Josh Levi talked to Reuter, but the man cannot be confined to our limited print space. What follows is the rest of the interview, complete with old music and new music to li ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Diplo: "It's important to be on the Internet. How else am I gonna watch porno, you know?"

    On Friday night, international mogul, Grammy-nominated producer and world-renowned DJ Diplo came to St. Louis as part of AXE's One Night Only tour. The tour headed to undisclosed venues in select cities, with information and free tickets only announced via AXE on both Facebook and Twitter. In additi ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From March 26 to April 1

    Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is jam-packed with shows as well. On Friday, two guys named Pete who happen to be legends in their respective fiel ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Drew Gowran Quits Navigator

    After one full-length album, several online releases, and a constantly filled show schedule over the past year, Drew Gowran of bright lit folk rockers, Navigator, called it quits. The St. Louis-based band announced this past Tuesday via Facebook that Gowran was ending his tenure as drummer in the ro ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012


    9 p.m. Saturday, February 25. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.

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    January 6, 2012

    Seven St. Louis Bands to Watch in 2012: What Are Your Picks?

    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 >>

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    January 5, 2012

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Nine

    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 >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Best St. Louis Shows of 2011: Part Three

    Show in a Van Down by the River, November 16 November 16th was chilly this year, as November 16ths in St. Louis tend to be. Rain was tentatively in the forecast, and a quick glance to the cloud-covered skies served only as confirmation of our local weather forecasters' suspicions. In an unassuming ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Schlafly Celebrates Twenty Years with Another Strange and Wonderful Free Show

    Brett Underwood​Since 1991, Schlafly Beer has been a beloved institution in St. Louis. Pouring heart and soul into their passion, the brewery creates well-crafted beer much to the applause of microbrew enthusiasts worldwide. From the rolling ease of the classic Pale Ale to the rich, roasted ma ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Your Guide To Mount Eerie's Improbable Foam Show Tomorrow Night

    Phil Elverum, the enigmatic creative force behind Mount Eerie and The Microphones, is scheduled to play at Foam Coffee & Beer tomorrow night. The Mount Eerie show was originally scheduled to take place at Pig Slop Studios, but concerns over noise levels forced the venue owners to pull the plug on t ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Angels In America And Mark Lord At Apop Records, 8/2/11

    Ghost Ice. Photo by Stephen Hirsch.​Angels In America | Mark Lord | Ghost Ice | Half Gay Apop Records August 2, 2011 Last night welcomed the summer's most exciting line-up for St. Louis' experimental community. Apop Records opened its doors to an eager crowd of roughly 30-40 people for New Y ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    June 2, 2011

    The First Ever Float Yr Face Festival: You. This Weekend. Eff Yes

    ​In an unfortunate twist of fate, the inaugural Float Yr Face music festival is happening the same weekend as the annual RFT Music Showcase. Don't despair yet--you can catch the first night of the experimental festival tomorrow, starting at 7:30pm. It's a collaboration between Kevin Harris, th ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: April 1-3

    ​No April Fool's Day jokes here. Just good shows to see this weekend. More stuff over at the RFT's main music page. Friday Shagy Kennedy Memorial Show @ Fubar All details about the celebration/memorial show are at Diana Benanti's post about the Everything Went Black guitarist. What Happened ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Crankfest 2011 Takes Place This Weekend at Cranky Yellow

    Screenprint artist Curtis Tinsley will share the secrets of screenprinting on a budget on Sunday at Crankfest.​Kismet and ego have been at the root of great many happy accidents -- from the discovery of the New World to the discovery of Justin Bieber. This weekend, Joseph Hess is sharing anoth ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 14, 2010

    Eleven Local Artists You Need to Know in 2011

    ​The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    5 Questions: Floating Laboratories Founder Kevin Harris

    Josh LeviKevin Harris of Floating Laboratories​Saint Louis might be the last place standing for the emerging American artist -- and no one knows that better than Kevin Harris. The Floating Laboratories founder has been a resident of St. Louis for just under five years -- and during this time, ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    The St. Louis Secret Sound Society is Back At It Again

    The mysterious cadre of music fans behind the St. Louis Secret Sound Society is back at it again. I've obtained some intel from my network of informants that when translated, the following cipher next to the organization's logo... ​ ...will reportedly reveal a special event happening later t ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Ten Things to Do for $10 This Memorial Day Weekend: May 28-31, 2010

    Looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend? Here's a list of ten events around town that will cost you $10 or less. ​Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry by Regional Natives (Opens Friday) This new art exhibition opens Friday. Writes Paul Friswold: "Some people will tell you that F ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    10 Things to do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, May 14-16, 2010

    It's that time of week again -- you're hopefully left with at least a few hours of free time where you can decide to do whatever you feel like: No time-sucking birthday lunches, Saturday morning soccer games or shift-covering for your slacker of a coworker. ("How has he not been fired yet?" you may ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Five Questions: Jordan Hicks, Co-Founder of the Art/Music Space Open Lot

    Josh LeviJordan Hicks of Open Lot​Open Lot might be one of the city's most exciting hidden gems. Tucked away in an old yeast factory in Lafayette Square, the space stands unassumingly behind Square One Brewery, next to residential housing open lot. Since opening in October 2007, Open ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009
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