The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! 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 a Music Award this year, introd ... More >>
All right, folks. Weekend two.
Recap: For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am seeing at least three local bands each weekend. The rules: the shows must fit a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and ... More >>
Plenty of excellent shows this week; particularly as we enter the weekend -- local releases galore. We'll get into that in more detail on the weekend post though.
Supposedly, the world is ending this weekend as well. I know what you are thinking, and I don't really buy it either, but then again the ... More >>
It's Monday, it's shitty outside, and I'm tired. My brain is mush, creativity is lacking, and there's an unknown chirp occurring somewhere in the vicinity of my desk (seemingly overhead somehow, but it is not a smoke detector) that is driving me to distraction. I've played out the coming hours in my ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks 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 o ... More >>
Kholood EidTef PoeThis week's feature involves asking a few St. Louisans what one thing they would change about our city. Several of the people involved are of particular interest to us here at RFT Music, including rapper Tef Poe, Pretty Little Empire's Justin Johnson and Apop Records owner ... More >>
Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire mid-stretch at a gas station.Pretty Little Empire and Bo & the Locomotive recently returned from a nine day tour that took them to Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Asheville, Nashville, and Cape Girardeau. This isn't the first outing for e ... More >>
Pretty Little Empire. Photo by Steve Truesdell.Ed: The RFT Music Showcase was Saturday. It was hot, it was crowded and you would have needed to be in ten places as once to see all the good stuff. Among those who tried was Diana Benanti -- she brings you part two of her highlights below. Read ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Pretty Little Empire.Local Americana mainstays Pretty Little Empire recently returned from a few weeks on the road. Its stops included Chicago, Asheville, North Carolina, Lee's Summit and Austin for SXSW. The band comprises Justin Johnson on acoustic guitar and vocals; Wil ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThere were so many things to drink about this year, from the oil bleeding into the Gulf to the earthquake in Haiti. But, despite having every reason to booze up, you still don't have New Year's plans. A few weeks ago, we suggested ten ideas for your year-end revelry. Below, h ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Pretty Little Empire's Sweet Sweet Hands. He had this to say:
Pretty Little Empire trades in sweet acoustic melancholy, a kind of slow-drip dream-folk that skirts the edges of twang and pop. Singer and guitarist Justin Johnson leads the quartet with ... More >>