By Tom Murphy In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Firebird this Saturday, October 18, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circula ... More >>
By Luke Winkie Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remark ... More >>
You're probably all still hungover from partying too hard this weekend, so we'll spare you the prolonged intro this week. When you're ready to get out of bed again, consider checking out some concerts! Calvin Johnson, Amanda Shires and Dread Zeppelin are but a few of the touring acts making stops in ... More >>
In this week's print feature, Widowspeak lead singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton spoke both about Almanac, her band's excellent new album, and the band's Pacific Northwest roots. Hamilton is from Tacoma, as is current bassist Dylan Treleven. Original Widowspeak drummer Michael Stasiak grew up in Lakew ... More >>
[Editor's Note: For a change, this week's print edition features two Homespun reviews written by RFT Music Senior Writer Christian Schaeffer, because why not?]
I was as surprised as anyone when I clicked online and saw the message: there was a new product from an old favorite, now available for download. Given that this was the first such release since 1991, I wanted to check it out immediately. And indeed, I was not disappointed. There was enough of th ... More >>
The Hive Dwellers | Woodsman | Sleep In Sundays Luminary Arts Center, 3/27/12 It is hard to underestimate just how influential Calvin Johnson has been over the past three decades. Since 1982, he has been the proprietor of K Records, a label that has been involved with some big names (Beck, Jon Spe ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Chas BowensIn this week's issue, Mike Appelstein previews Khaela Maricich's, a.k.a. the Blow's upcoming show at Old Rock House, saying, "Originally a singer/songwriter in the untrained, spirit-over-virtuosity K Records vein, she quickly embraced high technology and concept. As the Blow, she ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
courtesy of Mike AppelsteinA single released on the Texas label Kittyboo Records, circa 1997No one's really sure anymore when the word "twee" entered the musical vernacular, although it was probably right around the time that NME's fabled C86 compilation came out in the UK. What's certain, ho ... More >>
Sweet Sweet Hands
Here's your guide to having fun this weekend on a budget. Looking for live music? Check out our weekend concert calendar. Where the Wild Things Are opens Friday. Read J. Hoberman's review.Where the Wild Things Are at various theaters (Friday)While J. Hoberman questioned some of director Spike Jo ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, October 20. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Friday, October 16. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University. 20 North Grand Boulevard.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviewed the Humanoids' "Year of the Snake" seven-inch and the 75s' EP, Stereo. He had this to say about the latter's release:The 75s' latest offering is likewise short and sweet -- the three-song Stereo is deemed an EP but plays more like a strong single wi ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, November 17. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9:30 p.m., Friday, August 10. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue and
9 p.m. Monday, August 13. CBGB, 3163 South Grand Boulevard
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