All hail the lowly cassette. More than just an obsolete format with retro appeal, cassette tapes have historically served an important, almost subversive function. Invented in the 1930s but only hitting market penetration in the 1970s, cassettes were cheap, portable and customizable. At the time, t ... More >>
It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>
By Kat Bein As a self-respecting female with professional aspirations and a desire to be taken seriously as an individual, it's become increasingly difficult to identify with American electronic dance music culture without feeling kind of irresponsible. See Also: Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boner ... More >>
Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the best of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor ... More >>
The new Tim Burton movie, Frankenweenie, comes out this week. It's about a boy and a zombie dog, and actually our reviewer says it's a damn good time. But more than the movie itself, we are intrigued by the two-pack promo mailer we got here at RFT Music HQ from Disney yesterday. It features the s ... More >>
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 12. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 14. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
David Lynch's long-promised solo album is here: You can go listen to Crazy Clown Time right now on NPR's First Listen. What we've heard of it so far is about what you'd expect based on the horrifying title track: guitar licks from some dusty hell, discordant moans, vague insinuations. Serious ... More >>
Really, you don't need to know much more than that the song is called "Crazy Clown Time" and that it is the second song to emerge from David Lynch's upcoming solo record of the same name. And rest assured, he does that title justice, chirping smirkingly innocent small town frolics over warped guitar ... More >>
Jason StoffMonotonix at the GargoyleA question posed by someone in the audience at Monotonix last night: "Where are all the grungy St. Louis hipsters?" The girl went on to state her disappointment in the seeming lack of Southside punks in the crowd, but the answer to her query seemed self-evi ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe cultural importance of records extends beyond the music within their grooves. Generation after generation has defined itself by its vinyl aesthetic. From Elvis Presley to The Beatles, The Sex Pistols to Madonna, the album cover has become a cultural landmark that encapsulates ... More >>
(Photos by Todd Owyoung coming!!) The Flaming Lips tries desperately to give more to its fans than it takes from them. It wants your emphatic applause, it wants your unconditional love, it wants your $37.50 - all fodder for creating an atmosphere that feels nothing short of magical. Wayne Coyne, S ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
Weathering the road since February, Samantha Crain played the penultimate show of her latest tour at Off Broadway last night--and she wrapped it up as the boss. The Boss, that is--donning a folded red bandana around her forehead, the diminutive musician, vocalist and band leader opened her set sayin ... More >>