Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
By Jenn DeRose King Khan, rock & roll's spiritual leader by way of Montreal, is returning to Off Broadway with psychedelic soul outfit the Shrines on Saturday, June 15, to promote the group's latest, Idle No More. The album takes its name from a 2012 Native American movement to unite tribes for the ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>
As of today, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has made it to 70 years old, in spite of early projections from, well, everyone (including Richards himself) that he wouldn't live that long. For most mere mortals, the hard-partying lifestyle that accompanies being a Stone is a sure-fire recipe f ... More >>
On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious ... More >>
If you only know Jimmy Griffin as the consummate tribute-show guitarist, you only know half of the story. Griffin's high-profile turns playing the riffs of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and David Gilmour in increasingly popular tributes to classic rock icons have been a central part of sold-out spectac ... More >>
Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>
Last week, our cohorts at Daily RFT brought you the story of an albino ruby-throated hummingbird, or maybe a pair of them, seen in northeast Missouri. The exceptionally rare species is easily spotted by predators and is therefore a small population that dwindles every year. The hummingbird, with its ... More >>
When discussing animals in song, it is important to distinguish between a track that uses an animal as a metaphor - for freedom or wildness, usually - and a song that is actually about an animal. We will be exploring the latter in this month's animal-style Nitpick Six series. Here are the six best s ... More >>
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
The old model of popular music: dumb it down to the lowest common denominator and make it go down easy. Reviewing the Billboard and iTunes charts of this past year, the tides have obviously changed. In days when nobody is buying, the flashiest, loudest, weirdest thing sells -- how else can yo ... More >>
History shows that Axl Rose doesn't like cameras. The cell phone era must drive him batshit crazy. Overshadowed by the celebration of Independence Day, another explosive moment from American history came and went on Saturday, July 2 -- the twentieth anniversary of the infamous Riverport Riot. ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. KANYE WEST---My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2. THE NATIONAL---High Violet (Expanded Edition) 3. NICKI MINAJ---Pink Friday 4. RIHANNA---Loud 5. LATIMORE---All About The Rhythm & The Blues 6. NELLY---5.0 7. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 8. ... More >>
Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>
image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be GoodLast week, we published an interview with Art Holliday, who's working on a documentary about Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, called Johnnie Be Good. Here's part two of our chat, below. Speaking ... More >>
image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be GoodArt Holliday is known for his work as a news anchor on KSDK, but he's also a independent filmmaker in his free time. In his latest project, Johnnie Be Good, he documents the life and career of Johnnie ... More >>
To celebrate the reissue of the Rolling Stones' revered album, Exile on Main St., a hodge-podge band of local musicians calling themselves Torn & Frayed convened to pay tribute to the dirty, swaggering, heroin-fueled, Southern-fried boogie of the '70s Stones. To call it a "supergroup" may be ... More >>
No matter how many people he knows at a St. Louis Son Volt show, Jay Farrar will always be the guy who played a big part in creating the "alt. country" genre. Twenty years after Uncle Tupelo's heyday, Farrar and the current Son Volt line-up stay true to their roots without being strangled by them, ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, November 6. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
So the NFL owners yesterday voted to make the NFL just a little bit shittier. They added four more rules, and modified one other, and I have to say, the modification is the worst of the group. All of the rule changes, of course, deal with the way that players can hit each other. Two are fairly ... More >>
Artist: Aretha Franklin Album: Jumpin' Jack Flash From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1986 Label: Arista Records What it sounds like: Aretha Franklin slurring her words like Mick Jagger over "street" renditions of the classic Stones song.
10 p.m. Friday, January 2. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway.
Columbia's True/False Festival is the coolest four-year-old in Missouri.
Sequels, prequels, and threequels headline Hollywood 2007.
The Pirates are back, and they’re out to ransack your wallet.
Thursday, January 26; Finale Music & Dining, (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)
Love Kraft (XL/Beggars Group)
Don't like what's playing at the Red Sea? Come back tomorrow.
Radar Station battles with too many choices
True Love (V2)
In the slick and handsome Pirates of the Caribbean, more is somehow less
Timeless (Lost Highway)
Wednesday, Oct. 17; Pageant
Remodeling St. Louis' radio dial
Vagabond Ways (Instinct)
Saturday, Jan. 29; American Theater