In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. "It was a ... More >>
By Luke Winkie We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into es ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>
Long-time editor-in-chief Tom Finkel currently wraps up his last week at Riverfront Times, so here's a Kid Rock send-off. Yeah, why not? OK, but seriously, let's all pay our respects by watching Bob Schneider's new music video. Tom will soon be overseeing the Village Voice's music blog, Sound of the ... More >>
Ticket scalping has been an issue for major events ever since selling tickets began. From the venues to the bands all the way down to the fans, nobody likes scalpers. Make that, especially not the fans: Fast-fingered scalpers snatch up tickets en masse, leaving many fans disappointed and empty-hand ... More >>
There is absolutely nothing wrong with cross-genre collaboration. Anything that widens an artist or listener's musical scope is encouraged. Rap and country, as disparate as they can seem, can coexist peacefully within a single track (ie. most of Odelay). But when it's bad, good God almighty it's bad ... More >>
For all the effort that is put into the art of making people laugh, often the funniest things in life happen by accident. A well-crafted joke by Louis C.K. or the Sklar Brothers is great, but most people would probably laugh harder at an old man's pants falling down on a wedding dance floor. If not ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
The ol' Casio keyboard sound effects never get a workout quite like they do around Halloween, when nearly every spooky song comes punctuated with a howl or a squeak. Or a half-dozen of them, as in the case of the maddeningly catchy kids' song "Pumpkin Jack." (Click here to listen, and don't say we d ... More >>
Let this week be a week for hairspray, black pleather, and boobs. Sunset Strip hair metal hooligans will let loose on St. Louis with a sweaty, balls out show at the Pageant on Wednesday. It's almost too easy to dismiss Steel Panther as a one-joke band that never realized Spinal Tap had been there ... More >>
Megadeth rocker Dave Mustaine raised a few collective eyebrows this week when he endorsed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's bourgeoning presidential bid. The former Pennsylvania senator has been gaining steam as of late after prevailing in a trio of February contests, including Missouri's non-bindin ... More >>
Courtesy of Justin Bieber ShrineSure signs of an impending apocalypse: 1. Locusts: Depending on what part of St. Louis you're in, you can substitute cicadas. 2. Thunder, hail and tornadoes: Done, done and done. 3. Justin Bieber winning a CMT award: Which he did, earlier this week, for his c ... More >>
On Saturday, July 16, Kid Rock and his "Born Free" tour will be coming to St. Louis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Kennett, Missouri, native Sheryl Crow is opening. Tickets are on sale Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m. The duo has a new duet out called "Collide." (And of course, they also sang the ... More >>
Yesterday we questioned the proliferation of celebrity-owned chicken restaurants, with the opening of Flavor Flav's first Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa. But Flav's foray into food service left us with a second question: do you really want to eat food made by this guy? VH1 TV Shows | Music V ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, November 5. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Acorn's No Ghost*The Acorn, No Ghost Drowned In Sound's review of the album explains, "Cynics might argue about the familiar sounds on No Ghost and may per ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, December 31. Fubar, 3108 Locust.
My friend Kim assured me that City Club, smack-dab in the middle of St. Charles' historic district, would fit my divey criteria. I didn't want to say I doubted her, but, well, I doubted her.I've got to learn to be more trusting.
Food firms decide consumers must take ultimate responsibility for the safety of their foods. (New York Times)Mexican government officials chow down on pork to show that the meat doesn't pose a health risk. (AP)Frank Bruni is stepping down as New York Times restaurant critic. (AP)The always charming ... More >>
Press release of the week winner. Everyone else can go home. It was announced today that Kid Rock has purchased the naming rights to the home of the Detroit Tigers for an undisclosed sum. Kid Rock and The Michigan Brewing Company, in a separate negotiation, are proud to announce that Kid Rock's for ... More >>
Artist: Sammy Hagar Album: Three Lock Box From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1982 Label: Geffen Records What it sounds like: The exhaust pipe of a white trash Ferrari
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
Outside on the Off Broadway smoking patio, the whole hope thing was getting out of hand. "Do you have any joints?" some random dude inquired as I huddled next to the propane heater. "Joints? Plural?" I replied. "Would you settle for a three-day-old roach?" He wasn't settling. "Do you think they'll p ... More >>
Get over it, you bleeding-heart liberal pieces of shit!"
Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.
An epic story turns human -- and fallible -- in Oliver Stone's Alexander
Week of September 15, 2004
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
Biker Boyz is furious, but it's not fast, which is a real drag
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
Wednesday, October 2; UMB Bank Pavilion
Week of April 17, 2002
With a diverse following and a stand-alone attitude, Nelly Furtado hit it big by being herself. But how long can it last?
In Osmosis Jones, a virus takes over Bill Murray. (So that's his excuse.)
10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)
Cosmic Bowling throws the sport for a loop
Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!
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