Here's a show worth a weeknight road trip: acclaimed Bay Area trio Grass Widow is playing in Farmington at The Vault (204 South A Street, Farmington, MO, 573-783-0173) this Tuesday, June 5. Touring on the strength of its strong new album, Internal Logic (the first on the band's own HLR label), this ... More >>
David TorchMarnie Stern hasn't taken shortcuts. Signed to Kill Rock Stars in early 2007 on the strength of a demo (which saw a cassette release earlier this year), last year's self-titled album served to dispel any lingering notion that she was just a guitar maximalist. Its ten songs laid bar ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiBest Coast's tshirts. Yes, that's Snacks the cat.About a week before this show, there had been an online beef/controversy between Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Kill Rock Stars artist Marnie Stern. Given some examples of Best Coast's lyrics (specifically the infamous "I wish ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiRAA at the Billiken Club, 3/31/09The Rural Alberta Advantage should feel right at home tonight at Off Broadway, what with the blustery weather hitting St. Louis today. As its name implies, the trio hails from Canada, and the songs on its debut, Hometowns, involve stories about gr ... More >>
The Shaky Hands The Shaky Hands Where: The Firebird With: The Mhurs Sounds Like: "If Mott the Hoople and Dr. Dog had a baby, it would be called Tom the Poodle, and it would sound like the Shaky Hands. The Portland band's no-frills, all-boogie presentation reclaims the spirit of the blues-jamm ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycli ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.
Slumber Party's Aliccia B.B. goes it alone, while B-Sides gives good Download and makes a mix of anti-patriotic songs
Look at Who You're Talking To (Gigantic)
Har Mar Superstar insists that his ribald R&B is no joke -- it just sounds like one
The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000
Sleater-Kinney deliver great rock tinged with a womanly sensibility