It's Valentine week, and l'amour is in the air. No matter if we love or loathe this Hallmark holiday of chocolates, teddy bears and extra-special sex, we all can agree that local music makes our heart sing. But for some St. Louis couples, there's no line between the romance and music. By writing, re ... More >>
Apparently, some football game happened recently, and it was a big deal. We weren't really paying attention; we only watched to see Bruno Mars cause a swoonfest with his sexy dance moves and Bono fight AIDS with his sunglasses. You know -- the stuff that matters. See also: Super Bowl Highlights: Fu ... More >>
This weekend features a grab bag full of shows to go to. The Urge celebrates a CD release all weekend, local musicians pay tribute to the late great Lou Reed at Off Broadway, the Crack Fox celebrates its fourth birthday, and the Saint Louis Science Center features a star show paired with live music. ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
It's one of the perks of this gig that, sometimes, Record Store Day comes a little bit early. The Vinyl Fairy has been making stops at my doorstep and leaving advances of this weekend's local wax offerings, which are every bit as exciting as, oh, the 1,000-quantity Todd Rundgren picture discs (or wh ... More >>
All right, folks. Weekend two. Recap: For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am seeing at least three local bands each weekend. The rules: the shows must fit a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and ... More >>
"It's Not Forever" / "Sean"
(Lefse Records)"Blocking out the Sun" / "MC5 U in My Dreams"
Tower Groove Records
In this week's Homespun column we looked at two split EPs featuring local artists: The first is a collaboration between St. Louis' Parisian and the now New York-based Phaseone. The second pairs two beloved locals, Old Lights and Demon Lover. Check out our reviews.
Our yearly giant love letter to St. Louis -- the Best Of issue -- comes out tomorrow. We've encountered some confusion out there, so this seems like as good an opportunity as any to explain that this is different from our RFT Music Awards, which are ultimately determined by a public vote. With the B ... More >>
Attention cheap and poor folks in St. Louis: Four of the ten shows listed here this week won't cost you a dime! Tenacious D at Vintage vinyl (better show up early to ensure entry though -- big band, small venue), David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights playing a more intimate set at Plush, then back ... More >>
Last week we alluded to the fact that this March is a great time to be a music fan in St. Louis....this week we're driving the point home and then some. Unless you are capable of bi-location (or in some cases: tri / quadro), you are going to miss some good shows this week. We have Andrew Bird at the ... More >>
As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the metro area number in the th ... More >>
Kholood EidDavid Beeman and Kit Hamon of Native Sound (and Old Lights).There comes a time when growth for some musicians means giving back to the community. For David Beeman, Kit Hamon and John Joern -- bandmates in Old Lights -- this means helping their fellow St. Louis musicians find a reco ... More >>
Photo by Nate Burrell Old Lights' new 10", Like Strangers, is a brutal love story told over six tracks that move with hypnotizing grace. Its the sort of record that you just keep listening to. Its guitars, keys and vocals tee off on one sweet spot after another, peeling off seamlessly or dro ... More >>
Wish I Were You (self-released)
On Saturday, October 30, Cherokee Street came alive with the first St. Louis Secret Sound Festival. Bands performed at venues such as Apop Records, Foam and 2720 Cherokee, from noon until the wee hours of the morning. Photographer Kholood Eid was there and caught some of the festivities. Here's a sa ... More >>
Night two of An Under Cover Weekend featured a little something for everyone, a nice reminder of another one of the event's benefits: the ability to bring disparate crowds together. Most of this diverse crowd was still filtering in during Samuriot's opening set as third-wave ska legends Reel Big Fi ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBeth Bombara at the 2010 RFT Music Awards Presentation Celebration.Singer-songwriter Beth Bombara is nearly done recording her first full-length album in the home studio she shares with her husband/fellow local musician, Kit Hamon. "There's pros and cons recording in your own ho ... More >>
In recent months, the band Old Lights has cropped up everywhere around town (and beyond): opening for Magnolia Electric Co. in Columbia, playing after the Decemberists in the Halo Bar and tomorrow, opening the Constantines/Crystal Antlers show at the Duck Room. (For good measure, the band is also pl ... More >>