Onstage -- his hair whipping like a battlefield banner, his piano splintering, his gnarled voice bellowing and his band crushing out something like rock, something like the blues -- J. Roddy Walston is surely a force, but not really a force of nature, as he is often deemed. His reckless music and wi ... 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 >>
Here at RFT Music, we chat with music luminaries of all sorts -- nationally touring musicians, roadies, industry authors, tour promoters and more. The interviews we conduct with these folks are enlightening, but time is limited, and we usually finish our business within twenty minutes. That's why we ... More >>
On Saturday, August 17, the international music education chain, School of Rock (14560 Manchester Road), unveils its first St. Louis area location with a public grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of the opening, RFT Music decided to, ahem, research, some of the best visual interpret ... More >>
Last week in this very column, we counted down the six coolest members of uncool bands. This week, we flip the script. Here are the six most uncool members of cool bands, and they're all probably really nice people. See Also: -The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands
First, a joke: A man visits an Indian reservation. The tribe's chief leads him on a tour, and the man hears drums in the distance. "What are those drums?" he asks. The chief replies, "When the drums stop, bad things happen." They continue the tour, but the man keeps getting distracted. "Excuse me, w ... More >>
No-wave tends to work as an anti-music, a reaction to pop music slathered in classy hooks.The wondrous prog of yore dared not mix with the rough edges of hairy music from the outer crust. Skarekrau Radio is a cult under the pretenses of fantastical rock and experimental sludge. Calling on the shriek ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
7 p.m. Saturday, January 21. BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway.
Just when you thought that St. Louis' love for cover nights and tribute bands couldn't swell our collective hearts any further, a promising new venture in classic-rock recreation hits Off Broadway tonight. Street Fighting Band is a new local tribute to the Rolling Stones, and the band is made ... More >>
image viaSounds like a sly April Fool's day joke, but it isn't: Juelz Santana is celebrating his birthday at Club Amnesia. Well, not his real birthday, which was February 18, but his publicity-garnering birthday tour that *might* be tied to the release of his long overdue follow-up to 2005's What th ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, November 20. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
In preparation for this show, I borrowed a copy of The Essential Heart, perhaps the most comprehensive of the band's greatest-hits collections. Listening to it, I was struck anew at its rapid descent from '70s rockers to '80s power-balladeers. Granted, those '80s records were Heart's best sellers - ... More >>
American Idol's taken a beating this year. Besides the usual drama with its judges, interest in the show appeared to be dwindling. In fact, its results-show finalé drew its lowest ratings ever. Perhaps what Idol again needs is a personality like Adam Lambert. The season eight runner-up lived up to ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, August 6. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend? Here's a list of ten events around town that will cost you $10 or less. Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry by Regional Natives (Opens Friday) This new art exhibition opens Friday. Writes Paul Friswold: "Some people will tell you that F ... More >>
Tuesday, December 29. MoKaBe's, 3606 Arsenal Street. 314-865-2009. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 11. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Friday, June 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Mexicans like music that doesn't involve tubas?
7 p.m. Thursday, November 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
B-Sides analyzes the mathematics of Don Caballero's existence, calls out Bon Jovi for cliches and points you to some hot Futureheads action in the Download.
8 p.m. Tuesday, August 8. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
Ten Silver Drops (Reprise)
With the Black Crowes back on the road, we reflect upon the band's tumultuous history
We love you more than you can know
The Hold Steady bring bombast back to rock & roll
Frances the Mute (Universal/Motown)
On Saturday, September 4, we tuned in to local musical frequencies in their vast and varied incarnations. What we heard, all day and all night:
Make Sweet Meat proud in the KSHE 95 March Bandness: Tournament of Rock; plus, give us your juiciest Berger Bite, check out some cranky public art and a Branson Idol hopeful -- and don't pack heat in Dierbergs
Creepy and beautiful
Local favorite J.D. Blackfoot returns to St. Louis for one last show
Saturday, Oct. 27; Fox Theatre
Wednesday, Oct. 17; Pageant
IV; Drag City Records
Mike Davis mixes up a mesmerizing blend on his cassette Yars' Revenge