Have you ever had a run of really shitty luck? Like, really bad? Recently St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight, whom we've named as the best rock band in town from time to time, had a particularly bad run, starting with the mid-January theft of their touring van and ending with the subsequent discovery ... More >>
It's President's Day! Kick off the week with a rousing show at Livery Company featuring some south city rappers. For more hip hop this week, plan on checking on the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute featuring some of the city's best as they pay homage with a jam-packed bill of local talent. From indie po ... More >>
This Valentine's day weekend, celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday with a festival in Forest Park or snuggle up to Bruiser Queen during an acoustic intimate set in south city. Alternatively, ignore the holiday entirely and check out some rock and comedy at Pet Sounds, an event to benefit Stray Rescue ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>
This week, Fitz and the Tantrums, Eleni Mandell, Heatsick, Cheap Art and more stop into town. Plan a romantic weekend with yourself or someone else, or just go out every other night this week and stay in to watch Lifetime movies to your heart's content come Cupid's retribution on Friday. Love it or ... More >>
Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>
This weekend features the debut of a few St. Louis albums from Sleepy Kitty, Magnolia Summer and Amen Lucy, Amen. Support local music, and then check out a variety of acts from out of town including Nipsey Hussle, Scowler and Random Rab. Get some info on these shows and more after the jump.
With the holidays nigh, it's good to take a look ahead at the potential aftermath. Unwind from the street of Christmas season with some shows this week. Schlafly Beer celebrates its 22nd birthday with a rock show on the big stage upstairs, Jack Buck plays its last show in St. Louis at Apop Records, ... More >>
With the holiday season in full swing, lots of bands pull out the stops. El Monstero hits the Pageant for its annual string of holiday season shows, Sarah Bollinger graces the Gramophone with her blue-eyed soul for a special Christmas show and Pet Rock invades the Livery with a tape release. Besides ... More >>
OK, so calling these posts the "ten" best shows in St. Louis each weekend is a bit of a stretch. Admittedly, we like to include as many shows as possible and inevitably end up linking back to all sorts of preview coverage from earlier in the week. Please excuse the following obsessive, excessive hyp ... More >>
The Bottle Rockets, Goblin and Chance the Rapper all headline gigs to kick off December in style. Besides that, catch shows including Pat Martino Trio at Jazz at the Bistro and Midlake at the Old Rock House. Read on for a selection of shows in St. Louis this week.
Plenty of locked and loaded local bands let loose with brand new releases this weekend, including Brotherfather, Pistols and the Sisters and the Glass Cavalry. In addition to these great shows, the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl fills the street with swing on Saturday and a number of touring acts pay vi ... More >>
It's a busy week for St. Louis music. Read on to catch a piece of the action. With Halloween celebratory activities well under way, local bands get ready go dress up with special covers-only sets. Besides that, Bug Chaser drops its latest, Noisefest celebrates its tenth anniversary and Tef Poe perfo ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! There's a lot going on, so brace yourself three days filled with a smorgasbord of shows to choose from. While RFT Music's fearless leader enjoys the remainder of a long overdue staycation, we bring you the following recommendations. Don't forget to let us know what else is go ... More >>
This week yields plenty of stops from artists all across the board including the Tontons, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Barenaked Ladies and Minus the Bear. Keep reading for our critics' recommendations for the week, and as always, remember to peruse our concert calendar for more options.
This week, check out performances from touring groups including Vintage Trouble, Daniel Francis Doyle and the Dreamers, Parasites and many more. Some recommendations for shows to check out this week await right after the jump!
In this 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 in the Blank. Laika ran int ... More >>
Happy Monday, everyone! We hope your weekends were filled with tons of show-going fun. Plenty more madness continues to fill our concert calendar for the week, including visits from Ken Mode, Masked Intruder, and Handsome Family Band. Get some recommendations for a show or two every night of the wee ... More >>
The RFT's office has an interesting soundtrack of its own this summer. Take, for instance, the saxy guy tootin' for loose change outside or the busker heard down the street letting out a blood-curdling "Go, Johnny! Go-oo-oo--ooo!" a mere block away from Chuck's statue. How about the sound of childre ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
Sorry, spring breakers! We know, we know -- Animal Collective postponing their St. Louis show throws a huge wrench into the works, along with all this freezing and wet mucky, gloomy sadness outside the window. Chin up, music fans. There's plenty of other bands to make donning some galoshes and splas ... More >>
This week's music feature on So Many Dynamos is the latest piece on the band in the pages of the RFT. In that feature, singer/keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Stovall says the group's latest release (a self-titled EP that comes in the form of a digital download whose only physical presence is a SMD 'frid ... More >>
Hard times, high gas prices and an ill economy did little to derail local artists from expanding outward in 2012. As a musician, I've never seen so many of my peers crawl out from these red brick buildings to push their River City sounds than in the past 12 months. Many return with invaluable advice ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. RFT's Daniel Hill wrote an article last week about Stlpunk, a localized proto-social networking site that ... More >>
The Requiem was a fast hardcore punk band with melodic leanings that operated in the hardcore scene of St. Louis from early 2003 until mid 2005. The band's sound was in the same vein as Panic, American Nightmare and/or Bane, wherein fast four-chord riffs give way to mid-tempo breakdowns underneath a ... More >>
After one full-length album, several online releases, and a constantly filled show schedule over the past year, Drew Gowran of bright lit folk rockers, Navigator, called it quits. The St. Louis-based band announced this past Tuesday via Facebook that Gowran was ending his tenure as drummer in the ro ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, December 23. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Bhob RaineyBhob Rainey digs at the secret corners of your brain, wielding a soprano saxophone to invoke aural anomalies. Rainey is sure to peel the paint off the walls with the unconventional means he uses to create otherworldly sound. For fans of experimental composition, his name recalls sh ... More >>
hellohighplaces.blogspot.com High Places' Rob Barber and Mary Pearson are sonic soulmates who finish each others sentences and have found a common ground despite their disparate backgrounds--Pearson grew up in rural Michigan playing the bassoon, and Barber came up in the urban desolation of P ... More >>
Darth Vader Pez Dispenser: "Impressive."Have fun this weekend, but don't go broke. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend entertainment that will cost you $10 or less. Eighteenth-annual National PEZ Convention at the Marriott St. Louis West (Saturday) If you remember our 2007 feature story ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, August 10. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
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