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 >>
This week, Bruiser Queen drops a new album, Stonechat plays its last show and St. Louis gets visits from several out-of-town, out-of-this-world performers. Select from shows including J Mascis, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Macabre, Chance the Rapper and more. Read on for this week's recommend ... More >>
Here again is 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 of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>
Celebrating both St. Louis' blues legacy and the refreshed cobblestone streets of Laclede's Landing, the Big Muddy Blues Festival is expanding its variety of blues music for 2014, with influential artist Guitar Shorty and blues-rocker Samantha Fish headlining this year's event. Slated for Saturday ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
This month, fans all over the United States have been reliving Beatlemania, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's defining appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Without a doubt, the Beatles majorly changed rock and roll in the early 1960s. Mop-top hair, smart suits, witty wisecracks, three- ... More >>
Friday, March 16, 2012 2:15 p.m. By mid-afternoon the South Congress strip had become a not-quite-debauched Mardi Gras parade of young and old, hip and unhip, crunchy and coiffed, and dogs, lots of dogs, all taking in the food trucks, boutiques, vintage apparel encampments and day parties, lots of ... More >>
Having interviewed over 50 of St. Louis' record aficionados, Last Collector Standing is ending the column on an interview with the proverbial "kings of the scene," Vintage Vinyl owners Tom "Papa" Ray and Lew Prince. For over 30 years, Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-4096) has been hub ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaThough records are most commonly thought of as a way to listen to music, they were also the first medium to document the majesty and mystery of the spoken human voice. Local poet and former Streetside Records employee Philip Gounis is a lifelong collector of spoken-word r ... More >>
A to Z took an impromptu trip to our sweaty sister in the dirty south for the Mardi Gras festivities, and we were saddened to find the New Orleans outpost of Euclid Records shuttered. "We closed that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. There was nothing happening," says James Weber, the St. Louis transplant ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Todd McKenzieEleanor Friedberger of the Fiery FurnacesPopular wisdom among Fiery Furnaces fans is that you never know quite what to expect when the band heads out on tour. It constantly overhauls its choice of instrumentation, song catalogue and overall approach to confusing the audience. One ... More >>
Artist: Michael Bolton Album: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1988 Label: CBS Records What it sounds like: Sacrilege: The classic Otis Redding song redone "When a Man Loves a Woman"-style.
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
One year later, a glimpse at New Orleans' music scene.
Week of February 16, 2006
A little comic, a little poetic, totally Clem Snide
Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens (Shout! Factory)
We check out Gephardt's iPod playlist, chat with a Blind Boy and listen to the Scared
Week of September 15, 2004
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
True Love (V2)
Lo-tech gift giving is easy with these rock books
King of the rink Leo White is ready for prime time, but is prime time ready for him?
Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (Arista)
St. Louis' duck-walking icon holds forth on his art, his life and hisunderwear
School spirit goes haywire at the University of Missouri
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.