Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite con ... More >>
St. Louis is one step closer to rocking this summer -- the ICM Partners way. Wednesday afternoon, the aldermanic convention and tourism committee passed a much-amended Board Bill #328 -- now known among locals as the "Summer Rocks bill," which proposes to bring two multi-stage music festivals per y ... More >>
For seven days, St. Louis has been speculating about what Board Bill #328 could mean for downtown as a tourist destination and music haven. Multiple large-scale festivals? Ousted local events? Big music names? A burden on city resources? But after an aldermanic hearing yesterday, we're only margina ... More >>
Los Angeles talent agency ICM Partners is working on plans to hold dual Summer Rocks music festivals in downtown St. Louis' Gateway Mall, beginning the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in 2015. Proponents of the festival say that St. Louis' geographically central location makes it a perfect trave ... More >>
Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... 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 >>
Gorilla Warfare Tactics member Dilla, a native St. Louisan, had been a hip-hop enthusiast since grade school. But after he relocated to New York and began making music with his NYU roommates, hip-hop nation started to become just as enthusiastic about him. With tens of thousands of downloads and a N ... More >>
Last night C3 Presents -- the company that will be partnering with LouFest this year, also responsible for Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Festival -- hosted a "Media Happy Hour" at Five Bistro. Many members of the local media were in attendance -- in addition to RFT Music, there was the Pos ... More >>
"Andrew is going to tell you a story while I get a drink. By the way, Andrew has extreme stage fright." And so Nate Ruess hangs his bandmate out to dry. Andrew hunches lower at his piano and tells us he'll need a few seconds to come up with a story, then starts talking about his grandpa and a car... ... More >>
Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of thei ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>
Jane's Addiction | Black Box Revelation The Pageant February 22, 2012 Jane's Addiction remains an undisputed king of the '90s. From its inception in 1985 to the creation of Lollapalooza for its 1991 farewell tour, the band has lent more than its share to the birth of alternative culture, second to ... More >>
The Kanrocksas Music Festival, assembled last year in rapid fashion with a lineup of surprisingly big names (Eminem, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips...), will be taking what would have been its sophomore year off. The Kansas Speedway, which hosts the festival, is undergoing a major construction p ... More >>
With LouFest, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza done you may think the music festival season is over after Labor Day. But there's still more: Those who crave an indie rock festival featuring creative, innovative and up-and-coming artists will be glad to know that their audio paradise is only 178 mi ... More >>
Photo by Mike AppelsteinPains of Being Pure at Heart | Craft Spells Off Broadway August 5, 2011 To my shock, they dedicated a song to me, so let's dispose with any pretense of objectivity right now. Admittedly, the song was "My Terrible Friend," so if they'd sucked live, I could have slamme ... More >>
Jason StoffThe Black Lips have done this show before -- and better. Here they are at the Firebird in 2010.Black Lips The Firebird August 4, 2011 The Black Lips who appeared on the dark stage at the Firebird last night were, in a word, tame. Gone were the antics of mid-level indie-rock lore, ... More >>
Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who is finally free to pursue the pop and R&B he's always loved, is coming to St. Louis. His former band's last show here was at the Pageant. His solo career has seen him on tour with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, and he'll be playing Lollapalooza this s ... More >>
Jason StoffCypress Hill at the Pageant. More photos from the night here.Roughly a week after playing to a record-setting crowd at this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago, the California kings of stoner-rap, Cypress Hill, played their first St. Louis show in years. While the bottom floor of the Pa ... More >>
At the Pageant tonight, Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas will be headlining as a solo artist, in support of his electro-tinged album Phrazes for the Young. In this week's paper, Katie Moulton interviewed Casablancas; the two discussed fatherhood, his musical direction and what to expect fr ... More >>
What a weekend. If you stayed inside constantly checking istwitterdown.com, here's what you missed. The What Cheer? Brigade on the City Museum roof On Friday night, the What Cheer? Brigade, a traveling 19-piece, punk brass band, took to the roof of the City Museum for a show, before heading to Chic ... More >>
Last month, the Breeders shot a music video here in town for a song set to appear on a new EP. Just got a press release that the EP has a name: Fate to Fatal, which also happens to be the song featured in said video. The press release has more information about the music on the EP -- and how the ban ... More >>
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