If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
This year's Best of St. Louis issue has hit the streets and this year like previous years (last year, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, etc.), we chose a winner for best punk band of 2013. But there's more than just one punk band worth your time, and many of these bands were winners in previous years. S ... More >>
Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>
In this week's music feature for the print edition of the Riverfront Times, we address the link between music and adrenaline in the sports world. Chemists and biologists have proven that music and other stimuli can have a major effect on sparking adrenaline, which in turn may boost both athleticism ... More >>
This month, you won't be able to watch an episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" without seeing a half-dozen attack ads. The music world doesn't have attack ads, it has diss tracks. In honor of the onslaught of negativity in our political process, here are the six best diss tracks of all time. Let us ... More >>
Compiling the best songs about birds is tricky. Many great ones are too metaphorical ("Bird On A Wire" by Leonard Cohen, "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd) and many literal ones are not great ("I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado). Continuing the Nitpick Six series about animal songs, here are the six best ... More >>
Just as Thanksgiving was a reminder of Irish rock band the Cranberries, today's national holiday is a celebration of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and quirky Seattle alternative rock trio the Presidents Of The United States Of America. For your Presidents Day, enjoy this list of the six best PO ... More >>
Once a year, the Stag Nite All-Stars form a ramshackle convergence to pay loving, egg-nog-addled tribute to The Last Waltz, arguably the most famous concert in history. Spearheaded musically by Mark Moynihan of Racketbox, the group also includes members of a dozen-odd other south city mainstays. Thi ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
You made it through another week, and you should reward yourself with some live musical entertainment: Tonight it's the kings of Southern rock at the Family Arena, a strong local bill at Off Broadway and another Homegrown deal at the Pageant. STL Loud showcases an eclectic bill at the Firebi ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe extraneous requesting of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the longest running jokes in rock and roll history. It also ranks among the least funny. Each time a lazy heckler yells "Free Bird" at a rock band, a lose-lose situation results. The band is mocked and the he ... More >>
Robin UtzThe honey-bourbon chicken from Mile 277.Its bike-and-entertainment theme precedes Mile 277 Tap & Grill (10701 Watson Road, Sunset Hills; 314-645-3277) -- you begin to become aware of it even before you enter the parking lot. Motorcycles are everywhere; their owners, friends and famil ... More >>
asarofamily.comTool will play the Family Arena this Saturday Friday, June 25 *Michael Bublé, Scottrade Center *Cage the Elephant/22-20s/AutoVaughn, The Pageant *New World Spirits/Gravity Kills/Soul Kiss/The Hunted, Roberts Orpheum Theater *A Cursive Memory, Fubar *Zane Lamprey/Marc Ryan/Stev ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Busch Stadium, Broadway and Poplar Street.
Metric.LiveNation/Ticketmaster already eliminated service fees on tickets purchased during the entire month of June. And now, for the last ten days of the promotion, it's having a lawn-ticket fire sale. Each day, one local show will have these tickets on sale for $10. Yup, just $10 -- with no ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBret Michaels at Rib America Festival, May 29, 2010. See an entire slideshow here.Mortality and rock & roll usually don't mix. The whole point of rock music, especially at the retro-heavy Rib America Festival at Soldiers' Memorial this weekend, is to be forever young. But there wa ... More >>
The Pageant*The New Pornographers/The Dodos June 28*Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros/Dawes, June 14 *Kevin Hart, April 30 Old Rock House*Gregory Alan Isakov, March 27*Honor Society, April 8*The Subdudes, June 26*Marcia Ball, June 20*The Nadas, May 6 *Tommy Castro Band, April 17 &n ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
ozarkmusicfestivalexhibit.comThe Ozark Music Festival kicked off 35 years ago last Saturday, July 18, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Concert promoters had assured Sedalians that they would be hosting a "soft rock" festival with 50,000 spectators.Instead, 160,000 people (and that's a c ... More >>
Press release of the week winner. Everyone else can go home. It was announced today that Kid Rock has purchased the naming rights to the home of the Detroit Tigers for an undisclosed sum. Kid Rock and The Michigan Brewing Company, in a separate negotiation, are proud to announce that Kid Rock's for ... More >>
Artist: Stillwater Album: I Reserve the Right! From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1978 Label: Capricorn Records What it sounds like: A real band that's not as good as a made-up one/Southern butt-rock/ Lynyrd Skynyrd-meets-Foghat.
Word has it there's a strange odor hovering over St. Louis. As a colleague living near Tower Grove Park tells me, "The smell is extremely fecal." (I wouldn't know. My neighborhood located along the beautiful River Des Peres always smells like diaper fill.) But don't worry folks, local authorities ha ... More >>
Artist: Head East Album: Flat As A Pancake From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1975 Label: A&M Records What it sounds like: People from Southern Illinois trying to play southern rock—like Lynyrd Skynyrd meets AC/DC. The kind of thing that’s been reincarnated by the likes of the Drive-By Truc ... More >>
B-Sides chats with the immortal soul-punk Graham Parker, and boogies down with the NYC power-trio Earl Greyhound.
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Anti-Disco League Vol. 1 (Templecombe/TKO)
Tuesday, June 27. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
7 p.m. Friday, June 23. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
Concerts sure to rock your summer
Friday, December 9; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Unreal drops by to chat with Bob Schneider; we visit Africa and the Old School
Week of August 18, 2004
Mama's Pride could have been a contender
Lynyrd Skynyrd at 30
It Still Moves (ATO Records)
The Drive-By Truckers are bruised, battered and almost famous
Saturday, June 21; Fox Theatre
St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
Friday, June 28; Pageant
Saturday, Nov. 17; Frederick's Music Lounge
Husband-and-wife team Puerto Muerto produce a strange and beautiful brainchild
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
St. Louis native Russell Gunn returns home for a much-anticipated gig at Bistro Europa
Great expectations, laid low, for St. Louis bands
Friday, Oct. 29; Kiel Center