Much like the insufferable word "hipster," "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates and obscure Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker or anything -- nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech b ... More >>
Billy Joel is returning to St. Louis on Friday, April 11, at the Scottrade Center downtown, bringing his history with the Gateway City full circle. LiveNation and Scottrade Center officials announced the news just moments ago during an special event in Scottrade's "Bud Light Zone." Officials shared ... More >>
Kanye West is coming to St. Louis in support of his latest album, Yeezus and he's bringing Kendrick Lamar with him. The show will be at Scottrade Center on December 2. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 28 at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster ... More >>
Punk rock is a money toilet. The record/mp3 collecting involved is the most addictive drug that I've ever encountered, and most of my alcoholic/drug addict/straight edge friends would probably agree. But are we all just living in a dumber cliché than the one we're supposedly and lazily rebelling ag ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
The man in the chicken hat is hoping things get weird inside. He smokes a cigarette, flicks it to the ground, then changes his mind and smokes the rest of it while standing in front of the Tivoli Theatre in Delmar. He's already holding a ticket, but at the advertised 7 p.m. show time, nearly 100 hop ... More >>
Shut Up and Play the Hits Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace Oscilloscope Pictures July 18 at the Tivoli By Karina Longworth "When we started the band, suddenly we were, like, New York famous. We could get into anyplace, but you know--I was never recognized on a plane." James Murphy, fo ... More >>
courtesy Kathleen WeichertJazzy, one of the two beagles from Belleville who will be competing at the Westminster Dog Show tonight.Update/spoiler at the end of the post. This is a great time of year for dog-lovers. Last weekend was Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VIII in which adorable puppies tum ... More >>
What can be said about Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" that hasn't already been said? It's a naughty crowd-pleaser that contains more double entendres than there are silver bells on a Christmas tree. But the song holds some intriguing designations, besides that fact that it was utilized brilliantly ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen's long awaited 2012 US tour dates are out and, at lest in this first batch, the closest he'll come to St. Louis is an April 17 show in Cleveland and an April 12 show in Detroit. A stop here could be announced at a later date -- there is a tantalizing week between the Cleveland show ... More >>
Ah, always nice to see college basketball season roll around again, if for no other reason than I can use my favorite picture. Last night was a very good night for the University of Missouri men's basketball team. Playing on a national stage -- ESPN, and not The Ocho -- in the early game of the J ... More >>
image viaEd Macauley with his SLU coach, Ed Hickey."Easy Ed" Macauley, one of the early stars of the NBA and, incidentally, the Saint Louis University Billikens, died yesterday here in St. Louis. He was 83 years old and six feet eight inches tall. Macauley grew up in St. Louis, attended SLU ... More >>
Photo by Brian FriedmanStandup Bill Burr, coming to the Pageant this weekendNobody personifies wise-ass East Coast standup quite like the Boston-born Bill Burr (he once told an entire crowd of heckling Philadephians, "I hope your mother has herpes in the center of her asshole"). Yet he's schedule ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Acid House Kings' Music Sounds Better With You*Acid House Kings, Music Sounds Better With You TheLineofBestFit reviewed Music Sounds Better With You: "This ... More >>
alicecooper.comAlice Cooper's having a pretty good week. On Monday night, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (He wore a snake for the occasion.) And this morning, he announced the June 2011 release of a monster (pun intended) boxed set, called Old School 1964-1974. Packaged in ... More >>
Last night was just your normal, garden-variety Phoenix headlining show at Madison Square Garden. And then Daft Punk showed up to crash the party. (You know, the usual. No big deal.) The duo started performing "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which eventually morphed into Phoenix's hit "1901." Th ... More >>
Every Monday A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Vintage Vinyl 1. K-JON---I Get Around 2. MAXWELL---BLACKsummers'night* 3. MICHAE ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsIt seems it will always be John F. Kennedy's deathday in Dallas -- not his birthday -- that we will observe, and that which, even now, almost 46 years later, still fills a dark, anguished corner in the national psyche. JFK, the most famous initials of our lifetime. Stran ... More >>
(Via Stereogum) When you were thirteen, what were you doing? Me, I listened to a lot of R.E.M., had poofy hair and braces and wrote angsty, depressed journal entries about how terrible my life was and how Spanish class sucked. But kids these days -- man, they're just so sophisticated. Take Jeff Twee ... More >>
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