Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... 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 yea ... More >>
Temperatures dropped drastically earlier this week, and during our morning walk to the office (not to mention the subsequent walk back to our cars when it's already dark outside), we can't quite feel our toes. Luckily, plenty of opportunities to resuscitate those little piggies via dancing exist ove ... More >>
Union Tree Review Enjoy the Weather www.uniontreereview.com If you've ever wondered what became of Union Tree Review, that promising sextet with the right mix of creative intensity and local scene connections, here's a little recap: Since the 2011 release of Death and Other Forms of Relaxation, the ... More >>
Our yearly giant love letter to St. Louis -- the Best Of issue -- comes out tomorrow. We've encountered some confusion out there, so this seems like as good an opportunity as any to explain that this is different from our RFT Music Awards, which are ultimately determined by a public vote. With the B ... More >>
The Riverfront Times has a long, long, long history of promoting the An Under Cover Weekend shows. On the surface it's a cool event that seems to support our huge pool of local talent. It's nice to see local bands in any showcase together, especially one where everyone is working together to try to ... 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 >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Holy crap, you guys! Valentine's Day is two weeks from tomorrow. As a general rule, one of the few days of the year when you won't see Gut Check gracing a table at your fine establishment is Valentine's Day. However, we understand that many of you do want to enjoy a romantic meal with your loved ... More >>
It's official. This morning's announcement that Union Tree Review will be covering Marvin Gaye at the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, completes this year's line-up of the two-day show series on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The series finds some St. Louis groups paying ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
When wearing just a thong to bed in February, most women would also prefer a blanket, or at the very least another warm body.Daily RFT received this missive a few days ago, but we held onto it so the information it contains will be fresh in your mind when you head out to the Friday night meat ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 11. The Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
It has only been seven months since Maxwell last paid a visit to the Scottrade Center, but that didn't stop his fans from coming out in droves last night. Then again, this was no carbon copy of last October's concert; this time, instead of Chrisette Michelle and Common, Maxwell was accompanied by Ji ... More >>
Quite a crowd came out last night to watch Maxwell's return to the spotlight, some eight years after the release of his previous album. There was a "grown and sexy" vibe to the crowd -- the majority of the fans were over 30 and 'dressed to a T.' And although couples dominated the crowd, plenty of si ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonIt's been a minute since we checked in with Wafeek, everyone's favorite St. Louis hip-hop ex-pat, and it's probably best we've left him alone: He's been busy making a kick-ass new album. The project is titled Feekee and the Flux Capacitor and it's, well, complicated.As t ... More >>
Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences twice a month for Gut Check.BBC Asian Cafe & Bar243 North Euclid Avenue314-361-7770"I'd go back.""I'll be ba ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, April 24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Singer: We're covered Marvin Gaye in this space before (with "Sexual Healing"), but we're giving him another airing for this sad and special day: Today marks the 25th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's shooting at the hands of his father (he died the next day). I'm not much for numerology, but it's fi ... More >>
The Singer: Along with Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson was a triple threat for Motown Records: a great singer, hit songwriter and an architect of the label's sound. Most people can name a half-dozen songs Smokey sang with the Miracles in the '60s, but his solo career pointed his smoot ... More >>
The Singers: Herb Fame and Francine "Peaches" Parker began recording together in the late '60s, but Parker was one of five women to fill the role of Peaches. Linda Greene stepped up to the mic for 1979's 2 Hot, which contained the pair's biggest hit, "Reunited."The Song: There are plenty of great sl ... More >>
The Singers: Formed in the late '60s when the members were school mates at the Tuskegee Institute, the Commodores are best known for two things: having fostered a young Lionel Richie, and the funk jam "Brick House". The group's hits were split between "Brick House"-like funk songs ("Machine Gun" and ... More >>
11 p.m. Saturday, December 29. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway.
9 p.m. Saturday, October 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Ms. Kelly (Columbia)
Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Wednesday, August 3; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Old-school hip-hop is ready for revival
I Can't Stop (Blue Note)
The teacher, not the teaching, makes this School of Rock
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Pure 80's Love, the #1 Hits: 18 Classic Love Songs from the Decade of Excess (Universal Music Group)
The Complete Upsetter Singles 1970-1972 Plus Dubs (Purple Pyramid)
The Argument (Dischord)
Most of the world's top tap dancers are gathering in St. Louis for the 10th annual All That Tap festival
Friday, Nov. 17; The Pageant
Thursday, April 20; Fox Theatre
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled