Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
At least once every blue moon I want to highlight a few music video's that have crossed my path. Sometimes when we hear of a new artist, the very first place we go is Youtube, which typically either makes us a fan or a hater in short order. I decided I'd pass along a few interesting videos from unde ... More >>
The nine-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling Mary J. Blige performed at Chaifetz Arena on Saturday to a packed house filled with fans. RFT Music's own Jon Gitchoff was at the show with camera in hand. Here are some of the highlights.
It has been a crazy, crazy crime-filled week in St. Louis. Let's all go to some shows and try to forget about it for a while, okay? Just please, for the love of dogs, be careful out there! This weekend, look for new releases from Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and the Blu Skies, check out the extensive li ... More >>
Happy Monday, everybody! We like to think of the start of each week as a new slate. Which shows will you go see? Some options include Canadian Rifle, Lord Huron and Kittypalooza. Read about these recommendations and more after the jump, and make this week a good one.
Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
Editor's Update, 8/9/12: Video of the raid on former Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom's enormous New Zealand home in January has just emerged -- you can watch it above. The report, from 3 News in New Zealand, includes testimony from Dotcom -- who is accused of the largest copyright infringement in U.S. hi ... More >>
This FBI notice is all the content that remains on the now-shuttered Megaupload.com domain.SOPA and PIPA have been the talk of the internet for weeks, if not months now. Several major websites blacked out their content in opposition to the controversial bills this past Wednesday. On Thursday, ... More >>
The Essence Music Festival is the premiere mainstream R&B festival -- but its ambitious scope encompasses a whole lot more. The main events are evening concerts with more than 40 household-name acts in R&B, urban contemporary, soul, hip hop and jazz, including mainstage shows stacked with hea ... More >>
(This is the last part of our 31 Best Concerts of 2010 countdown. If you missed part one, #31-21, you can view that here; part two, covering #20-11, can be found here.) 10. Jonsi, The Pageant, November 2, 2010 Todd Owyoung"Catharsis. That's the first word that comes to mind." -- Annie Zalesk ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith FairExactly three months after her show-stealing performance at Lilith Fair, R&B icon Mary J. Blige returned to St. Louis to indulge her fans in the more intimate setting of the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The "Music Saved My Life" tour mixed the old-school ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, October 16. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
The Prince of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal, the Man Who Chews through Living Creatures will terrorize Scottrade on December 10. Blueberry Hill *Dave Barnes, November 4 *Devon Allman's Honeytribe, November 6 *Jaron and the Long Road to Love, October 14 The Firebird *Hawthorne Heights, ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith Fair"This is so much better than I could have ever imagined," exclaimed Mary J. Blige, as the Lilith Fair crowd cheered wildly for her. The same could be said about yesterday's all-day show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. While negative publicit ... More >>
sarahmclachlan.comLilith Fair St. Louis is finally happening this Friday, July 16. Did you check out our Metric interview with Emily Haines yet? Just wait -- we'll have outtakes from the chat tomorrow. Now, I know people are curious as to what act was playing at what time on Friday -- and s ... More >>
Canadian indie rockers Metric will grace St. Louis with their presence not once, but twice in the coming months; with Muse on November 5 and Lilith Fair on July 16. GET EXCITED. Antarctica *Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, May 13 BB's Jazz Blues and Soups *Eli Cook, June 9 Beale On Broadway * ... More >>
Kelly Clarkson will be at Lilith Fair in St. Louis.Pop powerhouse Kelly Clarkson, hip-hop diva Mary J. Blige and country legend Emmylou Harris will be joining previously announced acts Sarah McLachlan and Metric at the St. Louis stop of the Lilith Fair on Friday, July 16. Others scheduled to ... More >>
As always, asterisks indicate bands coming through St. Louis... Vintage Vinyl 1. MURPHY LEE---You See Me 2. BEACH HOUSE---Teen Dream 3. VAMPIRE WEEKEND---Contra 4. CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG---IRM 5. ANVIL---This Is Thirteen 6. SPOON---Transference 7. MAGNETIC FIELDS---Realism* 8. TEDDY PENDERGRASS---Ess ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>
Stop smirking: The fact that St. Louis snagged a date on the being-routed Lilith Fair is kind of awesome. This year's list of artists playing some (or all) of the dates for the reactivated all-female-artists tour -- nothing's set in stone yet -- is bordering on the incredible: Heart! Cat Power! Lore ... More >>
Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
Reflections A Retrospective (Geffen)
Press Play (Atlantic)
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
Christian hip-hop is on the march, but some say it's the Devil's music
Saturday, May 7; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Why a pop megastar still feels neglected by the mainstream
This Is Not a Test (Elektra)
Rhymer Common breaks new ground on his adventurous, rock-infused new disc
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change
Week of July 3, 2002
Wednesday, July 3; UMB Bank Pavilion
Friends of local musical treasure Willie Akins want to help erase his medical bills
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
Former (and future?) Fugee Wyclef Jean arrives in St. Louis to present The Ecleftic
Shattering records and eardrums at the Autosound Challenge