This week, our critics' picks include a varied pool of performers across genres including Boz Scaggs, 7 Seconds, Pigeon John and Peter J. Woods. Take your pick from punk and hip-hop to blues and noise. As always, stayed tuned until Friday for even more recommendations over the weekend.
Thanks to all of the musical acts that participated in this year's RFT Music Showcase, all those who were nominated for an award this year, everyone who attended the show and voted for their favorites, all the venues in the Grove who hosted the event and most of all you for caring enough about St. L ... More >>
Hard to believe that the RFT Music Showcase is only a week away, but here we are! A lot of hard work has gone into making the event extra-special this year, and we have more bands and musicians on board than ever before -- people seem eager to see what the event is like at its new home in the Grove. ... 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 year ... More >>
Every year we at RFT Music work hard to honor the many local bands and performers who make St. Louis an epicenter for music in the Midwest. So what better way to celebrate our city's art than with a local music festival? On Saturday, June 7, ten venues throughout the Grove neighborhood along Manches ... More >>
HaikuLou, the fun-loving local music blog that efficiently recaps shows in just three concise lines of Japanese poetry, has written hundreds of snarky show reviews since the spring of 2011. To celebrate hitting 500 reviews on the mile-marker -- that's 8,500 syllables worth of haiku gold, people -- H ... 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 >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. As some of these Better Living Through Music columns have pointed out (and as my nemesis Matt Harnish ... More >>
Bunnygrunt is an act seated right where it wants to be: walking the thin line between musical obsession and hobby, obscurity and fame. "For the most part, the band I thought about being in when I was a kid--this is pretty much that band," says guitarist Matt Harnish. "I guess I didn't really have th ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! Despite what you may presume from the headline, I don't intend for this to be an "Oh ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, November 24. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
On Thanksgiving evening, after all of the turkey, pie and Pepto-Bismol, a group of local musicians will gather at Off Broadway to pay tribute to one of the most influential rock bands of the past two decades: Guided by Voices. The show will feature Bunnygrunt, Karate Bikini, Popular Mechanics ... More >>
As we have already mentioned, Record Store Day 2011 was a massive success, with a couple local stores suggesting it may have been their biggest sales day ever. Most places did plenty to give back to their rabid patrons, offering free food, beer, live music and local celebrity DJ sets througho ... More >>
courtesy of Matt HarnishThe 1993 Bunnygrunt lineup -- Renee Dullum, Matt Harnish and Karen Ried -- play Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.Some bad news for those of you wanting to shower Bunnygrunt with cigarettes, lotto tickets and other legal sundry: The band's eighteenth birthday party th ... More >>
Gut Check reported Thursday that south-side staple Mangia Italiano will be reopening this week. Although Mangia's new owners are still working out details, Eric Hall (who tends bar and books acts for the venue) offered up some info on what changes we can expect: Well, the deal just finally c ... More >>
Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Mine's not. (Ack.) While I figure this out, check out this week's music picks -- and see below for more to do this weekend, while the weather's let up enough to let us leave the house. Friday: Christmas with Pokey @ The Sheldon Ballroom Pokey LaFarge and ... More >>
Last week, we told you about some exciting changes taking place at Mangia Italiano. The revitalization is a work in progress, and continues this week with the very first installment of the St. Louis Shuffle. DJ Matt Harnish is taking on the task of filling a local staple with local tunes for a few ... More >>
The Welders, back in the dayIn the current issue of the dead-tree RFT, writer Mike Appelstein constructed an oral history of early St. Louis punk band the Welders. The quartet briefly got back together in December to play the reunion show of post-punks Raymilland (who we featured back in Dece ... More >>
Firecracker PressIt's time for a local news rodeo! Yee-haw. Bunnygrunt is having what it's calling a Wedge-i-dency every Monday in April at the -- you guessed it -- Wedge, at the corner of Bates and Virginia. "We're using these shows as a chance to work up some new songs in a low pressure -- ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
Who's Raymilland, you might ask? Why, it's a short-lived St. Louis band doing a reunion show at Off Broadway on Saturday night. (Bunnygrunt, the Medical Tourists and fellow old-school punks the Welders are also on the bill.) The quartet existed from 1979 to 1981 and opened for some of-the-day high-p ... More >>
Last year, while digging through a cluttered storeroom, a Vintage Vinyl employee discovered a pair of rare 12" records with roots that stretched back to the very beginning of St. Louis hip-hop.The records-- "Power of Soul" by Dangerous D and DJ Charlie Chan and "Culture Shock" by Early D--eventually ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) First, some sad news: There will be no Bert Dax holiday compilation this year, due to Matt Harnish's Bunnygrunt obligations. A ... More >>
Every band worth its salt attaches a premium to a new album -- whether it be bonus tracks, interviews or videos. But leave it to Bunnygrunt's label, Happy Happy Birthday to Me, to make dolls for each band member. Not creepy, will-stab-you-in-your-sleep, unblinking-eyes dolls -- but cute, cuddly, lum ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Bunnygrunt's new LP, Matt Harnish & Other Delights. He had this to say: Delights shows off what Bunnygrunt does best: black humor (the horn-aided opener "665 and 1/2 Won't Do"), romantic frustrations ("You Get What You Get") and off-key, breath ... More >>
Matt Harnish & Other Delights
(Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
While I dropped by Vintage Vinyl on Sunday, Matt Harnish alerted me that Bunnygrunt will be releasing a new album in May on Happy Happy Birthday to Me called Matt Harnish and Other Delights.Here's a rough cut of the Delights cover, a painting rendition of the band playing live. Dana Smith/asbestoss ... More >>
Just a reminder: The Bert Dax Christmas shows we wrote about here -- with audio accompaniment -- are happening this weekend! Christian Schaeffer also reviewed the CD in this week's paper. He had this to say: You probably know the drill by now: Every year Bunnygrunt's Matt Harnish corrals a bunch of ... More >>
A Very Bert Dax Christmas Vol. 7
(Bert Dax Cavalcade of Stars)
9 p.m. Friday, December 15. Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue)
9 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
Bunnygrunt returns — on a tribute to UK cult figures the June Brides
You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards
A local label gives you a soundtrack for the holidays
Friday, April 16; Lemmons and Saturday, April 17; Radio Cherokee
A St. Louis band is up on the rooftop with Bad Santa
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Tired of the usual X-mas tunes? We've got some suggestions.
Intrepid columnist attempts to placate the pissy masses with a quick survey of recently received offerings