The office has been hectic lately. Next week is our big Best Of St. Louis issue. Things have occasionally gotten ugly; the "motherfuckers" are flying with unusual frequency, weary staffers are resorting to puns (puns!) in conversation and the jello shots just don't seem to have enough kick to 'em la ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or focus are still coming slowly and proving difficult. In other words, I can't think of anything to write here, ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 3. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
When you hear Janiva Magness sing, you're hearing a life: a tough one, a lucky one, a damn hard-fought one. The Detroit-born, Southern California-based blueswoman has a near 30-year career in music behind her, and who knows, maybe 30 more years ahead of her. Whatever happens, she's unlikely to make ... More >>
Time constraints occasionally preclude us from being able to preview every single great show in town. There's only so many hours in the week, and we have to keep the trains running on time in addition to writing up these recommendational blurbs. That said, a couple of shows early this week warrant y ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Matthew SweetMatthew Sweet | Miles Zuniga Blueberry Hill's Duck Room October 16, 2011 Your feelings on the current wave of twenty-years-gone nostalgia could have indicated your level of excitement for last night's Matthew Sweet show at Blueberry Hill. Sweet has been touring behind the twent ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, October 15. The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Update, 9/28:This show is now sold out. You've got a little over two weeks to dig through craigslist or buddy up with a ticket-having friend. Original post follows... Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
Bloodshot Bill and King Khan are coming to Off Broadway in November as Tandoori Nights. All hail shirtless wonder King Khan, for he is headed back to St. Louis with his homey Bloodshot Bill as Tandoori Knights. The wild duo will be at Off Broadway on November 25. Allegedly, they started play ... More >>
Henry Diltz Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on October 15th. He'll also play some songs from Modern Art, his latest. Tickets are $20 and go on sale August 19th at 5 p.m.
These are the facts on the ground, as I see them: First, if a fourteen-year-old boy has ever loved a TV or movie franchise, there will be an AMV (from "Anime Music Video") about it. Second, if there's an AMV about something, half of the fourteen-year-old boys in the universe have synched the ... More >>
There's no easy way to say this, and for once I've been at a loss for words on how to tell people, so I'll simply say this: Tuesday, April 5, is my last day as RFT music editor. In mid-April I'm moving back to Cleveland and taking a job with Alternative Press as their managing editor. This wi ... More >>
Image viaThe Alton, Illinois, acoustic/folk duo Audri & Aaron recently won the "Small Town Sound" female-fronted-band search sponsored by the clothing store maurices. Over 500 acts entered the contest, which culminated in the pair's original song, "Home," beating out the tunes of nine other f ... More >>
etsy.comYou can buy these felines right here.(H/T to @erinsometimes for the heads up about this.) Matthew Sweet is a lot of things -- rocker, Susanna Hoffs collaborator, sometimes-actor. He's also starting to sell his ceramic creations online, judging by an Etsy account for Lolina Art Pottery ... More >>
Chris CarrollFreedy JohnstonWhat becomes of the one-hit wonder? In the case of Freedy Johnston, whose 1994 song "Bad Reputation" was a bittersweet slice of acoustic alternative rock back when that was a viable genre, it appears that you simply keep writing good, catchy, heartfelt songs regard ... More >>
So exciting! The Bangles -- who completely ruled at the Illinois State Fair last year opening for Heart -- are playing at the Pageant on Sunday, May 2. When I interviewed Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs last year, the latter said a new Bangles record was in progress. Still, the band plays pretty muc ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
Let's Meet the Sun and the Moon EP
(Aim & Fire)
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. (Vintage Vinyl will be added once it arrives!) An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets ... More >>
In June, power-pop darlings Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released the second volume in their covers series. Under the Covers, Vol. 2 focuses on the '70s -- which means the album spans prog (Yes' "I've Seen All Good People"), sappy folk (Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"), power-pop (the Raspberries ... 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: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets: Lean Forward* 2. Wilco: Wilco The Album* 3. ... More >>
Over the years Matthew Sweet has proven that all he really needs is a "room to rock in," which is what he laments in the second song ("Room to Rock") on his latest album, Sunshine Lies. On Friday night, St. Louis fans of the veteran songsmith and power-pop genius were lucky enough to see him and som ... More >>
Friday, June 19 *Kepi Ghoulie/The 75s/Midtown Thieves/Blind Eyes, The Library *Matthew Sweet/Magnolia Summer, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Joe Dirt & the Dirty Boys Band/The Who Band, The Pageant *Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Beale on Broadway *Dual Boot (CD release)/Ghettface/Chapa, Firebird *Target Mar ... More >>
Matthew Sweet is playing tonight at the Duck Room. We'll have a review tomorrow. (P.S. I'm going to freak out if he plays "Superdeformed" tonight. Just saying.) Also -- go check out this random blog I found that posted an entire set of Altered Beast demos for you to stream and download. And you can ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, June 19. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Pop's *Combichrist, Saturday, June 20 *Evans Blue, Tuesday, June 23 Blueberry Hill *Matthew Sweet, Friday, June 19 *Trevor Hall, Friday, July 10 *Dar Williams, Tuesday, August 18 Pageant *Story of the Year, Saturday, June 27 *Mat Kearney, Monday, July 13 *Old 97's, Saturday, July 18 *Edwin McCain, F ... More >>
So, I started the long Thanksgiving weekend off with the Smashing Pumpkins show and ended it with a strained neck so bad that all I could do was lay on the couch and watch My So-Called Life on DVD. (A suggestion to imbibe some magnesium, found in black beans, spinach and coffee, three things I happe ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, October 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University Cit
You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III.
Adam Franklin cruises into town with a whole new cast riding shotgun.
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Thursday, March 2. Finale Music and Dining (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)
Cuba Street (Undertow Music)
A local power-pop connoisseur brings his joy to the masses with a new CD
The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop)
spinART proves that little labels aren't necessarily doomed
Saturday, March 18; Duck Room
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Free Expression (Bobsled Records)
Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.