Metal and Hardcore

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Swans, Kendrick Lamar, Hoodie Allen, Deafheaven and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Six Punk Bands We Don't Need To Talk About Anymore

    I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Here's What a GWAR Super Bowl Halftime Show Would Be Like, According to GWAR

    By Jason Roche Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on It's got over 44,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 44 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on their biggest event of the year. (Too much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in August 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: June 7 to 9

    The 2013 RFT Music Awards have come and gone, longtime RFT Music contributor Ryan Wasoba bids the blog adieu and quite frankly, we're at a bit of a loss. Still, here at RFT Music we're looking forward to continually figuring out how to better serve the music community. But first thing's first: Let's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Meshuggah's Mårten Hagström on Performing Sans Vocalist, and Being "Harm-Friendly" Psychedelic

    By Linda Leseman This week, Swedish progressive metal band Meshuggah have been performing alongside a cardboard cutout of their singer, Jens Kidman, whose fearsome voice was completely annihilated by the flu. (Don't worry, he's recovering.) Whether he'll join his bandmates onstage this Saturday at ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    The Dwarves

    7 p.m. Sunday, December 30. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    November 29, 2012


    8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    September 14, 2012

    Big Business

    9 p.m. Friday, September 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Six Best Bands Named Black _____

    The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Danzig Provides Motherly Household Advice

    Everyone has a new year's resolution, especially the people who jump down your throat and lecture you about how stupid resolutions are. You know they've got 'em, and theirs are probably especially shameful. Since you don't need to lose any weight (really, you look fantastic!) and you've already qu ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011
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    September 16, 2011

    Six Best Blatant Drug References In Song

    ​Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    GWAR Is Coming To Pop's

    ​Horror goofballs GWAR just announced a 2011 fall tour, and it includes a stop at Pop's. The Return Of The World Maggot tour comes to Sauget on November 1st, with Every Time I Die and either Ghoul or Warbeast opening. GWAR's most recent album, 2010's Bloody Pit Of Horror, would seem to be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Review: Ozzy Osbourne at the Scottrade Center, Friday, January 14

    Todd OwyoungOzzy Osbourne last night at the Scottrade Center​"The crazier you fuckers go, the longer we will play," Ozzy Osbourne crowed to the audience at the start of last night's Scottrade Center show. While a statement like that is always tinged with hyperbole, there was an element of trut ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Sick of It All

    7:30 p.m. Monday, January 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Ozzy Osbourne

    7:30 p.m. Friday, January 14. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

  • Music

    December 9, 2010

    The Sword

    8 p.m. Monday, December 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    December 9, 2010

    Ozzy Osbourne

    7:30 p.m. Friday, December 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Black Friday Record Store Sales Hit Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records and Apop Records​April's annual Record Store Day has been such a rousing success, a semi-sequel is happening on Black Friday. Indie record stores all around the country will have exclusives, special releases, deluxe editions and other rare, limited-run goodies for sale. Vintage Vinyl and Euc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Glenn and Ryuko Forever: Danzig and His Wicked Pussycats

    image via Yep. Danzig with a cat. ​ Recently, the Internet has taken an interest in Glenn Danzig's domestic companions. Whether it's the implications of a romantic partnership with Henry Rollins or the paparazzi photo of Danzig carrying a box of multiple cat household Fresh Step (see photo aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2010

    Concert Review: Alice in Chains, Deftones and Mastodon Bring Their A-game to Scottrade Center on the BlackDiamondSkye Tour

    Fans got a great value last night at the Scottrade Center as three different acts put their spin on the hard rock/metal genre to give the crowd a good head-banging time. Named after a word from each of its bands' most recent album title, the BlackDiamondSkye tour features Alice in Chains, Deftones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Ozzy Osbourne and Halford Coming to Scottrade Center in December

    At the KSHE Pig Roast on Saturday, the station announced that Ozzy Osbourne and Halford (featuring -- you guessed it! -- Judas Priest's Rob Halford) would be playing the Scottrade Center on December 10. Ticket info for that show emerged this morning: They're on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. and star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Press Release of the Day, the Mistaken Identity Edition

    I can't believe this mistake hasn't happened before. From the publicist for heavy metal band Lamb of God: LAMB OF GOD would like to officially denounce any buzz of a show that they have been rumored to be playing in the near future. The band will not be performing in Tempe, AZ at said show. The ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Danzig Discovers Henry & Glenn Forever, Inspires "The Final Blow"

    image viaThe healing powers of a roast beef footlong...​You know Henry Rollins, and you know Glenn Danzig -- but last month, we introduced you to Henry & Glenn Forever, the comic book that placed the two cult music icons in a romantic roomie situation. The back of the short book boasted a qu ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2010
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    February 17, 2010

    The Eulogy Tour 2010

    7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 24. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    January 6, 2010


    7 p.m. Tuesday January 12. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    December 2, 2009


    6 p.m. Sunday, December 6. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Music

    November 25, 2009

    Homespun: Midwest Avengers

    Headbanger Hip Hop

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Neko Case and Sarah Harmer at the Pageant, Thursday, November 5

    Photo: Todd OwyoungNeko Case last night at the Pageant. See more photos from last night's show.​Neko Case's show last night at the Pageant wasn't that different from her September 2008 appearance at the same venue. However, the comfortably crowded show was, shall we say, loose. Not musically - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Show Review Photos: Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire, Tuesday, October 13, at the Pageant

    Photo: Todd OwyoungBill Kelliher of Mastodon. See more photos from last night's show.At one point, Converge vocalist Jake Bannon thanked the Pageant crowd just for being there - and acknowledged the diversity of the quadruple bill of which his band was a part. He noted that whether you were a "punk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Dethklok, Mastodon, High on Fire and Converge at the Pageant, Tuesday, October 13

    It's rare that a show features four bands who are all worth seeing. So thank metal monsters Mastodon and Dethklok, who are bringing along High on Fire and Converge to the Pageant on Tuesday, October 13. Damn, son. That's epic. Tickets are $34.50 and are on sale this Friday.Dethklok, you might r ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2009
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    January 14, 2009

    St. Louis Video: Southgang, "Fire In Your Body," Live 1993

    Hey, it's Southgang performing "Fire In Your Body" here in 1993. Who's Southgang? Why, rocker Butch Walker's hair metal act. What a hesher.

  • Music

    December 17, 2008

    Born of Osiris

    7 p.m. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    September 3, 2008


    7 p.m. Tuesday, September 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2008

    Pitchfork: Boris Review, Photos

    Most of the time I don't like metal, and I definitely can't tell the difference between its plethora of sub-genres (doom? sludge? death? grind? black?). But Boris, a Japanese trio that played the Pitchfork Music Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, is for more than metalheads.

  • Music

    July 16, 2008

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

    2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights

  • Music

    July 16, 2008

    Valient Thorr

    9 p.m. Sunday, June 20. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street

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    April 16, 2008


    7 p.m. Sunday, April 20. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street

  • Music

    October 24, 2007


    8 p.m. Friday, October 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Music

    October 3, 2007

    The #12 Looks Like You

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.

  • Music

    May 16, 2007

    Dimmu Borgir

    6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).

  • Music

    April 4, 2007

    Kick out the jammies.

    A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.

  • Music

    August 16, 2006

    Bullet for My Valentine

    7 p.m. Friday, August 18. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).

  • Music

    October 20, 1999

    Agnostic Front

    Friday, Oct. 22; Galaxy

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    June 23, 1999
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    May 19, 1999

    Sun Dance

    Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts

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