Metal and Hardcore

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    October 13, 2014

    My Dad Says the New Mastodon Video Is Sexist

    One Saturday afternoon in my sophomore year, my father (who nicknamed himself the Rooster, after the Alice in Chains song) wanted to go to Chesterfield Mall with me -- specifically, Hot Topic -- to check out the new Pantera shirts. This was very recent after Dimebag's death, renewing the Rooster's f ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Lemmy's Rockstar Life, in Illustrated Form

    Motörhead is set to rock Coachella this year. We're glad that legendary badass Lemmy Kilmister is feeling healthy after "paying for the good times" (his words) by being diagnosed with haematoma and heart problems last year. The real question is: Will Motörhead's presence prompt Coachella hipsters ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Phil Anselmo on Playing Metal: "This is Not Rocket Science"

    By Nathan Smith In the wacky world of heavy metal, there ain't a whole lot that Philip Anselmo hasn't seen, heard and done. In addition to helping change the sound of mainstream metal as front man for Pantera, the outspoken singer has toured the planet with sludgy supergroup Down, released records ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Musical Gift Ideas for People You Hate

    By Luke Winkie Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    For Photojournalist Andrew Youssef, Life Was Music. Then Came Cancer

    [Editor's note: This article was orginally printed by our sister paper, OC Weekly, where Andrew Youssef is based. Youssef is the author of the Last Shot column that we have been running, which chronicles his struggle against cancer in his own words.] Sneakers squeaking on white tiles, Andrew Yousse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Melvins at the Firebird, 7/23/13: Review and Photos

    Thirty years is a long time to keep anything going. It's longer than most marriages, most businesses, and certainly than most experimental classic-rock sludge-punk bands are able to last. This hasn't stopped the Melvins from recording and touring since six years before The Simpsons were even on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in July

    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

    May 23, 2013

    Metal: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    The Six Sweetest Riffs of All Time

    I, Ryan James Wasoba, hereby announce that, after over a year and a half of weekly contributions, the end of my Nitpick Six column is upon us. As such, it's bucket list time. This space is usually reserved for microscopic aspects of music, but now let's go big. These are the six sweetest riffs of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Last Shot: Chemical Warfare Takes Its Toll

    [Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Eagles of Death Metal to Play at the Arch on May 18

    Tongue-in-cheek boogie rockers Eagles of Death Metal announced that the band will be playing a concert in the shadow of the arch on May 18. The show is part of sponsor Jack Daniel's new Live at the Landmark show series, where as you might guess, bands play famous landmarks across the United States. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Sign Up to Save Beavis & Butthead, Then Watch the Duo's Five Best Music Video Critiques

    This month marks twenty wonderful years since MTV aired the first episode of Beavis and Butthead. Mike Judge's hilarious cult phenomenon originally ran from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997, before being retired so that Judge could focus on Fox's animated series King of the Hill. When that show ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    High On Fire

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From November 12 to 18

    There's lots of good shows this week for music fans of every shape in size, and I'm not just saying that (this time). Deicide is playing the Firebird on Friday, the same day Carolina Chocolate Drops plays the Sheldon. I'd wager that these two musical experiences will not be alike in many ways whatso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The 10 Best Halloween Parties in St. Louis

    That most excellent of holidays -- the one where we get to dress up in goofy costumes, the one where it's considered par for the course to vandalize your neighbors' houses, the one where strangers give children candy and everyone is cool with it -- HALLOWEEN is nigh! Skeleton decorations blanket the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    25 gorgeous GIFs from Lollapalooza 2012

    See Also: Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was i ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012

    Naked Raygun

    8 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    June 14, 2012

    Corrosion of Conformity

    7 p.m. Monday, June 18. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Ten Music Game DLC Releases That Stirred Up Controversy

    It's not hyperbole to say that downloadable content sparked a huge revolution in console video gaming. Expansions prolonged replay value of many titles, especially music games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero. The Rock Band franchise in particular has produced an impressive amount of downloadable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Megadeth Rocker Elaborates About His Love for Mini-Horse

    When metal demigod Dave Mustaine isn't raising eyebrows with his kind words about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, he's usually melting faces as the frontman for Megadeth. With so many years of rocking under his proverbial belt, Mustaine is entitled to some of the finer things in life. But a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Fifteen Best Shows From March 19 to 25

    Last week we alluded to the fact that this March is a great time to be a music fan in St. Louis....this week we're driving the point home and then some. Unless you are capable of bi-location (or in some cases: tri / quadro), you are going to miss some good shows this week. We have Andrew Bird at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    If the World Ends in 2012, We Want to Ride to Hell with This Guy

    Todd Owyoung went to Pop's Nightclub (401 Monsanto Avenue, 618-274-6720) last night to let out some agression with the rest of the crowd for Machine Head. And we're not kidding -- if this is it and the world's not long for this universe (what's that you say about Mayan misinterpretation?) we will gl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Biggest St. Louis Music News Stories of 2011: Part Three

    ​The Return of Gateway to the West Fest From 2002 until 2008, local hardcore hero and all-around-badass Adam "The Devastator" Greer booked roughly 250 shows in the St. Louis area and beyond. I use the term "badass" rather than "promoter", because I don't think he would like being called the P ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    December 10, 2010

    Ozzy Osbourne's Scottrade Center Show Tonight is Canceled

    Well, this is a bummer: Just got word that Ozzy Osbourne's show tonight at the Scottrade Center is canceled "due to an ear infection." According to the publicist's note, the show will now take place on Friday, January 14, 2011. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored then. Refunds are also av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Video: It's a Very Slayer Christmas Lights Display, "Raining Blood"-Style

    You just know that this dude's neighbors hate him. Here's a guy in Southern California who programs his Christmas lights displays to music. We're talking a couple of Trans-Siberian Orchestra tunes, Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy" and, last year, Slayer's "Raining Blood." The video is nothing short o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Last Collector Standing: Ben Salyers of Shaved Women and Apop Records on Collecting, Record Store Culture at Apop and the Relationship Between Punk and Vinyl

    The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2010
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    June 1, 2010

    Glenn Danzig, Henry Rollins, Hall & Oates, Comic Books, Satanism -- and You

    Recently, one of Glenn Danzig's biggest fans alerted us to a new single-issue comic produced by Microcosm Publishing: Henry & Glenn Forever. No description could explain the premise as well as the cover art does. Microcosm PublishingRollins gives Danzig a rubdown​Your eyes do not deceive you: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Show Review Setlist Photos: Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Pageant, Tuesday, March 10

    Whenever my father and I discuss great concerts he brings up the first time he saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience. "When just those three guys walked out on stage," he always says, "I said there's no way just the three of them could make all that sound like on the record. And they didn't. They made mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Alice in Chains and Creature with the Atom Brain at the Pageant, Monday, February 22

    Alice in Chains has done the unthinkable. The Seattle band lost its original lead singer, Layne Staley, to a drug overdose in 2002, regrouped with a new vocalist, William DuVall, recorded a new album, Black Gives Way to Blue -- and hasn't tarnished its legacy. That was clear at a smoke-hazed Pageant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Green Day and Franz Ferdinand at the Scottrade Center, Tuesday, August 11

    Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night.​ Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Photos: Slayer, Marilyn Manson and the Faces of Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, 7/22/09

    So yesterday, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival again rolled through St. Louis, and much like last year, the day-into-night metal festival drew out the area's die-hard metalheads. Photographer Kenny Williamson was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to document the scene there (full photo set here.) Photo ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2008

    Baroness/Opeth/High on Fire

    7:30 p.m. Monday, October 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard

  • Music

    April 16, 2008

    Sworn Enemy

    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street

  • Music

    January 23, 2008

    The Dillinger Escape Plan

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    August 8, 2007

    Sounds of the Underground

    2 p.m. Friday, August 10. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois

  • Music

    June 20, 2007


    Fancy Footwork (Vice)

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    May 16, 2007


    Hellyeah (Epic)

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    May 9, 2007


    MTV Unplugged (Virgin)

  • Music

    April 25, 2007

    Lacuna Coil / Shadows Fall

    8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).

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    April 4, 2007
  • Music

    January 24, 2007


    7 p.m. Tuesday, January 30. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)/

  • Music

    December 20, 2006

    Glenn Danzig

    Black Aria II (Megaforce)

  • Music

    November 22, 2006


    Danava (Kemado)

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    June 28, 2006
  • Music

    June 15, 2005


    Annihilation of the Wicked (Relapse)

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    November 3, 1999


    The Bootlicker (Ipecac)

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    June 30, 1999
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