In this week's RFT Music feature, we lock children in our conference room for an experimental musical adventure. Would they like terrible "Kidz Bop" covers? Would Raffi appeal to them? Is there any way we could make them sing along to The Clash?
As I've mentioned before in these articles, I have this rotten brain that memorizes only the most irrelevant crap and discards the most meaningful things. Peoples' names and birthdays escape me, but I can sit and tell you that Richard Belzer from Law & Order: SVU has a comedy record called Another L ... More >>
Editor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can yo ... More >>
In the last couple of weeks St. Louis has had somewhat of an influx of '90s nostalgia acts coming through town. Sponge played Cicero's, Soul Asylum made an appearance at the Old Rock House and Reel Big Fish just played the Pageant. This got us to thinking.... The '80s are remembered musically for t ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... 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 Last week, RFT Music's Jamie Lees wrote an op-ed piece entitled The Problem With An Under Cover Weekend. I ... More >>
[Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country.] By Mike Seely With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the n ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Stevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles or Rolling Stones; he's our Dickens or Dalí: a figure of impassable recognition, discussion, talent, lo ... More >>
Gareb Shamus was a colossus among men, founding Wizard Entertainment and turning it into the go-to source for news and views on collectables. For years he was on top of his fantastical world, running a company that produced widely-read publications such as Wizard Magazine and Toyfare Magazine. Yet ... More >>
Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who is finally free to pursue the pop and R&B he's always loved, is coming to St. Louis. His former band's last show here was at the Pageant. His solo career has seen him on tour with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, and he'll be playing Lollapalooza this s ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
courtesy of Tef PoeTef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, January 8. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
(For a review of opener Janelle Monae at the Pageant, go here.)Todd Owyoungof Montreal last night at the PageantSome bands are content to let their music speak for itself in concert, while others like to go all-out in making their show a production. With a stage show involving actors in full ... More >>
You couldn't have asked for better weather for Saturday night's festivities on the riverfront. Granted, it was a little on the hot and humid side, but still surprisingly mild for St. Louis in July. The crowd was as enormous as you might expect; many came out specifically for John Legend, while oth ... 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 weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
We're in the midst of a nifty little revolution here. After decades of blandness in our food and beverages, Americans have rediscovered their palates. Twentieth-century industrial better-living-through-chemistry innovated the flavor right out of a lot of our foodstuffs, especially beer. But now ... More >>
This was my first concert at the Ambassador. I must say, if you don't mind getting a "St. Louis Ice-breaker" (my new name for a thorough pat-down at the door), it's really not a bad venue. The floor space is generous and the sound system was adequate, with several small bars around the perimeter and ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Sting - If On A Winter's Night... 2. Beatles - Revolver 3. Monsters Of Folk - Monsters Of Folk 4. Nirvana - Live At Reading 5. REM - Live At The Olympia 6. Tegan & Sara - Sainthood* 7. Flight Of The Conchords - I Told You I Was F ... 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: Apop Records 1 Lightning Bolt: Earthly Delights 2 Leonard Cohen: Live Songs ... More >>
Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Coldplay delivered exactly the type of set you would want from it - and then some. That's not snark, either: For nearly two hours, the British quartet unleashed hit after hit after hit with little self-indulgence and plenty of spectacle. In fact, th ... More >>
Anthony Gonzalez, the man who makes up the French electronic group M83, was in the States for a few days over the weekend, playing Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday and Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday night.He talks about confronting violent bouncers at his Ohio show on Saturday night (one re ... More >>
The Singers: Heatwave was helmed by brothers Keith Wilder and Johnnie Wilder, Jr., but the band's secret weapon was organist and songwriter Rod Temperton. The Englishman wrote all the songs on Heatwave's debut LP, including today's slow jam, but Temperton racked up a massive amount of songwriting cr ... More >>
Carry On (Suretone/Interscope)
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways
Emily Rose is possessed by silly nonsense
An open letter to the new Music Editor
Local shows explore the line between rock and death
Washington U. students fear their campus is turning into a booze-free zone
Week of September 15, 2004
Week of September 15, 2004
We sit in on an Usher wank-fest, chat with Evanescence and watch the Dems pull out their magic stick
Week of March 3, 2004
Week of January 14, 2004
Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003
Monday, November 10; Creepy Crawl
The Missouri State Fair offers surreal glimpses of Americana plus lots of tasty things on sticks
People reveal themselves, often in ways they don't intend, and the rest of us get to watch!
Is Cat Power free at last?
Viviano's Italian Grocer, 5139 Shaw Avenue, 314-771-5476
Renowned session drummer Ndugu Chancler heads up a celebration of the beat at UM-St. Louis
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.