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. My first musical memory involved a cassette tape of Michael Jackson's Thriller. I was in the backseat of ... 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 >>
I'm rereading the first 40 or so issues of The Walking Dead comics, since The Walking Dead TV show returns to AMC this Sunday, October 14. I'm super-psyched about the third season -- my friends are developing a drinking game around how many times Carl gets lost, and I'm more than ready to see Rick G ... 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 >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Beloit's annual college mindset thing is out this week and making the Facebook rounds, performing its yearly task of making everyone over the age of fifteen feel super old. Most of its findings hit the mark -- Robert De Niro is from Meet the Parents, Bill Clinton is an elder statesman, CDs are somet ... More >>
You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>
Even on a quote-unquote perfect album, one song has to be inferior to the others, just as one song has to rule the roost. Such is the yin and yang of nature. Here are the six worst songs on the best albums. 6. Wilco - "Heavy Metal Drummer" from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Heavy Metal Drummer by Wilco on ... More >>
Happy Halloween! Let's celebrate with a list of the six best cameos from creepy children in song. 6. Michael Jackson - "Little Susie" The inclusion of Michael Jackson on this list has nothing to do with any accusations of inappropriate behavior with children, of which I will always give the man th ... More >>
Das Racist loves white people.Das Racist | Danny Brown | Despot The Firebird October 16, 2011 The Cardinals are going to the World Series! There's dancing in the streets of St. Louis! Or so I would imagine. I don't know for sure, because I'm in the Firebird, where Das Racist is two songs in ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMonday night's show at the Scottrade Center was a spectacle to behold on many different levels, but let's focus specifically on Matthew Morrison. The 32-year-old came out onstage with vengeance, a bowtie and two back-up seductresses who were not afraid of a little grinding. The au ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
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.
After hearing the rumors that former President Bill Clinton busted out the moonwalk at his daughter's wedding a couple weeks back, we started wishing that some video would surface. Why, because odds are that it was an epic fail. That got us thinking. What other moonwalk fails are lurking out there? ... More >>
LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Fair Saint Louis, Gateway Arch, 707 North First Street.
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Lots of things happened over the three-day weekend. On this blog, too. Perhaps you missed some of them -- so here's a handy-dandy list of highlights if that was the case! *Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits is closing after the Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles show this weekend. *The number of benefit sh ... More >>
If you're at work today, chances are you're ticked that you don't have the day off -- like (what seems like) everybody else in America does. In times like these, I like to bust out random bits of absurdity and foolishness, in hopes of making the workday that much brighter. Such as the following YouT ... 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 >>
If you missed any of these items posted last week on the Daily RFT -- or were like some of us and just checked-out for the holidays by Monday -- here's your chance to catch up before you have to do any real work this morning.Michael Jackson Watched Donald Duck to Fall Asleep, Exercised with Incredib ... More >>
I found myself getting more than a little choked up last week over the death of Michael Jackson. Whatever the man may have been- and some of those things are certainly awful- he was the biggest thing in the world when I was growing up. I had a red leather jacket covered in zippers when I was five. I ... More >>
BY KATIE MOULTON The Avett Brothers barnstormed the Pageant last night and lead a stomping jubilee with its genre-razing folk-punk. Fronted by string-snapping multi-instrumentalist brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band destroyed any notion of traditional or roots music with a raucous set where ... More >>
You might have heard that Michael Jackson was going to auction off the contents of his Neverland Ranch, but then decided to change his mind at the last second. However! Press in L.A. still had the chance to view the contents of the aborted auction -- and Videothing.com shot video of the contents of ... More >>
At the end of a rambling bit of stage banter about Fall Out Boy being known as "emo boys made good" or being a "douchebag pop band," swoop-haired bassist Pete Wentz (who noted that he is/was often on the receiving end of the douchebag tag) said, "We're okay being your guilty pleasure." Slide Show ... More >>
Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush charms China, while B-Sides makes a mixtape for Elmo the Muppets life.
11 p.m. Saturday, December 29. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway.
Unreal does the "Thriller" dance, sips Starbucks with a fellow ex-barista and ponders the logistics of a backhoe rodeo.
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Friday, August 13; the Hi-Pointe
A breakdance battle is Radar Station's madeleine
It isn't just for losers anymore
People reveal themselves, often in ways they don't intend, and the rest of us get to watch!
Week of May 14, 2003
Viviano's Italian Grocer, 5139 Shaw Avenue, 314-771-5476
Nobody has the right to judge you for your secret musical kinks -- but everyone will
Renowned session drummer Ndugu Chancler heads up a celebration of the beat at UM-St. Louis
Week of July 11, 2001
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Herewith, a guide to the latest crop of musical heartthrobs
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled
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