Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... More >>
Legendary Hoboken, New Jersey indie rock trio Yo La Tengo is gracing the Pageant with its presence this Thursday, January 31. The band is notoriously unpredictable live, in part thanks to its virtual encyclopedia of cover songs. Here is a list of Yo La Tengo's six best cover songs. Let us know your ... More >>
Miley Cyrus is quitting Twitter, reportedly. She's not unfollowing herself over music -- her tweets were reportedly an affront to Liam Hemsworth, which is reportedly the name of a real person -- and the RFT Music demographic, so far as our ad guys can tell, is probably not very broken up about it. B ... More >>
The Raincoats. Photo by Mike AppelsteinThe Raincoats | Grass Widow The Double Door September 19, 2011 After three decades of sporadic activity, it's about time the Raincoats played the Midwest. This legendary late '70s/early' 80s London band toured the East and West coasts during its init ... More >>
In an unfortunate twist of fate, the inaugural Float Yr Face music festival is happening the same weekend as the annual RFT Music Showcase. Don't despair yet--you can catch the first night of the experimental festival tomorrow, starting at 7:30pm. It's a collaboration between Kevin Harris, th ... More >>
Todd OwyoungChris Robinson of the Black Crowes. An entire slideshow of photos is right here.Bands tour beyond their expiration date far too often, with the end result that their legacy is tarnished or they become a parody of themselves. The Black Crowes, meanwhile, prefers to go on indefinite ... More >>
image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be GoodLast week, we published an interview with Art Holliday, who's working on a documentary about Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, called Johnnie Be Good. Here's part two of our chat, below. Speaking ... More >>
image viaArt Holliday, TV news anchor and director of an in-production film, Johnnie Be GoodArt Holliday is known for his work as a news anchor on KSDK, but he's also a independent filmmaker in his free time. In his latest project, Johnnie Be Good, he documents the life and career of Johnnie ... More >>
Update April 23: Fired Up! Missouri says they have obtained documents that show that Tom Schweich did, in fact, approach the Dandy Warhols to request permission to use "a few themes" from "Bohemian Like You." A letter from Schweich's attorney to the Warhols claims that Schweich is "a big fan" and wa ... More >>
Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsA few months ago, I introduced you to one of my favorite people in the world, my British pal Sally. This week, I got a care package from the U.K.: two cookbooks from Sally's mom's collection, copyright 1962. They're weathered with use, which I love, and full of notes fr ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
The Skeletons reunite, we gift some of St. Louis' best bands and remember Ike Turner.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
We gush over Trey Anastasio, get some cowbell advice from Blue Öyster Cult's expert and administer a headphones fidelity test
We chat with a lesser-known Danzig, fatwa Rolling Stone and wonder if membership has its privileges
How Joe Sacco learned to stop worrying and love war
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What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
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Heroic Brit tries to crack the Nazi code without cracking up in Apted's Enigma
Hey, you! Stop calling it Riverport! UMB has dibs now!
Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good
School spirit goes haywire at the University of Missouri
Like many great artists, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has an inner fire, but all some critics see is smoke
Inside St. Louis' growing rave culture, where the music is loud, the vibe is ecstatic and the kids are alright
The black-and-white facts of the once-popular, now-reviled entertainment form
Philip Glass goes solo at the Edison Theatre