Every year for An Under Cover Weekend, Mike Tomko and Mike Cracchiolo throw together two nights of exceptional local bands that pay tribute to their favorite nationally known acts at the Firebird. Well, "throw together" isn't quite right, considering that the event takes more than eight months of pl ... More >>
In what is becoming an alarming trend in St. Louis, Texas emo band Mineral, currently in the midst of an otherwise successful reunion tour, had its van broken into during the group's time in St. Louis on September 16. Following a show at the Firebird that went without incident, the members of the ba ... More >>
In July RFT Music took an in-depth look at noise complaints arising from Forest Park Southeast residents regarding neighboring music venues the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue) and the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) in the Grove. In late August the Demo's liquor license protest came to an end afte ... More >>
On June 24, as hundreds of fans entered the Ready Room — a new 800-person-capacity music venue on Manchester Avenue in the Grove — they were greeted with a warning sign: "Tonight's show features excessive volume levels. Hearing protection available at front door." The experimental-rock g ... More >>
In May, the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) moved from its original location attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) to a space down the street next to the recently established Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929). Only a month later on June 26, the music venue fa ... More >>
Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite con ... More >>
On the afternoon of its inaugural show featuring indie-rockers Of Montreal, the Ready Room still wasn't quite ready to fill its 800-capacity space with its first set of guests -- yet. Staff worked diligently to install the vital finishing touches for the stage's debut show, including sets of colorfu ... More >>
When asked whether or not door tickets would be available for last weekend's sold-out anniversary event featuring Roky Erickson and the Black Angels at the Firebird, owner/talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo responded, "No, it's pretty much wall-to-wall at this point -- another reason I wanted to open a l ... More >>
Heads up, music fans! As reported by Next STL last week, the Ready Room (4191 Manchester Avenue) will bring an 8,000-square-foot music venue to the Grove, projected to open in spring 2014. The concept comes from the Firebird's owner/talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo, who spent a brief stint booking at Ci ... More >>
Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess ... More >>
Snarky Philadalephia-based punk rock band the Dead Milkmen will play The Firebird (2706 Olive Street; 314-535-0353) on Saturday, June 8. General admission tickets for the all-ages show cost $20 and are now available through Ticketfly. This is the first time the Dead Milkmen have played in St. Louis ... More >>
The Fox Hole, known to many as that big under-utilized room attached to Atomic Cowboy, is about to see some big changes. Management from the Firebird and Lola have teamed up to breathe new life into the space, merging their varied and extensive booking contacts to provide local music lovers with a o ... More >>
The rooms where music is made and experienced affect everything from the sound of the instruments to the mood of the people in them. Each week in Space Explorer, Brian Heffernan will tell you about a different room with significance to St. Louis music. A hypothetical: "Would it ruin it if you went ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend is a time to get silly, abandon caution and get lost with ten St. Louis bands in some of the most loved music ever. Many of us will never see Aerosmith in concert. The majority of the two sold-out crowds missed Michael Jackson. And here they are, in joyful incarnation. Just fo ... More >>
This just in: Vinyl is BACK! Now in its fifth year, Record Store Day has made its international mark, recognized by labels, bands, and collectors worldwide. Celebrating the cultural impact of the independent record store, RSD offers everything from live performances to special discounts to limited e ... More >>
In this week's music feature, RFT reported on Cicero's surprising decision to fire booking agent Mike Cracchiolo and publicist Kenny Snarzyk after less than nine months of employment. They were understandably disappointed, but not all of our conversation focused on the story's negatives. Cracchiolo ... More >>
Bloodshot RecordsThe Bottle Rockets' Acoustic Album Finally Sees the Light of Day Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With the Bottle Rockets was a long time in coming -- four years in fact. Recorded over two nights in 2007 at the now defunct Lucas School House, the live album was one of this ... More >>
Effective immediately, Firebird talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo will be booking the University City venue staple Cicero's. The latter's previous booker, Laura Hamlett, left for another job. "Since [Firebird co-buyer] Bert McClimans and I were already doing certain shows in the room as outside promoter ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend kicked off last night in fine fashion promptly at 8:30 p.m., with the Union Tree Review on stage at the Firebird covering the Postal Service. Thanks to a steady schedule of live shows, the young indie-folk band has improved mightily in recent months. Its set only solidi ... More >>
Diana BenantiMike Cracchiolo, Annie Zaleski, Ryan Wasoba and Matt Strom were the panelists at last night's State of the Music Scene discussionvThursday at the Luminary Center for the Arts. Some admitted music nerds talked shop, St. Louis and "the scene" last Thursday at The Luminary Center f ... More >>
[Update, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25: The band emailed me their side of the story.] A slightly bizarre scene played itself out at the Firebird tonight, where Thunderkid, Crocodiles and Spelling Bee were set to play a show. Thunderkid opened, and a crowd of 30 or so people had gathered by the time Calif ... More >>
According to a MySpace bulletin and Twitter, The Wedge is closing. The Twitter message: THE WEDGE WILL ONLY BE OPEN FOR 1 OR 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL THE BOOZE RUNS OUT,ONLY SERVING DRINKS NO FOOD,RACHEL SLINGING THE DRINKS MySpace: MY BOSS HAS INFORMED ME THAT WE WILL BE SHUTTING DOWN,HE HOWEVER IS LET ... More >>
Earlier this month, a mysterious message appeared on the Bluebird's MySpace page: "Last Bluebird Show Ever" -- followed by a note that says, "Closed for Remodel." Because the town needs another club closed like it needs a hole in the head, I got in touch with proprietor Mike Cracchiolo to get t ... More >>
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
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