St. Louis indie act Dropkick the Robot could use your votes in a worldwide songwriting contest that starts tomorrow. This is no charity case, though -- the band has the chops to back up the favor it's asking. "We've been working for a really long time at songwriting," says Daniel Mehrmann, vocalist ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Renee DePauli of Friendly's. Below is a Q&A with DePauli, followed by the recipe for the Blue Steel.Friendly's Restaurant & Pub (3503 Roger Place; 314-771-2040) is a ... More >>
Whenever Kiernan Maletsky (remember that guy?) first announced to our small freelance music writing staff that Daniel Hill would be taking over the reigns at RFT Music, it was sort of emotional. Kiernan put in some really heartfelt words. It was nice. Daniel's response? He assured us all that the se ... More >>
Japandroids' Celebration Rock is my favorite record of 2012 because I'm tired of albums that want to change my life. This is the simplest conclusion I can come to in my search for a deeper reasoning of what Celebration Rock means to me - or, more accurately, what liking Celebration Rock says about m ... More >>
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
If you find yourself in this corner of the Internet, it is safe to assume you heard about Neil Armstrong's passing. If not, sorry you had to hear it this way. In honor of Earth's first lunar visitor, here are the six best songs about the moon. Let us know your favorites in our comments section (a pl ... More >>
The Shins | The Antlers | Deep Sea Diver June 4, 2012 The Pageant "Should I be surprised at the amount of fist-pumping happening in the audience?" I wondered to myself last night on the Pageant floor during the Shins first song of the night, "Phantom Limb," from 2007's Wincing the Night Away. It wa ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>
Ed. In this week's print edition, we talk a bit about seven bands we're think will be worth watching in 2012. They're listed here -- please let us know what you're excited about in the comments below. Karate Bikini Though Karate Bikini has been in existence in some fashion for a few years, it has ... More >>
Joanna HumphreyThere is a pretty brazen vacuum somewhere in the room next to where two members of Troubadour Dali are conducting a three-way phone interview. It would appear that the shoegaze-y psych-pop band is never far from its noise roots, though this time it's more obnoxious than it is d ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
Jess LutherJason IsbellThe Paste Tour brought together a hodge-podge of big talent to Off Broadway last night, and despite a disconnect in pacing between the first and second halves, the show was a solid showcase of guitar-heavy up-and-comers.
A few hours before Wilco's Jeff Tweedy played a rousing solo set at LouFest, Mayor Slay proclaimed it "Jeff Tweedy Day" in St. Louis. The presentation of the proclamation wasn't public; it happened backstage during the afternoon, so there was really nothing to see. (And unfortunately, I don't think ... More >>
A special Record Store Day edition of top sellers! equates local, * is a band coming to town. Euclid separated its RSD exclusives for its top ten; Vintage did not. Vintage Vinyl 1. VARIOUS ARTISTS---Don't Quit Your Day Job 2. FLAMING LIPS, STAR DEATH & WHITE DWARF WITH HENRY ROLLINS & PEA ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Let's Meet the Sun and the Moon EP
(Aim & Fire)
9 p.m. Saturday, October 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Slide Show Last night’s lineup at the Bluebird was a tinnitus-inducing gang hell-bent on infiltrating ear drums with the pounding fury of a Japanese Taiko drummer. Billed as “The Final Rockdown,” the show was the last for local “rawk” preservationists Riddle of Steel -- and in typical fas ... More >>
Venue: Matinee Location: Akron, Ohio Date: 06.10.08 Other Bands: none Our friend Matt and his roommate both work at Sweetwater, and their days start early over there, so we got out of his hair around 7:30 a.m. and headed Ft. Wayne’s much-lauded Sara’s Family Restaurant (G.W. and Hillary hav ... More >>
John Vanderslice celebrates warmer weather with an exclusive mix of tunes.
Snag part of Unreal's crapucopia of gifts for your office gift exchange!
Periodic Fable highlights the Hibernauts' best elements.
Three St. Louis-area women take burlesque to new heights
Somebody forgot to tell Emil Williams Jr. that bowling is for fat, beer-guzzling honkies
On its new album, Minus the Bear grows up
We strike out with the ladies, music-geek style, check out John Kerry's Behind the Music and hunt for Weird Al trivia
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
Haymarket Riot struggles to distinguish itself from the alt-rock darlings of yesteryear -- and may yet succeed
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Ancient Melodies of the Future (Warner Bros.)