[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
I have an unusual music source. His name is Baron and he came to the United States in his late teens as a foreign exchange student from Germany. Although his homeland's biggest contribution to American music is probably when Nena floated to number two on the Billboard chart in 1983 with "99 Luftball ... More >>
Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... 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 night while disassembling a crude table to repurpose its boards for a drum riser-slash-sandbox (lon ... More >>
[Update 6:23 pm: MBV's official website has already crashed from the volume of people trying to get to the new album. Keep checking back for more updates.] [Update 2: According to Consequenses of Sound, the album is called mbv and contains nine tracks. It will be available for purchase on the band' ... More >>
Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine had fans on the edge of their seats all week in anticipation of the band's first album in more than twenty years. Frontman Kevin Shields' onstage remarks in London on Sunday hinted that the new material would be released this week -- "might be out in two or three ... More >>
DRAMATIC RE-ENACTMENT OF A RECENTLY-RECEIVED E-MAIL (Names and wording changed to protect the insistent): Dear Sir, Why is it the RFT never mentions Tone Rodent shows? Ringo Deathstarr is a buzz band across the country right now. Once again people are working hard to bring a great band to town and ... More >>
By now you've spent the twenty-odd seconds it takes to watch the entire San Diego 4th of July Fireworks-gasm. Just in case: They fired everything at once, leading to an amorphous balloon of light and catastrophic sound. The incident has been chalked up thus far as a "technical error," but an astute ... More >>
Ever since prehistoric man hit a stick and a rock together and thought "I bet that would sound sweet through a delay pedal," musicians have craved new sonic avenues for their instruments. Here are the six best effect-enhanced guitar solos, including the time in which each solo begins. Let us know wh ... More >>
English space-rock heroes the Telescopes shared both a record label and a scene with bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, but never shared the acclaim. And though the Telescopes are worshiped by modern noise makers as O.G. shoegazers, its influence hadn't translated into a full ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, February 10. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 25. Pig Slop Studios.
Photos by Diana Benanti The Joy Formidable | US Royalty September 21, 2011 The Firebird This is the time to see a band. The Joy Formidable is still pie-eyed and loving it, and there's a new single around every bend. The band is still in love with its luck, and there is no way to not fall in ... More >>
Photo by Mike AppelsteinPains of Being Pure at Heart | Craft Spells Off Broadway August 5, 2011 To my shock, they dedicated a song to me, so let's dispose with any pretense of objectivity right now. Admittedly, the song was "My Terrible Friend," so if they'd sucked live, I could have slamme ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, April 22. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
Less Than Jake's upcoming February 11 show at Pop's has inspired A to Z to reminisce over the lost art of the ska/punk cover. The beauty is in its simplicity: It's the same song you know and love, just played faster and louder and splattered with horn lines. Less Than Jake has mastered the co ... 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.) Gregg Allman returns with Low Country Blues.*Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues NPR said of Allman's new record, "[It] gets Allman back to the roots he and bro ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. (Vintage Vinyl will be added once it arrives!) An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets ... More >>
Sources tell me that electro-art-rockers/performance artists Fischerspooner will be at the Pageant on Thursday, May 14, a few weeks after they release their new LP, Entertainment. They'll also reportedly have a full band with them, which is the best way to get their full synthrock experience. Hopefu ... More >>
After many delays, the Coachella lineup was finally announced a wee bit ago. The lineup is light on huge reunions -- shocker, the Smiths aren't playing -- but has a few cool surprises. Night one headliner Paul McCartney is preceded by Morrissey and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Cohen is the big surprise/draw, ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
6 p.m. Saturday, December 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
With a new four-CD retrospective, Rhino Records captures the agony and ecstasy of the golden age of Modern English rock.
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Food writer Michael Ruhlman gives Gut Check some love. My Bloody Valentine reuniting? A to Z clues you in. St. Louis Blues five goals ticket stub = free Taco Bell free generic tacos? What a joke. In other sports new ... More >>
The music awards ballot is online! Plus, meet your Best New Artist candidates.
9 p.m. Friday, February 23. Ground Floor (215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois).
7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 14. Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue).
Riot City Blues (Columbia)
This Past Week (Labrador)
The Rocket Bar
Asobi Seksu (Friendly Fire)
These are the best rock & roll conversations in the world. No argument.
Reissues of classics are the gifts that keep on giving
Jeffrey Eugenides closes the gender gap
Neon Golden (Domino)
100th Window (Virgin)
A deluge of CDs yields a couple of winners