In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Songwr ... More >>
Another school year has passed, and now all that's left for departing students to cherish are the sweet memories of Friday-night football, prom and the loin-burning, unrequited, forbidden lust for their smoking-hot teachers. I know, it sounds kind of creepy. But admit it: You once had a fantasy tea ... More >>
Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
My Morning Jacket | Band of Horses August 8, 2012 Peabody Opera House Jim James does not have hair. He has a mane, and it is his single best asset as a showman. Better than his sleeved cape (his morning jacket, proposes RFT Managing Editor Chad Garrison), better than his drum pad chain, better even ... More >>
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... More >>
Alberta Cross will give St. Louis a double dose of its music tomorrow, on July 17: The band brings its modern psych-rock to Off Broadway that night and releases its new album Songs of Patience the same day. Doors open at Off Broadway at 8 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 8:30. Tickets are ... More >>
The Forecastle Music Festival, which will take place this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, boasts more than just a big name lineup -- it will also feature the Sustainable Living Roadshow, art exhibitions, the Kentucky Bourbon Lodge and a poster show. Though let's not kid ourselves: The lineup is wha ... More >>
Woody Guthrie left behind notebooks full of words, snippets and entire lyrics. The Woody Guthrie Foundation, led by his daughter Nora, has been lending them to artists to create music around his words. You may remember the series' most successful installment to date, Wilco and Billy Bragg's collabor ... More >>
The Firebird just snagged Lawrence's the Appleseed Cast for a show on August 30th. Hospital Ships will open. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale soon. The band, which has adapted its emo roots into a versatile post-rock sound with recent releases, released its Middle States EP earlier this ye ... More >>
Fans line up in the St. Louis bake oven for My Morning Jacket. Photo by Robin WheelerMy Morning Jacket | Delta Spirit The Pageant August 2nd, 2011 Considering it's been almost five years since My Morning Jacket played St. Louis, it's only fair that the band began the current leg of their to ... More >>
Best Live Band In The World My Morning Jacket is playing a sold-out show at the Pageant tonight. And we just got a pair of tickets to give to a lucky pair of you out there -- whatever backup plan you made can wait. To win, tell us in the comments below, what your favorite MMJ album is and ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, August 2. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 1. Mojo's, 1013 Park Avenue, Columbia.
Pains Of Being Pure At HeartBursting pop band Pains of Being Pure At Heart is coming to Off Broadway in August; if you don't have its latest, Belong, be sure to note that can always get it in button form. In somewhat related news, the Black Lips just announced a show at the Firebird, and in c ... More >>
Danny ClinchMy Morning Jacket, whose new album Circuital is scheduled for a May 31 release date, is coming to St. Louis on August 2nd, when the band will play the Pageant. Tickets go on sale June 3rd at 5 p.m. at the Pageant box office or through Ticketmaster. Frontman Jim James' most recent ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesEvery week, we'll ask your local record store clerks to advise you on which new releases are worth your hard-earned pennies. Today, Vintage Vinyl employee (and drummer for the Humanoids and Doom Town) Shaun Morrissey fills us in on some of his favorite recent releases and reissu ... More >>
We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>
Image viaLast week at Cicero's, the Illphonics triumphed over three bands and won a chance to perform at the music festival Wakarusa, which takes place from June 2-5 in Ozark, Arkansas. The show was the St. Louis stop of the "Waka Winter Classic," a competition in over twenty cities which use ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Liz DeichmannDelta Spirit, last night at the FirebirdFrom the moment Delta Spirit lead singer Matthew Vasquez stepped on stage, sporting a Cheshire-cat grin from ear to ear, he was well on his way to charming an excited, surprisingly large Monday night crowd. He thanked everyone for coming, a ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
Not gonna lie: The Uglysuit has a terrible name, in the sense that it's not exactly the sort of moniker that's welcoming to listeners. However, its music is a warm, easygoing hybrid of haunting harmonies, ornate acoustic guitars and winsome songwriting. RIYL Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Counting ... 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 >>
Tip to Largeheartedboy for reminding me that Bear Ceuse -- the moniker under which singer-songwriter Cameron Matthews now performs -- has a new EP available for download at his website, Westminster Labs. It's a solid, vibrant release from the young musician, one which features strong songwriting and ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) Before he shaved off his beard, My Morning Jacket's Jim James certainly resembled Santa Claus -- albeit Mountain Man Santa Cla ... More >>
2008's version of Record Store Day -- an entire day devoted to the glory of, uh, the record store -- was such a booming success, people are celebrating again this year on Saturday, April 18. And like last year, Euclid Records and Vintage Vinyl are participating in the festivities. Details ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
There isn't a baseball mustache hall of fame, but if there were, these ballplayers would have to be included. In the wake of the American Mustache Institute's "'Stache Bash," this past weekend, Aaron Schafer has put together a list of ten nominees for such an HoF! Here's a sampling: 7. Luis Tiant ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 29. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Mustaches. They invoke dignified old timey crap that we all love so much, like the guy riding the bicycle with the really large front wheel or the ripped weightlifter who's now probably someone's great-grandfather. Mustaches also make us think of the 1970s, when they took on a sexier mystique. Then ... More >>
Because of the Times (RCA)
8 p.m. Monday, November 20. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
Everything All the Time (Sub Pop)
Sleep, Memory (I and Ear)
My Morning Jacket soldiers through changes with its new CD
Elizabethtown is a mess, not that its director should care
Saturday, June 18; the Gearbox (1551 South Seventh Street)
Kerry may have given up on Missouri, but musicians haven't
It Still Moves (ATO Records)