By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
This week, Reel Big Fish, The Pilfers, and Mu330's Dan Potthast play The Pageant. 'Tis a rarity among ska bills, in that each artist progressed through its career but never fully moved away from its birth genre. Others' careers have been less successful, both artistically and commercially. Here are ... More >>
I'm willing to be surprised, on this, but if word got out that there was a Beck sheet music album coming out, I'm fairly sure the average RFT Music reader could fill in the rest of the news story him-or-herself. So: There's a Beck sheet music album coming out. It's called Song Reader, which is nicel ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... 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. Question: If you were in the middle of a riot, streets overrun with people freaking out, smashing windows ... More >>
Here's how things were different the last time Ben Folds Five released an album, without digital music stores, social networking, or anything like Kickstarter: Ubiquity was a possible outcome for rock-and-roll albums. Not just from huge names, either--in the same way baseball's late-90s power bing ... More >>
It's true: Megaupload has been gone an entire week, and for the millions of people who used the site because they like their totally legal for-pay cloud storage to come equipped with fake download links and massive flash banner ads I'm sure things have been difficult. For copyright holders, massiv ... More >>
Yes, we had some of these in the 1990s. Some of them couldn't even hold a guitar.I am 24 years old. When I was twelve years old, and Napster was a real thing and not a horrifying tale RIAA parents told their RIAA children to get them to clean their plate, I was briefly under the delusion that ... More >>
Apple (the Beatles record label) once sued Apple (the computer corporation). After initial squabbles over the right to name their companies after the same fruit, the two agreed that all was good as long as Steve Jobs and crew never entered the music business. As you can probably guess, as you likely ... More >>
Friday morning's scheduled space shuttle launch, the last of 135 missions flown by the orbiters, marks the exact moment at which a space-travel technology from 1981 finally becomes obsolete. That's right: If you'd just overbuilt your music collection like NASA did with Atlantis, you could s ... More >>
Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaAs major record labels have struggled to adjust to the new digital landscape, independent labels have thrived by sticking to the tried and true demand for vinyl. We caught up with Kate Eddens, a former employee of both Thrill Jockey records and Vintage Vinyl, at her south city hom ... More >>
The end of 2009 brings one of those arbitrary milestones that marks the end of a decade, which prompts some of us to look back at the last ten years to see how far we've come and how much has changed. Yes, this is yet another one of those lists. Here is a list of things we did in 1999 that we either ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/ryanmftLet nobody say the administration of University of Missouri School of Journalism is out of touch with its students. These profs understand that lectures, the scourge of college students since the Middle Ages, are so, like, boring. Especially when they're at the ungodly hour ... More >>
Local niche labels keep the music coming.
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
A dispatch from SXSW
Thursday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton)
Two local Internet stations spotlight the best of the Lou
Beatwave Presents Argentina (Sonic360)
Cockfighting, prescription-drug abuse and other pursuits that tiptoe over the line of legality; plus, we give a shout-out to Plaza Frontenac
How do washed-up rock stars maintain lavish homes, fancy cars, stripper ex-wives, cocaine habits and scores of illegitimate children? Easy: They co-opt youth culture.
The Italian Job, a remake better than the original, is a steal
Local music retailers are facing tough times and coming up with new ways to combat slumping sales across the industry -- if they don't file for bankruptcy, that is
In the postmodern style of the times, Ween has found its niche by having no niche at all
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. Stan Liebowitz says otherwise.
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Internet-only radio stations take a beating
Internet-only radio faces a shaky future thanks to the grasping hands of the Recording Industry Association of America
Or: How Mark Cuban would have -- and could have? -- saved the music biz
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
The little flower shops wound extra rolls of floral tape, and the photographers wound fresh film, and the Bosnian seamstresses stitched poufs of netting to strapless bodices. DuBourg High was planning its prom.
Josie doesn't pussyfoot around: You're being brainwashed by pop
Week of March 28, 2001
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
Chuck Warner's Hyped to Death label celebrates unsung punk-rock heroes by compiling their music on recordable CDs
At 28, Spuds has become a cybersage for the young and the reckless. Now he's gone straight.
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
Friday May 12; Duck Room
Ween's new album, White Pepper, left the band "burnt," but fans will find it delicious