There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what ... More >>
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty cond ... More >>
Neutral Milk Hotel | Elf Power The Pageant, 2/5/14 It's been a long time since Neutral Milk Hotel's last St. Louis show. Specifically, the group last played here in 1998 at the Galaxy Bar, with Superchunk. Lead singer Jeff Mangum did play a solo show at the Sheldon Concert Hall in January of 2013; ... More >>
Neutral Milk Hotel | Elf Power The Blue Note, Columbia 10/16/13 Here's why this show was so important: In all the myth-building around Jeff Mangum, including his two full-length albums and his fifteen-year absence from the music scene, it's all too easy to forget that he didn't create that music in ... 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 >>
Update 8/30: All of the acts, as well as the bands they are covering, have been announced. See below for the full list. Update 8/26: Number five and number six -- The Incurables will be performing as T. Rex and Ryan Wasoba & Foxing will cover Neutral Milk Hotel. Update 8/22: There has been a third ... More >>
Jeff Mangum fans, rejoice -- Neutral Milk Hotel is performing live again, and even making a stop in St. Louis at the Pageant. See Also: - An oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel in St. Louis - Jeff Mangum at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 1/16/13: Review and Setlist
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. For the average music listener, Mp3s are a compromise. Sound quality is traded for portability. For the ... More >>
Jeff Mangum | Tall Firs Sheldon Concert Hall, January 16, 2013 After a few years of performing solo acoustic shows around America and Europe, Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum finally made it to St. Louis. Tickets sold out in less than an hour, and for good reason: It's been a decade and a half ... More >>
Huge news today: Jeff Mangum is touring again after the New Year, and his itinerary includes a St. Louis date. The semi-reclusive singer/songwriter, whose unique twisted visions propelled Neutral Milk Hotel, is scheduled to play the Sheldon Concert Hall on January 16, 2013. New York duo Tall Firs w ... More >>
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 >>
Sasha BarrNeutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum launches his first national tour since 1998 today. Unfortunately, none of the shows are in St. Louis -- he'll play a pair at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago on February 6 and 7. Still, his resurrection has not gone unnoticed in these parts. In this ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Todd OwyoungDresden Dolls Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione at the PageantHalfway through its 10-year anniversary tour, the Dresden Dolls hit the Pageant with the bombastic fury, humor and authenticity borne of two tight musical partners playing in celebration and remembrance. The Dolls, Ama ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Thursday, September 2. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, December 17. Mangia Italiano, 3145 South Grand Boulevard.
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 9. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
www.myspace.com/brazosbrazosBrazos/White DenimWhere: FirebirdPlaying With: Troubadour DaliSounds Like: White Denim is equal parts Scooby-Doo-esque psychedelic textures and stoner-rock skronk. (Zoinks! They aren't interchangeable.) And as for Brazos, Roy Kasten says: "With a sound somewhere betwee ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, November 2. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 1. The Wedge, 442 Bates Street.
So imagine the scenario: You're sitting around a Lawrence, Kansas coffee shop, blissfully unaware that you're due to play across Missouri on KDHX that very moment. Such was Titus Andronicus' dilemma earlier Wednesday afternoon. It's to Titus Andronicus' credit that they not only made it to KDHX (eve ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, September 13. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of St. Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
9 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
9 p.m. Thursday, October 11. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
10 p.m. Saturday, August 18. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue
8 p.m. Saturday, October 14. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
Thursday, February 23. 8 p.m. at Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Monday, May 2; Creepy Crawl (612 North Tucker Boulevard)
Saturday, March 19; the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
We ban rock cliches, fatwa Eric Clapton and read up on music nerds
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Tuesday, September 9; Rocket Bar
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Friday, August 9; Frederick's Music Lounge
Monday, Dec. 10; Rocket Bar
Saturday, May 19; Rocket Bar