This weekend, take advantage of the fact that it's perfectly acceptable to leave the house dressed up as whatever you want. Halloween's still a week away technically, but no one's going to judge preemptive costume enthusiasts unless it's part of a contest. InFest StL 4 hits four Cherokee Street venu ... More >>
What month is it again? We hate to reduce our small talk to conversations about the weather, but it's still oh-so-glorious outside, and we hope you had the chance to to get naked over the weekend. Continue to take full advantage of springtime in July by catching some shows this week. Read about reco ... More >>
Guitarist/vocalist Adam Watkins and bassist Matty Coonfield have been the anchors in the member-shifting Tone Rodent, a band that swerves from psych to shoegaze to no-wave without losing a thumbprint of foreboding ambiance. The current six-piece lineup locks in nicely on this four-song EP, with Ashl ... More >>
Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the best of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor ... More >>
St. Louis is nothing if not prolific in 2013. Last week's show announcements boasted an impressive seven releases-to-be across the board. This week, add three more sets of brand new local tracks to your music collection. DinoFight!, Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, and Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs all ... More >>
This week, RFT announces the winners of this year's Best Of St. Louis issue. To celebrate - and give a break from the local overload to ensue - here are the six best "Best Of" albums, plus a few bonus picks at the end. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and we'll put the comment in our vaul ... More >>
As we mourn the passing of Hal David, the lyrical genius on the Burt Bacharach/Hal David dream team, we also revisit his timeless contributions to music. Here are the six best renditions of one of his best songs, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me." See also: Hal David, Songwriting Part ... More >>
In the past decade, there have been so many indie-rock band reunions, and so many song-by-song recreations of now-classic albums, that the whole scene threatens to take on the tacky air of a 1950s or 1960s nostalgia revue. Only a very few of these reunited bands have managed to get back together and ... More >>
Fractured Army quietly called it quits last year after a few years of in-town gigging, recording and a memorable turn as Pat Benatar for An Under Cover Weekend in 2010. (Because who doesn't love "We Belong"? Philistines, that's who.) But from that amicable split comes Hidden Lakes, featuring three-f ... More >>
When I was in seventh grade, before I knew anything about indie rock or Athens, Georgia, or Reagan-era politics, R.E.M. was my favorite band. I'm certainly not alone; the band was a landmark in many lives for both the music it created and the doors it opened up for young listeners. And like m ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, September 3. The Heavy Anchor. 5226 Gravois Avenue.
This is the face that launched 1,000 falsettos -- and also our No. 2 entry in the hits category.Welcome to a new recurring feature on RFT Music. In the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at the best music movies, from documentaries (Dig!) to movies with earth-shattering soundtracks (Train ... More >>
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
The Hands of Thieves EP
Dove ShoreTonight is the long-awaited, very-sold-out Girl Talk show at the Pageant. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Gregg Gillis, the man behind the moniker. (Note: The author is a fellow Pittsburgh native who grew up in the same classic-rock-obsessed area and witnessed Girl Talk ... More >>
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Image viaOn Monday, Red Stripe premiered a new ad for its delicious, delicious beer. The video clip features the Red Stripe Ambassador -- shades of the Old Spice smooth-talker, perhaps? -- dancing to a Stephen Marley-produced, reggae cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's '80s synthpop hit "Rel ... 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.) blogs.westword.com3OH!3's Streets of Gold*3OH!3, Streets Of Gold Ke$ha joins the neon-pop group on its latest release. Stream that track and the rest of the ... More >>
Todd OwyoungWarPaint at the Pageant, Wednesday, June 9. More photos here.Reaction to the Pageant double-bill featuring the Temper Trap and WarPaint generally fell into two categories: "I love those bands!" or "Who?" Still, a respectable crowd filled the venue's main floor for the brief, just- ... More >>
Waterloo vocalist-guitarist Mark Ray moved to Portland, Oregon, several years ago, meaning that the band rarely plays shows in town anymore. That's why this last-minute gig (with Magic City) will be such a treat. Live, the band's been known to play evocative covers -- at the Lot festival in A ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
Talk about shocking news: John Hughes -- the movie director and screenwriter famous for his '80s teen movies -- died this morning of a heart attack. He was 59. Hughes' films -- especially the holy trinity of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- were innovative in the way they us ... More >>
Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Coldplay delivered exactly the type of set you would want from it - and then some. That's not snark, either: For nearly two hours, the British quartet unleashed hit after hit after hit with little self-indulgence and plenty of spectacle. In fact, th ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungKaren O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Pageant. More photos here.Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O has crafted a persona as a shabby-chic fashion icon, a vulnerable diva, and some sort of female version of Iggy Pop. She has dated music video director Spike Jonze and is involved in t ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, April 3. The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Thursday, February 5. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
7 p.m. Friday, September 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
B-Sides finds out why Neil Hamburger isn't Yo La Tengo's favorite comic, then gets cinematic with Undertow Records' Monahans.
Week of May 31, 2007
Sound of Silver (DFA/Capitol)
9 p.m. Friday, January 5. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Week of December 28, 2006
7 p.m. Sunday, October 8. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
The attractions of Magnetic Fields' three-CD 69 Love Songs