While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
Blueberry Hill proprietor Joe Edwards could hardly have imagined what would become of the conversation he had with Chuck Berry nearly two decades ago. The rock 'n roll pioneer was at Edward's home late at night in 1996, and the two old friends were reminiscing about Berry's early days before he skyr ... More >>
A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>
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. The Si ... More >>
Recently, a quote-unquote "punk" band called Get Shot! decided to do what quote-unquote "punk" bands love to do for the attention of the media: make a brainless scene. In this particular case, it was a brainless porn scene. In a video shot by the group, Get Shot!'s bassist, Laura Lush, masturbated o ... More >>
After persevering through a driving regimen of fourteen consecutive hours through the middle of nowhere (and barely winning a race with an Oklahoma tornado) we finally arrived in Texas for Chaos in Tejas. Grown-up humans from every sub-genre of punk rock culture started checking into motels and wand ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, August 25. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
LouFest is this weekend, but you will not find it listed within this post. This is because St. Louis's favorite outdoor festival will already see plenty of press this week -- hell, I'd be surprised if this blog post isn't surrounded on either side by bigass advertisements for the event. Point is, yo ... 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. Tom Gabel is dead. In March, the lead singer of Against Me! came out publicly as a transgender female. Th ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
wikimedia commonsMötley Crüe's summer tour is under way; the St. Louis date is Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. A couple very important notes about this show: 1. Poison and the New York Dolls are opening 2. The setlist is fan determined 3. Tommy Lee is playing drums ON A F ... More >>
Late last night, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and David Johansen jointly announced that Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls are launching a 2011 summer tour. (Video of this below.) This trek is reportedly stopping at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights on June 22, according ... More >>
You've heard of garage rock. But Kid Congo Powers - co-founder of the Gun Club, guitarist for the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and prolific, eccentric, solo rock & roll maestro -- doesn't play garage rock. He plays gymnasium rock. His forthcoming album, Gorilla Rose and his 2009 al ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... More >>
They didn't airbrush his face here.This week, R.E.M. reissued its 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction as a two-CD set, which includes a disc of demos. The band also announced that it had finished recording its new studio album, which is set for release sometime next year. Perhaps in tribu ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, July 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Malcolm McLaren, the wily manger who guided original punks the Sex Pistols to infamy, died today after a battle with cancer. He was 64. After outfitting the New York Dolls with outrageous stagewear in the mid-'70s, he became more notorious for coordinating the Sex Pistols' outlandish publicity stunt ... More >>
The Black KeysThe Pageant *Gregg Allman, May 26 *The Black Keys, June 10 Off Broadway *Oakhurst, April 11 *Dave Gonzalez and The Stone River Boys, April 15 *Rosie Flores Band/Jon Langford, April 18 *James Brown Tribute, April 30 *Dave Olney and Steve Dawson, May 1 *The Hillbenders, May 8 *Ba ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, June 19. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Where to begin? I should start with the ornamental comb, like three white gleaming stakes from some Gnostic purification ritual, holding a jet-black stack of hair atop the fiery head of Polly Jean Harvey. She's never wanted for making an impression. Wrapped in white, backed by a hard avant-garde blu ... More >>
7 p.m. Monday, November 24. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
B-Sides highlights must-see acts in this weekend's Show-Me Blowout.
John Peel's legacy lives on, Billy Corgan has to rely on his to carry him through Zeitgeist
Courtesy of blogcritics.org They were so much younger then. I ran out of time before vacation to write a proper piece about this, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge that R.E.M. — a.k.a. my favorite band since 1993 -- is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame t ... More >>
Welcome home, Brian Delaney.
Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls talks up the glam pioneers' history and fantastic new record.
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner Records)
Pre-Crash Condition: Live From the Royal Festival Hall (Sanctuary)
The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end
Thee Lordly Serpents mix garage rock with (gasp!) actual songwriting
Experience rock & roll drama at the Exposure Battle of the Bands
No Thanks!: The '70s Punk Rebellion (Rhino)
Monday, November 10; Creepy Crawl
The dark legend of GG Allin still drives the Murder Junkies
Friday, July 18; Pageant
No, the Replacements aren't getting back together -- yet
Jefferson City lawmakers hit the roof over Nelly's visit to the statehouse
A serendipitous record deal resuscitates one of the Midwest's primo garage acts, the Cripplers
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Remodeling St. Louis' radio dial
It takes real metal to interview W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless
Taking St. Louis' lead-footed concertgoers to task