It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun and is in the midst of releasing eight music ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's labe ... 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 >>
Nick Lowe Sheldon Concert Hall September 26, 2012 "I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll," sang Nick Lowe to wind down an hour of songs at the Sheldon last night. For its part, the not-quite capacity crowd knew the groom when he used to power, pop, pub and punk, when he used to answer to ... More >>
So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies across the country -- well, we are no longer affiliated, so that's that. And aside from that, it's business as us ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
The Sheldon (3648 Washington Blvd) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in style this upcoming concert season. The immaculate-sounding room will host the Magnetic Fields, Nick Lowe, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Terry and Gyan Riley and plenty more. Tickets for most of these shows aren't on sale yet ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Wilco | Nick Lowe Peabody Opera House October 4, 2011 Wilco kicked off an eight-song encore with "Via Chicago," a song against which I refuse to hear arguments. Not that there are many coming, at least from the thousands assembled in the instantly-sold-out Peabody last night -- it, like pretty muc ... More >>
You can start buying Wilco tickets on Thursday, and we're guessing you'll want to act quickly. For those of you just tuning in, Wilco is playing at the Peabody Opera House on October 4th in support of its new album, The Whole Love. That comes out on September 27th, so you'll have plenty of ti ... More >>
Jon GitchoffElvis Costello & the Imposters The Pageant July 1, 2011 When Elvis Costello finally sells out, quits working as a tireless singer, songwriter and music scholar, and takes over Celine Dion's gig in Las Vegas, he'll have a great stage show to fall back on. Costello and his backin ... More >>
Ted Leo. Photo by Roy KastenTed Leo/Title Tracks/The Blind Eyes Off Broadway Sunday, May 8, 2011 Few axioms in live music are as rigid as the Law of the Solo Headliner: Never put two loud and catchy power-pop bands on before him. Break it at everyone's peril. Unless, of course the solo artist ... More >>
Christian SchaefferThe Fleshtones atop Off Broadway's barThe promise of rock & roll has always been the promise of being forever young, and last night the patrons at Off Broadway got a good argument for music's gift of eternal youth. The inaugural weekend of the (hopefully) annual Beat 'n' So ... More >>
Jon Hardy and the Public finds beauty in love's vagaries.
Kooky rock legend Robyn Hitchcock takes a gander back at his career, and Ian MacKaye takes on new venues.
8 p.m. Saturday, September 15. Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, August 12. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway
10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue).
Ten great discs that were, ahem, underserved by the media this year
Caitlin Cary gets the full-on Lipton treatment
Reconstruction Site (Epitaph)
Friday, May 24; Frederick's Music Lounge
Evangeline Made pays tribute to the songs and styles of Acadian culture
Friday, Aug. 24; Rocket Bar
The fourth annual Twangfest, the biggest and the best so far, celebrates some of the country's best roots artists