Nirvana (Band)

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Today's Band T-Shirt Trends Are Getting Ridiculous and Awesome

    Band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. It was a method of claiming allegiance without saying a word, a way to help find other like-minded people. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. Back in the day you couldn't just creep on somebody's Face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    In Defense of Sublime

    I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, probably too many, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as Insane Clown Po ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Kurt Cobain's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

    Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, twenty years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the '90s. Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Acclaimed Our Band Could Be Your Life Author Michael Azerrad Discusses His New Endeavor, the Talkhouse

    Michael Azerrad is one of the most respected and acclaimed music journalists in the business. Known for books like Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (the only essential Nirvana book in the great big sea of Nirvana books) and the definitive Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Rewind: Nirvana's In Utero, 20 Years Later

    Today marks the re-release of Nirvana's In Utero. The album recently turned twenty years old and this milestone is being celebrated with the release of a "Super Deluxe Edition." The new edition offers remixes, demos, compilation tracks and rare, previously unreleased tracks, but we wanted to take a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Little Big Bangs' Latest LP is All Punk Energy and Rock & Rock Snarl

    Little Big Bangs Little Big Bangs One of the harrowing truths of the recent twentieth anniversary celebration/reissue campaign of Nirvana's In Utero (aside from the relentless march of time and the music press' fixation with fundamentally meaningless anniversaries) is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Melvins at the Firebird, 7/23/13: Review and Photos

    Thirty years is a long time to keep anything going. It's longer than most marriages, most businesses, and certainly than most experimental classic-rock sludge-punk bands are able to last. This hasn't stopped the Melvins from recording and touring since six years before The Simpsons were even on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Dave Grohl's Movie Sound City is Playing at the Tivoli Tonight Only: Read Our Review Here

    Here's something you don't get to say too often: It's a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping, puppy-eyed, and eager to have a go at the hot new grunge sound of 1993, Dave Grohl's Sound City is an exciting, sometime illuminating documentary about how a squad of techni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Nirvana and Paul McCartney collaborate; Nirvana fans resist inevitable McCartney-ization of Nirvana

    Most music fans seemed to greet the news that Paul McCartney would be fronting what appeared to be a reunited Nirvana at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert with a mix of insistent cool-detachment and curiosity. Nirvana fans--at least the ones who use Twitter--greeted the news that Paul McC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Six Famous Musicians Influenced by The Frogs

    Sad news out of Wisconsin: Dennis Flemion, one half of the Milwaukee-based sibling duo the Frogs, disappeared over the weekend during a weekend family boating trip, and is currently presumed drowned. Of the growing population of rock & roll heaven, surely Flemion is one of the few members already eq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Hard Rock: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Five Surprising Video Game Cameos by Musicians

    In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Who brought Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis to an Apartment Party in St. Louis Last Year? [Update: Found!]

    Update, 3/22 Our mystery Girl Talk party host is Chiara Andriole, whose story you can find in the comments. Pin-Up Bowl, evidently, is where you can find Nirvana fan mash-up kings. Original post follows. Last year's deluge* of coverage upon the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind included just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Mississippi Nights' Final Jam Session Occurred Five Years Ago Today

    In theory, music venues are interchangeable. If one especially great place shuts down, another spot surely will rise elsewhere. But there's something disquieting about the closure of an especially memorable venue. Even years later, I'm still bummed about how Shattered - a Columbia, Missouri, insti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Pancho Rucker On The Good And Bad Of St. Louis Hip-Hop: Listen To Kurt Cobain Music

    Pancho Rucker​Pancho Rucker has been here before. His new album, Kurt Cobain Music, follows a long string of releases: From The Dirt To The Throne, FUQ, I'm Better Than You On Ur Sh*t Volumes 1 and 2, The Kim Jong Il Mixtape, F*ck The Radio, and No Bullsh*t Allowed. The St. Louis native has le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Nine Albums Overshadowed by Nevermind

    ​Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    The Year Punk Broke Finally Gets Reissued: Where The Featured Bands Are Today

    ​About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Nirvana's Nevermind, As Played By Tok: September 23 At Lemmons

    ​As pretty much every facet of entertainment media is here to remind you, Nirvana's Nevermind is turning twenty on September 24. The landmark album will be reissued in October and is being celebrated with events ranging from a town hall Q&A session with Nirvana's surviving members to a concert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    Foo Fighters at Scottrade Center, 9/17/11: Review and Setlist

    Photo by Jon Scorfina. Read why we had no professional photos here. ​Mariachi El Bronx | Rise Against! | Foo Fighters Scottrade Center September 17, 2011 It's been a huge year for Dave Grohl. His band, Foo Fighters, began 2011 with its most reliable line-up of the group's existence. That was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    America's Got Talent Winner Runs for Missouri Office: Eight Musicians He Should Learn From

    Neal Boyd's American dream includes serving in Missouri House of Representatives.​Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston has already won lots of American votes. Enough to win the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, when he wowed audiences with his pop opera skills. Before finding reality-show fame, Boyd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Frances Bean Cobain And The Other Nine Hottest Offspring Of Musicians

    Rocky Schenck​Today is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Story of the Year on Its Nirvana Cover and More Trivia about Page Avenue

    Tim Harmon​In this week's RFT, Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala reveals some obscure trivia about the band's breakthrough album, Page Avenue, which the band will play in its entirety Friday, February 4 at the Pageant. Below, read on for some leftovers about songs from the record, the ban ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2010

    Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship

    8 p.m. September 5. The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Last Collector Standing: Jimmy Winkeler of the Conformists on Recording New Tunes with Steve Albini, Vinyl Fidelity and His Crush on Louise Post

    (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 weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2009

    The Bad Plus

    8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, through Saturday, January 9, at Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    The Dive Bomber: Aunt Rosalie and the Nuge at Black Derby Saloon

    Robin Wheeler​In my months of writing the Dive Bomber, I've only had one instance (I know of) in which I've actively pissed off someone: an octogenarian bar owner who made some angry calls after my otherwise-glowing review of her tavern. No, I'm not stupid enough to link to the piece in question. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Nirvana's Bleach Turns 20

    Kurt CobainNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic​ Ready to feel old? Nirvana's landmark debut, Bleach, turns twenty years old this year. (I'm pretty sure I have a few T-shirts as old as this. Really.) Before Nevermind made Nirvana a mainstream sensation, the lower-than-lo-fi buzzsawing of Bleach cap ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2009

    Four Year Strong

    7 p.m. Tuesday, September 1. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue.

  • Music

    July 22, 2009


    9 p.m. Friday, July 24. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Video Mashup: Nirvana vs. Rick Astley

    Was sent this last night, and in the span of 15 or so hours, it went viral. Yes, it's the DJ Morgoth mashup of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The ultimate RickRoll? Perhaps.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Today is the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Discovery of Kurt Cobain's Body

    Fifteen years ago today, the body of Kurt Cobain was discovered in Seattle. I still remember where I was; I know many other people around my age do, too. Here's one of the best videoclips of Nirvana out there.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Today and Tonight! Los Campesinos! at Vintage Vinyl and the Gargoyle

    In this week's paper, Mike Appelstein interviewed Tom of the Welsh septet Los Campesinos! This was my favorite bit: Who's "the other Kurt"? Tom: That's a really good story actually. While we were recording that song with John Goodmanson, we were talking with him. I think he was the first pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Tok plays MS benefit at Fubar tonight, sends gifts to the RFT

    Philanthropy and rock & roll go hand-in-hand tonight during the "Rock Out for MS" show at Fubar (3108 Locust Street). Local acts Soma, the Sudden Passion, Lydia Loveless and Tok will perform, and the show begins at 7 p.m. We reviewed Tok's latest LP Long Tall Cobra Box a few weeks ago and had th ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2009

    The Bad Plus

    8:30 and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, through Saturday, January 10. Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard.

  • Dining

    November 26, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Spanish Coffee

    Café Ventana
    3919 West Pine Boulevard

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on Nirvana at Mississippi Nights Nirvana Videos, Thoughts

    In my Foo Fighters review, I mentioned that Dave Grohl spoke at length about Nirvana's infamous 1991 show at Mississippi Nights, where a quasi-riot broke out onstage. Turns out, video footage of his speech has surfaced on YouTube. It's a little hard to hear, but Grohl's storytelling skills are funny ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2008

    Bizarre Love Triangle

    Fear and loathing in Paris

  • Music

    December 5, 2007


    8 p.m. Saturday, November 8. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue

  • Music

    October 31, 2007

    Meat Puppets

    9 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • Music

    September 12, 2007

    About a Song

    Local director AJ Schnack traces Kurt Cobain's musical influences in his poignant documentary.

  • Film

    July 18, 2007

    It's Showtime

    From Q&As to film debuts, your guide to the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

  • Music

    May 16, 2007

    Bigmouth Strikes Again

    Annie writes an open letter to Morrissey.

  • Music

    May 2, 2007

    In the Pines

    9 p.m. Friday, May 4. The Ground Floor (215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois).

  • Music

    April 11, 2007


    10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).

  • Music

    April 4, 2007

    Kick out the jammies.

    A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.

  • Music

    January 3, 2007


    B-Sides covers, well, the covers repertoire of the Bad Plus and learns about Todd Mosby's newfangled imratgitar.

  • Music

    November 22, 2006

    Local Motion: Lithium: A Tribute to Nirvana

    7 p.m. Thursday, November 23. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue Sauget, Illinois).

  • Music

    January 19, 2000


    Clog dancer Rush McAllister takes the unusual step of recording his fancy footwork

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