By Ashley Zimmerman The Pretty Reckless currently has a hell of a lot to be happy about. The band's latest album, Going to Hell, has already produced two hit tunes -- "Heaven Knows" and "Fucked Up World" -- and the group just kicked off the second leg of its North American tour. It's no surprise ... More >>
By Jeff Weiss During their fifteen-year musical estrangement, Nina Gordon and Louise Post frequently shared the same dream: They'd perform onstage together just like in the mid-'90s, when Veruca Salt became alternative-nation nobility with hit single "Seether." Except in these REM reveries, the Bea ... More >>
This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music made our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that ... More >>
Atlanta indie-rock outfit Manchester Orchestra will be performing at the Pageant this Sunday, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!
Legs McNeil became one of my favorite authors when I first read his Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk as a young teen. If you don't own the book you've undoubtedly seen its ransom note-styled spine on the bookshelf of your music-loving friend. It's an assertion that's been made by ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. An issue of worldwid ... More >>
Some people spend their lives researching a cure for cancer, or how to perform cleft-lip surgery on children in developing countries. Others, such as myself, spend that time researching obscure music because it gives them a sick feeling, like maybe they are somehow better than people who are doing r ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best karaoke bars ... More >>
No musician puts a "Hey!" in a song for his/herself. "Hey!" is a social cue, an opportunity for engagement between a musician and the audience. It means nothing, but it means the same nothing to all of us and therefore means something, maybe even everything. Woah. Here are the six best "Hey!"s in ro ... More >>
Update: Matt Harnish wins, because we can't resist a local hook. As a side note, I sincerely hope that Adam R. is the person I think it is. Well played, everybody. As much has been said about the Velvet Underground, there will always be more worth talking about. Rob Jovanovic, who wrote the only b ... More >>
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, March 2. Lumière Place Casino, 999 North Second Street.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Courtesy of Mary Ann StarrIn this week's RFT, we profiled Danny McClain, the mind-blowing local musician who passed away on March 28 at the age of 31. To further honor his memory, we invited some of his friends and family to share their favorite Danny McClain stories with A to Z. Mary Ann St ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Image viaIn late January, Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala revealed some obscure trivia about the band's breakthrough album, Page Avenue, which the band played in its entirety Friday, February 4 at the Pageant. At the same time, he also delivered an update about the Fuck off and Dies, h ... More >>
(Via TMZ, via Mike A) GQ just posted a lengthy interview with Billy Ray Cyrus. The country star-turned-actor opens up about the troubles of his daughter, Miley, the effects of the TV show Hannah Montana on the family, his divorce and an impending new album. Relevant to us: Cyrus says that he ... More >>
What in the name of Ian Ziering's mullet were we smoking?When a wise man concluded that there's nothing new under the sun, he had to have been mulling American fashion. We've been recycling the same trends, give or take an accessory or two, for nearly 70 years. Hence the all-too-predictable 1980s ... More >>
Music fans of a certain age, prepare to feel very, very old. Frances Bean Cobain - the daughter of Courtney Love and Nirvana's late singer, Kurt Cobain - turns eighteen today. Yes, that's right -- the cute little peanut seen in picture after magazine picture back in the day is now legal. She ... 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 weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
In its continuing dive-bar special, Chow.com recently listed the fourteen elements you need to have a proper dive bar, along with nationwide examples of bars that exemplify these qualities. Not surprisingly, St. Louis has its own shining examples of each quality. 1. Come Up With a Cool Name Keeg ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
As a dining option, pizza is always a good idea. But as a Valentine's Day gift, a heart-shaped pizza can be interpreted two ways and two ways only: 1) as a mozzarella-covered caloric bomb that ultimately is a cute, thoughtful gesture, or, 2) as a pathetic, last-minute gift that turns an already in s ... More >>
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLady Gaga in LA, 12/23/09Last Thursday, to preview Lady Gaga's show at the Fox that night, I posted about a Nirvana-Lady Gaga mashup floating around the Internet. In that post, I embedded the YouTube video and a link to the where the mashup originated: a blog post on th ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBlack Francis at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, 11/20/2009Last Friday night in Chicago, the Pixies managed to make the gimmick of playing an entire album from start-to-finish feel fresh. The amount of fun they appeared to be having had a lot to do with this: All smiles, the band me ... More >>
marqueemag.com/tag/ghostland-observatory/Few indie bands are as divisive as Ghostland Observatory. For every fan and critic who fawns over its catchy dance punk grooves, there are others who decry tthe band as "robot rock for the flyover states" or, as Pitchfork infamously panned "Daft Punk for f ... More >>
Brand New means business during its shows. The goal of its live experience is to exorcise demons, to provoke thought and, above all, produce catharsis. Looking for a night of frivolous entertainment? Go see another show instead. These Long Islanders are kicking out the post-hardcore, post-grunge, po ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonIt's been a minute since we checked in with Wafeek, everyone's favorite St. Louis hip-hop ex-pat, and it's probably best we've left him alone: He's been busy making a kick-ass new album. The project is titled Feekee and the Flux Capacitor and it's, well, complicated.As t ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
7 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
The audience present for the 8:30 p.m. Bad Plus set last evening leaned more toward curious observers than diehard fans. It was difficult to suspect the sort of crowd that would take interest in the piano, bass, and drum trio, and even harder to guess what aspect of the group appealed to whom. Some ... More >>
Update: Coverage and photos of the protest: "Prop 8 Leaves Some Missourians in Marital Limbo" A protest against California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, is set for noon Saturday on the steps of the Old Courthouse. Show Me No Hate has been set up to inform people about the demonstrat ... More >>
Era Vulgaris (Interscope)
Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc)
A look at the positive things going on in the St. Louis scene.
Fabled concert venue Mississippi Nights closes its doors for now.
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Umbrellas opens up
A deluge of CDs yields a couple of winners
Wednesday, Sept. 22; Side Door
Everything Is Possible! (Luaka Bop)