If you've seen Melinda Cooper perform as part of Union Electric in the past few years, you know her as a steady presence in a band with shifting lineups. As a bassist and harmonic foil to Tim Rakel's coarse lead vocals, Cooper plays the part of a supportive, unobtrusive bandmate. It turns out that s ... 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 >>
The Union Electric Cover Charge EP/From Bad to Worstward EP (theunionelectric.bandcamp.com) If done properly, covers records can offer an entry into a band's inner world. Usually more lightweight than a proper album and more passionately curated than a mere list of influences, these collections of ... More >>
In this biweekly 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. On a ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend is a time to get silly, abandon caution and get lost with ten St. Louis bands in some of the most loved music ever. Many of us will never see Aerosmith in concert. The majority of the two sold-out crowds missed Michael Jackson. And here they are, in joyful incarnation. Just fo ... More >>
Update: Animal Empty will be performing as PJ Harvey. We'll keep this post current as the rest of the bands are announced. Original post follows... Just a little over a month stands between us and the sixth annual An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street). The bands doing the cove ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
The Village Voice has been running the definitive music critic's year-end poll for 39 years now, and its results are live. Your winners: tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l unseats Kanye West in the album category and Adele continues to trample all over everything in the singles department. Go look at the comp ... More >>
The Watson Twins are coming back to Off Broadway on Wednesday, September 21. Alvan & Ayosha will open. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. The Watson Twins were at the same venue exactly 363 days before this show playing with Laura Veirs, though this will be the duo's first headlining show at ... 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.) Marsha Ambrosius' Late Nights, Early Mornings*Marsha Ambrosius, Late Nights, Early Mornings SoundSavvy.com reviewed the former Floetry songstress' latest, s ... 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.) Beans' End It All*Beans, End It All Spin gave End It All a 7 out of 10 review: "Beans always poses as an abstractionist, freaking motormouth cadences with a se ... More >>
Image viaIf you follow Justin Bieber on Twitter, perhaps you saw him announce the following late yesterday afternoon: "solid day in NYC. played hoops and just went to the MTV Upfronts...BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD are coming back!!!" (Huh-huh. He said 'coming.') An article on MTV.com elaborates that ... More >>
Time-wasting websites that are actually clever and funny are hard to find, so when one does come A to Z's way, we must tell everyone. Animated Albums is a long-running Tumblr that doesn't post very often -- but when it does, the results are A-plus. The concept is simple: A whiz known as Mr. Dormouse ... More >>
Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsA scene from Christmas Holidays at MerryvaleFor local clubs, the week after Christmas can be rather dead. Out-of-town touring acts take a break for the holidays, while locals tend to rest up, spend time with family and save their energy for New Year's Eve. (The exception to t ... More >>
A lot of local artists cross A to Z's way. Some send us albums; others Tweet at us. Still others drop us email. (Hint: We love email. Especially if it's telling us about who you are and what you're up to. Even if we don't respond, we read everything.) But despite the constant hum of informati ... More >>
11 p.m. Saturday, September 18. Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar, 6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Last night in LA at the tiny Henry Fonda Theater, Radiohead performed a benefit show for Oxfam International. (Proceeds from the show will benefit the organization's efforts in Haiti.) Ex-RFT colleague Randy Roberts was at the show and gives a full play-by-play right here. Of note is that Radioh ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
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 >>
Anyone with doubts about the '90s resurgence had them laid to rest at SXSW this year, where a long list of the decade's biggest acts tried out new material or trotted out old hits for kicks. The list of these performers makes me nostalgic for the simpler days of 120 Minutes and Doc Martens with dres ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, the worst possible way to spend a day at SXSW, one that doesn't involve an emergency colonoscopy or a Marnie Stern showcase, and then imagine something even more tedious and despairing, a day of utter humiliation and loathing. And then it really starts to go downhill.I should h ... More >>
The Singer: Born Helen Folasade Adu in Nigeria, the singer known as Sade found her way to music a few years after arriving in London to pursue a career in fashion. In 1982 Sade formed the band that shared her name (a trait that makes her something of a precursor to PJ Harvey). Her debut, 1984's ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 7. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
Two of the Lou's famous rockers fill us in on their favorites of 2007 — and what the next year holds.
White Chalk (Island)
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. photo: steampunkworkshop.com Everybody loves iPod arts and crafts. HERE Ian Froeb, king of the flogs (food blogs, that is), points out some new ones to check out. Annie Zaleski gives a detailed analysis of PJ Harvey's new ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Lemp Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Thursday, January 11. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 20. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
B-Sides gets domestic with Hurra Torpedo, defends the Dickies and downloads some hot, live MP3 action
Before the Poison (Anti-/Nave)
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
Radar Station's going to SXSW and you're not
Week of June 20, 2001
Frank Black is pissed about a lot of things, especially brainless rockers who just want to meet chicks and asinine questions about his old band, the Pixies