• Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    My Dad Says the New Mastodon Video Is Sexist

    One Saturday afternoon in my sophomore year, my father (who nicknamed himself the Rooster, after the Alice in Chains song) wanted to go to Chesterfield Mall with me -- specifically, Hot Topic -- to check out the new Pantera shirts. This was very recent after Dimebag's death, renewing the Rooster's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: May 2014

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    What the Hell is Babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre of music that transcends all parts of the world, and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East, recorded in Tokyo, the music h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    A Brief History of 20th Century Noise in St. Louis, According to Chim Richards

    Remember Chim Richards, that guy who has been messing with us here at RFT Music for weeks by sending phony (and hilarious) event submissions? Well he is at it again, and has stepped his game up this time. See also: Some Joker Calling Himself "Chim Richards" Has Been Messing with Us

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Italian Prog-Rock Kings Goblin Will Play at 2720 Tonight: Interview Extras

    In our print edition this week, we spoke with Maurizio Guarini, keyboardist of prog-rock legends Goblin (performing tonight at 2720 Cherokee). In addition to Guarini, we posed questions to guitarist Massimo Morante, which did not make it into the paper. Luckily the internet. Here is that exchange. P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Six Terribly Upsetting (and Erotic) Musical Fan-Fiction Stories

    Last week at my warehouse job, I sat in a forklift and lifted a wooden pallet to prepare for shipping. As the dust particles scattered from the machine's exhaust, a thought settled into my brain that I could not rid myself of: "Gavin Rossdale fan fiction."

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Heavy Metal Fashion Report: The T-Shirts of the Pointergeist 2013 Show

    The Point's (105.7 FM) Pointergeist show closed out the concert season for Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday night with performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones and Ghost B.C. And while heavy metal fashion used to be defined by bullet belts, tight black jeans and generally looking like Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Reunited: Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting Returns After Ten Years

    Local veteran DIY hardcore band Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting is getting back together. If you missed out on their ferocious live shows in the first portion of the 2000s or you're into Poison Idea, 7 Seconds, Void or Black Flag, pay attention, because you are about to learn about one of your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 2 to 4

    Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Marilyn Manson Plays the Villain: The Uncut Edition

    [Editor's note: Space constraints kept the prose version of our interview with Marilyn Manson out of the print edition, but here you can read the stuff that was left on the cutting room floor. Point your mouse here for the Q & A version in the paper this week.] Once, there was a subculture of peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in April

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Sign Up to Save Beavis & Butthead, Then Watch the Duo's Five Best Music Video Critiques

    This month marks twenty wonderful years since MTV aired the first episode of Beavis and Butthead. Mike Judge's hilarious cult phenomenon originally ran from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997, before being retired so that Judge could focus on Fox's animated series King of the Hill. When that show ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Weekend Round-up Review: SXSC Day One, Rat Heart, Bass Amp & Dan-O

    All right, folks. Weekend two. Recap: For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am seeing at least three local bands each weekend. The rules: the shows must fit a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The Ten Best/Worst Dressed Juggalos at the Anybody Killa/Blaze Ya Dead Homie Show

    Psychopathic records affiliates Anybody Killa and Blaze Ya Dead Homie performed at Pop's last night as part of their Drive-by Tour. First off, I'm just saying, when the name of the tour is the "Drive By Tour," I feel like you shouldn't be allowed to even stop the bus. Like maybe just drive in circle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Getting Bored and Angry at Lamb of God: Review and Photos

    Lamb of God | Hatebreed | In Flames | Sylosis The Pageant November 7, 2012 Before I start trashing one of the most popular metal bands on the planet, let me offer my credentials: In 1989, I saw Sepultura at the Bridgeton Soccer club at just nine years old. I got in trouble for spray painting the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Oct. 12-14

    Friday (Oct. 12): Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park Head to the park (before doing so requires a parka) for the last major food truck fest of the year. Nibble on quick fixes from Papa Tom's Fancy Franks, Le Food Truck, Sarah's Meltdown and more. As always, admission is free--arrive early! 2 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Ten Music Game DLC Releases That Stirred Up Controversy

    It's not hyperbole to say that downloadable content sparked a huge revolution in console video gaming. Expansions prolonged replay value of many titles, especially music games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero. The Rock Band franchise in particular has produced an impressive amount of downloadable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Down Is Coming To Pop's

    ​New Orleans' finest Heavy Metal supergroup is coming to Pop's. The band, which comprises members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Eyehategod, comes to Sauget on September 17th. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show and go on sale this Saturday, July 30th, at 10 a.m. Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Deftones' Frank Delgado on Changing Perceptions and Chi's Current Health

    ​A scant seven months after serving as the meat in an Alice In Chains/Mastodon sandwich at Scottrade Center, the Deftones will be headlining a very sold-out show at the Pageant with the Dillinger Escape Plan and Funeral Party. We caught up with Deftones turntablist Frank Delgado via phone from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Beavis and Butt-Head Returning to MTV

    Image via​If 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 elaborates that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Black Friday Record Store Sales Hit Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records and Apop Records​April's annual Record Store Day has been such a rousing success, a semi-sequel is happening on Black Friday. Indie record stores all around the country will have exclusives, special releases, deluxe editions and other rare, limited-run goodies for sale. Vintage Vinyl and Euc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Video: It's a Very Slayer Christmas Lights Display, "Raining Blood"-Style

    You just know that this dude's neighbors hate him. Here's a guy in Southern California who programs his Christmas lights displays to music. We're talking a couple of Trans-Siberian Orchestra tunes, Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy" and, last year, Slayer's "Raining Blood." The video is nothing short o ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2010

    Rodrigo y Gabriela/Alex Skolnick Trio

    8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    February 24, 2010


    7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 28. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Music

    September 23, 2009


    6 p.m. Friday, September 25. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008
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    December 7, 2007
  • Music

    October 3, 2007

    Machine Head

    6 p.m. Sunday, October 7. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Music

    May 23, 2007


    7 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).

  • Music

    May 16, 2007


    Hellyeah (Epic)

  • News

    February 21, 2007

    "I'm sure people who even hate G.W. get sick of reading your dribble.

    Get over it, you bleeding-heart liberal pieces of shit!"

  • Music

    September 6, 2006

    Beat Happenings

    Music news you can use

  • Music

    May 31, 2006

    Rebel Yell

    Dimebag Darrell's legacy lives on via new recordings

  • News

    April 19, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of April 20, 2006

  • Music

    December 7, 2005

    A Life Once Lost

    Friday, December 9; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

  • Music

    November 2, 2005

    Scream to a Whisper

    With City of Life, Avenged Sevenfold embraces its indoor voice

  • Music

    October 19, 2005

    Every Time I Die

    Wednesday, October 19; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

  • Music

    August 24, 2005

    Soilent Green

    Friday, August 26; the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • Music

    December 29, 2004


    We list this year's real stinkers, get some critical advice from the folks and look at some scary new downloading laws

  • Music

    December 15, 2004

    Show Stopper

    A local musician speaks out on the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2003

    C'mon, Get Happy!

    Superjoint Ritual don't bogart the evil

  • Music

    April 23, 2003


    Faceless (Universal/Republic)

  • Music

    February 5, 2003

    Direct to Video

    When the concert season cools down, try warming up with the latest rock and metal DVDs

  • News

    March 21, 2001

    Saintly in St. Chuck

    The Lord's county executive plans to cleanse his county's Family Arena

  • Music

    March 14, 2001

    Ticket to Ride

    Local discs make waves with national-caliber samplers

  • Music

    February 14, 2001


    Thursday, Feb. 15; St Charles Family Arena.

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