The Polar music prize, regarded by many as the musical equivalent to a Nobel Prize, was first awarded to Sir Paul McCartney and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania upon its foundation in 1992. "The difference with this one for me is that I've presumably been chosen from everyone in th ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... 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. Song ... More >>
Happy Monday, everybody! We like to think of the start of each week as a new slate. Which shows will you go see? Some options include Canadian Rifle, Lord Huron and Kittypalooza. Read about these recommendations and more after the jump, and make this week a good one.
Kevin Buckley really isn't so hard to pin down. He's a fiddler, a guitarist, an Irish folk musician, an old-time picker, a singer, a rock & roller, a producer and one of the least pretentious and most consistently crafty songwriters in St. Louis. He slips between the hard-to-master world of traditio ... More >>
Last week Gut Check shared a list of a half-dozen wine values you could find at your neighborhood Schnucks. Why six? Because Schnucks will knock 10 percent off the price if you buy six bottles -- any six bottles -- of wine. See also: - Six Solid Wine Values from the Shelves at Schnucks Well, the g ... More >>
For as stiff and coy as the band's name may be, the David Wax Museum's hybrid of indie pop, folk and folkloric music flares with smart sonic ideas and timeless and in-the-moment images. Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Wax (that is his last name) still has family in University City and still h ... More >>
LouFest is this weekend, but you will not find it listed within this post. This is because St. Louis's favorite outdoor festival will already see plenty of press this week -- hell, I'd be surprised if this blog post isn't surrounded on either side by bigass advertisements for the event. Point is, yo ... More >>
This just in: Vinyl is BACK! Now in its fifth year, Record Store Day has made its international mark, recognized by labels, bands, and collectors worldwide. Celebrating the cultural impact of the independent record store, RSD offers everything from live performances to special discounts to limited e ... More >>
The music of David Bowie might seem an unlikely subject for a tribute by an all-instrumental jazz group, but on its new CD Ashes To Ashes -- A David Bowie Intraspective, the Wee Trio digs into the Thin White Duke's catalog with intriguing results. Featuring interpretations of six songs ranging from ... More >>
http://commons.wikimedia.orgIt is twelve days until Christmas. You've finished your holiday shopping, put up your Christmas lights, and perfected your mother's gingerbread recipe, yet you still feel your holiday mission is not complete. Well, a quick visit to your local grocer may be the answ ... More >>
Erasure performing earlier this summer.Erasure | Frankmusic The Pageant September 21, 2011 It's been over two decades since Erasure played St. Louis, and its fans were more than ready for the band's return. Opener Frankmusik and his drummer and keyboardist took the stage amidst Erasure's g ... More >>
Ari Picker is as genuine and unfailingly heartfelt as his music would have you believe. His folk orchestra project Lost in the Trees is winsome and soft, but imbued with wrenching emotion and cathartic release. Picker composes symphonic ballads out of pure necessity, to deal with the tragedi ... More >>
thesheldon.orgSeveral inches of snow hushed the city last night night, but the rhythms and harmonies of many voices bounced off the walls inside the Sheldon Concert Hall. Without radio play, typical chart-topping hits, stage production or even instruments, Ladysmith Black Mambazo drew a sold- ... More >>
REVIEW BY KELSEY WHIPPLE From the looks of things last night at the Gargoyle, Dearland seems like a nice place to be. Transformed by the beards and spirits of upstate New York's Elvis Perkins in Dearland, the midsized crowd experienced what that place sounds like, at the very least -- like the O Br ... More >>
Todd McKenzieBjorn! Peter Moren and Bjorn Yttling are a study in contrasts. Bjorn, disheveled and in black, lumbers slowly across the stage. When he approaches the microphone, he drapes his mustachioed upper lip directly on the device, as if it would be too much effort to step back a few inc ... More >>
Before we begin, let's have a moment of silence, shall we? The Stache is gone, and I don't think it's coming back.
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pageant *Boney James, Wednesday, March 25 *Lamb of God/As I Lay Dying/Children of Bodom/Municipal Waste, Saturday, May 2 *New Found Glory, Wednesday May 6 Fox Theatre *Paul Simon, Saturday, April 18 Blueberry Hill * ... More >>
"This is a stark contrast to playing before the Black Crowes," Andy Cabic, principle Vetiver said from the dimly lit Off Broadway stage. "I keep expecting you to throw things." The night was incident free--unless you count one song-wrecking squawk of guitar cord buzz before "Sister," one of a handfu ... More >>
Local musicians and writers weigh in on the Police's legacy in St. Louis -- then and now.
If Jay Farrar's titles don't have to make sense, then neither do ours
St. Louis jazz singer Erin Bode is her own woman
Goodbye Cruel World
Kojak Variety (Rhino)
Gigantic nearly deifies They Might Be Giants -- and why not?
Not just another story: Joe Strummer's dead
For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change
After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same
Sunday, July 1; Riverport Amphitheatre
Miami welcomes the Winter Music Conference and, with it, a whole new culture
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.
Philip Glass goes solo at the Edison Theatre