Big Star, it's said, was a band ahead of its time. But it's more true to say the band was out of its time, or maybe just out of time, period. Officially formed in 1971, the Memphis-based band featured two creative forces, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and the music they made together, and eventually ... More >>
At the end of our talk, Scott McCaughey -- founder of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, once-upon-a-time sideman in R.E.M. and veteran clutch hitter with the Baseball Project -- expresses some disappointment that this interview is even happening at all. "Hey, it's opening day in St. Louis," h ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! Once upon a time, I ... 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 >>
When I was in seventh grade, before I knew anything about indie rock or Athens, Georgia, or Reagan-era politics, R.E.M. was my favorite band. I'm certainly not alone; the band was a landmark in many lives for both the music it created and the doors it opened up for young listeners. And like m ... More >>
Courtesy of R.E.M. One of the most important bands in rock music has broken up. After 31 years together, R.E.M. has announced its retirement on its website with a humble, thankful note. The declaration shocked fans, who immediately bombarded social networks and entertainment news stories with ... More >>
Dana PlonkaThe Civil Wars12:24 In the South By vortex, all news - or at least news not related to Jack White pop-up performances, Cee-Lo Green cancellations, Kanye gossip and R.E.M. show rumors - gets obliterated. Japan's nuclear nightmare is no exception. Glancing at an RSS reader under 75 d ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiNato Caliph at SXSW a few years agoIt's hard to believe, but the music portion of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011. In the last quarter-century, the annual event has evolved to become the gathering place for music-industry darlings, wann ... More >>
KDHX presents two Twangfest day parties at SXSW every year. In past years, this event has included artists such as Deer Tick, Calexico, Carolina Chocolate Drops and David Bazan playing in a space tinier than Off Broadway. This year's model of the party, which takes place on March 17 and March ... More >>
The movie Do It Again.The annual St. Louis International Film Festival (that's SLIFF for short) began last night and runs through November 21. As it does every year, SLIFF features a generous selection of music-related documentaries. Here's the rundown. For the RFT's full coverage of the film ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
Gillian Welch just wants to sing that rock & roll.
John Roderick makes lyrical non-sequiturs an art form.
Courtesy of blogcritics.org They were so much younger then. I ran out of time before vacation to write a proper piece about this, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge that R.E.M. — a.k.a. my favorite band since 1993 -- is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame t ... More >>
A wrap-up of this year's music showcase
Signing bands and pleasing fans, Pete Yorn is here for the Lou
The RFT music staff previews some highlights from this year's Twangfest line-up.
No, the Replacements aren't getting back together -- yet
Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?
The Lucky One (Hightone Records)