It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun and is in the midst of releasing eight music ... More >>
A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>
I remember in the sixth grade when we were all arbitrarily assigned instruments to learn. It was hell for broke parents who were now forced to buy or rent instruments they knew were just going to collect dust in a broom closet. And it was hell for us kids, as when you are a young boy, everything aro ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
If Joseph Arthur weren't so insanely talented you might be tempted to doubt the prolific pretense of his visual and musical art. But his talent, his gift for realizing his visions, is simply undeniable. Since his association with Peter Gabriel and Real World Records first brought him to a wider audi ... More >>
It's April and the smell of vinyl is in the air. Record Store Day is this weekend, that annual celebration of those places where the things you illegally download live. This equates to a wealth of exclusive releases and reissues, some of which are made in such small quantities they are practically o ... More >>
In rock and roll, singers get the attention, guitarists get the glory and bass players usually just have to show up. It's the drummers of the world who often put in the most effort for the least return, lugging ten times the equipment and playing twenty times as hard as the rest of the band. ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl 1. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB---Beat The Devil's Tattoo* 2. TITUS ANDRONICUS---Monitor 3. FLOGGING MOLLY---Live At The Greek Theatre 4. LUDACRIS---Battle Of The Sexes 5. GORILLAZ---Plastic Beach 6. MURPHY LEE---You See Me 7. SADE---Soldier Of Love 8. BROKEN BELLS---Broken Bells 9. JIM ... More >>
You'll have the opportunity to ponder this in front of Paula Cole herself at the Old Rock House on Thursday, March 4 -- that is, if you're over 21 and you pay $25 admission. In all seriousness, the Dawson's Creek-theme-stress (that's "I Don't Want to Wait") is currently recording a new album, Ithac ... More >>
According to Crain's Cleveland Business: ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the Stooges! David Geffen will be inducted as an executive, while songwriting teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry also made it in. (Other songwriters getting the nod include Jesse ... More >>
Thanks to an excited reader for tipping me off that indie-weirdos Yeasayer are apparently coming to St. Louis next year, on April 26 at the Gargoyle. A publicist email confirms the date, although there's no sign of the show yet on Metrotix or the venue's website. The band's debut was a Talking Heads ... 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 >>
The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) announced its schedule a few weeks ago -- and as always, the fest has plenty of offerings for music-doc buffs and local music fans. SLIFF runs from November 12 to 22; all ticket info and locations of the films can be found at this link. Among the do ... More >>
Artist: Phil Collins Album: No Jacket Required From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1985 Label: Atlantic Records What it sounds like: The 80's Dance Pop Special: A smooth synthesizer groove, with an order of keyboards, drum machines, and horns on the side.
9 p.m. Tuesday, November 11. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
9 p.m. Monday, January 14. Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Kooky rock legend Robyn Hitchcock takes a gander back at his career, and Ian MacKaye takes on new venues.
B-Sides gets intimate with Rhino Records' new Genesis reissues, then catches up with the cool cats in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Avant-garde label aPop Records opens a storefront and moves its operations onto Cherokee Street.
Think globally, watch locally at the fifteenth annual St. Louis International Film Festival.
Two guys, a girl, and a La-Z-Boy make a refreshingly honest road movie.
Death Cab for Cutie weathers their major label transition with grace
B-Sides sees triple with Alkaline Trio, crunches numbers with Son Volt and gives Billy Idol some career advice
And back in song
Gere and J. Lo Dance, and there's nothing dirty about it
Week of September 15, 2004
On Saturday, September 4, we tuned in to local musical frequencies in their vast and varied incarnations. What we heard, all day and all night:
Meet the Fugazi doo-wop of TV on the Radio
In Whale Rider, a Maori lass confronts her heritage and destiny
Apartheid didn't stand a chance against so many songs
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
The brilliant frontman for the Negro Problem on ageism, racism and preaching to the converted
Saturday, Feb. 17; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room.
American BT builds a new house, to rave reviews from both sides of the pond
St. Louis rapper Nelly sets out on the road to fame and fortune
Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park
Directed by Keith Gordon
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled