***ABUSE / RAPE TRIGGER WARNING*** I can't stop thinking about Rihanna. Her single, "Stay," came out a year ago this month and it's still omnipresent. I'll hear it on the radio, in the grocery store and played on the jukebox at a bar by some sad bastard with no concept of appropriate public drinkin ... More >>
Phil Ramone was not a member of the Ramones. He was also not Phil Spector. He was something in between, a musician who handled the controls for many legendary recordings beginning in the 1960s. Ramone died Saturday of a brain aneurysm at the age of 79. In his honor, here are the six best Phil Ramone ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Back in 2008, the Educated Guess released two fine, grandiose albums, Beautiful Strangers and West Skyline Drive, that paired big-sky Americana with well-orchestrated arrangements that called to mind the symphonic masterpieces of Roy Orbison and Born to Run-era Springsteen. After that initial burst, ... More >>
If there was ever an example a good musical soldier, it would be Nigel Godrich. The British producer has been an essential behind-the-scenes figure with Radiohead for years and years and years, so much so that he's colliquolly referred to as a sixth member of the band. Radiohead's titanic sound sh ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
We're all force-fed holiday cheer from Halloween through New Year's, and even if you really, really love Christmas music, hearing the same old standards and modern classics over and over again can begin to fill you with exactly the opposite of holiday cheer. To avoid the monotony of those soft-rocki ... 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 >>
9 p.m. Sunday, October 3. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Thom Donovan's new album, Cast a Light. He has this to say: As the leader of LaPush, Thom Donovan made smart, catchy modern rock that refracted his love of Britpop through the lens of singer-songwriter-esque moody revelations. That combination ensur ... More >>
Cast a Light
Debauchery is easy, penance is hard.The kind folks who work at Local Harvest Grocery and the café across the street are accustomed to seeing us in various states of disrepair. These places are mere blocks away from our house, and we have come to treat them of extensions of our home. When we ... More >>
Dear Ms. Clarkson, After finally getting a chance to attend one of your concerts last night at the Family Arena in St. Charles, I finally understand why I think you're such a fantastic pop songstress and performer. From the first slow-burning, disco-infused chorus of "All I Ever Wanted," your voice ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, October 12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Bunnygrunt's new LP, Matt Harnish & Other Delights. He had this to say: Delights shows off what Bunnygrunt does best: black humor (the horn-aided opener "665 and 1/2 Won't Do"), romantic frustrations ("You Get What You Get") and off-key, breath ... More >>
Matt Harnish & Other Delights
(Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
9 p.m. Monday, May 25. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
West Skyline Drive
Tonight at the Pageant, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and an army of 100 volunteer guitarists will be performing composer Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City). Writer Ryan Wasoba is participating in the performance, and offered to write about his experience for A to Z. Here's part ... More >>
A Very Bert Dax Halloween
(Bert Dax Calvalcade of Stars)
9 p.m. Monday, June 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
9 p.m. Friday, February 29. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street. $10 advance, $12 day of show
Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (Yep Roc)
8 p.m. Monday, August 27. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
Because of the Times (RCA)
A local label gives you a soundtrack for the holidays
Nixon in China takes minimalism to the max
Saturday, March 6; Off Broadway
Tuesday, February 24; Rocket Bar
Reissues of classics are the gifts that keep on giving
Maybe This Christmas Too? (Nettwerk America)
Friday, April 4; Rocket Bar
Will Aussie exports the Vines survive the "saviors of rock" hype?
Is Phil Spector mad, a genius or a murder suspect with decades of preparation? Read our results!
Sunday, December 22; Radio Cherokee
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory
Thursday, Dec. 7; Off Broadway
Friday, Oct. 13; Mississippi Nights
South Philly produces more than just mobsters