"It's funky, it's heavy, it's mathy. It's passionate. It's nitty-gritty," says Stonechat's newest member, John Beabout, when asked to describe the trio's sound. Beabout joined the band last fall on keyboards, lending a unique range of melodies to guitarist Sean Ballard and drummer Charlie Nehr's spa ... More >>
If you think summer festivals are mainly about the music, you're naive; they've become one of the year's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles -- the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies -- but music festivals most certainly have a "l ... More >>
It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... More >>
This week, Pink, Pure Bathing Culture, Little Howlin' Wolf and more makes stops in town. Besides that, check out Foxing's album release and the New Music Circle's next event featuring Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder. Read about these shows and more in this week's recommendations.
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 >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
Here at RFT Music HQ we see literally one shitload of press photos every week. Many of them stick to a template: Gather all band members together, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure no one smiles, ever. Have the artists try to look thoughtful, but also like they are not trying to look like anything. Th ... More >>
I am reaching the age at which one begins spontaneously to complain about pop music. It's not something I can apologize about, exactly, so much as a change my body is going through--at some point copies of Astro Lounge just started appearing in strange places. So I don't think I'll ever be able to ... More >>
Disclosure: I like both No Doubt and football, and after I used Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" to make a 90s-pop-related point I couldn't stop listening to it. I think this puts me in a unique position to say that the NFL's continued attempts to attract a non-traditional audience by tossing female po ... More >>
Eclectic female pop singer / rapper Nikki Minaj will be making a stop at the Peabody Opera House on July 31 as part of her upcoming "Pink Friday" tour. Tickets go on sale on May 12 at 10 a.m.; prices have yet to be announced.
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 >>
Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Jon GitchoffIt takes cojones to play a set that, save for one song, draws entirely from Pink Floyd's The Wall -- when Roger Waters himself played the entire album in your town less than two months ago. But the masterminds behind El Monstero, St. Louis' annual December Pink Floyd tribute supe ... More >>
(New releases come out on Monday this week. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on? Find out below.) The Alchemist and Oh No join forces as Gangrene*Gangrene, Gutter Water Gangrene is a collaboration between the Alchemist and Oh No. Pitchfork gave Gangrene a 6.7, saying "the rapping ... More >>
Todd OwyoungRoger Waters' The Wall Live Tour at the Scottrade CenterIf you're a Pink Floyd fan, Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour is a big deal: It's the first time in twenty years that the entire iconic album has been played live by someone associated with the band. Even if you're not a Pink ... More >>
American Idol's taken a beating this year. Besides the usual drama with its judges, interest in the show appeared to be dwindling. In fact, its results-show finalé drew its lowest ratings ever. Perhaps what Idol again needs is a personality like Adam Lambert. The season eight runner-up lived up to ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Constellations' Southern Gothic*Chemical Brothers, Further The Brothers' seventh album is an elaborate audio/visual project, with "interactive" videos a ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungButch Walker at the Pageant, April 5, 2010.1991 wasn't exactly the best year to launch a career, if you were a head-banging metal guitarist. But that's just the position that a young Butch Walker found himself in when his band, SouthGang, made its heavy metal pilgrimage fr ... More >>
Talk about shocking news: John Hughes -- the movie director and screenwriter famous for his '80s teen movies -- died this morning of a heart attack. He was 59. Hughes' films -- especially the holy trinity of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- were innovative in the way they us ... More >>
Fucked Up singer Pink Eyes at Pitchfork Music Festival.Toronto hardcore group Fucked Up, last in St. Louis in October, has been hitting the festival circuit hard and fast in 2009, zipping around the globe, meeting members of KoRn, and on Saturday, filling an afternoon time-slot here at Pitchfork Mus ... More >>
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.The Cat & Fiddle Tavern is located in an old house on the edge of Belleville. Tr ... More >>
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