National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind. The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to ke ... More >>
This weekend, Acoustics Anonymous and Hazard to Ya Booty put out new releases, Phat Buddha hosts a holiday party, and a couple of hometown stars -- Clownvis Presley and Kristeen Young -- play St. Louis shows. Read more about these picks and many more by checking out our recommendations. And don't fo ... More >>
In this weekly 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. Songwr ... More >>
On Saturday, August 17, the international music education chain, School of Rock (14560 Manchester Road), unveils its first St. Louis area location with a public grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of the opening, RFT Music decided to, ahem, research, some of the best visual interpret ... More >>
One of St. Louis' preeminent rock guitarists, Jimmy Griffin, is hosting an event this weekend to celebrate the opening of the brand new School of Rock in Ballwin, a rock band themed music school for seven to eighteen year olds.
Its happened to me a million times. I walk into a bar with the intention of sitting down for a relaxing beverage, and in between the time that I've paid and my first sip of beer, I realize that some 22 year old asshole is having a birthday party. And that all they want to hear is Usher, Nelly, or th ... More >>
Get out and toast those buns! This weekend offers a couple different options for enjoying some tunes under the sun, such as Fair St. Louis' free concert series and Stag Nite in the Woods. If not feeling outdoors-y (or if the skies open up with rain as predicted), check out a selection of cool indoor ... More >>
In St. Louis, we're often quite displeased when a misleading national crime report puts us in one of the top spots. But today, we're going to just embrace our latest achievement in the rankings department, no matter how flawed the methodology may be! St. Louis, ladies and gentlemen, is the No. 1 " ... More >>
It has been a crazy, crazy crime-filled week in St. Louis. Let's all go to some shows and try to forget about it for a while, okay? Just please, for the love of dogs, be careful out there! This weekend, look for new releases from Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and the Blu Skies, check out the extensive li ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
St. Louis' favorite Led Zeppelin tribute band, Celebration Day, is playing back-to-back shows at the Pageant this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Somehow, I wound up with four tickets to each night -- and you can win them!
El Monstero 212: The Pigocalypse has just sold out its third of six shows at the Pageant. You're out of luck for December 22, 29 and 21 (the actual Pigocalypse, you note). You can still see the most extravagant Pink Floyd tribute this side of Roger Waters' The Wall tour on December 23, 27 and 28. Bu ... More >>
With the beginning of the show pushed back a half hour due to their late arrival, Swans took the stage about 10:30 p.m.. Frontman Michael Gira did not disappoint. Per tradition for Swans shows, the air conditioning was shut off at The Firebird for the duration of the performance, and the venue began ... More >>
In 2005, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was struggling: Labor disputes, falling revenue and diminishing credibility threatened the group, which has existed since 1880. It's safe to say times have changed: the SLSO is now world-class -- it recently returned from a successful European tour and music ... More >>
If you find yourself in this corner of the Internet, it is safe to assume you heard about Neil Armstrong's passing. If not, sorry you had to hear it this way. In honor of Earth's first lunar visitor, here are the six best songs about the moon. Let us know your favorites in our comments section (a pl ... More >>
This weekend would have been the hundredth birthday of Woody Guthrie, if he'd only lived that long. To celebrate, both Plush and Off Broadway are hosting tributes -- Plush's is on Friday night and Off Broadway's is on Saturday. It was good thinking on the part of these two venues to put their shows ... More >>
Moonface with Sinaii | La Big Vic The Luminary Center for the Arts June 24, 2012 The last time Spencer Krug came to St. Louis, he had one musician in tow and they played some songs from the then-recently-released Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. And here is your inevitable retread of his ... More >>
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is rightfully associated with excellence, a piece of work commonly heralded as one of the best albums of the 2000s. It's the type of record with enough depth, lyricism and experimentation to get people interested in serious music, no small feat for any band, and this one ... More >>
In the business model of the one hit wonder, the commercially unsuccessful follow-up album is essential to the tag. Had the second album not flopped, the artist would be at least a two-hit wonder. Many folks assume that these artists are only worthy of a single dose of limelight, but some have prove ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJimmy in 2010. Beloved Led Zeppelin tribute band Celebration Day plays a pair of shows at the Pageant this weekend. Saturday's installment is already sold out, and we've got tickets to Friday's with your name on them. Go to our Facebook page to win.
Jason StoffUpdate, 12/5: The show on Wednesday, December 21st is now sold out -- the only one of the six shows with any tickets remaining is the newly added Christmas night show. Original post follows. Stand in the way of El Monstero at your own risk. The Pink Floyd extravaganza has grown ... More >>
Once a year, the Stag Nite All-Stars form a ramshackle convergence to pay loving, egg-nog-addled tribute to The Last Waltz, arguably the most famous concert in history. Spearheaded musically by Mark Moynihan of Racketbox, the group also includes members of a dozen-odd other south city mainstays. Thi ... More >>
Egan O'KeefeErik "P.R.E.A.C.H." Bothazy is a 26-year-old local rapper originally from Oradea, a city in western Romania about seven miles from the border of Hungary. P.R.E.A.C.H., along with his parents and sister, immigrated to south St. Louis in 1991. After moving to St. Louis, P.R.E.A.C.H ... More >>
Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>
Jon GitchoffAre the Drive-By Truckers on this list? After looking over the (very helpful) comments to my blogpost asking for the year's best concerts, I started perusing our show review archives. I got as far back as July before the archives ended -- which meant that in the past six months al ... More >>
Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Mine's not. (Ack.) While I figure this out, check out this week's music picks -- and see below for more to do this weekend, while the weather's let up enough to let us leave the house. Friday: Christmas with Pokey @ The Sheldon Ballroom Pokey LaFarge and ... More >>
In preparation for this show, I borrowed a copy of The Essential Heart, perhaps the most comprehensive of the band's greatest-hits collections. Listening to it, I was struck anew at its rapid descent from '70s rockers to '80s power-balladeers. Granted, those '80s records were Heart's best sellers - ... More >>
Craig Pfunder and Mark Palgy of electro-rock group VHS or Beta brought their beats last night to 2720 Cherokee, the newly established, stand-alone music and arts venue in the up-and-coming Cherokee Business District. And although unaccompanied by the rest of their band, or the modern guitar licks an ... More >>
Oh, hey! Lots going on this weekend. Marnie Stern When/Where: 9 p.m. Friday, November 21, The Billiken Club, with Thor Axe Sounds Like: "The brain-bending, technical nature of Marnie Stern's guitar playing is impressive by anyone's standards. Her math-rock explorations are pointed and deliberate, ... More >>
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