By Melinda Cooper Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend. RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with ... More >>
By Sam Blum There's no denying the rock & roll reunion tour. The tired tradition cuts across the generational divide. Your parents remember when the Eagles re-formed. Your older brother looks at scattered reunions of Black Flag with some consternation. An army of confused souls await Limp Bizkits' 2 ... 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 the Blank. Rockabrat ... More >>
Black Francis and the Pixies brought their music to the Peabody Opera House on a frozen Thursday night to an enthusiastic, multi-generational audience. All photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times. See Also: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago talks about touring and life after Kim Deal
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Santa Cruz-based DJ Lorin Ashton, better known to the world as Bassnectar, will be performing two nights at the Pageant this weekend, and RFT Music has two tickets to Saturday's sold-out show!
Some weeks overflow with shows, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. The following list highlights just a few of the goings-ons this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned to our Weekend Best Bets post for more than a few recommendations. For now, check out the following to get an idea of what' ... More >>
Credit the sheen of dingy reverb, the reedy combo organ squeaking in the background, or the genre-appropriate seven-inch vinyl format, but garage-rock duo Bruiser Queen sounds righteously ragged on this single. It's not that last year's Swears full-length sounds clean or polished; it's more that the ... More >>
Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>
It's good to see Brian Wiegert leading a band again. He was at the center of the foursome Team Tomato, a band that made mostly solid records, gained some national attention and then went kaput. He was a binding force for the Red Headed Strangers, the country project of the Sullivan family, but with ... More >>
Whenever Kiernan Maletsky (remember that guy?) first announced to our small freelance music writing staff that Daniel Hill would be taking over the reigns at RFT Music, it was sort of emotional. Kiernan put in some really heartfelt words. It was nice. Daniel's response? He assured us all that the se ... More >>
Most rock songs use guitar solos as icing. In some rare cases, the solo is an essential element incorporated into the batter of the proverbial song-cake. Here are the six best songs that are at least 50 percent guitar solo. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: -The many moods ... More >>
Ever since prehistoric man hit a stick and a rock together and thought "I bet that would sound sweet through a delay pedal," musicians have craved new sonic avenues for their instruments. Here are the six best effect-enhanced guitar solos, including the time in which each solo begins. Let us know wh ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
"Summer after high school when we first met / We make out in your Mustang to Radiohead" Such is the opening couplet of "The One Who Got Away" by the inescapable Katy Perry. The namedrop is confusing. Radiohead is beyond famous at this point, so it's not necessarily a cred pull on Perry's part; if t ... More >>
There's no precise way to define a sweet guitar riff, much less a criteria for such categorization. A sweet riff is, like love or God or truly excellent barbecue, something only realized upon experience. This, the second year of the second decade of the twenty first decade of the modern calen ... More >>
As holidays go, Thanksgiving gets the short end of the wishbone. Its musical impact is generally limited to that damn Adam Sandler song. Yet, for anybody who survived the 1990s, one thought comes to mind when plating turkey's fruity companion: "Hey, remember The Cranberries?" We most certainly do. T ... More >>
Cameron WittigThe Bad PlusPerhaps best known previously for their sometimes radical re-imaginings of rock and pop songs, The Bad Plus appear to have entered a new phase with last year's release of Never Stop, their first CD of all original compositions. Their St. Louis performance Wednesday n ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiBest Coast's tshirts. Yes, that's Snacks the cat.About a week before this show, there had been an online beef/controversy between Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Kill Rock Stars artist Marnie Stern. Given some examples of Best Coast's lyrics (specifically the infamous "I wish ... More >>
Picture GroupOK Go is at the Old Rock House on SundayIt's not even half-over yet, but 2010 has already been a monumental year for OK Go. In January, the quartet released Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, its first album of original material since 2005's Oh No. A marked departure from their earli ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Robin WheelerJon Feraro, Owner of Feraro's Jersey Style PizzaWho is Jon Feraro and just what does he think he's doing, bringing New Jersey-style pizza to the center of the Provel universe?He's a 36-year-old former financial entrepreneur. "I got into executive recruiting and owned a company for a ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
Kings of Leon's set at the Pageant last night wasn't just a stark reminder of the band's consistency as a live act. It also showcased the depth of band's back catalog: The quartet blazed through 21 songs from its four full-length albums during a 90-minute set. The good news is that Kings of Leon sti ... More >>
Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush charms China, while B-Sides makes a mixtape for Elmo the Muppets life.
Two of the Lou's famous rockers fill us in on their favorites of 2007 — and what the next year holds.
The Minneapolis-based pop-punk act Motion City Soundtrack proves that its success is no novelty.
Adam Franklin cruises into town with a whole new cast riding shotgun.
Week of May 24, 2007
The music awards ballot is online! Plus, meet your Best New Artist candidates.
St. Louis bands make a fine showing at Austin's annual indie-rock spring break.
Jumbling Towers curates a monthly night of indie-rock at Cicero's.
Funeral Music (Slow Love)
The Wrens aren't living a rock & roll fantasy
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
Two days, two types of weather, two great shows
A brother and sister discuss a brother and sister, plus we take a look at Twangfest
A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (Vagrant)
Rick Nielsen is not content to pull his old hat tricks anymore
Our intrepid columnist wades into the hometown product and comes up with some winners