Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... 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. Littl ... More >>
Some people spend their lives researching a cure for cancer, or how to perform cleft-lip surgery on children in developing countries. Others, such as myself, spend that time researching obscure music because it gives them a sick feeling, like maybe they are somehow better than people who are doing r ... More >>
We all all know how that one saying goes: If you're bored, you're boring! But hey, we're people, not grizzly bears, so there's no reason to be snoring in some sort of hibernation space over the next few days. Our city has a wealth of exciting performances to catch this weekend. Don't sleep on it -- ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. In order to review music, one must judge the song/album/artist subjectively, only associating it wi ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, August 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
I used to love Summer Jams--a part of me still does. For that reason I would like to apologize personally to Carly Rae Jepsen for having, to date, not been pissed off about or aware of how frequently her single's been played on the radio. I hope my credentials are in order: When I was 12 I owned th ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Yesterday I watched as two completely disparate things I like a lot for very different reasons collided and were completely satisfying in the process. (This is like getting your chocolate in my peanut butter, and my peanut butter in your chocolate, only the result is one of those still-pretty-good o ... More >>
It's official. This morning's announcement that Union Tree Review will be covering Marvin Gaye at the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, completes this year's line-up of the two-day show series on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The series finds some St. Louis groups paying ... More >>
We have just learned that Pixes frontman Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis) is playing an acoustic show at Old Rock House on July 19th. He's released thirteen solo albums since the first breakup of his old band, and a fourteenth is on the way later this year. Tickets are $20 in advance and $ ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, February 27. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Pace yourself on Friday and Saturday nights, because St. Louis has a surprising amount in store this Sunday. This weekend is chock full of activities both highbrow (wine tasting, abstract art, Oscar Wilde plays) and lowbrow (rock shows, swap meets, amateur photography), so whether you get down in ev ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Sunday, May 23. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
8 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 3. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
King Khan & BBQ Show Where: Off Broadway Playing With: Those Darlins, Jesse Irwin Sounds Like: What Keegan Hamilton said here and here. RIYL: Chuck Berry, Black Flag, psych-rock/garage-soul MP3: King Khan & BBQ Show, "Third Ave."
Indie-rock slackers Pavement -- who, like the Pixies, arguably seem to be more popular now than when they were together -- are reuniting in 2010, according to blog Brooklynvegan. Pitchfork notes a September show at Central Park's Summerstage next year as the first confirmed date. (Vocalist Stephen M ... More >>
Sorta last-minute post here, but I forgot to mention that Target Market is holding a CD release show for its new album, Up On the Moon, tonight at Off Broadway. I had this to say; new MP3 after the jump. Consider the preconceived notions and past memories you might have about Target Market, and then ... More >>
It Takes Tuna Tango
The coolest guy you know named Glenn finds Lost Tracks.
9 p.m. Friday, May 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc)
B-Sides explores whether actors can really sing, downloads some Pixies goodness and has some devilish words for Bleeding Through
New releases for the week of October 4, 2005
We chat with Professor Skank and one part of Bettie Serveert
Camper Van Beethoven is back -- just in time
Tuesday, September 28; Off Broadway
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
Tuesday, April 20; the Duck Room
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
The Neem offer up 29 songs on their self-titled debut