By Steve Steward Song associations are strange, because when I hear "Longview" by Green Day, I think of Rosemarie Sandoval's hair. We were both sophomores, sharing a table in Mr. Nardinelli's 3rd period art class. I think she was almost a year older, and if she wasn't taller than me anyway, her bang ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Against Me! returned to St. Louis on Thursday, September 19, 2013 with Off With Their Heads and Hop Along for a sweaty show at the Firebird. The Florida band's latest EP is titled True Trans -- a reference to singer Laura Jane Grace's recent coming-out as a woman. Last night's crowd sang along with ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
For more than 30 years, Bad Religion has carved out a niche as the thinking man's punk-rock band. When BR formed in Los Angeles in 1980, the inspiration for lyrics came from the topic of corporate greed and the conflicts between philosophy, science and religion. Bad Religion's sixteenth full-length ... More >>
Legendary hardcore punk band Black Flag will be playing Fubar on Friday, June 21. Tickets will be $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show. This will be the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of the band, not to be confused with the Keith Morris/Chuck Dukowski/ Bill Stevenson reunion, which is curren ... 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 >>
7 p.m. Sunday, December 30. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Sen. Daniel Inouye, who passed this week, was present for some of the 20th Century's pivotal events. Born in Hawaii in 1924, he witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a medical volunteer. He enlisted in the Army and fought in World War II; there he lost an arm and still stayed in the service until 194 ... More >>
Propagandhi The Firebird November 4, 2012 Before it became a simple formula, punk was a term used to describe bands whose urgent and passionate sound didn't conform to any typical rock n' roll standards; punk bands had actual unique identities. How do you easily summarize the differences between ba ... More >>
There's very little middle ground with Nardwuar the Human Serviette. This plaid-clad Canadian DJ, musician and celebrity interviewer has been causing havoc for more than twenty years. His interviewing style is usually to ambush a random musician or celebrity, and begin firing away questions in an ea ... More >>
Better Days has existed since the beginning of 2010, comprised of hardcore scene veterans and former members of local favorites To No End, the Requiem and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (as well as many more). Playing catchy, melodic anthems drenched in positivity and good times, Better Days ... 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. Tom Gabel is dead. In March, the lead singer of Against Me! came out publicly as a transgender female. Th ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
You're hot, uncomfortable, overwhelmed by the 106-degree temperature and don't know what to do. The good news? Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle empathizes with you. As a veteran of the punk rock circuit and festival scene, Diggle knows a thing or two about surviving in the elements. Here are the fiv ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, April 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Well Spring has sprung, or whatever, though the 90 degree temperatures belie the notion. Flowers, cool breezes, light jacket weather? Nay: air-conditioner-in-April, sweating in the shade, when-the-hell-do-the-pools-open weather -- you'd think we skipped to summer already. This week's list of shows h ... More >>
It is possible that no band maintains a more complicated relationship with punk rock than Green Day. Ever since the group's breakout Dookie, its existence has been paradoxical, a flow chart that alternately asks, answers, and dodges questions about the grand concept of punk. According to the gang me ... More >>
Lookout! Records officially shut down this month, which is not shocking news to anybody familiar with the long-running punk rock label. The company's financial struggles were well known to the public, and since 2006 it has only stayed in business to keep up its back catalog. In honor of the i ... More >>
Mabel SuenTrauma Harness dismisses the stage and performs on the floor at Illegal Tone in Belleville. The Wicked Witch of Belleville likes to throw musicians into a dirty black cauldron. She vigorously stirs the pot, concocting odd bands that creep and slither their way into nearby cities. T ... More >>
Thriving off chaos and drama, the Scam (playing tomorrow night at Old Rock House with Nashville Pussy and the Dwarves) is a notorious bunch in St. Louis. Playing primarily at Fubar Lounge, the quartet has been scoring opening slots for top-notch punk legends like the Meatmen, the Dwarves, and the ... More >>
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
photo courtesy of Mike JonesAs major record labels continue to consolidate their lineups, it might seem an unlikely time to start an independent record label. Yet, for Mike Jones, founder of I Hate Punk Rock Records, starting his label in the mid 2000s came as naturally as expanding his perso ... More >>
courtesy ofRob RuzickaNestled in the corner of a dead-end block in Richmond Heights remains the 2 Keys House. Possibly unknown to its current residents, the house's basement walls continue to hold a strong historical significance for St. Louisans of a certain music generation. The short-liv ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Steve GullickBest Coast and Male Bonding are opening the Gargoyle's semester tonight. The show starts at 9 p.m. We've already interviewed Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. But Male Bonding deserves some attention as well: The UK trio released its (excellent) Sub Pop debut, Nothing Hurts, earlie ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, August 28. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
One couldn't blame a band of fortysomething veteran punks for feeling a little jaded or exhausted, especially two-plus decades into its career. And it's not a stretch to say that pissed-off punk rock anthems lose some of their sincerity and vitriol over time. But in the case of California punk pione ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaRob Wagoner, of Bent, Adoring Heirs, Ultraman and Euclid Records fameRob Wagoner's record room is quite literally a room dedicated to collecting. Besides his massive 4000-piece record collection (which is painstakingly alphabetized with the loving help of his wife, Kim), his upsta ... More >>
(Welcome to Nightclubbing, our new weekly feature where we highlight new bars and clubs in town -- or remind you of some old favorites you may have forgotten. Hear of any new bars/clubs/venues opening? Email our clubs editor, Diana Benanti.) Diana BenantiSilver Ballroom owner Steve "Doc" Dachroeden ... More >>
On Saturday, the Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy will be hosting a benefit-cum-celebration for two supporters of the local hardcore/punk scene: Brad Cassidy and Nick Mardanes. The former, a Chicago native and a member of bands such as Saw Is Family, Episiotomy and Eating Rats, passed away last yea ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungFrom last night's show at the Scottrade Center. See more photos of Green Day last night. Caveat: I've been a Green Day fan since 1994 or so. And so I have a sneaking suspicion that last night's Scottrade Center show wasn't for me - even though the band ran through plenty of ... More >>