Alarm Will Sound paints electronica with all the colors of an orchestra. By arranging the works of composers like Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton and John Orfe, the ensemble provides a live exploration of classical sound. Alarm Will Sound is a big band, twenty strong, with an emphasis on rhythmic drive ... More >>
The law of unintended consequences is far-reaching. It's easy to see how it applies to things like medication, the environment, and Prohibition, but it also applies to the advances in the computerization of music over the past decade. The proliferation of the use of streaming services such as Spotif ... 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 I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... 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 >>
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. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFT Music poking fun of the modern concept of genre that spawns ph ... More >>
Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice. People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.
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 >>
Jeremy CharlesDust Bowl wonders Other Lives. Oklahoma's Other Lives is a fantastic band, which is probably why Radiohead plucked them out of the Great Plains and gave them supporting dates on its 2012 takeover tour. Lush, pastoral, and you're getting a preview at Cicero's a month before Radio ... More >>
Sharon Van Etten.You probably haven't heard about this, because it's a pretty big secret and no one is really talking about it, but Thom Yorke and His Merry Men are coming to the Scottrade Center in 2012. Today, the Luminary Center for the Arts announced their first show of The Year We're All ... More >>
On Friday, Radiohead released its new album, The King of Limbs. Along with the eight-song set, the band unveiled a video for the song "Lotus Flower." The stark black-and-white clip focuses on singer Thom Yorke and his wiggly, lithe, devil-possessed dance moves. Naturally, the Internet responded to t ... More >>
Anyone who showed up early at Radiohead's set a few years ago experienced the face-melting Australian nomadic rock band Liars. Although the cavernous Verizon Wireless Amphitheater swallowed the group's post-punk throttling, fans will have a chance to experience annihilation up close on July 22: The ... 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 >>
Well, this week went by quickly. (Thank you, Labor Day!) If while checking your online banking statement, you realize you might have gone overboard with the spending last weekend, here's your opportunity for redemption: Have fun this weekend on a budget. All the following events cost less than $10 - ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.
Two of the Lou's famous rockers fill us in on their favorites of 2007 — and what the next year holds.
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
9 p.m. Friday, June 22. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador)
Black Holes and Revelations (Warner Bros.)
Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16; Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Avenue)
Saturday, August 7; Gateway Arch Stage on the St. Louis Riverfront
Pitchfork is taking over music criticism by making people laugh -- or pissing them off
Thursday, June 24; Rocket Bar
The jam-band community pulls together for one heck of a funeral
Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)
Lo-tech gift giving is easy with these rock books
Saturday, August 9; Off Broadway
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative
Friday, February 14; Pageant
Thursday, Jan. 24; Way Out Club (special preview performance at Vintage Vinyl on same afternoon)
At the top of our growing pile of local CDs is one from Doze Mary Pool, a new band with extravagant, soaring guitar pop, dreamy/dramatic vocal melodies and swooshy arrangements
Thursday, June 21; Galaxy
Hailed as a successor to Radiohead, Grandaddy makes great music while looking to the good old days