Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
Musicians frequently reference each other, consciously or otherwise. Usually the reference is something subtle, like a chord progression or a melodic phrase. For those less subtle moments, here are the six best name-drops in song. Let us know your favorites in the comments, but make sure that your p ... More >>
One of the best things about any form of art is its absence of absolutes. Art is subjective and indefinable. One man's fuzzy eyesore is another man's Monet. This is what makes art such an interesting topic of discussion - each person's individual declaration of what is "best". What is the best pai ... More >>
There is no conversation about music that is less interesting than one party talking about a band/album/song/genre that the other has never heard of or heard. Obscurity is a necessary evil when dealing with music, particularly for those constantly seeking a new aural thrill. But taking pride in obsc ... More >>
If there was ever an example a good musical soldier, it would be Nigel Godrich. The British producer has been an essential behind-the-scenes figure with Radiohead for years and years and years, so much so that he's colliquolly referred to as a sixth member of the band. Radiohead's titanic sound sh ... 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 >>
Shouldn't have waited, dude.Radiohead's March 9 show at the Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-241-1888) is now sold out. Ours was the final show to do so in the month of March, meaning all the other dates anywhere near here were already full. You could always...go to Coachella? Other ... More >>
The Coachella 2012 lineup is out, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and roughly half of Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2011 list. But California is far away and three day passes (officially) cost your left eyeball and firstborn child. Fortunately, many of the Coachella highligh ... More >>
Coachella has just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival, which will take place over two weekends in April, will feature the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as headliners, and it doesn't exactly drop off from there: Pulp, Cat Power, M83, the Shins, Bon Iver, Noel Gallagher, Feist, Jeff ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
The Firebird just snagged Lawrence's the Appleseed Cast for a show on August 30th. Hospital Ships will open. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale soon. The band, which has adapted its emo roots into a versatile post-rock sound with recent releases, released its Middle States EP earlier this ye ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaOften times the biggest music collectors are musicians themselves. This is certainly true for So Many Dynamos guitarist and long-time record collector Griffin Kay. We recently met with Kay outside his Soulard apartment as he was carrying a new record player upstairs. His fiancé N ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaIn early January, Rolling Stone reported that vinyl sales had increased fourteen percent over the previous year with around 2.8 million units sold, making 2010 the best year for vinyl in recent memory. DJ Billy Brown is part of a new generation of music fans choosing rec ... More >>
Image viaIf you follow Justin Bieber on Twitter, perhaps you saw him announce the following late yesterday afternoon: "solid day in NYC. played hoops and just went to the MTV Upfronts...BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD are coming back!!!" (Huh-huh. He said 'coming.') An article on MTV.com elaborates that ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, July 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The Blossoms of Armageddon
(The UrbanSound Label)
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Thursday, May 1. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the SLU campus, 20 North Grand Boulevard
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
In the Frostbidden Years (Saucy Jack Recordings)
MTV Unplugged (Virgin)
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.
Justin Timberlake kisses his pop roots adios
Friday, August 11. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
Saturday, March 25 at 11 p.m. Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard).
Saturday, March 4. 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
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Wednesday, November 30; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Friday, November 25; Radio Cherokee (3227 Cherokee Street)
Week of September 14, 2005
Tuesday, October 19; the Fox Theatre
New Sacred Cow (Columbia/Sony)
Coldplay reinvigorates the power ballad for the MTV2 generation
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
From hip-hop to house, from techno to rock, from country to dub, the resident music geek picks his favorites