When Josh Brophy sits behind the baby grand at the Fox Park piano bar Keypers, where he holds court on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, he's more likely to spin out a song by Gram Parsons or Buffy Sainte-Marie rather than, say, suffer through "Piano Man" for the umpteenth time. On his debut EP, Brophy p ... More >>
In this week's print edition, senior RFT Music writer Roy Kasten profiles the latest project by veteran blues guitarist Tom Hall and St. Louis ex-pat Alice Spencer, who perform a handful of shows in town this week. Going under the name T&A (a moniker they first used for occasional gigs in Soulard in ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... 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 >>
Van Dyke Parks doesn't give interviews; he speaks in pull-quotes and aphorisms. If Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker had spent their formative years among rock & roll royalty, as Parks did as an arranger, songwriter and singer, they might have viewed that world with the same big-hearted verbosity that P ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Pamela SpringsteenRandy NewmanNormally, there are very few surprises at a Randy Newman show. Long-time fans know what to expect: the sui generis singer-songwriter-composer will sit at the grand piano for a few hours and give a guided tour of 40 years worth of songs. He'll offer stories and ba ... More >>
Image viaIs winter over yet? Argh. Here are the shows we've highlighted in the paper this week; that link include a ton of shows. And below, here are ten other things to do this weeked in St. Louis -- that is, if you're not going to Randy Newman. Friday Celebration Day: A Tribute to Led Ze ... More >>
Roy KastenFitz and the Tantrums at the Duck RoomSaturday afternoon and evening in the Delmar Loop, the icepocalypse was finally subsiding after weeks of sadistic winter. Gutters and parking lanes yet proved treacherous, but the scene at the sold-out basement bar, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, d ... More >>
On February 25, the Friends of the Sheldon is presenting a benefit concert featuring cult composer/songwriter Randy Newman. According to the venue, proceeds from the show will benefit Sheldon educational programs. Patron tickets priced at $125 and $150 are on sale now; these include free parking, pr ... More >>
A Hard Year EP
Jon Hardy and the Public's tune "Worst I Ever Had" is NPR's "Song of the Day" today. "Worst" comes from the group's new digital EP, Sugar, which is available from its website. (Aside: Don't forget to snag its free Randy Newman covers EP here!) During recent shows, JH and crew have been focusing most ... More >>
Enough to do this weekend for ya? Goodness... D. Rider Who: The new band founded by Todd Rittmann of post-rock pioneers U.S. Maple. Think brain-bending percussion, diffracted found sounds and sinewy guitars. Where: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center With: The Conformists RIYL: Cheer-Accident, B ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, October 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
(Welcome to In the Studio, a section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email me, with the phrase "In the Studio" in the subject heading.) Who: Jon Hardy ... More >>
REVIEW BY KATIE MOULTON; PHOTOS BY STEW SMITH Despite labeling White Rabbits' performance at the Firebird last night a "homecoming show," at first the only parts that looked homegrown on these prodigal sons were the bottles of Bud Heavy they swigged onstage. Formed in Columbia and relocated to Bro ... More >>
Jon Hardy & the Public recorded an EP of Randy Newman covers -- an idea which originated with its Under Cover Weekend set last September -- and is releasing it online exclusively at A to Z and the KDHX blog. Little Criminals: Songs From Randy Newman is available below to download for free. A vid ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard
Intelligence goes soft in this more obvious than smart rom-com.
White Rabbits chases the indie-rock carrot.
Nostalgia Train (self-released)
9 p.m. Saturday, December 30. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Week of December 7, 2006
Pixar's latest is no lemon, but it does have that used-Cars smell
Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman (Sugar Hill)
We have a 'Bone to pick with the Drams, write fan mail to the Vibrators and reflect on the music of New Orleans
Week of October 22, 2003
And Randy Newman compels
Local college station KCLC-FM proves that adult album alternative radio doesn't have to suck
Friday, March 15; Off Broadway
The brilliant frontman for the Negro Problem on ageism, racism and preaching to the converted
Directed by Jay Roach
Directed by Rob Minkoff