This weekend, check out Grove Fest or the latest FarFetched event for some free fun. In exciting news, Jazz at the Bistro unveils its new expansion. Other concerts to choose from include Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, an album release party from Bruiser Queen and much more. Read on for our recommendations.
The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in fourteen weeks. That's ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
This month, fans all over the United States have been reliving Beatlemania, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's defining appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Without a doubt, the Beatles majorly changed rock and roll in the early 1960s. Mop-top hair, smart suits, witty wisecracks, three- ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... More >>
Of all rock and roll instruments, drums require the most physical ability and coordination. Sometimes musicians get so preoccupied with the technical aspect, they forgot that drums are also these loud things that sound cool when you hit them. Here are the six best sloppy drummers. Let us know your f ... More >>
Update: Chris Ward wins round one, but there are still tickets on the table. To win Flux Pavilion or Beach House tickets, write a scholarly sounding sentence about one or more of the paintings. We'll give 'em to whoever makes us laugh the hardest. Ringo Starr is taking his All Starr (...) band on t ... 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 >>
In the interest of full disclosure, I've known Ray Wylie Hubbard for going on 15 years, have crashed at his home in the hills of Wimberley, Texas and once rode on his tour bus (OK, it was borrowed) to one of Wille Nelson's picnics. I consider him a friend, in the same way, I suppose, I would conside ... More >>
The sheer longevity of The Simpsons would be impressive if it wasn't so frightening. Consider: A person born on the day of the first non-Tracey Ullman Show episode is now 22 years old. And if characters from the show actually aged, Bart Simpson would be three years away from being able to assume the ... More >>
Beach Boys fans are resilient, and they'll get over it. I want to begin there, because it's important to remember that the news that recently broke about the Beach Boys' reunion performance at the Grammys is no more than the fifth most embarrassing thing Beach Boys fans have had to deal with in 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 >>
Tony Bennett appears in the first of 50 consecutive American Idol finales. I saw Tony Bennett was trending on Twitter the other day, and I'm not sure if this makes me a bad person or just an unobservant one but my first thought was: Oh, god, Tony Bennett's dead. It turns out that the 84-year- ... More >>
On March 22, Concert for George -- the 2002 tribute concert in honor of the late Beatle George Harrison -- was released on Blu-ray for the first time. The night featured artists such as Eric Calpton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty playing Harrison's songs and honoring his life and l ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, December 31. The VooDoo Café & Lounge at Harrah's Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights.
(This is part two of our interview with E Street drummer Max Weinberg. Part one can be found here. Max Weinberg and his Big Band are at the Argosy Casino in Alton tonight.)Image viaMatt Wardlaw: As you alluded to, you're really playing some intimate venues on this tour, which is really cool. ... More >>
Josh CheuseThe Black Crowes is playing at the Pageant tomorrow night as part of its "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys" tour. (Remember, don't bring a camera.) Drummer Steve Gorman chatted with the RFT this week; read on below for outtakes, including a touching recollection of working with Warren ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, August 6. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>
Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
Of dinosaurs and drummers
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4. Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street.
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
Mobile (Nonesuch Records)
We talk mashups with Beatallica, skewer Ember Swift and find out what Robert Earl Keen is really saying
Concert for George (Warner Strategic)
Week of October 1, 2003
Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic
Tidbits from an exhaustive (and exhausting) tour of the Slammies Showcase
"Autobiography" and bootleg box prove that when it comes to the Beatles, you can never just let it be
Critiquing that haven of musical has-beens, Fair St. Louis
Four new releases don't tell all of the Captain Beefheart story