St. Louis' Pokey LaFarge announced late last week that he has signed a deal with Nashville's Rounder Records, which since 1970 has served as home to big-name acts such as Robert Plant, Béla Fleck, Ween, Son Volt and many more. LaFarge has spent much of 2014 touring the world -- with stops across ... More >>
There's a great scene from Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones' 2006 performance at New York's Beacon Theatre, in which Jack White joins the band to sing and play guitar on "Loving Cup," a bluesy track off 1972's Exile on Main St. Midway through the song, White sha ... More >>
Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, at a time when the biz was at its financial apex. Phillips just self-published a memoir called ... More >>
Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands, for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has a ... More >>
Last week in this very column, we counted down the six coolest members of uncool bands. This week, we flip the script. Here are the six most uncool members of cool bands, and they're all probably really nice people. See Also: -The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to the Pageant on Thursday, January 10. They'll be joined by Langhorne Slim, and the show is way sold out. BUT: It's not too late to have the lovely Ms. Potter make eyes at you while also rocking your face off (it's true; I've seen it!). We have a pair of t ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, September 21. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
This week brings us not one but TWO members of the Wu-Tang Clan (unfortunately on separate nights), Japanese punk-weirdos Peelander-Z, and the first visit ever from Seattle's raw Ramones-y punk band the Spits in its entire ten years of existence. Continuing with the punk rock / hip-hop aesthetic is ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJimmy in 2010. Beloved Led Zeppelin tribute band Celebration Day plays a pair of shows at the Pageant this weekend. Saturday's installment is already sold out, and we've got tickets to Friday's with your name on them. Go to our Facebook page to win.
Darrell Scott is more well known for his associations. He's written songs for country superstars ranging from Faith Hill to the Dixie Chicks to Brad Paisley and has performed alongside Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and is a member of Robert Plant's Band of Joy. He brings his own headlining tour to t ... More >>
Guided By VoicesThe weather was perfect and apparently -- horrifically -- it is mom-jean-short-season. It was a day for eccentric acts, the line-up carefully curated to force superfans into buying Friday tickets. The will call line stretched around the block and then some. 4:32 pm:tUnE-yArDs ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe time has come again, and we hope you're as pumped as we are for this weekend's psychitzophrenic spread. It's all about the well-rounded experience: You can ponder art over an exhibition of electronica artists at the SLAP Conference, check out a Robert Plant sound-a-like o ... More >>
Robert Plant and Patty GriffinRobert Plant and Band of Joy with Luther Dickinson The Fabulous Fox Theatre June 15, 2011 The lobby of the Fabulous Fox doesn't look so fabulous as of late. A maze of poles and beams supporting scaffolding and platforms for the post-fire restoration gives the gra ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Wikimedia CommonsAlison Krauss, the bluegrass singer whose steller career has hit mainstream peaks with appearances on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and a recent collaborative album with Robert Plant, will be playing in St. Louis later this year. Her Paper Airplane Tour comes to th ... More >>
Mumford and Sons blew up faster than a barn housing a meth lab, and now the Anglo-folksters are commanding $35 at the door. Don't make the same mistake you made with Florence and the Machine, this show will sell out before you can say hoe-down. At the Pageant June 5. Blueberry Hill *Dread Ze ... More >>
On June 15, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy is coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are $35, $50 and $65 and are on sale Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m. The touring band for this trek, according to his publicist, is the same one on last year's Band of Joy: vocalist Patty Griffin, multi-instrumenta ... More >>
We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>
In this week's paper, Katie Moulton spoke with Grace Potter, the leader of the currently sizzling Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Moulton spelled out some of the band's accomplishments in recent times - including opening for the Avett Brothers and smoking on VH1's Divas Salute the Troops special - an ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. KANYE WEST---My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2. THE NATIONAL---High Violet (Expanded Edition) 3. NICKI MINAJ---Pink Friday 4. RIHANNA---Loud 5. LATIMORE---All About The Rhythm & The Blues 6. NELLY---5.0 7. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 8. ... More >>
Times New VikingYes, there's another day in the week after this one. But you should still go out tonight and see one of these bands. Your boss won't mind, right? And who does work on Friday, anyway? *The Red River @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. Why this band isn't huge yet is beyond me. Th ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. DEAD CONFEDERATE---Sugar 2. MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO & SO'S---Buzzard* 3. KEM---Intimacy 4. WALKMEN---Lisbon* 5. SANTANA---Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. ROBERT PLANT---Band Of Joy 2. WEEZER---Hurley 3. ALOHA MI'SHO---Badd 4. GRINDERMAN---Grinderman 2 5. LINKIN PARK---Thousand Suns 6. LUDO---Prepare The Preparations* 7. JJ GREY & MOFRO---Georgia Warhorse* 8. ARCADE FIRE---Suburbs 9. WALKMEN---Li ... More >>
In preparation for this show, I borrowed a copy of The Essential Heart, perhaps the most comprehensive of the band's greatest-hits collections. Listening to it, I was struck anew at its rapid descent from '70s rockers to '80s power-balladeers. Granted, those '80s records were Heart's best sellers - ... More >>
And now what you've all been waiting for: The second and final installment in RFT's carefully curated hastily thrown together assemblage of YouTubery that reflects the KSHE Klassics of our (or someone's, anyway) youth. In case you missed Part 1, in this week's issue, Annie Zaleski heralds the ar ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Friday, February 20. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
Here's a video clip posted by a concertgoer who had a balcony seat at Wednesday night's Robert Plant/Alison Krauss/T Bone Burnett concert at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Kenny Williamson For a slideshow of the concert, click here. The song: "Nothin'," by Townes Van Zandt. As I recall, P ... More >>
Halfway through last night's Raising Sand tour stop in St. Louis, producer-bandleader T Bone Burnett thanked an enraptured Fox Theatre crowd. "It's good to be home," said Burnett, before delivering his only solo performance of the evening, "Earlier Baghdad." Afterward, acknowledging the song's dark ... More >>
Beautiful Disguise EP
6 p.m. Friday, May 18. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
B-Sides cuts right to the Heartless Bastards, intellectualizes Hayseed Dixie and dissects the anatomy of the common punk rocker
Thursday, March 3; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Tracks offers comfort to Ensure-swilling music fans
Evil Heat (Epic)
Mike Davis mixes up a mesmerizing blend on his cassette Yars' Revenge