Settled in Webster Groves, Webster University is making big noise in the sound recording field. For 24 years, the University's Department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology has been offering professional quality recordings to international and local musicians. Webster's classes take a hand on app ... More >>
Back in 2008, the Educated Guess released two fine, grandiose albums, Beautiful Strangers and West Skyline Drive, that paired big-sky Americana with well-orchestrated arrangements that called to mind the symphonic masterpieces of Roy Orbison and Born to Run-era Springsteen. After that initial burst, ... More >>
Since 2005, Big Muddy Records has been an influential and propellant force in the rock 'n roll underbelly of St. Louis. Operating around the taste of local everyman, Chris Baricevic, Big Muddy has established itself as "an independent record label, promoting authentic American music made by artists ... More >>
Zola Jesus is in a playground at midnight, and she's mucking in the darkest places, searching out tiny pains and feeding them blood and chocolate until they're large and capable of decimating cities. She's a conjurer, cloaking her voice in a strata of black magic and divined emotion. Zola Jesus is s ... More >>
N. Nomurai | Demonlover Smash Bar February 15, 2012 N. Nomurai was assembled close to the entry way, with Eric Hall seated atop a small drum riser and his cohorts planted in a triangle. Jim Winkeler (of the Conformists) shook the walls of Washington Avenue's Smash Bar with his thousand-pound bas ... More >>
The Trip Daddys have a new album: The Life We Chose. It gets an official release tomorrow night at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-773-3363). The album was also the subject of this week's Homespun column. "Pigeonhole the band as a one-shot, one-note act, and guitarist, singer and head Da ... More >>
The Life We Chose
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
This week in the RFT, freelance writer Roy Kasten interviewed Tom Russell about his creative process, especially for the new album Blood and Candle Smoke, which prominently features the sounds of Calexico, and some of his strongest compositions after over 30 years of songwriting. He'll be in the St. ... More >>
Forty years ago in July, eight years before his death, Elvis Presley began a stand of 57 shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, a concert run that restored the King to a throne he'd spent most of the previous decade abdicating. Yet, the image of Elvis in Vegas is largely misunderstood; ove ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
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 >>
Sending up the biopic, Walk Hard sells cheap laughs, lame cameos and lifeless Cox.
The Rat Pack -- Live at the Sands deals a losing hand at the Fox.
Tim finds moonstruck strangers.
The coolest guy you know named Glenn finds Lost Tracks.
Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
Like Her (Turquoise Mountain)
We have an intervention for An Angle, talk baseball and Moz with Joe Pernice, and learn some rock rules by which to live
An open letter to the new Music Editor
Audit in Progress (Swami Records)
They're ready for their close-up
A new boxed set highlights the genius of Johnny Cash
Friday, December 5; Sheldon Concert Hall
The New Pornographers play the sounds of summer. Hawaiian shirts optional.
Saturday, Dec. 15; Incahoots
David Lynch crashes on Mulholland Drive, but the wreckage is smashing
St. Louis welcomes three acts you won't want to miss
Ozzfest 2000 rolls out the red carpet for Queens of the Stone Age
Taking to the tracks with Jimmie Dale Gilmore