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 >>
Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
Here at RFT Music HQ we see literally one shitload of press photos every week. Many of them stick to a template: Gather all band members together, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure no one smiles, ever. Have the artists try to look thoughtful, but also like they are not trying to look like anything. Th ... More >>
Although he's a good 11 years into his musical career, it seems as though Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, ex-Drive-By Trucker) -- playing Friday, June 29 at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard) is just now settling into a comfortable place as an artist. After sweating it o ... More >>
Ed. The Great Grandfathers' debut will be officially released on June 26. Christian Schaeffer reviewed the album in this week's print edition. Brothers Lucas Severin Prize and Trevor Deiderich Prize got their charmingly antiquated middle names from their great-grandfathers, and that little biograph ... More >>
For as long as tattooed cool kids have piled onto stages and jammed their little hearts out, there have been jerks in the crowd spewing bad vibes and threatening to ruin everyone's night. Whether it's the grown man who throws elbows at teenagers to get to the front, the drunk couple who's dry-humpin ... More >>
Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one might be tempted to take it easy this week. Please remember, though, that taking it easy is for square nerd loser ... More >>
On Tuesday, Ryan Adams' solo tour brought him to St. Louis. You can read our review of the show, but you will note that we have no accompanying photos. Instead, we sent illustrator Sam Washburn, who returned with three pieces from the show. You can download hi-res versions of all three below. On t ... More >>
Ryan Adams | Jason Isbell Peabody Opera House January 31, 2012 Ryan Adams has had a troubled relationship with himself and with his music, which forms much of the the narrative of his later career. Many of his fans have held similarly ambivalent opinions about his work. It has been difficult to be ... More >>
The biggest two shows in St. Louis tonight pit headliners that haven't exactly had a history of friendship. The heat has long since faded, but Ryan Adams, particularly in his Whiskeytown days, was known to have a bit of an attitude about the Old 97's and frontman Rhett Miller in particular. Jesse Hu ... More >>
The Lemonheads Old Rock House January 28, 2012 Between Evan Dando's Lemonheads set at Old Rock House on Saturday and the Ryan Adams show at the Peabody this Tuesday, St. Louis is being paid visits by two of the more mercurial personalities in alternative rock n'roll. Both have let fits of erratic b ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 31. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Cicero's bagged San Francisco's pretty excellent Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson, also of Wooden Shjips, and Sanae Yamada) on December 18. It's a big week for dance music: AVICII, dubstep prodigy Mimosa, and STEVE AOKI on a co-bill with Datsik on February 1, all at The Pageant. The Pageant also announced t ... More >>
Ryan Adams is coming to St. Louis, a fact many of us are excited about. Not OLD HIPPIE, however, who had this to say about Mr. Adams: he looks like another Justin Beiber teenybopper nerd dork geek with that short dorky hair.
Ryan Adams just announced another collection of dates on his upcoming 2012 solo tour, and one of them is here in St. Louis: January 31 at the Peabody Opera House (14th St. and Market St., 314-241-1888). Ticket prices haven't been announced yet -- this run of dates (including stops in Louisville the ... More >>
8:45 p.m. Friday, November 25. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
In the old days, just being an actress wasn't enough. Everyone had to be a double threat just to keep up with singing actresses like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. But then musicals fell out of fashion and we find ourselves asking, "Why the hell is Gwyneth Paltrow singi ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' III / IV*Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinals III/IV The Consequence of Sound review of III / IV sang its praises: "This year ... More >>
Liz DeichmannDelta Spirit, last night at the FirebirdFrom the moment Delta Spirit lead singer Matthew Vasquez stepped on stage, sporting a Cheshire-cat grin from ear to ear, he was well on his way to charming an excited, surprisingly large Monday night crowd. He thanked everyone for coming, a ... More >>
Indie-garage band the Radical Sons -- or rather, RS members Ben Goldstein and Nick Risler -- have relocated to Brooklyn, New York. The young act plans to record a new EP, the follow-up to last year's Throwing Knives, in April with Eli Janney. (While known for his work with Wilco and Ryan Adams, Jann ... More >>
Three local CD release shows are happening this Friday, November 21. Behold: Cassie Morgan Where: The Wedge (442 Bates St.) When: 8 p.m. Playing with: Maid*Rite Release: Pine So Sweet Recommended if you like: Magnolia Electric Co., Julie Doiron, other Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar sparse/haunted fol ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 4. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Easy Tiger (Lost Highway)
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
8 p.m. Thursday, December 7. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
Another Fine Day (Lost Highway)
Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere
Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway)
Like Her (Turquoise Mountain)
Saturday, May 14; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Caitlin Cary gets the full-on Lipton treatment
The tale of a journalist obsessed
On My Way (ATO)
True Love (V2)
The whole thing makes sound
The Slaughter Rule: Original Soundtrack (Bloodshot Records)
After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same
Down to the Promised Land (Bloodshot)
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