If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Celebrating both St. Louis' blues legacy and the refreshed cobblestone streets of Laclede's Landing, the Big Muddy Blues Festival is expanding its variety of blues music for 2014, with influential artist Guitar Shorty and blues-rocker Samantha Fish headlining this year's event. Slated for Saturday ... More >>
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>
In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
Mystikal has been getting a lot of attention for an interview he did with Rolling Stone recently. In said interview, he mentions that lately he's been listening to James Brown, Sam Cooke, Master P, Ludacris, and Eddie Murphy lately, and is in the midst of working on a new album (recent singles seem ... More >>
â€‹Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
Even though he's getting a chance to shine on a major label, don't call Brian Owens an overnight success. The Ferguson native has been making music on his own and with others for nearly ten years. And more recently, he was a lead male vocalist of Sidewinder, a U.S. Air Force band that effectively bl ... More >>
The St. Louis Symphony has announced a handful of new shows for its 2011-2012 Live at Powell series. They are unapologetically pop-centric, which is nothing new for this series or indeed for symphony orchestras nationwide. As it gets harder and harder to attract audiences to classical music, ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
Katie MoultonDid Eli "Paperboy" Reed strike a deal with the devil? How else could this 27-year-old Massachusetts native sing like a soulman's screamin' dream, with all the sexy swagger of Wilson Pickett? Last night's performance at Off Broadway demolished all doubt: If you want music of the h ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Danno's American Pub bartender Chris Muether. Below is a Q&A with Muether, followed by a video of him mixing an Agent Orange cocktail. Alissa NelsonA martinez by ... More >>
Euclid Records is switching computer systems this week, so we only have Vintage Vinyl's top sellers. Behold! An asterisk denotes the band is coming to town. Look at all of those St. Louis acts in the top 25, too! Who says people don't sell records anymore? 1. GOV'T MULE---By A Thread 2. LIL' WAYNE- ... More >>
If much of last night's R. Kelly concert at the Fabulous Fox Theatre felt like a victory lap, it's because the man had reason to celebrate. As the show wound down, he acknowledged the elephant in the room: The infamous court case in which Kelly was accused -- and found not guilty -- of fourteen coun ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, September 25. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
(Photos and words by Annie Zaleski. Do not use photos without permission. Entire Flickr set here.)It's Sharon Jones' world, and we just live in it. That was certainly obvious last night at the Pageant, when the 52-year-old dynamo strutted, sassed and sang for an adoring crowd full of dancing foo ... More >>
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
And bluesy British songwriter James Hunter clarifies why his eyes aren't as blue as one might think.
Muddy Waters mounts a classic on a shoestring. The Rep...doesn't.
(Fish Fry, Maplewood)
Thursday, July 8; Mississippi Nights
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
For more than 25 years, singer Terry Evans has been a fixture in roots music. You might not know his name, but you probably know his music.
Jimmy is a big man in a small, strange world.
The state gutted years of Ellen Reasonover and Steve Toney’s lives and tossed them out without apology. Now that money’s short for both, will the state ante up?
The music made inside Velasco's bar in Florissant is both defiant and relaxed
Grandpa's Ghost baffles New York listeners.
Danny Black -- singer, guitarist and chief songwriter of rock & roll group the Blacks -- talks about his "energetic band"