Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger. But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brothe ... More >>
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes
Kiernan MaletskyPaul Simon | Punch Brothers Fabulous Fox Theatre November 15, 2011 Paul Simon still takes a wide stance when he gets into it. He tosses his hands for emphasis of his words, he converses his lines with an unseen foil. His voice belies his 70 years. Close your eyes and you can ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I heard Tim Rakel play a plaintive folk song on his radio show. Turns out the tune was by a band called String Buzz, a local duo featuring Ann Hirschfeld on guitar and Ron Leible on drums. Music lifers might know the pair from the '90s band Plaid Cattle, although Hirschfel ... 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 >>
Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.
Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale
We picnic with Parrotheads, get literary with book-minded bands and witness an old-fashioned blues royale
The Drive-By Truckers are making their homeland universal
Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.
Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)
Saturday, December 20; Off Broadway
Honest-to-God icon Johnny Cash celebrates his 70th birthday with a passel of reissues
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same
The true confessions of über-pimp, badass mother and rock & roll legend Ike Turner
For more than three decades, Eric Vickers has been lighting brushfires, crusading against the racism he sees around him. Now, the civil-rights lawyer and activist finds himself burned.
Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?
Despite his personal demons, Ike Turner's contribution to St. Louis music lands him the Slammies' Lifetime Achievement Award