Sam Phillips

  • Film

    July 3, 2014
  • Culture

    May 2, 2013
  • Calendar

    April 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Happy Birthday Leonard Chess of Chess Records, Home of Chuck Berry and Ike Turner

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Six Worst Musical Thefts by White People

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Four

    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

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Paul Simon at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, 11/15/11: Review and Setlist

    Kiernan Maletsky​Paul 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Local Band to Know: String Buzz

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2006

    Living in Oblivion

    Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.

  • Film

    November 16, 2005

    Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale

  • Music

    July 13, 2005

    Margaritaville Lives

    We picnic with Parrotheads, get literary with book-minded bands and witness an old-fashioned blues royale

  • Music

    March 30, 2005

    Rising South

    The Drive-By Truckers are making their homeland universal

  • Yearend

    December 22, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.

  • Music

    October 6, 2004

    Joss Stone

    Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)

  • Music

    December 17, 2003

    Billy Lee Riley

    Saturday, December 20; Off Broadway

  • Music

    March 13, 2002

    Flesh and Blood

    Honest-to-God icon Johnny Cash celebrates his 70th birthday with a passel of reissues

  • Music

    December 26, 2001


    RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001

  • Culture

    November 7, 2001

    A New Tune

    After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same

  • Music

    May 16, 2001

    We Like Ike

    The true confessions of über-pimp, badass mother and rock & roll legend Ike Turner

  • News

    April 18, 2001

    The Fire Down Below

    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.

  • Culture

    October 4, 2000

    Rock and a Hard Place

    Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?

  • Music

    January 13, 1999
  • Music

    December 9, 1998
  • Music

    December 2, 1998

    King of Rhythm

    Despite his personal demons, Ike Turner's contribution to St. Louis music lands him the Slammies' Lifetime Achievement Award