This week, catch acts including Nick Waterhouse, Helmet and Filter, Kings of Leon, the Washington Beach Bums and much more. Read on for some recommendations for the next seven days, and don't forget to check back on Friday for more weekend picks.
This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>
Next weekend looks pretty awesome, though anything does when an extended weekend awaits most of us thanks to Memorial Day. Keep that extra sleep time in mind while slogging through the work week and affording yourself some time to enjoy visits from acts like Andrew W.K., Soundgarden and El Ten Eleve ... More >>
Whenever Kiernan Maletsky (remember that guy?) first announced to our small freelance music writing staff that Daniel Hill would be taking over the reigns at RFT Music, it was sort of emotional. Kiernan put in some really heartfelt words. It was nice. Daniel's response? He assured us all that the se ... More >>
Please pardon my lack of enthusiasm today; I'm still mourning that crushing playoff-ending defeat our city's beloved Redbirds faced on Friday -- damn those victorious Nationals. Also, Dewey Defeats Truman! Oh, ESPN. There's good shows this week: Smashing Pumpkins plays the Chaifetz on Thursday -- i ... More >>
My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and none of the bands listed this week feature that particular instrument. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Alberta Cross plays ... More >>
Philip AndelmanBand of HorsesBen Bridwell's good-fortune story resonates as clearly as his echo-laden vocals do on Band of Horses' three albums. With so many people struggling to get by, it's always encouraging to hear about someone making a connection with a wide audience - and succeeding wi ... More >>
Drew ReynoldsFilm SchoolFilm School is often mistaken for a one-man operation with a minimally involved supporting cast. But after chatting with singer/guitarist/keyboardist Greg Bertens, it's clear that his project is - and has been -- dependent on collaboration with an ever-evolving cast of ... More >>
Jason ThrasherConsidering the fact that modern bands summon plenty of varied musical and pop culture touchstones, it's silly to make declarations that a certain band is helping to foster the revival of a specific decade's sound. But in terms of aesthetic and fearless willingness to experiment ... More >>
David Belisle Minus the BearIt's always interesting to compare an artist's critique of his own work with critical evaluations. Minus the Bear's latest, Omni, has been put through the wringer for all of the most predictable reasons: It's an album of poppier songs by an experimental prog-rock b ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungButch Walker at the Pageant, April 5, 2010.1991 wasn't exactly the best year to launch a career, if you were a head-banging metal guitarist. But that's just the position that a young Butch Walker found himself in when his band, SouthGang, made its heavy metal pilgrimage fr ... More >>
Finally. Great weather is here. Get out there and enjoy it, but don't go broke doing so. If you're looking for something affordable to do this weekend, here are our ten suggestions that will cost you $10 or less. The Felix Culpa play the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center on Friday for just $7. The ... More >>
We've moved! A to Z will be the new setting of this popular weekly list. Many of the events were music-centric to begin with, so this feels like a good home. Now on with it: If you want to have fun this weekend but stay on-budget, here are our ten suggestions that'll each cost you $10 or less. As al ... More >>
The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes. Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment op ... More >>
It's going to be difficult to get any real work done during this short holiday week, so why even try? What you need to do is spend the next couple days sitting at your computer pretending to do work. (You know, like what you do the other 51 weeks of the year only this time with more gusto!) Here to ... More >>
This is the last non-holiday weekend 'til 2010, so get out there and enjoy it! Here are our ten suggestions for things to do this weekend that will cost your $10 or less! Image ViaJimmy Keuhnle brings his fluffy performance art to the Gateway Arch Friday.Inflatable Suit Performance Tour at the Ga ... More >>
It's Monday, December 14. Happy Monkey Day, National Bouillabaisse Day and while we're at it, happy birthday to Nostradamus. Here's a recap of our weekend coverage:Santarchy '09Photo: Egan O'KeefeRevelers with Santarchy '09 made their way to about 20 bars in St. Louis on Saturday. See more photos he ... More >>
Inexpensive holiday crap abounds this weekend! Some of it's free, some of it's $6, all of it's $10 or less! So please, take this opportunity to escort your friends -- naughy or nice -- to one of these events this weekend and sneakily pick their brain for holiday gifts. You'll thank us later.Maplewoo ... More >>
The long weekend behind us, at least we have a four-day work week ahead. If you missed some of these events over the three-day break, catch up here.The Dandy Warhols at Pop'sPhoto: Steve TruesdellOn Friday night, the Dandy Warhols played at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois. See more photos from Friday's gi ... More >>
Excuse me while I change shirts. Since starting this blog entry 30 seconds ago, I've sweated through one. There, all better. OK, we've pulled together a list of ten events, cheap or free, going on this weekend. It's been a weird week (celebrity deaths), and since many of you have a four-day work wee ... More >>
(Words and photos by Steve Kozel)It was a fairly cold Friday night in University City, so I was little surprised at how hard it was to find a vacant parking space in the lot that sprawls behind the shops on the West end of the Loop. The packed lot turned out to be a good indication of the turnout at ... More >>
Slide Show Last night’s lineup at the Bluebird was a tinnitus-inducing gang hell-bent on infiltrating ear drums with the pounding fury of a Japanese Taiko drummer. Billed as “The Final Rockdown,” the show was the last for local “rawk” preservationists Riddle of Steel -- and in typical fas ... More >>
One can't help but chuckle when thinking about the irony of Helmet playing a venue called Rockstar Nightclub. This is not to say that there is really anything wrong with the venue, per se. It's just that Page Hamilton always embodied the archetype of anti-hero in the metal scene, while his no-nonsen ... More >>
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