Have you ever had a run of really shitty luck? Like, really bad? Recently St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight, whom we've named as the best rock band in town from time to time, had a particularly bad run, starting with the mid-January theft of their touring van and ending with the subsequent discovery ... More >>
Before we get into it: I am sure you are all already aware that White Rabbits is playing in town this week. And I am sure you've all seen this ubiquitous press photo, wherein all the members of the band are sprawled lazily on the floor, haphazardly surrounded by their hopelessly-tangled instrument c ... More >>
10 p.m. Friday, September 28. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies across the country -- well, we are no longer affiliated, so that's that. And aside from that, it's business as us ... More >>
No American songwriter has produced a more malleable, sing-able and shareable body of work than Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. Decades after his death, his archives continue to yield sweet, unfinished fruit for the likes of Jay Farrar, Billy Bragg and the Klezmatics (for starters) and his songs continue to ... More >>
The Monday after Independence Day weekend is one most brutal. After a full weekend of barbecue and beer and illegal fireworks, going to work seems all the more objectionable. I'm too damned hungover on Freedom to be productive, personally. My "word of the day" today is "aliquant," which even my spel ... More >>
Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice. People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.
Summer is upon us! The pools are open, the temperatures are high, and my stomach is still recovering from the barrage of barbecue it was assaulted with over the three-day weekend. Another sign of the season is the increasing number of great shows coming to town; summer tours and outdoor festivals ab ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
The RFT Music Showcase is just over a week away -- on June 2, 79 of St. Louis best bands and artists will play at twelve venues on Washington Avenue. But there's quite a bit of great music happening in this city before then. Our RFT Showcase Team will be at nine of the best of those shows, giving aw ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, December 18. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Image viaRuckus Roboticus playes with matches AND scratchesDan Haug (a.k.a Ruckus Roboticus) suspended a performing hiatus to make his first ever stop in St. Louis, playing the final night of the Stylus exhibit at the Pulitzer. He took a break from working on his new record (and preparing for ... More >>
So, Prince has been doing these bonkers shows in New York City over the last month or so, playing all of his hits and bringing out guest stars/collaborators (Cyndi Lauper, Janelle Monae, etc.) On Tuesday, January 18, Prince tapped saxophonist Maceo Parker and the lovely Sharon Jones for a version of ... More >>
On Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6, the Beat 'n' Soul Festival is taking over Off Broadway. The celebration of garage-rock and soul features some notable acts: Northbrook Garage (last seen onstage with Sharon Jones at the Pageant), Memphis legends the Bo-Keys, NYC vets the Flesht ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
= local, * = coming to town Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86 Euclid Records 1. Wolf Parade -- Expo 86 2. Black Keys -- Brothers 3. Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St. 4. Robert Randolph & the Family Band -- We Walk This Road 5. Band of Horses -- Infinite Arms 6. ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. Black Keys - Brothers* 2. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 3. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street 4. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening 5. Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards 6. White Stripes - Under Great White Norther ... More >>
* = a band coming to town, = a local artistEuclid Records 1. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street 2. Black Keys - Brothers* 3. Jayhawks - The Bunkhouse Album 4. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 5. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
* = a band coming to town, = signifies a local act Vintage Vinyl 1. NATIONAL---High Violet 2. DEAD WEATHER---Sea Of Cowards 3. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS---Together* 4. OZOMATLI---Fire Away 5. GOGOL BORDELLO---Trans-Continental Hustle* 6. USHER---Raymond V. Raymond 7. CARIBOU---Swim* 8. FLYING LOTU ... More >>
As always: The denotes a local release, * means the band is coming to town. Euclid Records 1. Caribou, Swim* 2. MGMT, Congratulations 3. Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, True Love Cast Out All Evil 4. Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu 5. Jonsi, Go 6. Jeff Beck, Emotions ... More >>
Lots to do tonight, so let's get on it...â€‹Sissy WishWho: A Norwegian artist who's evolved from a coffeehouse folkie into a sleek, playful synth queen.Playing Where? Cicero'sWith: Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, The Forefall RIYL: Santigold, Kate Bush, Lykke LiMP3: Sissywish, "DWTS"Detroit CobrasWho ... More >>
Good morning, St. Louis! Here's what you may have missed over the weekend:On Friday afternoon, we posted a story about how the grandson of a former mayor of St. Louis was shot in both arms during a drug deal. The story was posted late in the afternoon, so if you missed it, check it out here (with po ... More >>
Sharon Jones brought Beatle Bob up to dance with her on Friday night at the Pageant. Check out some video I shot. Is Sharon a dynamo or what?! Review and photos here. Please also check out this fantastic New York Times article on Daptone Records' Gabriel Roth, which ran in today's paper.
(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 >>
Soul-survivor Sharon Jones and her crack backup the Dap-Kings finally bring their '60s retro-cool to the Lou.
Oliver Wang’s shares his soul-sides.