Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is c ... More >>
What a fun, goofy night for punk rock. The vibe in the air this Friday night felt like a high school reunion of sorts, with a bunch of people fulfilling a pact to all return to a time capsule of that which made 1996 great. It is unusual to see so many people over the age of 35 look as excited for th ... More >>
I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, probably too many, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as Insane Clown Po ... More >>
It's Monday, and we're already daydreaming about how we can stay out all night Sunday and sleep in the next day thanks to Labor Day weekend up ahead. Expend some of that excess energy to be by checking out some shows this week. The English Beat, the Bulletproof Tiger, Slut River and more make stops ... More >>
Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
Sorry, spring breakers! We know, we know -- Animal Collective postponing their St. Louis show throws a huge wrench into the works, along with all this freezing and wet mucky, gloomy sadness outside the window. Chin up, music fans. There's plenty of other bands to make donning some galoshes and splas ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. In order to review music, one must judge the song/album/artist subjectively, only associating it wi ... 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 >>
RFT Music recently caught wind of some concerning news regarding Gerry Lundquist, beloved trombonist of ska-punk pioneers Mu330 and Skankin' Pickle. Apparently the "Ayatolla of Rock n'Rollah" has run into some health issues which have resulted in mounting medical bills and significant out-of-pocket ... More >>
This week's list is a bonus-deluxe-super edition, with TEN shows instead of the usual nine, on account of this Tuesday getting twice its usual attention. There's good reason: Tuesday night features separate appearances by both ska legend the Skatalites and nihilistic post-punk pioneer Swans. They're ... More >>
Sometimes we just need to take a break from a song. One can only hear the same words and melody so many times until it loses all meaning, like saying "sandals" or "popcorn" a few dozen times. Unfortunately, some great songs are never revisited -- maybe because of overkill, maybe because of the stigm ... More >>
photo courtesy of Mike JonesAs major record labels continue to consolidate their lineups, it might seem an unlikely time to start an independent record label. Yet, for Mike Jones, founder of I Hate Punk Rock Records, starting his label in the mid 2000s came as naturally as expanding his perso ... More >>
Doors at 7 p.m. Friday, February 11. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, taken at the Pageant in 2008If you're reading this, you've probably already made up your mind about Vampire Weekend. Most find the New York quartet's music either delicious or disgusting, with very few people in the "just okay" camp. Speaking to A t ... More >>
If you're one of the seven people who didn't watch the Lost finale last night -- or see any of the show, ever -- you can breathe a little easier this morning. Drive-time radio talkers won't be wheezing about it on-air any longer and publications ranging from your uncle's blog to the New York Times w ... More >>
This is probably my favorite round-up of the year: The A.V. Club's list of funny, asinine, ridiculous, awesome or just plain terrible band names. The entire list is well worth perusing, but my favorites include the following sections: REWORKING PROPER NAMES & TRADEMARKSSega GenocideWeird Al Qaed ... More >>
Last Night: Murphy's Law, Cross Examination Where: Fubar, 3108 Locust Boulevard Show Flyer: here The show preview by Jonah Bayer in last week's paper was true. "There's nothing quite like a Murphy's Law headlining gig, which is sure to leave beer-soaked hard-core fans with a giant smile on their f ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21. City Museum, 701 North 15th Street.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Welcome, Willkommen, Bienvenue, Aloha, Shalom, Howdy!
The Sweet Escape (Interscope)
8 p.m. Thursday, November 16. The Gargoyle on the campus of Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards).
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
B-Sides interprets Enya's cryptic language, scream alongside the vocal guru to the metal stars, and dream up some tribute bands we'd like to see
Tuesday, November 29; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
A local rap troupe breaks up, while Captured! By Robots is Star Trekkin' into town
Saturday, July 30; S.O.K.A. Fest at Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles)
You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards
Everybody loves the Ann Arbor Film Fest
Tuesday, September 16; Mississippi Nights
Friday, January 10; Creepy Crawl
Saturday, Feb. 12; Galaxy
The Ska-O-Rama celebrates its fifth year with a multiband bash at the Casa Loma
Christian rock combines the Lord's message with the devil's beat. Sometimes the result is exhilaration. Sometimes it's god-awful confusion.
Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.