Prepare yourself, St. Louis metalheads, one hell of a tour is coming to St. Louis this spring. On May 15, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus will hit the Pageant with what remains of Slayer (proposed name change: "Kerry King and the Slayers"), ensuring that St. Louis necks will be snapped and bangovers ... More >>
If you're anything like me, you've spent the last two months going to a lot of weddings, either alone or with your significant other. And although we typically don't enjoy sitting in a church and staring at comb-overs, there are two things provided at weddings we can all agree on: food and alcohol. ... More >>
I'm like a lot of internet-addicted losers out there, meaning that I read a lot about serial killers. Despite admitting that, I'm still not sure where I came up with this concept. Maybe it's because I'm going to the Gathering of the Juggalos for RFT Music in just over a week and I'm trying to mental ... More >>
Long-time St. Louis hip-hop heads may have noticed a familiar face manning the decks at Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels show last night. DJ Trackstar, who spent his first ten years as a DJ in St. Louis, is backing up the whole tour in his capacity as Killer Mike's touring DJ. See Also: - Kil ... More >>
Guys, Daniel Hill made it rain blood yesterday. You know, for Slayer. We don't know about you, but this past weekend was a pretty intense party, blustery weather be damned. And it don't stop. Keep things moving this week with visits from the likes of Har Mar Superstar and more, and look forward to s ... More >>
Now, we all know concerts, quite aside from genre, come in varying degrees of loudness. There are the kind of gigs (has anyone here seen Unsane?) where, even if you shout as loudly as you can directly into your friend's ear from an inch away, they will not be able to hear a word you're saying, due t ... More >>
As a lifetime die-hard Slayer fan, I had to do a double-take when I got a text from RFT Music editor Daniel Hill asking if I'd like to write a piece on the passing of Jeff Hanneman. "Fuck yeah I'd like to write something about Slayer," I thought. But wait a minute... WHAT? I had not yet heard of h ... More >>
Since Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) opened its doors to the public in December 2011, owner/coffee baron Scott Carey has been bringing a "Third Wave" coffee experience to south St. Louis. Sump Coffee owner Scott Carey pulls a shot from his Slayer espresso machine. Carey wa ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious ... 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. Every few months, Edwardsville's downtown dive bar The Stagger Inn hosts a show featuring locals The Go ... More >>
Lamb of God | Hatebreed | In Flames | Sylosis The Pageant November 7, 2012 Before I start trashing one of the most popular metal bands on the planet, let me offer my credentials: In 1989, I saw Sepultura at the Bridgeton Soccer club at just nine years old. I got in trouble for spray painting the S ... More >>
Propagandhi The Firebird November 4, 2012 Before it became a simple formula, punk was a term used to describe bands whose urgent and passionate sound didn't conform to any typical rock n' roll standards; punk bands had actual unique identities. How do you easily summarize the differences between ba ... 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 >>
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
It's supernatural season, and last night, St. Louis got into the holiday spirit with the Twins of Evil Tour. Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson brought their doom, gloom, colored contacts and rock & roll to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. We'll have more coverage later. Meanwhile, however, photographe ... More >>
It has been eleven years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and while the feelings brought up by the events are still complicated, we can view its aftermath with some clarity. With over a decade of hindsight, many of the songs written after the attacks display less than healthy attitudes t ... More >>
Happy Friday, St. Louis! Before we get to the festivities, it's been a little while since we've explained our shows-pickin' blog-postin' strategy, so here it is again for the uninitiated and the forgetful: Every Monday we do a blog post called "Out Every Night" that lists shows the RFT Music staff p ... More >>
This Friday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls through our fair city, bringing fifteen purveyors of heavy music to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The scope of artists ranges from old-timers like Anthrax and Motorhead to young guns like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. These b ... More >>
Last fall, Ian reported on a new coffeehouse coming to south city, Sump Coffee. Gut Check followed up after the opening to get a closer look into the cafe's offerings. Scott Carey says he just might be obsessed with coffee; however, his fascination isn't that of the typical everyday caffeine junkie ... More >>
Sump Coffee will open at 3700 South Jefferson Avenue this Thursday, December 1. The south city coffee house's regular hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.As Gut Check learned during a discussion with owner Scott Carey in October, Sump will use a Slayer espres ... More >>
Ian FroebSump Coffee in south cityI noted last week that a new coffeehouse called Sump Coffee will be opening at 3700 South Jefferson Avenue in south city. Today, I had a chance to speak with owner Scott Carey, who returned to his hometown of St. Louis last year after spending time in both Berkel ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
You just know that this dude's neighbors hate him. Here's a guy in Southern California who programs his Christmas lights displays to music. We're talking a couple of Trans-Siberian Orchestra tunes, Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy" and, last year, Slayer's "Raining Blood." The video is nothing short o ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJames Hetfield in St. Louis in 2008. More photos here.Tickets are on sale now for what's being dubbed The Big Four Live -- a.k.a. the June 22 movie-theater simulcast of the Sonisphere Festival appearances of thrash legends Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. (Now I can't stop ... More >>
(Editor's note: D.X. Ferris is a frequent RFT contributor and the author of the 33 1/3 book on Slayer's Reign in Blood. He was kind enough to write this obituary yesterday.) Ronnie James Dio, R.I.P.His band mates didn't invite him to the induction, but let's face it: Ronnie James Dio might b ... More >>
Hatebreed, with Jamey Jasta in the middle.In this week's issue, D.X. Ferris chats with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who just might be one of the nicest dudes in rock. The Connecticut metallic hardcore band plays at Pop's tonight with Born of Osiris, Unearth, Cannibal Corpse and Hate Eterna ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungNeko Case last night at the Pageant. See more photos from last night's show.Neko Case's show last night at the Pageant wasn't that different from her September 2008 appearance at the same venue. However, the comfortably crowded show was, shall we say, loose. Not musically - ... More >>
Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage and a ton of other bands are at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater today as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In last week's paper, Phil Freeman spoke with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, in part discussing the band's forthcoming album, World P ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
6 p.m. Sunday, October 7. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
B-Sides talks to the Comas about their latest release and downloads Iron & Wine's "The Boy With a Coin"
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.
B-Sides traces Mastodon's surprise world domination from Blood Mountain to easy street.
7 p.m. Monday, December 11. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
Celtic Frost, back and as metal as ever.
Hot fun in the summertime with Warped Tour
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Abstract rockers Yowie put the math in math rock
Saturday, Dec. 18; Mississippi Nights
The Stormtroopers of Death return to set heavy metal straight
June 30 - July 1, 1999
Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts