About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Temperatures get really low over the next few days, but don't let that freeze up weekend activities. Aquitaine and Mound City Slickers release new CDs, and St. Louis gets some musical guests from out-of-town including Bobby Bare Jr. and Turkuaz. Learn about these shows and more after the jump, and l ... More >>
Happy holidaze, everyone. We've entered into the nebulous Bermuda Triangle-like week of the year, a veritable vortex of celebrations and shows. Keep track of some goings-ons this week with some recommendations from our critics, and don't forget to check the fine print for info on how to get a more s ... More >>
Pop quiz, hot shots: What was the second-highest charting song of 1969? "Come Together" by The Beatles? "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones? "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone? Those are all excellent guesses. But the correct answer is "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimen ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
Todd OwyoungOne problem with Kings Go Forth, performing tomorrow evening at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353): The band's hardline, genuine funk is a rarity in modern times, and citizens of 2011 may not be physically prepared for the booty shaking demands. Shape up for the Kings ... More >>
Roy KastenBlack Joe Lewis gets down at Off BroadwayBlack Joe Lewis and the Honeybears Off Broadway Thursday, June 16, 2011 My first encounter with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears was 2008 in Austin. The band played outdoors at one of those warm-beer free parties at SXSW. The young Austini ... More >>
Courtesy of YowieTo call Yowie an acquired taste would be a flagrant misrepresentation. Yowie is not something you can acquire. Try to understand its sonic mindfuckery, try to follow the preposterous complexity of Yowies' sound, and your dendrites will start to short-circuit. Music like this ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsLast week, William Shatner unveiled the tracklist to his third studio album, Searching For Major Tom. Regardless of how you feel about the actor or his musical career, it's imperative you look at it right now. The album comprises nineteen covers of mostly space-themed songs l ... More >>
In part one of our interview with Joel Selvin, co-author of Sammy Hagar's new autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, we talked about the early years of Sammy's career and one memorable incident in which Selvin's home phone number became very public. Here's the second part o ... More >>
Coachella announced its 2010 lineup this morning -- and heads all over the country exploded because of the lineup. The list of bands/performers includes (but isn't limited to) Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, Pavement, Faith No More, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, Them Crooked Vultures, the Specials, ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 17. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 24. The Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
Shame Club: Too loud, way proud.
8 p.m. Thursday, November 9. Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd).
We look at some of St. Louis' almost-beens, chat with Marah and plan to scar our liver at Beat Fest
Arthur Clay's, 7266 Manchester Road, 314-645-0300
Mama's Pride could have been a contender
How Sweet It Is (Womanly Hips/Compendia)
Tuesday, Jan. 22; Sheldon
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
The Id (Epic)
Our intrepid reporter gets herself in a jam
Despite changing fashions and lineup upheavals, the Isley Brothers are still going strong, some 45 years after forming
Saturday, Sept. 1; Galaxy
Monday, March 19; Pageant.
Bring in da funk, bring in da bucks: backstage with Dr. Zhivegas, St. Louis' most popular -- and derided -- cover band
Friday, Nov. 17; The Pageant
Thursday, April 20; Fox Theatre
Saturday, Feb. 19; the Ambassador
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.