Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>
In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meant ... More >>
Came, saw, conquered! Another RFT Music Showcase / Awards Party in the bag. We'd like to thank all of the nominees, the good people of Washington Avenue and Atomic Cowboy for hosting the festivities, and everyone who voted in our 26 categories. Congratulations to all of the winners (you'll see their ... More >>
Well, it's that time again, folks! Each year, we at RFT Music HQ present the RFT Music Awards, an annual celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. The nominees are chosen by a crack team of industry insiders, dedicated die-hards and various other musical minds from o ... More >>
In this week's print edition, Senior Writer Roy Kasten interviews Jay Farrar, longtime leader of Son Volt and first-time author, about the band's new album Honky Tonk (due out March 5) and his new book Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs (due out March 19). "The impetus to write the book was born out of ... More >>
Wild Nothing has just been announced as a late addition to the LouFest lineup. The pop band -- and musical moniker of Brooklyn's Jack Tatum -- joins Girl Talk, the Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr., Son Volt and more on the bill for the annual fest in Forest Park. This year's installment is com ... More >>
Photo: Jason StoffJay Farrar last night at the Old Rock House. See a full slideshow from last night's Jay Farrar solo gig at the Old Rock House.Clad in a kitschy, long-sleeved black cowboy shirt, Jay Farrar barely flinched from the heat as he plowed through a 100-minute set loaded with Son Vo ... More >>
The annual celebration of twang alt-country rootsier-leaning music, Twangfest, takes place later this week. Three of the concerts are at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, starting on Thursday; the show features a rare local appearance by Canadian rock band Blue Rodeo, as well as performances by roa ... More >>
[Update, 4:45 p.m. Monday, 3/15: The Passion Pit show was just announced for Wednesday, June 23. The opener will be Tokyo Police Club, who hasn't been here since a Creepy Crawl show many, many moons ago. Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 day of show, and are on sale Friday at 5 p.m.] My spies have be ... More >>
A great weekend to be outside and that's what how many of us spent it -- but on Friday and Saturday night there were two great shows to check out, if you could get a ticket. Here's a recap of our weekend coverage:Son Volt at the PageantSun Volt played the Pageant on Friday night. Read the concert re ... More >>
No matter how many people he knows at a St. Louis Son Volt show, Jay Farrar will always be the guy who played a big part in creating the "alt. country" genre. Twenty years after Uncle Tupelo's heyday, Farrar and the current Son Volt line-up stay true to their roots without being strangled by them, ... More >>
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard are playing four shows in October, to celebrate the release of their Jack Kerouac-inspired collaboration, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The closest tour date is October 26 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall -- and judging by the band backing the pair, a road trip m ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. (Vintage Vinyl will return next week -- they had catastrophic email problems last week.) An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without furt ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. (Vintage Vinyl will be added once it arrives!) An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets ... More >>
Right on: Son Volt is set to play its first St. Louis show on Friday, November 6, since releasing American Central Dust in July. Place: The Pageant. Tickets: $20 for general admission, $25 for the balcony, on sale Friday at 5 p.m.
Every Monday A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets: Lean Forward* 2. Wilco: Wilco The Album* 3. ... More >>
It's been quite a good few months for St. Louis bands in terms of national exposure. First, in June, So Many Dynamos released The Loud Wars on Vagrant Records. A few weeks later, Son Volt's Rounder Records debut, American Central Dust, hit stores. And now tomorrow finds the national release of two e ... More >>
Every Monday A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Vintage Vinyl 1. K-JON---I Get Around 2. MAXWELL---BLACKsummers'night* 3. MICHAE ... More >>
Every Monday (Tuesday this week -- sorry, Warped Tour), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. SON VOLT: American ... More >>
In this week's paper, I interviewed Son Volt's Jay Farrar. SV's latest, American Central Dust, arrived in stores last week. He spoke about song inspirations (and a forthcoming project with Ben Gibbard) in print; below find more talk about side project Gob Iron, and the connection between Uncle Tupel ... More >>
My comrade Chris Gray checked out Son Volt's show in Houston last night, February 24 -- and had some super kind words to say.For a good hour and a half, not counting a stomping encore of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," Farrar and his four companions - including Houst ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, April 21. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
Two of the Lou's famous rockers fill us in on their favorites of 2007 — and what the next year holds.
6 p.m. Friday, June 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
11 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
With a talented rotating cast of characters behind him, the local hero has never sounded more rejuvenated.
9 p.m. Monday, December 4. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Gary Black [from www.jayfarrar.com] "Gimme back my URL" Speaking of Jay Farrar, recent visitors to the Son Volt frontman's Web site may be surprised to see it hawking muscle relaxants and diet pills. We always assumed our local demigod was a Stag and David Nicholson 1843 man. Turns out the site ... More >>
Saturday, December 10; The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Saturday, October 29; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
B-Sides sees triple with Alkaline Trio, crunches numbers with Son Volt and gives Billy Idol some career advice
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Saturday, December 11; Mississippi Nights
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