For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>
Little Big Bangs Little Big Bangs littlebigbangs.bandcamp.com One of the harrowing truths of the recent twentieth anniversary celebration/reissue campaign of Nirvana's In Utero (aside from the relentless march of time and the music press' fixation with fundamentally meaningless anniversaries) is th ... More >>
Some people spend their lives researching a cure for cancer, or how to perform cleft-lip surgery on children in developing countries. Others, such as myself, spend that time researching obscure music because it gives them a sick feeling, like maybe they are somehow better than people who are doing r ... More >>
I, Ryan James Wasoba, hereby announce that, after over a year and a half of weekly contributions, the end of my Nitpick Six column is upon us. As such, it's bucket list time. This space is usually reserved for microscopic aspects of music, but now let's go big. These are the six sweetest riffs of ... More >>
Last week in this very column, we counted down the six coolest members of uncool bands. This week, we flip the script. Here are the six most uncool members of cool bands, and they're all probably really nice people. See Also: -The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands
7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28. Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard.
8:45 p.m. Thursday, October 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Wikimedia CommonsKim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth have separated after 27 years of marriage and now the future of the band is unknown. Their record label released this statement last Friday: Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separa ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 25. Pig Slop Studios.
About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>
Singles and EPs have historically served invaluable purposes. For new bands, they can be the best method to come out swinging with their best songs. For established acts, they provide a low-pressure way to showcase new material, try out remixes, or clear the vaults of demos and alternate ta ... More >>
Almost forgot about this one: Olympia, Washington's Gun Outfit -- whose influences include Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and SST bands -- will be playing at new venue Antarctica (5226 Gravois) on Sunday night. Cardiac Arrest and Worm Hands are also on the bill. Show at 9 p.m., admission $6.MP3: Gun ... More >>
uploaded by Uncle Pilot to the RFT Flickr PoolTechnically as of last night, we're about to wrap up just the sixth coolest July on record. That doesn't mean it wasn't the coolest, though. The lowest average temperature in July came in 1961 and 1891, when it was typically a balmy 74.9 degrees. Here ... More >>
It was a music-heavy weekend, and here's what you might have missed.Sonic Youth at the ArchPhoto: Todd OwyoungIndie rock godfathers, and godmothers, Sonic Youth played a free show under the Arch on Friday. See more photos.Music editor Annie Zaleski called this show on Friday "one of the best concert ... More >>
At around 7:45 p.m., sunglasses-clad Thurston Moore strode onstage to thunderous cheers. Deadpan, the lanky Sonic Youth vocalist/guitarist said, "Hi, we're the Sonic Youth. We're going to start things off with a little love song called 'No Way.'" Cue a heavy, punkish version of the tenth track from ... More >>
Now that Independence Day and the All-Star Game are in July's rear-view mirror, you might be watching your wallet, what with all those fireworks shopping sprees and major-league bar tabs behind you. So, here are a few economical things to do this weekend all under $10.Cowboy Mouth at Mad Art Gallery ... More >>
A couple of food events to share:First, and I apologize for the short notice, but we just got the e-mail about this yesterday, Monarch (7401 Manchester Road; Web site) is hosting Don Cooper, founder of Del Maguey Mezcal, at 7 p.m. tonight. There will be mezcal tastings, live music and more. Call 314 ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Thanks to the Village Voice, who posted this video of Sonic Youth performing last night on Jimmy Fallon's show and debunked the totally too-hot-for-TV shirt Thurston Moore was rocking. (Confidential to Kim Gordon: I love your dress.) Everyone beyond stoked yet for the band's July 17 show under the A ... More >>
To go along with yesterday's announcement of Sonic Youth on July 17, here's the entire line-up for Fair St. Louis and Live on the Levee -- below! Fair St. Louis: Friday, July 3 6:00 p.m. Magnolia Summer 8:00 p.m. Counting Crows Counting Crows
Still trying to get my bearings this week, so I figured I'd toss up a few new MP3s available on the web. Neither of these bands have tour dates scheduled in town -- and really, I'm about ready to start passing the hat for Dinosaur Jr. to finally get here -- but these new tunes should satisfy.Up firs ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, March 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Congrats to Raglani (who is not known as Ghost Ice, nor known as anyone else but himself), who is playing the 2009 version of the No Fun Fest in Brooklyn. The three-day event, which takes place from May 15-17 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, is an annual mecca for noiseniks and experimental artist ... More >>
The Chicago Sun-Times’ blog recently published an interesting piece by noted music critic Jim DeRogatis, in which he attempts to prove that ‘90s Alternative Nation darlings (and specifically Chicago acts Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt, Liz Phair and Smashing Pumpkins) resemble the baby-boomer acts t ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
The One Eyed Swine Is Queen (Apop Records)
Tuesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Saturday, December 10; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue)
Worlds Apart (Interscope)
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
Week of July 14, 2004
Sonic Nurse (DGC)
Saturday, October 18; Rocket Bar
It's hard to figure Demonlover out, but it's fun to try
Tuesday, June 17; Pageant
Saturday, February 22; Rocket Bar
Sonic Youth's on tour, and once again St. Louis isn't on the itinerary. Why does punk rock's most formidable institution slight us?
NYC Ghosts & Flowers (Geffen)
Tuesday, Aug. 3; Side Door