In this week's print issue, I tried to reconcile my complicated feelings about 1970s-styled soft rock. I'm old enough that I experienced this music in real time. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing is Bread's "Make It With You," which blogger/mellow historian Jason Hare identified as the ... More >>
Richard Kern is one of the most celebrated photographers of the past 50 years. Along with his peers Annie Leibovitz, Bob Gruen and Mick Rock, Kern shot iconic images that helped to shape the way that we perceive rock stars and celebrity culture.
The 2013 RFT Music Awards have come and gone, longtime RFT Music contributor Ryan Wasoba bids the blog adieu and quite frankly, we're at a bit of a loss. Still, here at RFT Music we're looking forward to continually figuring out how to better serve the music community. But first thing's first: Let's ... More >>
Biblical prophets, Irish poets and American songwriters have all used the image of a wheel inside a wheel to speak toward some larger unity -- of many moving parts operating in a unified sphere. It's hard to know what Kevin Buckley is referencing with the title of his third LP, Wheel Within a Wheel, ... More >>
If "best" and "boring" seem contradictory, please know there's no irony or negativity intended in this list. Maybe some irony, as I am poking some fun at the perception that any song over four minutes long, any piece of music built on repetition, anything that requires patience of any form from a li ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... 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 When I was joined in legal holy matrimony with my lovely wife Megan three and a half years ago, we offici ... More >>
Remember when the turntable was considered a legitimate instrument in a rock band? Neither do I. But there are rare instances where DJ scratches are not a dealbreaker in a non hip-hop context. Here are the six best rock songs featuring turntables. Let us know your favorites and we'll REEEEEEEEEEEEMI ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
Guided By VoicesThe weather was perfect and apparently -- horrifically -- it is mom-jean-short-season. It was a day for eccentric acts, the line-up carefully curated to force superfans into buying Friday tickets. The will call line stretched around the block and then some. 4:32 pm:tUnE-yArDs ... More >>
courtesy of Fair St. Louis Fair St. Louis, the folks responsible for the free summer shows in and around the Gateway Arch, are introducing a music video contest this year for local bands. The winner gets, among other things, a 45 minutes set under the Arch on July 2nd, 3rd or 4th, depending o ... More >>
Courtesy of Mary Ann StarrIn this week's RFT, we profiled Danny McClain, the mind-blowing local musician who passed away on March 28 at the age of 31. To further honor his memory, we invited some of his friends and family to share their favorite Danny McClain stories with A to Z. Mary Ann St ... 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.) Gregg Allman returns with Low Country Blues.*Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues NPR said of Allman's new record, "[It] gets Allman back to the roots he and bro ... More >>
The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBlonde Redhead at the PageantThere's a certain paradox that comes with being a fan of a band: You either have to put your faith in its efforts without questioning its all-important artistic vision, or you become one of those people who eschews the new and whines that "it's just no ... 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 >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Rocksteady*Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Rocksteady Todd Park Mohr, vocalist and guitarist for Big Head Todd and the Monsters, said of the new album: "We ... More >>
Nick LucchesiBob Reuter performs at Apop Records on Record Store DayOn Saturday, April 17, St. Louis was treated to a whole day of BBQ, beer and full-blown sonic wonderment as Apop Records proudly hosted its second-annual Record Store Day since moving to the Gateway City in 2007. In the ag ... More >>
On Saturday night, a very cool exhibit is set to open at White Flag Projects. Destroy All Monsters: Hungry for Death is billed as "a survey of survey of artwork, music, video, and archival material by the seminal pre-punk/psychedelic noise group and art collective Destroy AllMonsters." Founded in 19 ... More >>
That's Doug Martsch of Built to Spill behind that hat.It's the end of Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago, which by Sunday, should see 40 bands play and welcome 50,000 -- ahem, hipsters -- through the fences of Union Park. More than a few bands who have made their way through St. Louis ... More >>
Yes, tomorrow is finally the day when Sonic Youth opens this year's Live on the Levee series of shows! Just a heads up on time: Awesome Color goes on at 6 p.m., and SY is on at 7:30. (In other words, expect nearly two hours of SY goodness -- no setlist spoilers from this current tour from me, though ... More >>
This is a very, very cool event St. Louis likely isn't going to see again for a long time: On Wednesday, September 2, Off Broadway is hosting the Sing for China tour, a four-band bill of indie-rock bands from China. These acts include New Pants, Rebuilding the Rights of Statues, P.K.14 and Hedgehog. ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Adam Franklin cruises into town with a whole new cast riding shotgun.
(Even if they're not even aware of it.)
St. Louis bands make a fine showing at Austin's annual indie-rock spring break.
Meet Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville group that carries on punk's young, loud and snotty tradition.
B-Sides gets domestic with Hurra Torpedo, defends the Dickies and downloads some hot, live MP3 action
Bunnygrunt returns — on a tribute to UK cult figures the June Brides
Comfort of Strangers (Astralwerks)
Monday, February 14; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Two days, two types of weather, two great shows
A brother and sister discuss a brother and sister, plus we take a look at Twangfest
Friday, July 25; Off Broadway
Loose Fur (Drag City)
Optometry (Thirsty Ear)
The local-music compilation Suite 16 has womanly charms to please almost any listener
Traffic Continues (Winter & Winter Records)
Thursday, Oct. 14; Mississippi Nights