Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Littl ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... 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. In order to review music, one must judge the song/album/artist subjectively, only associating it wi ... More >>
The Riverfront Times has a long, long, long history of promoting the An Under Cover Weekend shows. On the surface it's a cool event that seems to support our huge pool of local talent. It's nice to see local bands in any showcase together, especially one where everyone is working together to try to ... More >>
Ed. Little Big Bangs' debut release is the subject of this week's Homespun column. You can listen to a stream below and see the band on August 28 at Lemmon's with DeathTram and Skarekrau Radio. For all the possible interpretations of the Little Big Bangs' band name -- sexual pun? Hairstyle critique ... More >>
A Place To Bury Strangers July 19 @ The Firebird 8:00/9:00, $12, all ages. Not since ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first traipsed around the country demolishing equipment and eardrums alike has a band been on a mission of aural destruction like A Place To Bury Strangers. The Brooklyn ... 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 >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, January 4. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
It's official. This morning's announcement that Union Tree Review will be covering Marvin Gaye at the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, completes this year's line-up of the two-day show series on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The series finds some St. Louis groups paying ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaIn early January, Rolling Stone reported that vinyl sales had increased fourteen percent over the previous year with around 2.8 million units sold, making 2010 the best year for vinyl in recent memory. DJ Billy Brown is part of a new generation of music fans choosing rec ... More >>
courtesy of Mike AppelsteinA single released on the Texas label Kittyboo Records, circa 1997No one's really sure anymore when the word "twee" entered the musical vernacular, although it was probably right around the time that NME's fabled C86 compilation came out in the UK. What's certain, ho ... More >>
8 p.m. September 5. The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Saturday, August 21. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street.
Going Along With the Delusions Will Not Be Helpful
8 p.m. Monday, February 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) Very quietly, Boston ska-core legends the Mighty Mighty Bosstones released a new album, Pin Points and Gin Joints, today. Samp ... More >>
Here's a ridiculous story a friend passed to me last night. Apparently, a red Fender Mustang guitar stolen from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo a decade ago -- one on this list here; note about theft here -- resurfaced recently on eBay. Who bought it? Why, a HUGE SY fan who had no idea it ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, February 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 30. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard
7 p.m. Saturday, September 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
9 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
Altar (Southern Lord)
Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.
Born Again in the U.S.A.(Drag City)
"I Drink Sody." "Disco for Drunks." "Pull My Finger." Pearls from the overlooked oeuvre of Bruce Cole and the Screamin' Mee-Mees.
Week of May 4, 2005
This Island (Strummer/Universal)
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
Put away those cowbells and show the Blue Oyster Cult some respect
Fever to Tell (Interscope)
The sounds Zeena Parkins coaxes from her hand-built electric harp are odd and beautiful
How does one catch the ear of our intrepid reporter?
Ronald Reagan was president, Michael Jackson and Phil Collins ruled the charts and a bunch of little rock bands were changing lives
Grandpa's Ghost release their fourth album -- this time with some outside help
Tuesday, April 14; Side Door
Taking St. Louis' lead-footed concertgoers to task