Compiling the best songs about birds is tricky. Many great ones are too metaphorical ("Bird On A Wire" by Leonard Cohen, "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd) and many literal ones are not great ("I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado). Continuing the Nitpick Six series about animal songs, here are the six best ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
Rough Shop Beneath the South Side Bridge Release Show: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10 to $13. Rough Shop has always been a band of old souls. Its three principles -- guitarists Andy Ploof and John Wendland and bassist Anne Tkach -- have settled comfortably into middl ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Mike AppelsteinJC Brooks & the Uptown Sound | Bailiff Off Broadway December 10, 2011 Toward the end of its set at Off Broadway last night, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's bassist Ben Taylor addressed the crowd. Though they'd spent the last few months touring America and Europe, he said, they ... More >>
The Soulard Blues BandThe variety show is a venerable American musical institution, with a history that stretches all the way from medicine shows and vaudeville to the chitlin' circuit of the 1940s, the early 1950s rock & roll cavalcades promoted by Alan Freed, and the label-sponsored Stax/Vo ... More >>
Let It In
Morgan Nusbaum, a former member of the 75s and front woman of the wailing garage outfit Bruiser Queen, will release her first solo album at a show this Friday at Foam. The album, called Let It In was the subject of this week's Homespun review, and Christian Schaeffer notes a departure from Nusbaum's ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including the much-anticipated collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z, British shoegaze punks the Horrors and Pepper Rabbit.
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 >>
3 p.m. Friday, July 15. Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue.
Photos courtesy of the artistsKate Middleton and Prince William are getting married in a matter of hours (have you heard about this at all?). You can watch the Royal Wedding via webcam, but let's be honest: Weddings are boring when you're actually there. So we'll take a pass on grainy video f ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, October 16. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
* = coming to town, = local Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play the Pageant Friday, July 16Vintage Vinyl 1. Big Boi -- Sir Lucious Left Foot. The Son Of Chico Dusty 2. Roots -- How I Got Over 3. Eminem -- Recovery 4. Drake -- Thank Me Later 5. Black Keys -- Brothers 6. Ratatat -- ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, July 9. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Last night's Fishbone concert at the City Museum was a reminder that there hasn't been a band quite like the California septet before or since. Certainly the band has some pretty obvious forebears; Sly Stone's multicultural rock & roll, Toots & the Maytals' slinky ska, and Funkadelic's paranoid groo ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.
8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Webster University, 535 Garden Avenue. Rain location: Grant Gymnasium.
The Singer: Marvin Gaye needs no introduction. The man basically perfected the Slow Jam with "Let's Get It On" and contributed more to the body of soul music than anyone before or after. This week's jam may not have the clout of "Let's Get It On," but it remains a classic.The Song: Built on a Roland ... More >>
Bonnaroo just announced its 2009 lineup -- and like Coachella, it looks pretty strong. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headlining, while Phish is doing two(!) shows. Other notables include Elvis Costello (solo), Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Mars Volta and a bunch more. S ... More >>
The Singer: Along with Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson was a triple threat for Motown Records: a great singer, hit songwriter and an architect of the label's sound. Most people can name a half-dozen songs Smokey sang with the Miracles in the '60s, but his solo career pointed his smoot ... More >>
The Singers: Formed in the late '60s when the members were school mates at the Tuskegee Institute, the Commodores are best known for two things: having fostered a young Lionel Richie, and the funk jam "Brick House". The group's hits were split between "Brick House"-like funk songs ("Machine Gun" and ... More >>
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m. The Pageant, (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Saturday, March 25 at 11 p.m. Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard).
Floetry keeps it honest
Week of July 6, 2005
Bleed Like Me (Interscope)
Week of October 13, 2004
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs (RCA)
How Sweet It Is (Womanly Hips/Compendia)
The biggest reason the Rams won't make the playoffs is now the Lions' leading receiver
AOI: Bionix (Tommy Boy)
Bulletproof Wallets (Sony/Epic)
The Argument (Dischord)