I was as surprised as anyone when I clicked online and saw the message: there was a new product from an old favorite, now available for download. Given that this was the first such release since 1991, I wanted to check it out immediately. And indeed, I was not disappointed. There was enough of th ... 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.
Almost one year ago, I crammed my guitar, my xylophone, and myself into a crowded midsize car with half ... More >>
Hey guys, I'm Daniel Hill! Well, sort of. On the computer I'm using, I'm known in techie login terms as "Hillda" at least. Cute nickname, huh? My name's Mabel, and I'm hanging out at Hillda's desk as the new Clubs Editor until somebody around here shows me to a desk of my own. Meanwhile, the real Da ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're working our way through notable runners up in a number of categories.
Naming your band is hard. So hard, in fa ... More >>
The Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St) is a consistent home for loud, interesting, experimental and just generally high-quality music. They've got an exceptional show tomorrow, featuring St. Louis' the Conformists, Transmontane and Kash, who we certainly hadn't heard of. But we've remedied that in t ... More >>
Chris MuetherSince 1996, The Conformists has been making music that has confounded the brain and put terror into the heart. Full of kinetic odd-timing, a calculated exercise in repetition, and disjointed melody, its music remains challenging and fresh. Sure to make any fan of U.S. Maple or Sh ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
Michele Crowe/MTVBehold the three biggest page-view generators of 2011: Tyler the Creator, Rebecca Black, and Kreayshawn. This trio has come to represent the holy trinity of overhype -- with each one famous for dubious reasons, or at the very least, more famous for the wrong things than the r ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
(The Conformists, Spelling Bee and Cheer-Accident -- yes, the post-rockers from Chicago -- will be performing at the Schlafly Tap Room on Friday, April 16. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, check out a studio progress report from the Conformists.)
courtesy of the Conformists
The Conform ... More >>
Last month, the Breeders shot a music video here in town for a song set to appear on a new EP. Just got a press release that the EP has a name: Fate to Fatal, which also happens to be the song featured in said video. The press release has more information about the music on the EP -- and how the ban ... More >>