By Rae Alexandra As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, even more angry voic ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>
St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>
This week, check out Geto Boys, featuring the author of our recurring column Ask Willie D, check out Ransom Note's CD release show, get a load of the one and only Nine Inch Nails and much more. This Monday's looking pretty gray. Spruce up your week with the following show recommendations.
Today marks the re-release of Nirvana's In Utero. The album recently turned twenty years old and this milestone is being celebrated with the release of a "Super Deluxe Edition." The new edition offers remixes, demos, compilation tracks and rare, previously unreleased tracks, but we wanted to take a ... More >>
In this 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 the Blank. Mic Boshans's ta ... More >>
For Humdrum's latest EP, the band booked time with Steve Albini in his Chicago-based Electrical Audio studio. This fact alone could overwhelm the conversation about the record, but Albini is a famously egalitarian and workmanlike producer. If you book time with him and get on the studio calendar, he ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
9 p.m. Friday, April 13. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue.
9 p.m. Monday, October 17. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
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 >>
9 p.m. Friday, December 3. The Gargoyle, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard, in the Mallinckrodt Center on the campus of Washington University.
(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 >>
Death Is This Communion (Relapse)
Excellent Italian Greyhound (Touch and Go)
Three Hundred (54°40' or Fight!)
The Weirdness (Virgin)
9 p.m. Tuesday, November 7. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois; 618-277-1026
Bang Sugar Bang, Kiss Me Deadly
New label, new album, same old Conformists
December 22; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)
A look at the sophomore efforts from a few local bands
Thursday, May 19; the Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
Monday, February 14; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
We examine conservative rock and learn why you should never throw anything away
Dogs (Touch and Go)
The Living Things were the living end at South by Southwest
The call of Ring, Cicada is persuasive indeed
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
Our Town's radio stations aren't playing much local fare because they're not getting much that's fit to play
Friday, August 9; Rocket Bar
Tuesday, Dec. 18; Pageant