Alarm Will Sound paints electronica with all the colors of an orchestra. By arranging the works of composers like Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton and John Orfe, the ensemble provides a live exploration of classical sound. Alarm Will Sound is a big band, twenty strong, with an emphasis on rhythmic drive ... 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. Last night, I did not attend the greatest concert of my life. Alarm Will Sound, the New York miniature o ... More >>
In this week's print edition, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba discussed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, performing at the Sheldon Concert Hall on March 20. The group will be performing a piece by American composer Steve Reich called "Radio Rewrite," which contains elements inspired by British rock ... 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. Ravi Shankar passed away this week at the age of 92. I can't admit to being a massive fan; by the time ... 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 >>
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. The greatest living composer (Steve Reich) is currently writing a piece based on source material from the ... More >>
"American Pie" is eight and a half minutes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is seventeen. It is not uncommon for a prog track to reach twenty minutes, but it takes a certain breed to break the half-hour barrier. Below is a list of the six best songs over thirty minutes long. Feel free to interject your favorit ... More >>
Sleepy Kitty's debut full length, Infinity City, had an informal release party last week at the Royale. The band is playing a show tomorrow at Pig Slop with Cowboy Indian Bear and Little Big Bangs. We are introducing a feature, Live and Local, to help introduce St. Louis bands to people who ... More >>
US English Who: The new band featuring Brea and James McAnally Where: Bookermusic With Whom: Brad Booker When: Now! What recording: "We are recording 3 EPs in serial format to comprise a full length," says James McAnally. "The first EP, What Frontier, will be released locally on September 3. The oth ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Drive at Natural Bridge Road on the campus of University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Last night's installment of the Urban Alchemy Concert Series at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts had a unifying theme: minimalism. This emerged in the selections by John Cage and Steve Reich; the installment of deconstructed art by Gordon Matta-Clark; composer/vocalist Meredith Monk's deliberate ... More >>
When Nick Jonas put RFT music editor Annie Zaleski on the spot after his Pageant performance to ask her for an in-person critique, he crossed the standardized boundary between music journalist and music maker. I recently had a similar experience with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra violinist Lisa Chon ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsReceived a press release from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra yesterday, trumpeting some good news about revenue and ticket sales as it passes the middle of its season. As compared to the same time last year: Classical revenues are up 6.5% ($3.41m vs. $3.2m) Classical ti ... More >>
The audience present for the 8:30 p.m. Bad Plus set last evening leaned more toward curious observers than diehard fans. It was difficult to suspect the sort of crowd that would take interest in the piano, bass, and drum trio, and even harder to guess what aspect of the group appealed to whom. Some ... More >>
With his spiky, greying mullet, Bob Dylan shades and hotel room drink in a plastic cup, Glenn Branca cuts a mean, iconic hipster figure, a pure punk aesthete who for 30 years has been taking music -- call it rock, call it classical, call it Post-Minimalist, call it Maximalist -- to places the most s ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 4. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
The Saint Louis Symphony is ready to hit the high-tech notes.
Anyone looking to impress a date on the night after Valentine's Day should hie to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Web site and snag tix for tomorrow night's installment of the Portrait Concert Series. The debut performance is tonight, but it's sold out. A few tickets remain for tomorrow, though ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, February 14 and 15. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard).
Week of December 28, 2006
B-Sides gets the skinny on the renovations going on at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, and gets to the bottom of the MetroLink's sound installation.
Wilco's drummer beats a retreat on his solo disc.
The Riverfront Times' performing arts guide
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
Mobile (Nonesuch Records)
You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards
Friday, February 14; Lo
Japanese composer Nobukazu Takemura has released some of the most important experimental electronic music of the past decade
Composer Philip Glass and timpanist Jonathan Haas move the kettledrums to the front of the Powell Hall stage
Jeff Kopp shepherds the homegrown punk, surf and garage music he loves onto a new compilation disc
SLSO artistic adviser Tim Page has come a long way since his film debut at age 12
Composer John Adams airs his "Naive and Sentimental Music" at Powell Hall
25 Years (Nonesuch)
Japanese composer/remix master Nobukazu Takemura transforms the binary babble of skitterish CDs into pure beauty