With nearly 40,000 people setting a new attendance record, it's easy to say that LouFest 2014 was a big success. Now having completed its fifth year, LouFest organizers have figured out a successful blend of established acts and trending bands that brings national attention to St. Louis and keeps co ... More >>
LouFest is one of the Gateway City's most-anticipated music festivals of the year, but it's not all fun and games. Sure, singing along to "Ms. Jackson" with Outkast is pretty rad, and the people-watching can't be beat. But there's an awful lot of waiting at a big festival like this one. Waiting in l ... More >>
LouFest might be a haven for music lovers, but it's also a chance for fashionistas to strut their stuff. At this year's festival, we're finding that high socks, crazy hats, tattoos and flowers everywhere are particularly de rigueur. Heck, sometimes those fancy headbands and bracelets we're seeing ev ... More >>
Jimmy Tebeau, frontman of the Schwag, made his big return to the stage this Saturday at the Pageant, to the delight of the many tie-dyed fans in attendance. Tebeau finished up his prison stint in March of this year. Good behavior and a plea deal got his sentence reduced, and now Tebeau is out of the ... More >>
Slayer came through St. Louis last night, performing at the Pageant with openers (and fellow legends) Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies. Despite some consternation from purists about the band's lineup (senselessly lacking in Lombardo and tragically lacking in Hanneman), Slayer put on an excellent show ... More >>
We've spent the last couple of months introducing you to our favorite music photographers in St. Louis, and now it is time for you to vote for the best of the best. Below you'll see a photo from each of our nine nominees -- yes, nine, not ten. Last year's winner, Todd Owyoung, who was also nominate ... More >>
Australian rock trio Wolfmother performed at the Pageant last night, bringing its psych-influenced hard rock to its loyal fans in St. Louis. We sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the show to capture the highlights. Here are our favorite photos from the night.
Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite con ... More >>
After this soul-crushing winter, St. Louisans are welcoming spring with open arms and trips to the city's free, world-class zoo. The Riverfront Times sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the Saint Louis Zoo for the first weekend of spring to capture animals and humans alike soaking up rays.
Blackened thrash band Skeletonwitch concluded its tenth anniversary tour at the Firebird this Saturday. Hair flew onstage and in the pit as the Athens, Ohio outfit thrashed and celebrated with its eager fans. "St. Louis, thanks for an amazing show! The perfect ending to seven weeks of touring," the ... More >>
St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday with one hot event Tuesday, February 18, on Art Hill in Forest Park. The Burnin' Love Festival, rescheduled from a rainy Valentine's Day, featured music by Pokey Lafarge, "Memories of Elvis" starring Steve Davis, the Royal Rhythm & Blues All Stars, fireworks a ... More >>
Black Francis and the Pixies brought their music to the Peabody Opera House on a frozen Thursday night to an enthusiastic, multi-generational audience. All photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times. See Also: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago talks about touring and life after Kim Deal
The Hold Steady brought its high-energy show to a sold-out Off Broadway on the second night of its 2014 tour on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Opening the show was Tim Barry, former front man of Avail, with his acoustic guitar and rowdy songs. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>
Rapper Chanel West Coast (born Chelsea Chanel Dudley), who rose to prominence through her roles in MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness, performed on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Old Rock House. RFT Music photographer Steve Truesdell was in the house snapping photos of the rapper and ... More >>
Connecticut's MGMT returned to St. Louis last night for a well-received show at the Peabody Opera House. RFT Music photographer Steve Truesdell was in the house with camera in hand to catch the highlights.
St. Louis beer fans once again converged on Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) on Saturday as the brewery staged their first ever Abraxas Day. This year marks the third year Perennial has released the highly acclaimed Mexican chocolate stout, but the first time they made an ... More >>
The Del-Lords, subject of this week's print feature by Roy Kasten, performed on Friday at Off Broadway. It was the band's first visit to St. Louis in 24 years, and found it showcasing its new album, Elvis Club and dusting off old tunes for an enthusiastic audience.
There was so much delicious food at Taste of St. Louis this weekend, we hardly knew where to start. From restaurant row to cooking demonstrations to the Chef Battle Royale, our taste buds were very, very satisfied and we snapped some of the tasty treats for your viewing pleasure. Warning: copious am ... More >>
Little Big Bangs Little Big Bangs littlebigbangs.bandcamp.com One of the harrowing truths of the recent twentieth anniversary celebration/reissue campaign of Nirvana's In Utero (aside from the relentless march of time and the music press' fixation with fundamentally meaningless anniversaries) is th ... More >>
Alabama Shakes' rise to success has certainly been swift and deserved. Just two years ago, the band stood on the stage of the Old Rock House and put on an electrifying set to a half-full room. Anyone in attendance that night walked out of there knowing: a) The band was poised for big things. b) Si ... More >>
Look, RFT Music knows that the National is a great band. We KNOW it. Their music -- the baritone lullaby of Matt Berninger's voice combined with sweet, eerie minor chords -- is what we like to call "bathtub music," a term that surely sounds weird to you but actually is something awesome, considering ... More >>
This weekend the Del McCoury band returned to the Old Rock House for another edition of the Del Yeah! Bluegrass Festival. Barefeet, banjos, and upright basses ruled the Saturday bill, featuring Elemental Shakedown. Whitewater Ramble, Old Salt Union, Del McCoury Band, The Hatrick, Big Sam's Funky Nat ... More >>
On Saturday, which was an unusually beautiful day out for late July, St. Louisans stripped down naked and hopped on their bikes for the annual World Naked Bike Ride. The cyclists rolled through south St. Louis, Soulard, downtown, the Central West End and into the Grove, celebrating the environment, ... More >>
Attention, good people of St. Louis who like the environment, cycling, nudity and body acceptance: The day is finally here! Saturday is the St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride and organizers expect it to be bigger and better than ever. The event is an opportunity for you to strip down -- all the way d ... More >>
Steve TruesdellFans of Pokey LaFarge will be pleased to hear that the hometown boy will be appearing tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. See Also: - Pokey LaFarge Talks New Album, Lineup and Traveling the World - Pokey LaFarge at Casa Loma and Third Man Records HQ, 5/31 ... More >>
Sometimes the best way to celebrate your body is to show it off in front of a bunch of strangers. Such is the thinking behind the latest "Bare As You Dare" forum in St. Louis -- a "body-positive event" that encourages folks to strip down and talk body image, slut shaming and more. Daily RFT was on ... More >>
Can't wait until July 27 to take off your clothes in front of strangers? Fear not! The good people of the World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis -- and other local groups that like to celebrate the unclothed human body -- have got you covered (or, you know, not). Tonight, head to Shameless Grounds (19 ... More >>
Big Muddy Records' annual fish fry took place on Friday, July 5, serving as an excellent start for a beautiful (well mostly) Independence Day weekend. Southwest Watson Sweethearts, Mat Wilson & Little Rachel, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan & His Dried-Up Teardrops, the Hobosexuals, Jack Grelle & the Johnson F ... More >>
There was a lot to celebrate at St. Louis PrideFest this weekend, including the U.S. Supreme Court ruling a few days prior allowing same-sex couples across the country to access federal benefits. The pride festivities also moved downtown for the first-time ever and had a larger turnout than expect ... More >>
Outside the Casa Loma Ballroom at Iowa and Cherokee, storm sirens echoed their eerie warning to the city: "Take shelter immediately," they cautioned. However, roughly one thousand people -- city and county residents alike -- braved sheets of torrential rain and flash-flooded streets to see Pokey LaF ... More >>
Whew! Well that was fun. The rain dried up just in time, the temperatures hovered in the seventies, the people came out in droves, and the bands -- oh the bands. Washington Avenue's regulars didn't know what hit them, as over fifty of our city's finest musical acts brought down house after house for ... More >>
Mark your calendars, cyclists/ environmentalists/ people who enjoy getting nude in public! The folks behind the 2013 World Naked Bike Ride have just announced that the annual ride is set for Saturday, July 27 in St. Louis. With favorable weather -- although, once your naked, a little rain never hurt ... More >>
The rain and cold weather did not stop St. Louis Cinco de Mayo over the weekend -- and the parade was filled with reliably colorful and crazy outfits and sites on Cherokee Street. RFT was on scene to document the food and fun, and for your viewing pleasure this Monday morning, we've collected the ... More >>
See also:WNBR 2012 slideshow part 1WNBR 2012 slideshow part 2WNBR 2012 part 3 (the thrilling conclusion! hint: everyone's still naked). Ah, to feel the wind in your pubic hair. It is a rare treat many enjoyed this weekend at World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis. At least those among us who still have pu ... More >>
On Friday night, the Jagermeister Music Tour -- which features Buckcherry, Hellyeah, All That Remains and the Damned Things -- came to a reopened Pop's. Photographer Steve Truesdell took in the action and brought back a slideshow of photos. A few samples are below.Steve TruesdellHellyeah at Pop's ... More >>
Steve TruesdellWho: LOGOS Where: Sawhorse Studios With: Jason McEntire When: May 2010 What: Additional songs for their forthcoming album When Due Out: TBA, although two new songs, "Mind's Eye" and "Everyday," are up now on MySpace
It wasn't long after former publisher Pam Schneider announced The Vital Voice was ceasing publication until 2010 that news came out about a new publisher taking over the reins at the magazine.St. Louis' only Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgendered magazine held a "coming out" party of sorts Wednesday nig ... More >>
Steve TruesdellMy review of Molly's in Soulard is now available online. Molly's is located at 808 Geyer Avenue. You can view the menu and more at the restaurant's website. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Steve Truesdell takes you into the Molly's kitchen to spy on Molly's ... More >>
Photo: Steve TruesdellThere are two (2) beer steins in this photo. How many more can there be!?The beer steins at Soulard Oktoberfest were everywhere. The liter-sized plastic mugs were so prevalent, you might find yourself trying to count them in our slide show from Saturday night.So here's a fun ... More >>
Photo: Steve TruesdellIt's the beginning of October, and that means it's the season to stand in line outside a building blasting pulsating, industrial music and then paying to have for some creep come up behind you and scream bloody murder. But enough about downtown St. Louis! It's haunted house ... More >>
The long weekend behind us, at least we have a four-day work week ahead. If you missed some of these events over the three-day break, catch up here.The Dandy Warhols at Pop'sPhoto: Steve TruesdellOn Friday night, the Dandy Warhols played at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois. See more photos from Friday's gi ... More >>
REVIEW BY MATTHEW JACKSON Photo: Steve TruesdellMotley Crue last night. See more photos from Crue Fest 2 last night in St. Louis. Let's get right to it: Motley Crue may be tabloid royalty -- from blowjobs to blackouts, is there anything we don't know about Mick, Tommy, Nikki, and Vince? -- bu ... More >>
The What Cheer? Brigade stopped in St. Louis Friday night and played at C.A.M.P. on Cherokee Street and then on the roof of the City Museum around 10 p.m. What Cheer? is a 19-piece self-described "party band, and our sound incorporates elements of the following musical traditions: Bollywood, B ... More >>
Steve TruesdellOK. Let's try this again! My review of Café Lazeez is now available online. Café Lazeez is located at 14248 Manchester Road. Visit the Web site to see the menu and for more information.In this week's restaurant slideshow, photographer Steve Truesdell takes you into the Café Lazeez ... More >>
If you missed St. Louis' PrideFest this weekend, we have a gallery that shows all sides of the parade, posted by photographer Steve Truesdell. Peep the pics here.Photo: Steve TruesdellMore photos here.
Steve TruesdellOK, so summer has arrived with a wallop this year. It sucks. But we can spend the next few months either complaining about how underwear-meltingly hot it is, or we can do what little we can to relieve the misery that is summer in the Midwest.How about a snow cone? I had one just yeste ... More >>
Mandarin Lounge in the CWE hosted the Pride Fest kick-off party last night, sponsored by TheVital Voice magazine. Pride Fest gets going this weekend on South Grand and in Tower Grove Park. Photographer Steve Truesdell was there and has these photos of the party.Photo: Steve TruesdellMore photos her ... More >>
Last night, KDHX held its annual Midwest Mayhem event at the City Museum. See below for photos of the Blind Eyes, Monads, Rum Drum Ramblers and more! Also don't miss shots of burlesque and beer, too. Photo: Steve Truesdell The Blind Eyes. More photos. Photo: Steve T ... More >>