Music, as a largely subjective medium, lends itself to some thought-provoking questions: What is the best concert you have ever seen? Which is the better band: the Rolling Stones or the Beatles? Did the career of Styx really happen? Sometimes, though, the questions are asked in the songs themselves. ... More >>
By Travis Cohen The bands that last, they're the exceptions to the rule. The Geto Boys are that kind of long-lasting, exceptional group. And after 24 years, they're still going strong and they're headed to St. Louis this Sunday to perform at the Coliseum Music Lounge. See Also: Ask Willie D - RFT ... More >>
Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess ... More >>
Ever wondered if Pink Floyd purposefully synced Dark Side of the Moon with the Wizard of Oz? Or if Johnny Cash actually had the Folsom Prison blues? Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz tackle these questions and more in their newest book Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Leg ... More >>
Last week, Battleship, a movie based on the movies based on Transformers and a board game starring a bunch of plastic pegs that really suck to step on by accident and Rihanna, opened to $25 million. This week, Men in Black 3, starring noted pop-rapper Will Smith, will open to significantly more than ... More >>
With music being so subjective, it's no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame emerged over the years as a colossal punching bag. When people disagree over whether Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is dreck or a stroke of genius, no decision is going to be universally loved. The Cleveland instit ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Scottrade Center December 9, 2011 There's something to be said for reinventions and longevity, but as Bob Seger proved on Friday, getting it right the first time is still the best way to go. At 66, Bob Seger is no longer a young man, but he's go ... More >>
November is national Child Safety Protection Month. Part of protecting the young, naturally, is raising awareness of stranger dangers. We do that through warnings about taking candy and rides from unfamiliar people. As kids approach dating age, the advice sometimes includes "Stay away from mu ... More >>
If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>
Jon GitchoffAre the Drive-By Truckers on this list? After looking over the (very helpful) comments to my blogpost asking for the year's best concerts, I started perusing our show review archives. I got as far back as July before the archives ended -- which meant that in the past six months al ... More >>
For many musicians, the lure of the Christmas songbook is hard to resist. Despite the challenge of reworking well-worn (and, in some cases, worn out) songs, each year a few dozen acts try to make something fresh out of these seasonal favorites. This year's crop is heavy on female-fronted pop, ... More >>
The movie Do It Again.The annual St. Louis International Film Festival (that's SLIFF for short) began last night and runs through November 21. As it does every year, SLIFF features a generous selection of music-related documentaries. Here's the rundown. For the RFT's full coverage of the film ... More >>
Axel SchultenDominic MillerNext Wednesday, June 23, Sting will be bringing his Symphonicities tour to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. That's a night featuring nothing but solo songs (and a few Police classics) rendered by a full orchestra. Tickets of varying prices are still available. In ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, September 18. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Artist: Phil Collins Album: No Jacket Required From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1985 Label: Atlantic Records What it sounds like: The 80's Dance Pop Special: A smooth synthesizer groove, with an order of keyboards, drum machines, and horns on the side.
Hats off and kudos to Josh Freese, who has brought the art of personalized albums and name-your-price giveaways and record bells-and-whistles to new heights. The Vandals/ex-NIN drummer is releasing a full-length titled Since 1972 on March 24 (online at joshfreese.com) and in stores (April 14). Like ... More >>
Local musicians and writers weigh in on the Police's legacy in St. Louis -- then and now.
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
Check out our exhaustive recap of Austin's indie-rock fest.
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.
Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens
We tell the Bravery's fortune, decode a rock opera and groan over Sting's intoxicated verbosity
Simon Wells tinkers with his great-grandpa H.G.'s Time Machine
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
WSSM (106.5 FM)
Week of August 29, 2001
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris
Saturday, Feb. 17; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room.
With Snatch, Guy Ritchie once again proves himself the Tarantino of the Thames
Friday, Oct. 20; Savvis Center
Scott Joplin receives a celebratory homecoming with Opera Theatre of St. Louis' revival of Treemonisha
Published the week of March 29
Wednesday, Dec. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 18; Backstage Bistro
A-pickin' and a-grinnin' over a new musical discovery
The ragtime music made famous by St. Louisan Scott Joplin is appreciated more now than it ever was in the entertainer's lifetime
May 5 - 12, 1999
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled