Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands, for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has a ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Most people who meet me learn within about thirty minutes that I'm in a state of constant agony. Not because of some sort of tragic childhood or traumatic physical ailment, but because I have television commercials circa 1987 to 2000 stuck in my head at all times. The word "bucket" triggers the song ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... 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. 1. I saw The Wall this weekend for the first time, at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville. I've always bee ... More >>
Take away the string of No. 1 hits and the millions of dollars that followed, and Scott Weiland's story could have been authored by any number of lapsed Catholics who've struggled with addiction or complicated family and love relationships, to say nothing of those deadly sins. Mostly, though, the ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
At RFT Music, we know that deciding on a band name is not easy. We're here to help. In our series Name This Band, we invite local musicians to answer some questions about their startup groups. Using this information, we will suggest three names. You can vote on your favorite in the comments or sugge ... More >>
Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason StoffNow in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>
It's official. This morning's announcement that Union Tree Review will be covering Marvin Gaye at the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, completes this year's line-up of the two-day show series on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The series finds some St. Louis groups paying ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
Family Arena just announced that Stone Temple Pilots' September 30 show is canceled. Says the venue: Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots today announced that they have re-routed a portion of their upcoming U.S. tour dates. Beginning September 21 in El Paso, TX the band will take a short br ... More >>
Michael Been, vocalist/guitarist for '80s band the Call, apparently died today in Belgium. He was 60. Been is the father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club bassist/vocalist Robert Been (who's also known as Robert Turner), and was working as the band's sound engineer. According to reports from the Pukkel ... More >>
Kings of Leon will show their faces again at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on September 25. 2720 Cherokee *Two Fresh, September 5 *Vibesquad, August 26 America's Center *MBE Music Fest: Doug E. Fresh, Fonzworth Bentley Apop Records *UV Race, September 26 Blueberry Hill *Chuck Berry, Septe ... More >>
Todd OwyoungAlthough Family Arena hasn't yet put this show on its website -- which means, yes, it's still not 100% confirmed -- tour dates swirling around put the reunited Stone Temple Pilots at the venue on September 30. The opener, via an email I just received? Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local act Gaslight Anthem's American SlangVintage Vinyl 1. Drake---Thank Me Later 2. Nas & Damian Marley---Distant Relatives 3. Black Keys---Brothers 4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers---Mojo* 5. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals---Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 6. Gaslight A ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, December 31. Fubar, 3108 Locust.
Picture the dirtiest dive bar you know. Stale cigarette smoke loiters in the air. Hockey or basketball plays on a TV over the bar, which has signs everywhere advertising cheap beer specials. The bartenders always look tired, their skin leathery, their fashion dated. Usually, the dive bar has karao ... More >>
2 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
B-Sides issues emo bands an important memo, weighs in on Pandora's St. Louis band assessment and blings out with the Loop Underground and "Yo! RFT Raps"
Friday, January 23; Savvis Center
Strip-club disc jockeys spin to the beats of different drummers
Wednesday, October 2; UMB Bank Pavilion
Coming to Terms (Pehr)
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau stretches his art by performing not only jazz standards but Brahms, Beethoven, Radiohead and Nick Drake
Inside the mysterious diaries of a music writer