Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... More >>
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... 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 >>
MECC's elementary school computer lab classic The Oregon Trail probably taught its users relatively little about American History. The lasting impression the game did leave was the idea that choices have consequences and that, sometimes, bad things just happen, regardless of how well you plan for th ... More >>
In this week's RFT Music feature, we lock children in our conference room for an experimental musical adventure. Would they like terrible "Kidz Bop" covers? Would Raffi appeal to them? Is there any way we could make them sing along to The Clash?
The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>
Taylor Swift played the Scottrade Center Monday and Tuesday night this week, bringing out droves of loyal fans -- complete with the ever-present homemade cardboard signs for their hero. Here are the best signs we saw. Make sure you also check out our review of Monday's show, as well as our complete ... More >>
Taylor Swift | Ed Sheeran Scottrade Center March 18, 2013 When music editor Daniel Hill assigned me to review Taylor Swift's Red tour at Scottrade Center, I assumed I'd have to pull his Bieber shenanigans to live through it. Thousands of screeching teenagers? No Serious-Musicians-In-Capital-Letters ... More >>
By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>
When I found out that Taylor Swift's new album, Red, would be available via Papa John's Pizza delivery, I pretty much had the same thoughts that I had upon hearing the first single off of Red: The fuck? Followed by: Mmmm. Tasty. Modern record labels are working hard to find new ways to get the prod ... More >>
I am reaching the age at which one begins spontaneously to complain about pop music. It's not something I can apologize about, exactly, so much as a change my body is going through--at some point copies of Astro Lounge just started appearing in strange places. So I don't think I'll ever be able to ... 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 >>
Well, I feel vindicated. For years I've been screaming that Taylor Swift is really "a pop powerhouse masquerading as a young country-music heroine" and now I finally have proof. I'm a long-time believer in the the many talents of T-Swizzle. And while her gaggingly adorable IWearMyCoffeeShopOutfitWh ... More >>
Usually Gut Check's morning commute is rife with road rage and angry silence, but today, perhaps because of weather that favors rolling down car windows to blasting the A/C, we switched on the radio. And good grief, thank goodness we did. No, it wasn't the new Taylor Swift song that stilled our bea ... More >>
Music is becoming an increasingly personalized art form. Smart phones are programmed to play a favorite song as a ring tone, or to play a song meant to be associated with specific callers in one's contact list. I can't say for certain, but I have to imagine many husbands have "Ball and Chain" by Soc ... More >>
Allow me to pull my pants up to my nipples before I get started.Ahh. That's better. Now where was I? Oh, yeah. These -- I don't know what you call them -- fun runs? Themed 5Ks? Costumed, sweat-fests? They are what's truly wrong with America. (Yes, worse even than Taylor Swift.) What is it about toda ... More >>
It's fitting that a film about a dystopian free-for-all would include music from the Arcade Fire. This is the group, after all, that composed several songs on Funeral about a world overrun by snow and power outages. But the song that appears in the movie is not from Funeral. It's an original song ... More >>
Davy Jones died Wednesday, leaving behind performances on some of the most memorable pop songs of the 1960s, a surprisingly excellent sitcom, and, for movie-goers and music fans of a certain age, this transcendent power-ballad send-up from The Brady Bunch Movie. He also left behind a warning: Be car ... More >>
Update, 11/21/11: The Civil Wars has officially sold out the Pageant, less than a year after selling out the Old Rock House. Original post follows... Classicist folk band the Civil Wars is coming back to St. Louis. The time off has been good to the duo -- April's show at Old Rock House was a sold ... More >>
Daily RFT didn't get an invite* to Governor Jay Nixon's fundraiser yesterday, but apparently hundreds of other people did.A source in attendance tells Daily RFT that an estimated 600 people arrived last night at the Renaissance Grand downtown to support Nixon in his bid for re-election. David Pea ... More >>
Richard GuatyAnna Wintour eyeballing Nicki's tights. Oh, to peek inside the mind of the Vogue editrix in chief in this moment.Thank science Fashion Week is over. Isn't it just torture? If there's something worse than not being in New York City for the circus that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ... More >>
Photo by Jon GitchoffTaylor Swift | Hunter Hayes | NeedToBreathe Scottrade Center August 14, 2011 Taylor Swift has documented her detractors well: They make frequent appearances in her overtly personal lyrics, most recently in her revenge jam "Mean." The song's music video even finds her t ... More >>
What was that about short skirts? Taylor Swift is that skinny girl who's always whining about how fat she is. She claims to be the nerd that you're likely to overlook. And she'll tell you she's the sweetheart who gets taken advantage of by Big, Bad Men ("Don't you think nineteen's too young/ To b ... More >>
Communing with fans: One of many ways Taylor Swift is a superior pop star.Let's get one thing out of the way: I am not a teenybopper. Never was. As a kid I never liked Grease or New Kids on the Block or Dirty Dancing. Even now, I can't give a crap about your Biebers or your Mileys. And how in ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend. The heat wave's broken and there is no shortage of excuses to leave the house. Including Rum Drum Ramblers' vinyl release at the Gramophone tomorrow night. Stick around for the late show at the same venue for London Calling's five year anniversary party. Taylor Swift ... More >>
courtesy of the artistAmelia White, who will be playing at Off Broadway with Sam Knutson on Sunday, is an enveloping singer and a prolific songwriter (she runs her own small song publishing company and has co-written for artists like Tony Furtado, Anne McCue, Molly Thomas, Stephanie Schneider ... More >>
Interesting tweet from A to Z reader @gcflatt just a bit ago, asking if we had noticed a Bon Jovi show scheduled for May 22 at the Scottrade Center. Believe it or not, this was the first we had heard of it. However, a quick glance at Pollstar appears to confirm a date, and there's also a Tick ... More >>
Months ago, we said that Taylor Swift's 2011 world tour was stopping in St. Louis on August 14, venue to-be-announced. Well, we can now confirm that Swift will be at the Scottrade center on that date -- and on August 13 too. Needtobreathe will open both dates. Tickets are on sale on Friday, F ... More >>
According to Billboard, Taylor Swift's 2011 Speak Now tour includes a date in St. Louis: August 14, at a venue TBA. More details as they're announced! "Mine":
C.Taylor CrothersThe Zac Brown BandBY PHIL FREEMAN Country's hard to define in 2010. The genre includes pop stars (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum), critic-friendly brooders (the morose, arty Jamey Johnson) and grinning, suburbanite showmen (Brad Paisley). And then there are all the indie-rock ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Juliette Commagere's Procession*Juliette Commagere, The Procession Commagere, who's previously provided vocals for Hello Stranger and The Bird and the Bee, ... More >>
So, Katy Perry tweeted the following video at Taylor Swift earlier today. It's a whole treatise on country hip-hop dancing, colloquially known as "cowboy hip-hop." I'm not sure what's better: the new-age flute on the video's soundtrack, the fashion -- spandex bike shorts under jean shorts, classiqu ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, April 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Context is everything. Tell someone you're going to see Prince's band circa the New Power Generation, and the night's cred is through the roof. But tell someone you're going to see the same band - but fronted by teenpop heartthrob Nick Jonas -- and suddenly the show has a very different connotation. ... More >>
I'd be remiss if I didn't point people to our front-of-book feature this week: The RFT's freelancers choosing their favorite music of 2009. Whether waxing ecstatic about concerts and singles or album releases and recording artists (hint: Taylor Swift love!), the writers covered quite a bit of ground ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
According to Pollstar, Lady Gaga and Kanye West's "Fame Kills" tour is set to hit St. Louis on Friday, December 4, at the Scottrade Center. Neither Ticketmaster nor the Scottrade's website has this info yet, so consider it tentative until we do get word. In light of last night's events -- i.e., when ... More >>
Friday, April 24 *Cursive/Gentleman Auction House, Firebird *DragonForce/Cynic, Pop's *Black Joe Lewis (Vintage Vinyl in-store), 3:30 p.m. *Robert Randolph and the Family Band/Black Joe Lewis, Pageant *WASH U's W.I.L.D., featuring the Black Keys, Cool Kids, more *The Cool Kids/Black Spade, Black Lab ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Here are concert announcements for the week of February 24 at clubs around St. Louis! Editor's note: Keep in mind these are generally long-lead shows with national ties or last-minute local things just announced by venues -- not locals-only concerts happening in the far-off future. So don't be offen ... More >>
The appearance we first noted a few weeks ago is now confirmed: Taylor Swift will be appearing at the Scottrade Center on Saturday, April 25. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
[Editor's note, February 18: This show is confirmed! Info here.]According to Taylor Swift's website, the country-pop sensation will be in St. Louis on Saturday, April 25. No venue or other information is available yet, so consider the show tentative. Admit it: Her single "Love Story" is a total gui ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).