It takes twenty stomps to ascend the white staircase to David Beeman's Native Sound Studio. Only after one navigates a bar in the midst of construction are the stairs visible. Two confused, yet affable builders stare bemused. The bespectacled nods left and says, "You just go up those stairs. Don't t ... More >>
It's one of the perks of this gig that, sometimes, Record Store Day comes a little bit early. The Vinyl Fairy has been making stops at my doorstep and leaving advances of this weekend's local wax offerings, which are every bit as exciting as, oh, the 1,000-quantity Todd Rundgren picture discs (or wh ... More >>
Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. Originally begun in 2008 as a way to pull music fans away from their computers and back into the already-dwindling brick-and-mortar shops, Record Store Day has grown larger with each passing ... More >>
In this week's RFT, Senior Writer Roy Kasten tells the story of Dave Anderson, owner/operator of Tritone Guitars, a music community-focused repair shop (and teaching and session-work business) in St. Louis. Anderson currently plays guitar (and mandolin, banjo and pedal steel) with Tenement Ruth, Mag ... More >>
After three years of shows and an equally accumulating number of seven-inches, St. Louis folk rock group the Union Electric releases its first full length CD Time is Gold. Members Tim Rakel, Glenn Burleigh, Melinda Cooper and Mic Boshans are more than just St. Louis music veterans; they are staples ... 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 >>
The 2012 RFT Music Showcase is two weeks away, on June 2. And here it is: 5 blocks, 14 stages, 74 bands and artists. Ten bucks gets you all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. And hey: At least for now, the forecast calls for an incredibly pleasant high of 89 degree ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... 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 with which you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
When David Anderson isn't busy leading local psych-folk quartet Tenement Ruth his his wife Melissa, he can be found on stages and in studios around town as an in-demand session player, and he's lent his fiery lead work to bands like Magnolia Summer, Grace Basement, Old Lights and others. But in the ... More >>
This was the first week of torrential show announcements for 2012, and we've got a weekend to match. The Civil Wars play a sold-out Pageant on Sunday, Eric Johnson's at Old Rock House and you're forgiven for missing Emperor X at the Billiken Club -- he's playing the Firebird this weekend. On the loc ... More >>
Happy Capitalism Celebration day! This weekend is as packed as your small intestine. First things first: shopping. Friday This year, ditch the evil big box stores in favor of supporting local art and business. You will not get $200 off a 87-inch flat screen TV, but you will find beer and Beryl, th ... More >>
Harry Nilsson, one of the very few things all four Beatles agreed on and a singer of nearly unparalleled talent, will get the tribute treatment at Off Broadway on November 26th. What Is The Point? A Tribute To Harry Nilsson will feature Nilsson sets from Theodore, Ransom Note, Edward Burch, John Kra ... More >>
Image viaAn Under Cover Weekend, where local bands play sets as famous bands of their choosing, will have its five year anniversary this September. This thing is consistently awesome, and for the first time, any St. Louis bands can apply via this handy-dandy online form, which opened this mor ... More >>
The cover of the albumTonight in the Ballroom at the Sheldon, the May Day Orchestra is releasing its new album, Ota Benga. The second "folk opera" in its catalog, Benga is about a "pygmy who was taken from the Belgian colony in the Congo in the early 1900s and brought to the World's Fair in S ... More >>
Night two of An Under Cover Weekend featured a little something for everyone, a nice reminder of another one of the event's benefits: the ability to bring disparate crowds together. Most of this diverse crowd was still filtering in during Samuriot's opening set as third-wave ska legends Reel Big Fi ... More >>
image via1. Dogtown Street Musicians FestivalThis weekend marks the first ever Dogtown Street Musicians Festival. Located between the 1200 - 1300 block of Tamm, this event will run Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2. Funk Fest 5Go get funked up at Broadway Oyster Bar Saturday night, starting at ... More >>
myspace.com/prairierehabOn Friday, August 13, at the Schlafly Tap Room, Morgan Nusbaum (The 75s/Bruiser Queen), Tenement Ruth and Prairie Rehab are playing a free show. The latter is the new group formed by the members of the Linemen, sans singer Kevin Butterfield. Prairie Rehab's sound is ce ... More >>
An Under Cover Weekend, that annual gathering of local bands "becoming" another act is again happening this year over two weekends: September 10 and 11, and September 17. All shows are at the Firebird. The list of bands performing is below -- although who each act is covering is still a big secret. ... More >>
On her blog, Wormwood Scrubs vocalist and keyboardist Larissa Rook lists her occupation as survivor. That's in addition to being a musician, farmer, fiber artist, children's book author and photographer. Right now, she's forced to focus on the survivor gig. Since 2002, Rook has battled brea ... More >>
Friday, April 16 *Ben Folds/Matt Pond PA, Chaifetz Arena *Flobots, Webster University *Mint Condition, The Pageant *Cheer-Accident/Conformists/Spelling Bee, Schlafly Tap Room *The Sparkle Rainbow Sunshine Jamboree Benefit, featuring Fattback, Red Headed Strangers, Peck of Dirt, Theodore, Magic City, ... More >>
REVIEW BY JASON TOON On pedigree alone, the Union Electric is an intriguing proposition. Singer/guitarist/banjo-picker Tim Rakehell spent several years (and several releases) leading Bad Folk through the darkest backwoods of acoustic Americana, sometimes as the band's only member. Guitarist Glenn B ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, October 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The May Day Orchestra dropped me a line a few weeks ago to report that it's penned another "folk opera" and plans to debut it on Friday, October 30, at the Black Bear Bakery. Details! The first May Day Orchestra project concerned Lucy Parsons and the anarchist labor leaders of Chicago in the 1880s. ... More >>
Friday, September 11 *Jumbling Towers/Hibernauts/Music Video/Exercise, Firebird *Michelle Shocked, Off Broadway *Pitbull, Home Nightclub *Nite Owl, Vintage Vinyl (night) *Sick Puppies/Hurt, The Pageant *Northwoods (CD release), The Chapel *Campfire Club, Lemmons *Diesel Island, Riddles *Locke N Load ... More >>
Well, this week went by quickly. (Thank you, Labor Day!) If while checking your online banking statement, you realize you might have gone overboard with the spending last weekend, here's your opportunity for redemption: Have fun this weekend on a budget. All the following events cost less than $10 - ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
A bit late, but below the jump you'll find links to as many blogposts we've run with MP3s -- and the occasional MySpace page and embedded tune -- of each nominated band. Whew. Chime in with any URLs that have tunes in the comments, of course. I think I have everyone. The music showcase blurbs/infor ... More >>
Just before we adjourned for the three-day weekend, I received the lineup/schedule for this year's RFT Music Showcase, on Sunday, June 7. Here's the full list of nominees -- and don't forget to vote for your faves! And if you have any complaints/gripes -- I don't want to hear them, because I didn't ... More >>
Here are the nominees for this year's music showcase. Enjoy 'em after this year's poster, courtesy of the amazing Tom Huck.
4 p.m. Saturday, August 25. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.