As our awesome RFT Music contributor and MC for a day, Allison Babka, put it, "I have an RFT Music Showcase hangover." Many thanks to all the bands that took the time and effort to haul their equipment down to Washington Avenue, everyone involved in making it all possible and of course all the folks ... More >>
It's one of those weeks. My laptop broke, my vehicle broke and ultimately, my wallet's broke. Fortunately, some shows will cost a mere $5 to provide some cheer to get over these betrayals by machines (proof that you don't have to break the bank for a good time practically anytime: check out the pri ... 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 >>
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
Attention cheap and poor folks in St. Louis: Four of the ten shows listed here this week won't cost you a dime! Tenacious D at Vintage vinyl (better show up early to ensure entry though -- big band, small venue), David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights playing a more intimate set at Plush, then back ... More >>
As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the metro area number in the th ... More >>
Volcanoes released its debut full-length last week at Apop records. We talked to the duo before that show -- read the interview here. Christian Schaeffer reviewed the record in this week's Homespun. In it, he says, "Across eleven tracks and nearly 40 minutes, the band tries on mutated cheerle ... 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 >>
Todd OwyoungB-52s memorabilia (See a slideshow of the B-52s' performance at the Gateway Arch.) Fair St. Louis is a somewhat unusual venue for artists, especially ones that aren't entirely mainstream. Much of the crowd is simply there to get a good view of the fireworks, and if they're at all ... More >>
sliminny.wordpress.comThe B-52s play for free on SundayFriday, July 2 *311/The Offspring, Verizon Wireless Ampitheater *Whole Wheat Bread/Chase Long beach, Fubar *Mad Titans, Lemmon's *Eric Moeller And The Strummalongs/Equal Squeeze/Andy Hyland, Firebird *Dave Stone Trio, Mangia Italiano *Via ... More >>
It's America's birthday on Sunday, and you know St. Louisans are going to celebrate hard. But if you're not sure what to do this weekend, just walk under the Arch on Saturday morning and stay there. You'll catch Fair St. Louis and performances by John Legend and the B-52s. Across town, there are ... More >>
Due to the Mississippi River's high levels, the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert series, which starts on July 9 with a show by Common, will be moving locations. This weekend's Fair St. Louis shows with John Legend and the B-52s are not affected. The press release we just received: Following exten ... More >>
On Saturday, July 3, B-52s front man Fred Schneider will be doing an in-store signing at Vintage Vinyl starting at 6 p.m. He'll be there to promote the self-titled EP from his new band, the Superions. That synthpop trio is goofy and danceable -- just try to resist smiling during the band's single, " ... More >>
Joseph Cultice/courtesy of S. Carmody PhotographyGary Numan, London, 10/1997, by Joseph CulticeYou've seen photographer Joseph Cultice's work before. Marilyn Manson's iconic Mechanical Animals album cover? That's him. Jonas Brothers' retro Times Square scene on the cover of its 2008 disc, A L ... More >>
Silversun PickupsLA rockers Silversun Pickups, neo-punks Against Me! and rapper/actor Common are set to perform as part of the Live on the Levee concert series this summer, joining previously announced Fair St. Louis entertainment John Legend and the B-52's. The series of shows begins on Frid ... More >>
As a co-worker put it: "How fitting -- the return of the air show and the B-52's." Earlier today, Mayor Slay and Joseph F. Imbs, III, the chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, announced that soul/R&B crooner John Legend and good-time, party-hearty new-wavers the B-52's will be appearin ... More >>
The B-52's are just one act slotted for the HullabaLOUfestOne of the best things about St. Louis is its close proximity to the summer's major music festivals. Not only do we get cool acts stopping here on their way to -- or from -- these events, we're within driving distance to Chicago (Pitch ... More >>
Jon GitchoffThe two Johns: Linnell (left) and Flansburgh. Slideshow here. They Might Be Giants has been playing all of its beloved 1990 album Flood in select cities on its current tour. St. Louis - long one of the most popular markets for the band - had the honor of hearing one of these performance ... More >>
(Welcome to Obscurity Knocks, where every Thursday we'll unearth something good -- but obscure -- we think deserves notice.) MP3: "Susie's Getting Married"Artist: The CucumbersAlbum: The Cucumbers four-song EP Year: 1983Label: Fake Doom RecordsWho were/are they? A band from the New Jersey sub ... More >>
Artist: Full Force Album: Get Busy 1 Time! From: Euclid Records Year: 1986 Label: Columbia Records What it sounds like: The missing link between Big Daddy Kane and Boyz II Men--not quite hip-hop, not quite R&B, not quite jazz, quite horrendous.
So, I started the long Thanksgiving weekend off with the Smashing Pumpkins show and ended it with a strained neck so bad that all I could do was lay on the couch and watch My So-Called Life on DVD. (A suggestion to imbibe some magnesium, found in black beans, spinach and coffee, three things I happe ... More >>
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