The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in fourteen weeks. That's ... More >>
This month, fans all over the United States have been reliving Beatlemania, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's defining appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Without a doubt, the Beatles majorly changed rock and roll in the early 1960s. Mop-top hair, smart suits, witty wisecracks, three- ... More >>
Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles ushered in a new era in pop music and youth culture when they made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While the four lads from Liverpool were still mostly unknown to Americans in 1964, they were already the most hyped rock and roll band in U.S ... More >>
I'm like a lot of internet-addicted losers out there, meaning that I read a lot about serial killers. Despite admitting that, I'm still not sure where I came up with this concept. Maybe it's because I'm going to the Gathering of the Juggalos for RFT Music in just over a week and I'm trying to mental ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
As a fan of Mad Men, great music cues in TV shows and movies, and every Wings album, I was more than a little disappointed when second wife and hip-things enthusiast Megan was foolish enough to suggest Don Draper, TV's least psychedelic man, start off the Beatles' Revolver by listening to "Tomorrow ... More >>
Beatlemania is arguably the most expansive musical frenzy in modern history, so it's not surprising that places big and small would try to latch on to every bit of the Fab Four's legacy. But it may be a revelation to some that the mania extended to Benton, Illinois, a smallish town located in the L ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
If you'll recall, Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat -- an album to which Beatle Bob contributed -- was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. While Bob wouldn't get an actual Grammy statue if the album won, he would get a certificate. The honor was not me ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob mid-dance moveOf all the earth-shaking changes the age of internet and reality television has brought about, few have been as mystifying, fascinating, and at times, irritating as the 21st century nouveau celebrity -- people who are famous for being famous. Most of ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob: One "herky, jerky, turkey."Thanks to all of you who answered yesterday's contest question: "What three adjectives best describe Beatle Bob's dance moves?"We received some good answers. Unfortunately, we only have two pairs of tix to give away to Beatle Bob's 5000th Sh ... More >>
You know what tomorrow is? It's Beatle Bob's 5000th consecutive day of seeing live shows. To celebrate Bob (a.k.a. Robert Matonis) is hosting a concert tomorrow night at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room featuring his favorite bands, including the The Trip Daddy's, Hudson & the Hoodocats, Devil Ba ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob struts his stuff.On Christmas Eve 1996, St. Louis legend Beatle Bob set out on a mission with no end in sight. His goal? Attend a live-music act every day of his life. Now, 13-and-a-half years later, Beatle Bob is approaching a major milestone: his 5,000th consecutive ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, July 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
A: The Ice Cream Man. Who? Well, as his official bio says, "Ice Cream Man Matt Allen is on a mission to give away half a million free ice creams. To date he's gifted around 400,000 frozen treats whilst traveling the country; hooking up with bands backstage for performances at some of the best US fes ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaNicole Peterson, this week's Last Collector StandingNicole Peterson has worked in many facets of the music industry, including retail at Slackers CD's and Games and (currently) at Suite 100 at the Pageant handling merchandise and ticket sales. After looking through her modest reco ... More >>
The Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of... series is self-explanatory. Each release focuses on making tunes from one rock band palatable enough for the naptime set. Past volumes have featured Metallica, Tool, Beach Boys, Coldplay, the Pixies and the Beatles. However, the latest one to cross my des ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Apop Records: Vivian Girls: Everything Goes Wrong Tortoise: Beacons of Ancesto ... More >>
Earlier this week over at the Daily RFT, Bill Streeter penned a great, thought-provoking post about several issues concerning digital music now. Among other things, he discusses the competing versions of a new digital album -- one dreamed up by Apple and the other dreamed up by the Big 4 major label ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, August 28. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, and Thursday, February 5. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
They had lessons
Vicars and tarts party hard
8 p.m. Friday, October 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
6 p.m. Friday, June 15. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Blvd.
Who will be the 3,765th person to view the trailer for the long-awaited Beatle Bob biopic -- titled Superfan: The Lies, Life and Legend of Beatle Bob -- on the myspace page of the filmmakers, Arammana Productions? Like Mojo Nixon says: That motherfucker is everywhere. -Unreal
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