The Beatles

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    August 26, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From August 26 to September 1

    It's Monday, and we're already daydreaming about how we can stay out all night Sunday and sleep in the next day thanks to Labor Day weekend up ahead. Expend some of that excess energy to be by checking out some shows this week. The English Beat, the Bulletproof Tiger, Slut River and more make stops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Six Best Sloppy Drummers

    Of all rock and roll instruments, drums require the most physical ability and coordination. Sometimes musicians get so preoccupied with the technical aspect, they forgot that drums are also these loud things that sound cool when you hit them. Here are the six best sloppy drummers. Let us know your f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    The Six Best "Hey!"s in Rock and Roll

    No musician puts a "Hey!" in a song for his/herself. "Hey!" is a social cue, an opportunity for engagement between a musician and the audience. It means nothing, but it means the same nothing to all of us and therefore means something, maybe even everything. Woah. Here are the six best "Hey!"s in ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney at the Scottrade Center, 11/11/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    70-year-old Paul McCartney tripped and fell face-first from his piano riser onto the stage at the Scottrade Center. It was halfway through the 35th song of a three hour set. He sprang back up, struck a pose like a cartoon thief caught in a spotlight, strapped on his guitar and started trading solos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    The Six Best YEAHs in Rock & Roll

    A well placed, well delivered "yeah" can mean so much more than just a lazy "yes." Here are the six best YEAAAHs in rock and roll. Let us know your favorites in our comments, yeah? See also: -Six Most Overused Rhymes -The Six Best Effect-Enhanced Guitar Solos -Nitpick Six Archives

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Obscurity Sucks

    There is no conversation about music that is less interesting than one party talking about a band/album/song/genre that the other has never heard of or heard. Obscurity is a necessary evil when dealing with music, particularly for those constantly seeking a new aural thrill. But taking pride in obsc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From June 25 to July 1

    Little-known fact: According to our style guide (the big book of grammatical do's and don'ts that provide the RFT with its immutable styyyyyyle), all band names are to be treated as singular, not plural nouns. For example, when referencing a band such as "The Beatles," we'd write "The Beatles is com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Six Most Overused Rhymes

    You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    The Six Worst Songs On Great Albums

    Even on a quote-unquote perfect album, one song has to be inferior to the others, just as one song has to rule the roost. Such is the yin and yang of nature. Here are the six worst songs on the best albums. 6. Wilco - "Heavy Metal Drummer" from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Heavy Metal Drummer by Wilco on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Twelve-Year Old Youtube Commenters: Your Favorite Music Decade Sucked, Too

    Yes, we had some of these in the 1990s. Some of them couldn't even hold a guitar.​I am 24 years old. When I was twelve years old, and Napster was a real thing and not a horrifying tale RIAA parents told their RIAA children to get them to clean their plate, I was briefly under the delusion that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: August 19-21

    Todd OwyoungThe last time they were here, Blink 182 gave us sex, immature jokes and rock 'n' roll. We're hoping for more of the last one this time. ​This weekend is one for nostalgia. There's the PG-13 excess of the Nickelodeon '90s that comes with a concert fronted by Blink 182 (and shared wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Ten Most Facepalm-Inducing Uses of French in Pop Music: In Honor of Bastille Day

    ​Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Six Cartoon Cooking Lessons That Are Better Than Martha Stewart's

    Because Martha Stewart doesn't have enough shows, she's producing an online cartoon featuring a ten-year-old Martha Stewart. The 26 episodes will be available on AOLKids. Of course, young Martha and her friends cook. Probably better than you. If young Martha and her childhood friends were so un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Ten Things to Do This Weekend: October 8-10

    While our music page has plenty of things to do this weekend, a quick note: The fun./Steel Train/Jarrod Gorbel show at the Firebird is sold out. Hope you bought tickets! Now on to some other options: All weekend: *Soulard Oktoberfest Drink. Listen to Brave Combo, Copper Box and Soulard Blues Band. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Review Photos Setlist: Paul McCartney Defies Age at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Saturday, July 24

    Annie Zaleski​Among other things, the members of the Beatles have taught us that we should never take them for granted. While their (relatively) brief time as being part of the world's biggest band cemented them as musical untouchables, as human beings John, Paul, George and Ringo are (or were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Last Collector Standing: Freezerburn's Ben Stegman on Album Reviews, New Bands and How Consuming Music Has Changed

    (The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Top Sellers At Area Record Stores for 2009

    Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs ​1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>

  • Film

    November 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Photos: Beatles Day at Vintage Vinyl, September 9, 2009

    ​ Paul Friswold summed up Beatles Day at Vintage Vinyl better than I ever could, but I swung by the store in the afternoon a little after 2 p.m. to take some photos of the festivities anyway. What I found was that virtually all of the albums post-Help! -- save for 1969's Yellow Submarine -- we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Revolution 9.9.9: Will New Media Formats Bring the LP and The Beatles into Digital Age?

    Photo by Crabchick via Flickr​Record companies have been dragged kicking and screaming by consumers (and Apple) into the digital age in the last ten years. And predictions are that 2010 will mark a tipping point where music purchased digitally via download will account for more than half of all mu ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2009


    9:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. Café Ventana, 3919 West Pine Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Review Preview: The Bleeding Deacon

    This week I visit the Bleeding Deacon, a South City bar with a surprisingly appealing menu.Damn. My cell phone was at home, charging. I didn't need to make a call, didn't need to take a photo. I needed light, and barring an unexpected nuclear detonation, the faint glow of my phone's screen was the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Vintage Vinyl Sells Rare Punk Seven-Inch LPs on eBay

    While browsing at Vintage Vinyl yesterday, I found out that the store recently bought a collection of records from somebody. This buy was a bit different than others, however. For starters, clerks found a whole ton of old photos of rock stars like Blondie and the Damned just hanging out -- like, qua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2008

    Video: Sharon Jones and Beatle Bob Dance at the Pageant, Friday, December 5

    Sharon Jones brought Beatle Bob up to dance with her on Friday night at the Pageant. Check out some video I shot. Is Sharon a dynamo or what?! Review and photos here. Please also check out this fantastic New York Times article on Daptone Records' Gabriel Roth, which ran in today's paper.

  • Culture

    October 22, 2008

    St. Louis Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene

  • Calendar

    October 15, 2008

    Don't Hide Your Love Away!

    Beatles love is in the air

  • Music

    January 16, 2008


    8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue.

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    November 7, 2007
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    May 31, 2006

    Beat Happenings

    Music news you can use

  • Music

    April 5, 2006

    Nine Black Alps

    Tuesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

  • News

    February 15, 2006

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of February 16, 2006

  • Music

    January 18, 2006

    Pink Spiders

    Thursday, January 19; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • Music

    October 12, 2005

    Super Furry Animals

    Love Kraft (XL/Beggars Group)

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    September 21, 2005


    Week of September 21, 2005

  • Music

    August 24, 2005

    Sit Down!

    A Web site asks Beatle Bob to halt his happy feet

  • Music

    August 3, 2005

    Marjorie Fair

    Thursday, August 4; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

  • Music

    June 1, 2005

    Hype Goggles

    What will the beloved bands of '05 look like when the buzz wears off?

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    December 22, 2004


    Week of December 22, 2004

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    November 24, 2004


    Week of November 24, 2004

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    November 17, 2004


    Week of November 17, 2004

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    September 15, 2004


    Week of September 15, 2004

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    July 14, 2004
  • Music

    June 9, 2004

    Sibling Rivalry

    A brother and sister discuss a brother and sister, plus we take a look at Twangfest

  • Culture

    February 18, 2004

    Fab Film

    Forty years ago, Al Maysles met the Beatles

  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Bluegrass Band

    Cumberland Gap

  • Music

    January 2, 2002

    Paperback Writers

    The latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas

  • Music

    November 28, 2001

    Another Piece of the Rock

    Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory

  • Music

    October 3, 2001

    Edith Frost

    Wonder, Wonder (Drag City)

  • Music

    March 28, 2001

    Hall Pass

    Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    December 2, 1998
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