Let's clear up a matter of some confusion. Black Prairie is not a bluegrass band. Neither are Mumford and Sons or the Lumineers or any other group that just happens to have a banjo and just happens to play songs that echo folk melodies and images. What Black Prairie is is a collaborative off-shoot o ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
Hey, Earth. Not sure if you heard, but the 2012 Olympics are happening right now in London. Music is an important part of the overall festivities, although most selections heard during the ceremonies and coverage are catchall motivational songs or hype-up tracks. Okay, a few national anthems too. We ... More >>
In this week's RFT, Senior Music Writer Roy Kasten chronicles the story behind Blind Pilot, a rising Portland folk-pop band touring behind its sophomore album We Are the Tide (produced by Tucker Martine, best known for his work with the Decemberists and Laura Veirs). The band performs at Plush (3224 ... More >>
Image viaAfter a recent lunch at a Chinese hog trough buffet where we were lulled into stupor by the gentle tones of "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" on the sound system and one too many sticks of chicken meat, we've been thinking a lot about music and food. Turns out we're not the only ones. Around the s ... More >>
Decemberists. Photo by Jason StoffThe Decemberists/Justin Townes Earle The Pageant April 27, 2011 Last night Colin Meloy of the Decemberists upended his reputation as a proggy prig with a (mostly) straightforward set of hyper-literate country-rock. Like the band's most recent album The King ... More >>
Photo by Autumn DeWildeJustin Townes Earle and the Decemberists will be at the Pageant tomorrow night. Unfortunately for fans of urban blues and bookish indie, respectively, this sucker is sold out. All hope is not lost, however: We have two tickets to give away. To win, just head over to th ... More >>
For the second year in a row, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be playing the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Pokey and co. will be performing on Saturday, July 30, the same day that the Decemberists headline. (Other acts performing that day include Gillian Welch, Gogol ... More >>
When the Decemberists announced tour dates a few weeks ago, some local fans of the band were a bit grumbly, because the trek didn't include St. Louis. Judging by a new list of tour dates I just received from the band's publicist, however, people might have cause for celebration: The email lis ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Gregg Allman returns with Low Country Blues.*Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues NPR said of Allman's new record, "[It] gets Allman back to the roots he and bro ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, September 17. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The email Gods have shined upon me, to mitigate my disappointment over the lack of Heart at the local Lilith Fair stop: According to a press release I just received, the band is allegedly going to be playing a show in St. Louis on Sunday, August 29. The venue is listed as TBA, so this show should be ... More >>
Last night's Arctic Monkeys show proved the kids still have spirit. This post-punk band from northern England debuted in 2006 with the fastest-selling album in British music history, while band members were still 19 and 20 years old. Four years and two more albums later, the band is cleaned up but s ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, October 16. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University. 20 North Grand Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Twangfest 13 starts tonight at the Pageant with Amy Lavere, Hot Club of Cowtown and Alejandro Escovedo, but the Twangfest eBay Auction, an annual charity event for KDHX Community Media, has been rolling for a week, with many items ending this afternoon. Lots of cool and rare music stuff. Check it ou ... More >>
In recent months, the band Old Lights has cropped up everywhere around town (and beyond): opening for Magnolia Electric Co. in Columbia, playing after the Decemberists in the Halo Bar and tomorrow, opening the Constantines/Crystal Antlers show at the Duck Room. (For good measure, the band is also pl ... More >>
Sorry, this should read: The Decemberists destroy Heart's "Crazy on You" at the Pageant on May 31, 2009. Thanks, user xdipndotx, for taking this amazing high-quality video. Review here.
Better Than: Sitting at home, curled up on the couch reading Proust and listening to NPR. The Decemberists have asked a lot of their fans on this tour. Anyone who doesn't like its new album, The Hazards of Love, is out of luck: The first part of the show is a front-to-back performance of the sprawl ... More >>
Friday, May 29 *Death Vessel/Beth Bombara/Cassie Morgan, Firebird *Loop Underground, featuring Jason and the Beast/Iron Fist Dillusion/Reigning Heir/the 12-6 Movement/Inappropriate Behavior, The Pageant *The Safes/Left Arm/Argonauts, Atomic Cowboy *Devon Allman, The Shanti *Leroy Pierson, BBs Jazz, ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, May 31. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Just got word today that this year's Music Showcase will take place on Sunday, June 7, all day in the Loop. (It won't conflict with the May 31 Decemberists show at the Pageant or Twangfest's June 10-13 dates.) Stay tuned for more details as soon as we know them.
9 p.m. Wednesday, November 12. FUBAR.
8 p.m. Sunday, August 10. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
9 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
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Chasing Locusts (self-released)
8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
John Roderick makes lyrical non-sequiturs an art form.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Week of December 28, 2006
The Crane Wife (Capitol)
8 p.m. Monday, August 14. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street).
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