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    October 13, 2014

    Good News: It's Okay to Like Weezer Again

    "Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Jeff Tweedy, Ginuwine Sing for Unity on Parks & Rec Season Finale

    Hey, did you guys know that Jeff Tweedy was on the season finale of Parks and Recreation last night? I didn't. Wait, that's not quite true -- I heard about it a million months ago but kind of forgot until 40 minutes before the episode aired, and then I got excited and forced a friend to say that I c ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey Talks Baseball, Uncle Tupelo and Trusting Your Friends

    At the end of our talk, Scott McCaughey -- founder of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, once-upon-a-time sideman in R.E.M. and veteran clutch hitter with the Baseball Project -- expresses some disappointment that this interview is even happening at all. "Hey, it's opening day in St. Louis," h ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Meet This City Of Takers, Unhinged and Underrated Rockers

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. When guit ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 30 to October 5

    This week, check out Geto Boys, featuring the author of our recurring column Ask Willie D, check out Ransom Note's CD release show, get a load of the one and only Nine Inch Nails and much more. This Monday's looking pretty gray. Spruce up your week with the following show recommendations.

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    September 16, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis This Week From September 16 to September 22

    This week, look forward to stops in town from touring bands including No Age, Typhoon, Against Me!, Billy Bragg and Black Prairie. An Undercover Weekend 7 takes over the stage at the Firebird, too! Get details on these shows and more in our show recommendations.

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    May 30, 2013
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    April 1, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from April 1 to 7

    Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Radiohead at the Scottrade Center, 3/9/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Radiohead | Other Lives March 9, 2012 Scottrade Center On Feburay 13, 2011, there was nothing much to say about Radiohead. On February 18, there was a new album, The King of Limbs, propelled into the world by its creators with little more than a shrug. There were no interviews, no tour dates, no wo ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Blind Pilot at Plush, 3/2/12: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Blind Pilot | Cataldo Plush March 2, 2012 The crowd had gathered in Midtown to see Blind Pilot, the charming, affable and endlessly melodic folk band from Portland, Oregon whose star has been steadily rising since 2009. But the concert was as much a rock show as it was a proving ground for Plush, t ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    January 24, 2012

    The Six Abandoned Songs Most Worth Reevaluating

    Sometimes we just need to take a break from a song. One can only hear the same words and melody so many times until it loses all meaning, like saying "sandals" or "popcorn" a few dozen times. Unfortunately, some great songs are never revisited -- maybe because of overkill, maybe because of the stigm ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Plush is Ready to Open in Midtown

    Back in October, RFT Music reported that Plush would be opening "next month," which is new-club code for "we'll let you know when we know." Owner Maebelle Reed has been laboring to get the club off the ground for more than two years, but renovating the 40,000 square foot behemoth hasn't been a walk ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Was the Grateful Dead an Indie Rock Godfather? Side by Side Evidence

    ​The most recent incarnation of the Grateful Dead experience, Furthur, makes a stop at the Fox Theater this Sunday. The Dead has a cultural and musical legacy which extends well beyond the obvious boundaries of the Jam Band genre and its free-spirited community. Jam bands are typically viewed ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    The Six Best R.E.M. Non-Singles

    ​When I was in seventh grade, before I knew anything about indie rock or Athens, Georgia, or Reagan-era politics, R.E.M. was my favorite band. I'm certainly not alone; the band was a landmark in many lives for both the music it created and the doors it opened up for young listeners. And like m ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Okkveril River's Top Five Creative Writing Tips

    Alexandra Valenti​Perhaps thanks to singer Will Sheff's creative writing background or its Russian literature-derived band name, Okkervil River wears the tag of "literate rock & roll" more than any other band not named the Decemberists. (Which is silly, since all songwriters are by definition ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    ​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 11, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. It's so good to see people planning ahe ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Boston Spaceships, Fountains of Wayne, Keb Mo: This Week's New Releases

    ​Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including albums from New Jersey's finest power-pop outfit, Fountains of Wayne, indie hybrid Boston Spaceships and blues guitar fixture Keb Mo.

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    July 27, 2011

    Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe, Part 2

    This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Clawson, will be posted tomorrow. Emily Wasserman​Did your family cook when you were a child? Every day. We have a big family and had to ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    The Ten Best Stephen Colbert Musical Moments

    Image via​If there's one thing Stephen Colbert's good at, it's taking huge stories and events and finding a connection to his very favorite thing: Himself. Whether it's a pseudo political campaign, a feigned interest in art, an obsession with his visage on an ice cream pint or a birthday celeb ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Show Announcements: Week of February 10

    image viaThe novelty of chillwave subsided long ago, but Neon Indian's hypnagogic ennui is still compelling two years after the nascent rise and fall of the much-maligned genre. Catch their St. Louis debut on June 8 at The Firebird. ​ Apop Records *Taboo, February 23 2720 Cherokee *Bawn in th ... More >>

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    September 5, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Heart at the Family Arena, Saturday, September 4

    In preparation for this show, I borrowed a copy of The Essential Heart, perhaps the most comprehensive of the band's greatest-hits collections. Listening to it, I was struck anew at its rapid descent from '70s rockers to '80s power-balladeers. Granted, those '80s records were Heart's best sellers - ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Review: Freelance Whales and Peter Wolf Crier Hover and Thrash at Off Broadway, Tuesday, June 8

    Freelance Whales​If not an outright winner, Freelance Whales is certainly a contender for indiest of indie rock bands at this very moment. (That statement is purposefully ambiguous, or meaningless.) Last night at a surprisingly populated Off Broadway, the launchpad excitement for its first vis ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Homespun: Dear Vincent, So Long Winter

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Dear Vincent's EP, So Long Winter. He had this to say: The local quartet Dear Vincent writes tightly constructed folk-rock songs that spin out with the precision and delicacy of a music box's lullaby, albeit with darker overtones. On the band's debu ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Show Review Photos: Flogging Molly and Frank Turner at the Pageant, Wednesday, March 10

    The St. Patrick's Day season is officially upon us: Beloved Irish punks Flogging Molly performed at the Pageant last night. And even vocalist Dave King's sore throat (which rendered him rather hoarse) and problems with Matt Hensley's accordion couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the band or the sold-o ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Homespun: Dear Vincent

    So Long Winter

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    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 >>

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    December 30, 2009
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    December 22, 2009

    The Top Ten St. Louis Concerts of 2009

    We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    Review: Blind Pilot and Old Lights at Off Broadway, Tuesday, August 11

    You don't need to be a sociologist to know when a Happening is taking place. A line of concert-goers snaking outside Off Broadway's door is a good sign. A sold-out show on an unusually busy Tuesday is another one. On a night that featured concerts by Green Day, Diane Birch and Los Campesinos! (and, ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Photos: The Rural Alberta Advantage at the Billiken Club, Tuesday, March 31

    A few miles away from the Masshysteri-a at the Wedge, The Rural Alberta Advantage played a short but sweet set culled from its 2008 album, Hometowns. (Flickr set; critpick) In front of a small, appreciative crowd, the bass-less trio spun songs about everything from rockslides to running aw ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    St. Louis Show Announcements, Week of February 10

    Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pageant *The Decemberists, Sunday, May 31 BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups *Ernie Isley and the St. Louis Allstars, Saturday, March 7 *Bill Lupkin and the Workers, Saturday, March 14 *Chris Duarte Group, Wednesday, March ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Homespun: Jason and the Beast, Birth of the Beast EP

     In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Jason and the Beast's debut EP, Birth of the Beast. He has this to say:Jason Braun fancies himself more of a poet than a rapper; he makes that much clear with the references found on his debut EP's opening track, "The Beast in the Bookhouse." B ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Homespun: Jason and the Beast

    Birth of the Beast EP

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    October 10, 2008
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    October 8, 2008

    Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships

    8 p.m. Friday, October 10. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    January 30, 2008

    Parachute Musical

    9 p.m. Friday, February 1. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    October 17, 2007

    The Ween Abides

    Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.

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    August 22, 2007

    Circuit Breakers

    Sparks fly as So Many Dynamos generates indie buzz.

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    August 8, 2007

    Rock & Roll Revelation

    Gillian Welch just wants to sing that rock & roll.

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    April 4, 2007

    Snuggling up with the Long Winters

    John Roderick makes lyrical non-sequiturs an art form.

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    January 10, 2007

    The Nights Goes Dark

    Fabled concert venue Mississippi Nights closes its doors — for now.

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    January 3, 2007

    Mississippi Nights to Close The end of an era? After months of speculation and rumor, it can finally be said: Mississippi Nights, a concert club favorite since 1979, will close its doors after one last jam session takes place on Friday, January 19. But the popular venue at 914 North First Street may l ... More >>

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    January 3, 2007
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    November 22, 2006

    You Play, They Pay

    How much should it cost Internet radio operators like Jim and Wanda Atkinson to satisfy your cravings for streaming rock & roll?

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    April 26, 2006

    Nuclear Pop Overthrow

    Margot & the Nuclear So and So's make a joyful noise unto the indie-rock gods

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    October 12, 2005

    The Hand that Feeds

    B-Sides boogies with a member of ABBA, gets dramatic with Colin Meloy and talks to the funniest NIN fan around

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    June 15, 2005

    Buffet of Champions

    You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards

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    October 13, 2004

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of October 13, 2004

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