"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Alexandra ValentiPerhaps 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 WassermanDid your family cook when you were a child? Every day. We have a big family and had to ... More >>
Image viaIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Freelance WhalesIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
So Long Winter
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Birth of the Beast EP
8 p.m. Friday, October 10. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Friday, February 1. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
Sparks fly as So Many Dynamos generates indie buzz.
Gillian Welch just wants to sing that rock & roll.
John Roderick makes lyrical non-sequiturs an art form.
Fabled concert venue Mississippi Nights closes its doors for now.
www.factorybelt.net 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 >>
How much should it cost Internet radio operators like Jim and Wanda Atkinson to satisfy your cravings for streaming rock & roll?
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's make a joyful noise unto the indie-rock gods
B-Sides boogies with a member of ABBA, gets dramatic with Colin Meloy and talks to the funniest NIN fan around
You came, you saw, you voted: the winners of the 2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards
Week of October 13, 2004