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Bands are collections of people. In any such group, some people will be cooler than others. Even in an uncool rock band, there will be cool people. Here are the six coolest members of uncool bands. Cool? Cool. See also: -The Six Best Sloppy Drummers -The Six Best Songs About Murdering A Significant ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship When I was joined in legal holy matrimony with my lovely wife Megan three and a half years ago, we offici ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Most of my favorite bands from high school are reuniting, either for one-off festivals or for total rebir ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. That title may be misleading, so let's clear some things up now: I am mainly speaking to the musicians ou ... More >>
Valentine's Day has come again, meaning you are either celebrating your love life or hating on those who are. The holiday's backlash is the perfect vehicle for emo, the genre that strives on tragedy and melodrama. Here are the six most overwrought emo songs about Valentine's Day. If you have additio ... More >>
Forrester Michael The Get Up Kids The Firebird July 15, 2011 "Remember when we used to play here all the time?" asked Get Up Kids guitarist Jim Suptic before the band moseyed into "Overdue." Its closing line "You're a few years overdue, I spent them waiting here for you" neatly summed up th ... More >>
Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who is finally free to pursue the pop and R&B he's always loved, is coming to St. Louis. His former band's last show here was at the Pageant. His solo career has seen him on tour with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, and he'll be playing Lollapalooza this s ... More >>
Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Summerfest in Milwaukee is more like an epic feel-good concert series. The festival has the same good-natured and down-to-earth vibe of a city fair, packed with tens of thousands of people proud of their city. Make the half-day drive not for a t ... More >>
Sarah RusnakWiz Khalifa mugging with local rapper Yung Ro in March 2011.Light week for announcements while venues finalize their summer schedules, but there are some gems here: Super Jam 4 will blow through Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 12--it's the first St. Louis date for Wiz Khalif ... More >>
The Firebird is currently having a new air conditioner installed and it's coming not a moment too soon as they announced two sure-to-be packed shows today. Kansas City emo heroes The Get Up Kids will play their first date in St. Louis in some time at the 'Bird on July 15, while Portland folk rockers ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
The Get Up KidsToday, the Get Up Kids released its long-awaited new album, There Are Rules. Fans looking for more of the group's heartbroken Midwest emo-rock might be disappointed; the album is full of askew keyboard-pop and ragged post-punk. Anyone who gives Rules a chance, however, is going ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
In this week's paper, Ryan Wasoba chatted with Ultimate Fakebook drummer Eric Melin, to mark the occasion of the band playing at the Firebird on Sunday, December 19. (The Orbz, Dead Girls and the Highway, Companion are also on the bill.) The power-pop cult heroes released a new album, Daydrea ... More >>
Todd OwyoungGerard Way of My Chemical RomanceNear the end of My Chemical Romance's very-sold-out show at the Pageant, the band took a break and left vocalist Gerard Way and touring keyboardist James Dewees alone on the stage. Way, sporting simple black pants, boots and a T-shirt, clasped the ... More >>
Blackpool Lights -- the project featuring drummer Billy Brimblecom and the Get Up Kids' Jim Suptic -- will be doing one of its first shows in years tonight at the Firebird. The Class of '98 opens. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Earlier this week, BPL released a stellar new EP, ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, December 3. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Paradigm AgencyMatt PryorThe Get Up Kids didn't play in St. Louis on its most recent reunion tour. However, members of the band are at least making it to the city in forthcoming weeks: On Friday, December 3, Blackpool Lights (which features guitarist Jim Suptic) is performing at the Firebird. ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
This summer found me getting heavily into 1990s stuff like the Promise Ring and Jawbreaker. The latter's Dear You in particular lived in my car for weeks, and perhaps you might have seen me zooming around the city singing along to "Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault." Anyway, I was beyond stoked to hear th ... More >>