In this week's RFT Music feature, we lock children in our conference room for an experimental musical adventure. Would they like terrible "Kidz Bop" covers? Would Raffi appeal to them? Is there any way we could make them sing along to The Clash?
A quick search of the Blind Eyes artist page on Facebook will reveal a barely hidden genre-proclamation of "Architecture Rock." The inside joke almost certainly takes a jab at the pool of adjective-genres floating around, but "architecture" feels apt for music that sounds so thoughtfully built. Pop ... More >>
The 2013 RFT Music Awards have come and gone, longtime RFT Music contributor Ryan Wasoba bids the blog adieu and quite frankly, we're at a bit of a loss. Still, here at RFT Music we're looking forward to continually figuring out how to better serve the music community. But first thing's first: Let's ... More >>
As our awesome RFT Music contributor and MC for a day, Allison Babka, put it, "I have an RFT Music Showcase hangover." Many thanks to all the bands that took the time and effort to haul their equipment down to Washington Avenue, everyone involved in making it all possible and of course all the folks ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Most people who meet me learn within about thirty minutes that I'm in a state of constant agony. Not because of some sort of tragic childhood or traumatic physical ailment, but because I have television commercials circa 1987 to 2000 stuck in my head at all times. The word "bucket" triggers the song ... More >>
About ten years after its decline, third wave ska still seems like an oddity in the history of rock and roll. One principal tenant of the genre was the cover song. It was sometimes a formulaic practice, but it continues to be a way for the ska community (yes, such thing exists and its bonds are stro ... More >>
This week's picks feature three rather large (as in a lot of bands) festival-type shows -- four if you count the 90s-fest happening at Verizon on Tuesday. On Friday, STL is the Movement 3 will go down at the Firebird; rappers Tef Poe, A-Game, Vega, Step or Get Left, Domino Effect, and ATG will perfo ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiBangles vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs while singing "Eternal Flame" at the Pageant last night.The Bangles saved its mega-hit, "Walk Like an Egyptian," for the last song of the encore. The three principal members of the Cali group - vocalist/guitarist Susanna Hoffs and sisters ... More >>
The Bangles then. The Go-Go's vs The Bangles at That 80's Club (Friday) On Friday night, the final '80s pop star showdown takes place at Rue 13. Each Friday in April, That '80s Club DJs have pitted the music of two '80s icons against each other, and since the Bangles are due to come to St. Louis ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, November 26. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Liz Linder/myspace.com/thenewcollisions The New Collisions Where: The Gramophone With: Team Relevance Sounds Like: The Boston band specializes in effervescent synthpop full of pitter-pattering beats, zippy keyboards and sassy female vocals. Fans include producer Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Mi ... More >>
The Blind Eyes are Seth Porter, Kevin Schneider and Matt Picker. They are playing on October 17 at Off Broadway with the Safes, Gentleman Auction House, and Beth Bombara. But last weekend, they trekked to the upper Midwest for a few shows. Porter was kind enough to share what happened. Read below! ... More >>
In my Jason McEntire/Sawhorse Studios profile, the studio engineer mentioned he was in an high school incarnation of the St. Louis band Colony, which recorded for a major label in the '90s. McEntire has kept in touch with the band in the ensuing years -- and in fact recently collaborated with Colony ... More >>
An exciting email passed my way this week, news that the catalog of I.R.S. Records -- the label known for bringing R.E.M., the Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and a ton more '80s and '90s acts to the masses -- will be available digitally for the first time. Says the press release:Beginning February 10 and con ... More >>
Why has no one ever alerted me to the presence of this band before? A bunch of 1982 clips from an all-girl band called the Remaindrz just surfaced on YouTube. Think the Go-Go's meets Joan Jett, minus the perky enthusiasm and badass snarls. Or the Runaways, minus the spunky naivete. The interview is ... More >>
And B-Sides catches up with Richard Marx.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
We Are The Pipettes (Memphis Industries)
Catastrophe does indeed bring Rainer Maria closer together.
The Blasters keep the fire and brimstone burning
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
Kiss & Tell (RCA)
Michael Moore goes Bushwhacking in Fahrenheit 9/11
Radar Station retraces its steps through the Riverfront Times Music Showcase
Gregory Popovich's magic
Don't expect Exene Cervenka to drag X quietly into the future
Wednesday, April 2; Galaxy
Sunday, July 1; Riverport Amphitheatre
Wednesday, May 30; Pageant.
Josie doesn't pussyfoot around: You're being brainwashed by pop