This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... 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. 1. I saw The Wall this weekend for the first time, at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville. I've always bee ... 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. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFT Music poking fun of the modern concept of genre that spawns ph ... More >>
Genres can be handy organizational tools. Without them, we would have to resort to long-winded explanations of every artists or unwarranted comparisons to similar acts. But as genres become more specific, they often become more ridiculous. Here are the six most cringe-inducing genres. Feel free to l ... More >>
Ever since Android and Google were released people seem to have opened up to the idea that every free service the search giant provides them is in fact paid for with a steady stream of personal information they don't realize Google has. With that in mind: The Google Glass Project is an enormous per ... More >>
Kholood EidCraig Finn puts smiles on faces.Craig Finn | Mount Moriah Off Broadway February 10, 2012 People still talk -- and most of them were doing so through all but the quietest numbers last night, but I digress and we're only three words in -- of the one-and-only show by the Hold Steady ... More >>
Most listeners know Craig Finn as the poetic frontman of The Hold Steady. His show Friday at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-773-3363) puts him in a quieter context as he plays songs from his solo debut Clear Heart Full Eyes. From a parking lot in Oklahoma City, Finn spoke to RFT Music about the ... More >>
Probably time to start looking into a permanent camping spot in the parking lot of the Firebird (2706 Olive Street, 314-535-0353). Today the venue announced, among other things, an April 7 show featuring White Denim. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. The Austin band is incredibly difficult to defin ... More >>
LouFest 2012 has a few announcements coming down the pike, and $50 presale passes are already sold out. The festival, entering its third year, will be looking to once again expand slightly, and hopefully the lineup will continue its trend of evolution. We'll be bringing you our 2012 LouFest lineup ... More >>
Craig Finn with the Hold Steady at LouFest this year. Photo by Todd Owyoung.The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is working on a solo album to be released this January. And the attendent tour will take him to St. Louis on February 10, when he will play at Off Broadway. Tickets are $12 and go on sale ... More >>
Image via.A plethora of compelling music has come from indie rock's complicated relationship with Christianity: Sufjan Stevens' folk hymns, David Bazan's tormented crises, the Thermals' blasphemous pop punk. These are the polar opposite of today's contemporary Christian rock, with its overt p ... More >>
LouFest is back. We already told you about this year's steller lineup, which features TV on the Radio, the Roots, Cat Power, Deerhunter, the Hold Steady, and plenty more, including a solid batch of locals. Today, LouFest released its 2011 schedule; you can take a look at that below. You can a ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsLast week, William Shatner unveiled the tracklist to his third studio album, Searching For Major Tom. Regardless of how you feel about the actor or his musical career, it's imperative you look at it right now. The album comprises nineteen covers of mostly space-themed songs l ... More >>
It's FRIDAY, FRIDAY! Gotta get down on FRIDAY! Here's where you can find this weekend's FUN, FUN, FUN and partyin', partyin' (yeah), starting with locals Bikini Acid at Floating Laboratories and ending with Lil' Wayne and a few of his famous friends.
9 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Surprise! Happy Tuesday! LouFest just announced the lineup for the 2011 edition of the festival, which takes place in Forest Park on August 27 and 28. Hip-hop hotshots The Roots, indie darlings TV On the Radio, folkie chanteuse Cat Power, neo-shoegazer Deerhunter, bar-band bros the Hold Stead ... More >>
It's cold. But there are plenty of reasons to leave your warm house this weekend. Seriously. Some ideas are here; other ideas are below. Friday:Egan O'KeefeDesigner Drugs @ 2720 Cherokee Kick the year off right with these NYC DJs, who have entertained at London Calling in the past. With Cor( ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, November 22. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
* = a band coming to town, = signifies a local act Vintage Vinyl 1. NATIONAL---High Violet 2. DEAD WEATHER---Sea Of Cowards 3. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS---Together* 4. OZOMATLI---Fire Away 5. GOGOL BORDELLO---Trans-Continental Hustle* 6. USHER---Raymond V. Raymond 7. CARIBOU---Swim* 8. FLYING LOTU ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
4 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
marqueemag.com/tag/ghostland-observatory/â€‹Few indie bands are as divisive as Ghostland Observatory. For every fan and critic who fawns over its catchy dance punk grooves, there are others who decry tthe band as "robot rock for the flyover states" or, as Pitchfork infamously panned "Daft Punk for f ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews B&E's new CD, Chords to Live By. He has this to say:Chords to Live By is a clever title for B&E's first full-length, but it's a bit misleading: There's only one type of chord this quintet knows, and it's the power chord. The album delivers tw ... More >>
Chords to Live By
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 >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. The Wedge, 442 Bates Street.
Even before the show began, the boys in the Hold Steady had a challenge set before them. The celebrated Brooklyn group, widely considered to be one of the best working bands in indie rock or anywhere else, was booked at Washington University's Gargoyle club, a venue that most post-collegiate show-go ... More >>
(poster by Logan Alexander; original here) The Hold Steady are playing Monday night at the Gargoyle on the campus of Washington University. It's a dry venue, meaning the only drinking patrons ever do there during a show there is in a bathroom stall or out of a water bottle filled with booze.No ... More >>
So, odder bedfellows have existed, but this alleged show is on par with mods vs. rockers and metalheads vs. punks. According to Pollstar and an email I got from Dave Matthews Band's publicist, hipster barflies the Hold Steady are opening for the massively popular frat-rockers at the Verizon Wireless ... More >>
So this is a wee bit late -- sorry, I've been battling a cold since New Year's Day, bah -- but hopefully still relevant: three "discs" worth of 2008 quality music. This is meant to be a companion list to the Top 10 Top 40 songs piece I penned, a way for people to perhaps discover some new bands and/ ... More >>
Some quick show announcements here. First, that Gary Louris/Mark Olson Duck Room show we told you about last week goes on sale on Friday. Tickets are just $15. Second, the Pageant announced a few shows, including:*Drive-By Truckers, on Thursday, February 26. $22 advance, $25 day of show. Will the Ho ... More >>
The Hold Steady is known for its songs about drinking in bars, among other things. So of course the Brooklyn band is playing the Gargoyle on April 6, according to Blurt. Why yes, the NO-BOOZE venue in town. Metrotix link live, buy tickets now.So, who's trekking to Bloomington or Urbana instead? I do ... More >>
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