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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
Some facts as I know them at deadline: Two are dead and dozens are injured after a high speed chase along Red River Street. in downtown Austin, Texas last night. After being pulled over by police for a suspected DWI, the vehicle sped off against traffic, crashed through a barricade and plowed throug ... More >>
Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... More >>
The night before Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey returned to St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall, there was a show at a club across town that featured a rock band called the Hold Steady. You've probably heard of them, and you've probably heard about that sold-out show. The words "joy" and "powerful" and ... More >>
The Hold Steady brought its high-energy show to a sold-out Off Broadway on the second night of its 2014 tour on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Opening the show was Tim Barry, former front man of Avail, with his acoustic guitar and rowdy songs. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
With the holidays nigh, it's good to take a look ahead at the potential aftermath. Unwind from the street of Christmas season with some shows this week. Schlafly Beer celebrates its 22nd birthday with a rock show on the big stage upstairs, Jack Buck plays its last show in St. Louis at Apop Records, ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... 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 >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 11. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The Mountain Goats | Water Liars April 21, 2012 The Gargoyle I'm just going to call it now: the most common response to this review will be "I didn't know the Mountain Goats played in St. Louis this weekend." John Darnielle and his crew flew in to play a one-off show on the closing night of Washing ... More >>
Yesterday I watched as two completely disparate things I like a lot for very different reasons collided and were completely satisfying in the process. (This is like getting your chocolate in my peanut butter, and my peanut butter in your chocolate, only the result is one of those still-pretty-good o ... More >>
LouFest 2012 is officially off the ground: Presale tickets for the two-day festival in Forest Park are now available. It's $50 for a two-day pass or $70 if you wait until the regular sale. Last year's presale sold out in two weeks. The third LouFest will be on August 25 and 26 on Forest Park's Cen ... More >>
The so-called fifth Highwayman and living legend Guy Clark brings his 70-year-old self and his outlaw country woes to the Old Rock House February 29, the day the common solar calendar considers leap day. Hold Steady crooner Craig Finn is hitting the road solo, he'll be at Off Broadway on February 10 ... More >>
Ari Picker is as genuine and unfailingly heartfelt as his music would have you believe. His folk orchestra project Lost in the Trees is winsome and soft, but imbued with wrenching emotion and cathartic release. Picker composes symphonic ballads out of pure necessity, to deal with the tragedi ... More >>
LouFest is just over two weeks, and our excitement is reaching unhealthy levels. You already know the headliners: The Roots, TV On The Radio, The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, !!!, Cat Power, etc. The local lineup is impressive as well: Jon Hardy & the Public, Old Lights and Troubadour Dali lead t ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe official LouFest after party, to be held on Saturday, August 27th at the Gramophone, will feature DJ sets from the Roots' Questlove and members of Deerhunter. Advance tickets are $17 and on sale now. St. Louis' DJ Needles and 18andCounting will open the party -- doors op ... More >>
Jason StoffMonotonix at the GargoyleA question posed by someone in the audience at Monotonix last night: "Where are all the grungy St. Louis hipsters?" The girl went on to state her disappointment in the seeming lack of Southside punks in the crowd, but the answer to her query seemed self-evi ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons/Juanma1008Holiday season? What holiday season? The weather says otherwise -- and so does our jam-packed concert calendar. Read the music page for some shows, and go elsewhere for a list of music documentaries at SLIFF, info on the Firebrand Recording Showcase and much, much ... More >>
* = a band coming to town, = a local artistEuclid Records 1. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street 2. Black Keys - Brothers* 3. Jayhawks - The Bunkhouse Album 4. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 5. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
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 >>
Hey, we have photos from Wednesday's Dave Matthews Band show. Check 'em out there! No Hold Steady pics, though, sorry. However, please enjoy this DMB/ALF mash-up instead. Why? Because it's Friday.
Many people consider today a holiday -- it is the home opener for the Cardinals -- but before you head to the ballpark or to work then the ballpark, here's what you missed over the weekend. It was a busy one in St. Louis.Ting-Tings at the PageantTodd OwyoungKatie White of the Ting-Tings on Friday, A ... More >>
Friday, April 3 *The Ting-Tings/DJ Superconductor, Pageant *Rosebuds/Megafaun, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center *Beach House/Raglani, Billiken Club *Goldcure, Way Out Club *Glass Waves, The Gramophone *Tionol, Schlafly Tap Room *Off With Their Heads/Humanoids, Firebird *The Spares, Music Folk *Fresh He ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, the worst possible way to spend a day at SXSW, one that doesn't involve an emergency colonoscopy or a Marnie Stern showcase, and then imagine something even more tedious and despairing, a day of utter humiliation and loathing. And then it really starts to go downhill.I should h ... More >>
Here are concert announcements for the week of February 24 at clubs around St. Louis! Editor's note: Keep in mind these are generally long-lead shows with national ties or last-minute local things just announced by venues -- not locals-only concerts happening in the far-off future. So don't be offen ... More >>
As a native Seattlite (recently transplanted to St. Louis) I've felt quite at home thus far in Chicago. Not only am I at a music festival (it seems like Seattle has about one every other week nowadays), but it's raining -- and a nice soggy Pacific Northwest drizzle at that. Adding to the familiar ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, August 28. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
We Regret Everything (self-released)
The Hi-Pointe closes, but its legacy lives on.
Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947 (SpinArt)