Hip-hop has the ability to respond to the 24-hour news cycle more quickly and more incisively than any other musical from, so it wasn't surprising that MCs both at home and abroad used music to register their feelings after Michael Brown's killing on August 9. It's a safe bet that Ferguson will be r ... More >>
Welcome to Hey DJ, a series that delves into the St. Louis DJing scene. Get to know some local music lovers and their quirks as they fill out our short answer questionnaire, and find out where to catch them around town. Julian Kussman is DJ hobbbz, a decidedly strange misspelling of his childhood f ... More >>
Since breaking out with its debut EP in 2012, which included its ready-made anthem "St. Louis Walk," the Jungle Fire has provided yearly bursts of south-side soul. The band came together as a refuge for punks, band geeks and ska survivors, all operating behind the raspy-but-powerful vocals of James ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Ransom Note Big Soul Tower Groove Records When Ransom Note made its recorded debut two years ago with It's You!, the quintet's mix of soft-rock smoothness and blue-eyed soul made for some fun, easy listening, but you'd be forgiven for not taking the band as a serious endeavor. After all, what were ... More >>
The Isley Brothers | El DeBarge | After 7 Chaiftez Arena September 18, 2011 Things got off to a bit of a rocky start at this weekend's Superstars of Soul concert. Just prior to start time, lines for the box office practically stretched out of the doors, thanks mostly to a number of tickets b ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the artistsKate Middleton and Prince William are getting married in a matter of hours (have you heard about this at all?). You can watch the Royal Wedding via webcam, but let's be honest: Weddings are boring when you're actually there. So we'll take a pass on grainy video f ... 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.) Eric Benet's Lost in Time*Eric Benet, Lost In Time Soultracks.com reviewed Lost in Time, saying "Now, over a decade into his solo career and nearly a decade ... More >>
Twelve producers went head to head last night in front of a packed house at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget for the Red Bull Big Tune nationwide competition. Now in its fourth year, Red Bull Big Tune is the hunt for the one producer that can wow the crowd. Red Bull Photo Files/Carlos CruzThe final two p ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
It has only been seven months since Maxwell last paid a visit to the Scottrade Center, but that didn't stop his fans from coming out in droves last night. Then again, this was no carbon copy of last October's concert; this time, instead of Chrisette Michelle and Common, Maxwell was accompanied by Ji ... More >>
If much of last night's R. Kelly concert at the Fabulous Fox Theatre felt like a victory lap, it's because the man had reason to celebrate. As the show wound down, he acknowledged the elephant in the room: The infamous court case in which Kelly was accused -- and found not guilty -- of fourteen coun ... More >>
Ernie Isley's appearance at Farm Aid was a coup on two fronts: Not only was he the only current St. Louis resident to take the stage, he was the only African-American to headline a set. Indeed, Isley was the only marquee name at the festival that can't be shoe-horned in the broad country-folk-roots ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, August 7, and 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8. Argosy Casino, One Piasa Street, Alton, Illinois.
Artist: Michael Bolton Album: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1988 Label: CBS Records What it sounds like: Sacrilege: The classic Otis Redding song redone "When a Man Loves a Woman"-style.
Artist: Robert Brookins Album: Come To Me From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1987 Label: MCA Records What it sounds like: DeBarge crossed with Bobby Brown doing a Prince imitation. Cheesy '80's R&B at its glorious worst.
Here are ten holiday releases to deck your halls.
8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard).
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Week of August 3, 2005
Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Universal)
Week of May 19, 2004
Saturday, May 22; Fox Theatre
Fly or Die (Virgin)
Our hero hits Nelly's birthday party James Bond-style
What's a little statutory rape between R. Kelly and his fans?
You may be 21, but that doesn't mean you're old enough to imbibe
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
As Yohimbe Brothers, guitarist Vernon Reid and turntablist DJ Logic subvert expectations about genre, race and sexual desire
Sunday, April 14; Fox Theatre
Despite changing fashions and lineup upheavals, the Isley Brothers are still going strong, some 45 years after forming
Friday, Aug. 13; Riverport
St. Louis saxophonist Greg Osby returns from New York to showcase and celebrate the past and future legends of Blue Note Records