On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious ... More >>
Mystikal has been getting a lot of attention for an interview he did with Rolling Stone recently. In said interview, he mentions that lately he's been listening to James Brown, Sam Cooke, Master P, Ludacris, and Eddie Murphy lately, and is in the midst of working on a new album (recent singles seem ... 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. Let it be known that this is not a reaction to Drew Ailes' polarizing RFT Music article praising the Ma ... More >>
The Mars Volta was a rock band from California, which a place where rock bands are frequently formed. Other rock bands formed in California include Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the band that spawned the Mars Volta, At The Drive-In. At The Drive-In is best known for once having a song ... More >>
Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
You may know that the Coachella festival begins this weekend, in which Indio, California is overtaken with every type of person from hippies to people who like watching bands outside and camping yet deny being hippies. The impressive lineup has a few notably similar acts who may not be rivals but st ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, December 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Avett Brothers - I & Love & You 2. Bottle Rockets - Lean Fo ... More >>
When the Mars Volta unleashed its 2002 debut EP, Tremulant, some critics cheekily tagged the band "Punk Floyd." Given that vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez cut their teeth in the castle-storming emo-core outfit At The Drive-In, it seemed natural that "punk" would the ... More >>
Michael G. Rizzi The Mars Volta is far too weird for its own popularity, but somehow Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and their virtual lazy susan of band members have turned virtuosic, psychedelic prog jams into gold records and a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Nobody is m ... More >>
If Titus Andronicus and the Mars Volta are too tame for your tastes tonight, might I suggest heading to the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center for Caroliner Rainbow, Skarekrau Radio and Spunky Toofers? About the first legendary band, Lemp publicity guru and all-around good dude Charlie J. Moneybags says: ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 8. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Pageant *Bow Wow, Saturday, August 22 *The Mars Volta, Tuesday, September 8 *Ben Folds, Monday, September 28 *Hanson/Hellogoodbye, Thursday, October 1 *Ludo/Meese/Ha Ha Tonka, Thursday, October 22 Firebird *Some Say Leland, Wednesday, August 12 *John Nolan (of Straylight Run), Thursday, August 2 ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Bonnaroo just announced its 2009 lineup -- and like Coachella, it looks pretty strong. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headlining, while Phish is doing two(!) shows. Other notables include Elvis Costello (solo), Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Mars Volta and a bunch more. S ... More >>
Sneak preview of the week: Head over to the MP3 page on mixer Alex Newport's website, where he has a new So Many Dynamos song called "Friendarmy" streaming. It's from the band's forthcoming Vagrant album The Loud Wars, which is still due April 7. In case you didn't realize it, Newport -- who's worke ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, October 25. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
8:30 p.m. Monday, October 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Week of May 31, 2007
The music awards ballot is online! Plus, meet your Best New Artist candidates.
B-Sides traces Mastodon's surprise world domination from Blood Mountain to easy street.
8 p.m. Friday, August 4. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Frances the Mute (Universal/Motown)
Drinking games, zombies, pompadours and fire: the wonderful world of Guitar Wolf
Rising from the runway
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.
White People (Atlantic)
The Garbageman and the Prostitute (GSL)
Week of October 1, 2003
Saul Williams makes music out of language
Wednesday, May 7; Savvis Center
Thursday, March 6; Mississippi Nights