It comes for us all, robbing us of our youth and pushing us closer and closer to the end. It never sleeps or pauses, always relentlessly pressing against us, destroying muscle and shattering bone. A grim and powerful force, it causes us to count our own mortality in a quantifiable way, as if somehow ... More >>
This week, the RFT Music Showcase hits the Grove with more than eighty local bands -- that's a new record! If you haven't yet, grab your tickets via the showcase homepage, and pick up a paper this week to read up about all the performers. Besides that, there are plenty of great shows worth checking ... 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 >>
This week, big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John visit town. In addition, hometown heroes the Urge and Jonathan Toth from Hoth release CDs. For info on these shows and more, including Beers & Cheers and Iris Dement, keep reading after the jump!
Most music fans seemed to greet the news that Paul McCartney would be fronting what appeared to be a reunited Nirvana at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert with a mix of insistent cool-detachment and curiosity. Nirvana fans--at least the ones who use Twitter--greeted the news that Paul McC ... More >>
Ever wondered if Pink Floyd purposefully synced Dark Side of the Moon with the Wizard of Oz? Or if Johnny Cash actually had the Folsom Prison blues? Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz tackle these questions and more in their newest book Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Leg ... More >>
You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>
Davy Jones died Wednesday, leaving behind performances on some of the most memorable pop songs of the 1960s, a surprisingly excellent sitcom, and, for movie-goers and music fans of a certain age, this transcendent power-ballad send-up from The Brady Bunch Movie. He also left behind a warning: Be car ... More >>
Yes, we had some of these in the 1990s. Some of them couldn't even hold a guitar.I am 24 years old. When I was twelve years old, and Napster was a real thing and not a horrifying tale RIAA parents told their RIAA children to get them to clean their plate, I was briefly under the delusion that ... More >>
Good God, no! They're selling Halal food at Ground Zero! The Washington Post sensibly explains to a concerned reader why selling food that adheres to Islamic law in Lower Manhattan isn't threatening.An English professor was forcibly removed from a Manhattan Starbucks because she refused to participa ... More >>
The Welders, back in the dayIn the current issue of the dead-tree RFT, writer Mike Appelstein constructed an oral history of early St. Louis punk band the Welders. The quartet briefly got back together in December to play the reunion show of post-punks Raymilland (who we featured back in Dece ... More >>
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
DMX gets a wake-up call at an airport, and the Pussycat Dolls are more pre-fab than you think. Plus: the debut of St. Louis scene trading cards!
A local music fan starts Broke & Hungry Records, Matador Records gets its videogame on and the debut of "Yo! RFT Raps"
Ten great discs that were, ahem, underserved by the media this year
A guy and his mother dissect U2
Gee whiz, Wally: the Beav talks to Unreal about psoriasis! Plus, we see how the Lou stacks up to Beantown, try to understand the appeal of the Pet Building and administer a Harold Ramis quiz
Bingenheimer and Hickenlooper discuss their rockin' doc, Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Week of January 14, 2004
For Guided by Voices' bibulous frontman, drunken rock & roll is a form of love
Rick Nielsen is not content to pull his old hat tricks anymore
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory
The pundits scoff, but the little girls understand
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sunday, Aug. 20; Galaxy
Sci-fi conventions are where movie stars go to burn brightly one more time
Friday, May 12; Side Door
Street Talk for the week of April 12, 2000
Beatle Bob has been on a one-man dance marathon, bop-bop-bopping all over town. But why?
A-pickin' and a-grinnin' over a new musical discovery
Singer, songwriter and self-promoter Pat Oldani assumes a new alias