The Mountain Goats (Band)

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    September 26, 2014

    Perfect People Releases New Record Saturday at Strange Donuts and Utopia Studios Shows

    In this column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. This Saturday fi ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    International Cassette Store Day To Be Celebrated This Saturday at Music Record Shop

    All hail the lowly cassette. More than just an obsolete format with retro appeal, cassette tapes have historically served an important, almost subversive function. Invented in the 1930s but only hitting market penetration in the 1970s, cassettes were cheap, portable and customizable. At the time, t ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Here's a Weird Video of the Mountain Goats Singing Black Flag Backstage in St. Louis

    North Carolina-based folk-rock band the Mountain Goats is currently gearing up for its first full-band show in a year, as part of Merge Records' 25th anniversary festival that runs from today through this Saturday. In anticipation of the big event, drummer Jon Wurster recently posted a very odd vide ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Mysterious Experimental Music Legend Jandek Comes to St. Louis

    There are two distinct eras to Jandek, an experimental-music project revolving around a Houston, Texas, musician and songwriter who — though it has never been officially confirmed — most people generally agree is named Sterling Smith. The enigmatic performer arrives in St. Louis on Frid ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

    Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Here's Why Jandek Coming to St. Louis is a Really, Really Big Deal

    In case you missed it in this week's show announcements, Houston's Jandek is scheduled to play at St. Louis University's Billiken Club on March 21, 2014. "Rare" doesn't even begin to describe what an event this is.

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    August 8, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Ke$ha's Penis Necklace and Fake-Beyonce's Carrot Addiction

    Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. When you open yourse ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Star Wars Pocky, Cooties and Miley Cyrus' Ass

    Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. After publishing our f ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Mountain Goats at the Old Rock House, 6/20/13: Review, Photos and Setlist

    The Mountain Goats | Baptist Generals Old Rock House June 20, 2013 Well, this was more like it. The last time the Mountain Goats played St. Louis, it was April of 2012 and they appeared at the Gargoyle in front of about 80 people. This wasn't because the Mountain Goats weren't popular - they'd pl ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 17 to 23

    This week's show recommendations include visits from Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Black Flag, and more. Also, be on the look out for the Skin Graft St. Louis Homecoming and a dual release show featuring Humdrum and the latest Tower Groove Records single. Read on for all that and more!

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    April 17, 2013

    Big Boi, The Mountain Goats, Steely Dan, Twangfest 17 and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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 >>

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    March 19, 2013

    The Six Best Shitty-Sounding Records

    Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Please Don't Write A Song About Sandy Hook

    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. Nobody truly knows how to cope with something as disturbing as the Sandy Hook massacre. But please don ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    The Class War Between Food Culture and Music Culture

    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 I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Nobody Cares About the St. Louis Rams: The Song

    Peter Hughes, who now plays bass with the Mountain Goats, had a band called DiskothiQ in the '90s. It was, in Hughes' words, "semi-competent indie-rock with bad singing." Together with his brother Kevin and Kevin Trapp, he released four albums. They have some truly wonderful moments but probably ser ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    The Six Best Songs About Dogs

    Last week we counted down the six best songs about cats. In the name of fairness - and as a continuation of the Nitpick Six Animal Series, here are the six best songs about dogs. Let us know your favorite dog tracks in the comments below. 6. Deerhoof - "Kidz Are So Small" Kidz Are So Small by Deerh ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Fudging The Numbers With Last.Fm

    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. I was thrilled five-ish years ago when I found out about, the music recommendation service that d ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    The Mountain Goats and Water Liars at the Gargoyle, 4/21/12: Review and Setlist

    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 >>

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    April 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: April 20 to 22

    So today is April 20 -- I'm going to tastefully refrain from making a "4:20 woooh weed hell yeah" joke here, as we at RFT Music are all class, baby. You thought it was coming; I know you did. This is the proverbial "zig" when you expected a "zag". Always keep 'em guessing; that's what I always say. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From April 16 to 22

    Ok folks, this week is insane -- the number of excellent shows that did not make the cut for this post could easily fill another, if not for the nagging reality that time is finite. We don't want to short-change you though, so here's the runner-up rundown: Crowbar at Fubar on Monday, Cursive at Off ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Jennifer O'Connor stops at foam 3/19/12

    It's mid-March, which means it's once again time for South by Southwest. A couple of RFT scribes are currently soaking up the atmosphere (read: getting copiously drunk on Shiner Bock), but the rest of us are here in St. Louis, 900 frustrating miles northeast of the action. All we can really do is h ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    November 15, 2011

    Six Indie Rock Songs That Sound Like Christian Rock Songs

    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 >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Kaki King

    8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

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    February 9, 2011

    Eight Songs Less Than Jake Should Cover

    ​Less Than Jake's upcoming February 11 show at Pop's has inspired A to Z to reminisce over the lost art of the ska/punk cover. The beauty is in its simplicity: It's the same song you know and love, just played faster and louder and splattered with horn lines. Less Than Jake has mastered the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, July 30 to August 1, 2010

    ​This weekend's entertainment is a tale of opposites - short plays and towering monsters, psychedelic pop and underground emcees, art from prison inmates and musicals from Broadway stars. Let's see what we've got. Memphis Pencils (Friday)Reviewer Roy Kasten described the Memphis Pencils sound as " ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Memphis Pencils

    9 p.m. Friday, July 30. Foam, 3359 South Jefferson Avenue.

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    June 7, 2010

    Catch Bieber Fever in November -- Justin's Coming to St. Louis

    BIEBER​Justin Bieber makes three-year-olds cry because they love him so much. Justin Bieber's hair is causing a commotion among teenage boys -- although this article warns not to call the style "the Bieber" and that they won't admit to modeling their 'dos after the pop star. Justin Bieber and ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Recap: Record Store Day at Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records, Saturday, June 17

    Dana Smith​As we stood in the slightly elevated perch of Vintage Vinyl's DJ booth, I asked store co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray if Record Store Day was his version of Christmas morning. He thought about it for a second and said, in his inimitable drawl, "You know, I think I like Record Store Day bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Set Tour Dates

    Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard are playing four shows in October, to celebrate the release of their Jack Kerouac-inspired collaboration, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The closest tour date is October 26 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall -- and judging by the band backing the pair, a road trip m ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Outtakes: Chris Stamey of the dB's, on a New Album, Forthcoming Projects

    In this week's paper, Roy Kasten interviews Chris Stamey of the dB's, who will be in town on Sunday playing a few shows with his partner-in-crime, Peter Holsapple. (Read Holsapple's blog. Really.) The first is a free show at 1 p.m. at Euclid Records, for the store's 45 RPM charity series. The second ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2007

    Crowd Control

    John Vanderslice gets by with a little help from his friends both live and in the studio.

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    December 27, 2006

    2006: The Year in Music

    Week of December 28, 2006

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    October 18, 2006

    Climb Ev'ry Mountain

    B-Sides gets lonely with the Mountain Goats and pays the rent with Pet Shop Boys.

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    January 20, 1999