Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>
Look, RFT Music knows that the National is a great band. We KNOW it. Their music -- the baritone lullaby of Matt Berninger's voice combined with sweet, eerie minor chords -- is what we like to call "bathtub music," a term that surely sounds weird to you but actually is something awesome, considering ... More >>
The law of unintended consequences is far-reaching. It's easy to see how it applies to things like medication, the environment, and Prohibition, but it also applies to the advances in the computerization of music over the past decade. The proliferation of the use of streaming services such as Spotif ... More >>
If you are a human with access to the news, you are probably sick of hearing about Ohio, the swing state that will likely determine the shape of today's Presidential election. Luckily, Ohio sounds better out of some musician's mouths than it does coming out of Rush Limbaugh's. Here are the six best ... More >>
Sharon Van Etten's journey through the music world included relentless touring, respites on friends' couches and kinship with indie-rock royalty. And now, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's journey is making a stop in St. Louis. Fresh off the release of her third studio album Tramp, Van Et ... More >>
The most recent incarnation of the Grateful Dead experience, Furthur, makes a stop at the Fox Theater this Sunday. The Dead has a cultural and musical legacy which extends well beyond the obvious boundaries of the Jam Band genre and its free-spirited community. Jam bands are typically viewed ... More >>
Nolan ConwayVivian Girls with Black Lips Vintage Vinyl/The Firebird Thursday, April 21 Live music patrons of St. Louis, you had a choice last night: You could have gone to see Arcade Fire and The National play Scottrade Center (and if my Twitter feed is any indication, most people I know did ... More >>
Todd OwyoungArcade Fire/The National Scottrade Center Thursday, April 21 "We're still getting used to this arena-rock thing," Win Butler said last night. "But shit, a room's a room. Let's go!" With that, he and the indie rock juggernaut he fronts launched into "No Cars Go," seven of its eigh ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Anton CorbijnArcade Fire plays its first headlining show in St. Louis this Thursday at the Scottrade Center. The National will open -- both bands are renowned for their live shows. Arcade Fire, in particular, has always seemed too big for whatever venue it's playing, so it will be interestin ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
[Update, 2:45 p.m. February 23: This show just confirmed! It's at the Concert Club at Scottrade Center -- i.e., a smaller sectioned-off version of the venue. Ticket prices are TBA but are on sale March 5 at 11 a.m.!] Well, isn't this interesting: Twitter user @megcat79 just noticed that the N ... More >>
Jason StoffThe National at the Pageant. Click here for more pics from The National.The National was in chatty mood at the Pageant, or perhaps baritone intoner Matt Berninger and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner were just trying to fill the awkward silences between the acts of their rock opera ve ... More >>
Keith KlenowskiThe National. Bryce Dessner is on the far right.Tonight, the National returns to St. Louis for the first time since a (very-sold-out) show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room in June 2007. Owen Pallett - who we interviewed yesterday - is opening. The National is touring behind High V ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
David WaldmanOwen Pallett, performing live.In conversation, composer/violinist/songwriter Owen Pallett is outspoken. This might surprise those familiar with his music - from the serene orchestration on his acclaimed 2010 record, Heartland, and his previous work under the Final Fantasy moniker ... More >>
Jason StoffBottle Rockets kick out the jams. Check out our entire slideshow of LouFest Day One."These are the first musical notes of Loufest!" Brian Henneman crowed, and the members of the Bottle Rockets were off, igniting the first set of St. Louis' inaugural LouFest. The BoRox wasn't on ... More >>
The National illuminates the darkness.