Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually h ... More >>
Has anyone noticed that Johnny Depp is a musician now? Wait, has everyone but me noticed that Johnny Depp has been a musician...always? I mean, aside from his singing in movies that I slept through because I thought it'd be funny to get drunk beforehand. Maybe this is just news to me. See Also: - ... More >>
After sixteen years of growl, music lovers can't help but think of Dropkick Murphys when someone mentions Boston. The band with equal parts swagger and bagpipes is as much a part of the fabric of Beantown as the brownstones that dominate the city. Despite the Murphys' undying love for the Red Sox, S ... More >>
Another weekend of great St. Louis shows: Hot 104.1's Super Jam is this weekend at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and in case you missed it Master P got added to the already stacked bill -- No Limit soldiers, take note. Twangfest also continues this weekend with shows Friday and Saturday at Off Broa ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
9:30 p.m. Friday, December 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Social Distortion. Photo by Jason StoffTaking the stage to 2Pac's "California Love," Social Distortion brought its California hustle and flow to The Pageant Wednesday night and treated the packed house of rowdy punks, jocks, skaters and auto mechanics to almost two hours of unadulterated punk ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Loaded to the Gunwales
RFT freelancer Todd McKenzie posted a few Tumblr observations about the Vintage Vinyl in-store performance from the New Jersey working-man shoegaze band Titus Andronicus. To wit: *Despite a barrage of three noisy guitars, the loudest and most aggressive part of the Titus Andronicus sound has to be ... More >>
The St. Patrick's Day season is officially upon us: Beloved Irish punks Flogging Molly performed at the Pageant last night. And even vocalist Dave King's sore throat (which rendered him rather hoarse) and problems with Matt Hensley's accordion couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the band or the sold-o ... More >>
"Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl) is my favorite holiday tune, tied with "Christmas Wrapping." I think "Fairytale" encourages the highest-quality covers of any seasonal song too. Evidence below. Billy Bragg and Florence and the Machine (via Slicing Up Eyeballs): MP3 ... More >>
Texas Tyson plant cited for unsanitary conditions. (Associated Press)A fifteen-year cheddar to debut. (Wisconsin State Journal)FDA investigation of caffeine added to alcohol might endanger coffee stouts and porters. (Washington Post)Galveston Bay faces severe oyster shortage. (The New York ... More >>
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xmas_tree.svgWell, at least the 24-7 Christmas music didn't start in St. Louis this year until November 1. (Last year, if you remember, it started on October 10, after Movin' 101.1 prepared to flip to sports talk from upbeat music.) But yes, after hip-hop st ... More >>
How We Prospered
Part of the Problem
In this week's paper, there's a long story about punk and hardcore in the Ozarks, titled "Anarchy in the Ozarks." Below find an excerpt from Ben Westhoff's piece that didn't quite make it into the final draft. Check out more information and music at Gabe Harper's blog, Ozark Punk Rock. MP3: Initial ... More >>
MP3: The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York" There really isn't a better Christmas Eve song than this duet between Irish rockers the Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl. Taken from the Pogues' If I Should Fall from Grace with God, the song reminisces about the ghosts and regre ... More >>
Christmas in Love EP
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 2. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City
A co-worker recently gave me a copy of Titus Andronicus' The Airing of Grievances, and enthusiastically described it as, "a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the Pogues being played from the bottom of a well." When I popped it into my CD player I wasn't a huge fan-- too lo-fi and too much scream ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, March 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
"That Great Atomic Power Scared Charlie Louvin More than God" 7"
(self-released)"Saw a Circus" / "I Sang to Heather Nethereye" split 7"
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
www.pogues.com "There enough room in the Escalade for the lot of us?" It may be more customary to watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but it turns out that the Oscars telecast sneaks in some interesting spots as well. In between Helen Mirren's toast to Queen Elizabeth and Forest Whitaker' ... More >>
The Dubliner, 1025 Washington Avenue; 314-421-4300.
9 p.m. Thursday, October 12. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
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B-Sides analyzes the state of the Irish-punk scene, talks jazz and shoes with Jamie Cullum and shows you where to download some primo tunes this week
Unreal uncovers the sordid side of pee lobbyists, learns Chingy's workout habits and gets some golf tips. Plus: Elephants-as-artists!
Gravity's a Bitch (GSL)
Singles Collection Volume 2: 1998-2004 (Hellcat)
Friday, March 25; the Creepy Crawl, 412 North Tucker Boulevard
Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes
Saturday, December 13; Borders Books and Music on Brentwood
Tuesday, September 16; Mississippi Nights
Flogging Molly isn't punk, traditional Irish or rock & roll but all these things at once
The latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas
Husband-and-wife team Puerto Muerto produce a strange and beautiful brainchild
Monday, June 25; Creepy Crawl
Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (Hellcat/Epitaph)
Friday, August 27; Off Broadway
All the news Lafitte to print about Puerto Muerto