By Michael Corcoran "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, ... More >>
Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>
Of all rock and roll instruments, drums require the most physical ability and coordination. Sometimes musicians get so preoccupied with the technical aspect, they forgot that drums are also these loud things that sound cool when you hit them. Here are the six best sloppy drummers. Let us know your f ... More >>
See Also: Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You By Ian Traas With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was esp ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsKim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth have separated after 27 years of marriage and now the future of the band is unknown. Their record label released this statement last Friday: Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separa ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Monday, October 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The line at Vintage Vinyl. Photo by Chrissy WilmesStill feeling hung over from Record Store Day 2011? You could hardly be blamed: St. Louis' fine purveyors of music were in rare form on Saturday. The beer flowed freely, the live music just kept coming and the lines, as you can see, prove the ... More >>
Jo MccaugheyPokey LaFarge(Editor's note: This weekend, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three is celebrating the release of a seven-inch, "Pack It Up" b/w "Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County." The record is being released by Third Man Records, the label founded by Jack White. In fact, ... More >>
Consider, for a moment, the ways in which Jack White's unseen hand has guided certain events and happenings in St. Louis in the past few weeks. First and foremost was the announcement that hometown heroes Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three would be releasing a White-produced seven-inch on t ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Todd OwyoungJack White playing with the Raconteurs at the Pageant in 2008On Friday, Pokey LaFarge revealed that he and the South City Three have a new seven-inch forthcoming that was produced by Jack White - yes, that Jack White, of the White Stripes, Raconteurs and Third Man Records. Over th ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Chikita Violenta's Tre3s*Chikita Violenta, Tre3s Spin says of Tre3s, "This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue st ... More >>
myspace.com/cagetheelephantCage the Elephant is a quintet, but on Friday night at the Pageant, the group might as well have performed under the name, "Matt Shultz and Friends." Although the vocalist kept the banter to a minimum -- from a "Thank you" here to a "Hey everybody, look at this kid ... More >>
Two tall figures stand mouth to mouth with a lone microphone, each raven-haired and pale in the blue light. Alison Mosshart bores into Jack White, who pretends to watch his hands move on his guitar. Silhouettes and voices melding and retreating, they are towering four-alarm fires, side-by-side, blee ... More >>
The Dead Weather debuts in St. Louis this weekendThe Dead Weather's résumé is stellar: The quartet features White Stripes/Raconteurs figurehead Jack White, Kills vocalist Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and Raconteurs/Greenhornes member Jack Lawrence. Together, the m ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8 p.m. Friday, January 15. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
In the middle of his song "Spit It Out," Brendan Benson declared "for every bubble you blow, I'm gonna pop it." The line offered a pretty good insight into the singer-songwriter's methods. For all his unstoppable power-pop moves and clear-eyed, harmony-enhanced bubblegum tunes, a bittersweet current ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, November 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Ah yes, I hear that Brendan Benson -- the Raconteurs member who has quite a fantastic string of power-pop/'70s rock-leaning solo releases under his name, including this year's My Old Familiar Friend -- will be at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Friday, November 13. The show goes on sale this Friday; t ... More >>
This week, I drove past three prospective bars, and all were far too nice for the likes of me. I was forced to play GPS Bar Roulette, in which I pick the closest bar listed on my TomTom and go with it. Tom delivered me to Cotter's Sports Lounge.I spend a lot of Monday nights in bars, and never hav ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
In this week's Homespun, Christian Schaeffer reviews the Upright Animals' Carnivore City. He had this to say:For its latest EP, the Upright Animals decamped to Blackbird Studio in Nashville, where the disc was recorded and mixed by Vance Powell (who has worked with the Raconteurs, among others). The ... More >>
So this is a wee bit late -- sorry, I've been battling a cold since New Year's Day, bah -- but hopefully still relevant: three "discs" worth of 2008 quality music. This is meant to be a companion list to the Top 10 Top 40 songs piece I penned, a way for people to perhaps discover some new bands and/ ... More >>
Slide Show We have photos from all three days of the fest. Featuring photos of Cat Power, Kanye West, G. Love and Special Sauce, Blues Traveler, Gnarls Barkley, Mark Ronson, Rhymefest, CSS, Electric Touch, Gogol Bordello, Jeff Tweedy, Louis XIV, the Raconteurs, Girl Talk, Perry Farrell, Spank Rock, ... More >>
Co-leading a band is a tricky proposition: How can there be two lead singers? Who gets to stand center-stage? Who does the band introductions? This problem is increased when one of the leaders is in an immensely popular band and the other is a well-kept secret of indie kids and public radio DJs. Som ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, June 12. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
Meet Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville group that carries on punk's young, loud and snotty tradition.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
CD Baby's weird and wacky Missouri musicians, "Yo! RFT Raps" talks to inBox magazine's svengali, and the Raconteurs star in this week's Download