I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
This weekend is still pretty Halloween-y, so don't put that costume away just yet. This weekend, check out some spooky sounds from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, or see some touring acts. Flux Pavilion, Okkervil River and Living Colour are all in town. Keep on reading to get the detai ... More >>
Phil Ramone was not a member of the Ramones. He was also not Phil Spector. He was something in between, a musician who handled the controls for many legendary recordings beginning in the 1960s. Ramone died Saturday of a brain aneurysm at the age of 79. In his honor, here are the six best Phil Ramone ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
Welcome to March, aka insane show season in our fair city of St. Louis. Bands from all over begin to defrost from winter weather and warm up to the road once more, loading up vans and booking mini tours to Austin's South by Southwest fest and beyond. Catch some in the act as they swing through in co ... 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 >>
Please pardon my lack of enthusiasm today; I'm still mourning that crushing playoff-ending defeat our city's beloved Redbirds faced on Friday -- damn those victorious Nationals. Also, Dewey Defeats Truman! Oh, ESPN. There's good shows this week: Smashing Pumpkins plays the Chaifetz on Thursday -- i ... More >>
Saturday dominates this week's post with a commanding 70% of all picks for the week, though it should be noted that one of our picks, the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway, technically takes place on each of the three weekend days, putting Saturday's lead at eight out of twelve -- or 66 an ... More >>
Summerland Tour 2012 Family Arena August 7, 2012 "Everyone here will know at least one song by one band tonight," Art Alexakis, lead singer of Everclear, promised early in the night at last night's Summerland concert at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4200). Alexakis was ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... 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 >>
The sheer longevity of The Simpsons would be impressive if it wasn't so frightening. Consider: A person born on the day of the first non-Tracey Ullman Show episode is now 22 years old. And if characters from the show actually aged, Bart Simpson would be three years away from being able to assume the ... More >>
Katie HovlandJosh Caterer, lead singer and one of the three Caterer brothers in the four-piece Smoking Popes, was compared to his grandparents' crooners while he wrote torch songs like "Need You Around" in his early twenties and sang about fatherhood and adulthood on 2008's Stay Down, the ban ... More >>
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
When we interviewed lead Godfather Peter Coyne, he spoke of possessing a spirit of "revenge." But revenge, though sweet, is not always easy. The band, which recorded its best-known hits in the 1980s, was scheduled to play the first show of its American comeback tour at Off Broadway. However, unsp ... More >>
On Sunday, Motörhead is playing at Pop's with Valient Thorr and Clutch. The show isn't sold out yet. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, the co-directors of a new documentary on Lemmy, titled Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch. That interview is here ... More >>
Word is slowly catching on about last year's Welders seven-inch on BDR Records. Record collectors love mysteries, and certainly the Welders - a band of St. Louis teen girls who recorded a batch of inspired pop-punk gems in the late 1970s, and then sat on them for three decades - were complet ... More >>
"I can't explain why, I just love to get high." When Jay-Z rapped those words on the song "Allure," he probably wasn't talking about knocking back a frothy mug of reindeer piss, subjecting himself to multiple bee stings or huffing spray paint out of a paper bag.The vast majority of drug use ... More >>
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... More >>
[Update! Wednesday 1:22 p.m. The show is Saturday, September 26. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show, on sale Friday, June 25 at 5 p.m. 21-plus only.] A little birdy tells me that the Tom Tom Club will be coming to town at the Old Rock House sometime in September. Show info to be announced. ... More >>
You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III.
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
10 p.m. Friday, June 2. Upstairs Lounge (3131 South Grand Boulevard)
Unreal mingles with true meat-masters, joins the campaign to save CBGB and receives a dispatch from Redbird Nation. Plus, what's Keebler doing handing out roach clips?
Drinking games, zombies, pompadours and fire: the wonderful world of Guitar Wolf
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
Celebrate the Fabulous Fox's 75th anniversary in style and on the cheap
Week of June 30, 2004
Marquee Moon / Adventure (Rhino)
The Donnas put a new spin on the old sex-and-excess glam formula -- and out-Crüe the Crüe in the process
Hey, what's that glowstick doing in the granola? Lake Trout redefines the jam-band label for the electronic age.
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18; Harrah's East Street Casino
Our intrepid reporter attempts to dig out from under an avalanche of newly released CDs
Our intrepid reporter gets herself in a jam
Profiling St. Louis' most ethical band, the Red Squares, sparks an ethical dilemma
Good music from some bad girls, the Donnas