Photo by Vanessa HeinsRural Alberta Advantage/Loud Huron/Tall Buildings The Firebird Friday, April 22 It was Show vs. the Tornado. Battling through wind, rain, hail and lightning, a good-sized crowd made it out to the Firebird, where Rural Alberta Advantage sang songs about natural disasters ... More >>
Joy Formidible (Wikimedia Commons)Flip a coin: there's no other way to choose which of the excellent shows to attend this weekend. Whether your betting tastes lean toward the Joy Formidable's melodic fuzz from across the pond, or Ha Ha Tonka's Bible-Belt punk from St. Louis' backyard, odds ar ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, April 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Friday, April 22, is shaping up to be one full of hard choices for live-music fans. Rural Alberta Advantage is at the Firebird, the Joy Formidable/the Lonely Forest is at the Luminary Center for the Arts -- and now the Old Rock House is weighing in with a show by the Black Angels. (Suuns is opening. ... More >>
Akron/Family don't just stunt as Michael Gira's marionettes in Angels of Light, the band fight the good fight against piracy by leaking a series of dummy albums prior to the release of their new long player in February. With Delicate Steve at The Billiken Club February 28. BB's Jazz Blues a ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiJohn Douglas of Trashcan SinatrasMarch is always good to St. Louis. If it's not bands coming from SXSW, it's bands going to SXSW -- if not just general spring thaw. The latter seems to be bringing Scotland's Trashcan Sinatras back to St. Louis. According to the band's website, it ... More >>
The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes. Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment op ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Friday, January 8. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Annie ZaleskiRAA at the Billiken Club, 3/31/09The Rural Alberta Advantage should feel right at home tonight at Off Broadway, what with the blustery weather hitting St. Louis today. As its name implies, the trio hails from Canada, and the songs on its debut, Hometowns, involve stories about gr ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 9. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Besides writing for this here blog, I also wrangle copy for the dead-tree edition of the RFT. (We affectionately call it the print blog.) Each week, our freelancers scribble up text on shows that A to Z doesn't always preview or review. Such as the following: *The Fat Possum Big Legal Mess Caravan ... More >>
Electric Six!The Pageant *The Unconscious/The Great Crusades, Monday, December 28 *Memories of Elvis, Saturday, January 9 Off Broadway *Afro Zep, Saturday, November 7 *Frontier Ruckus/Theodore, Sunday, November 15 *The Rural Alberta Advantage/Shaky Hands, Wednesday, December 9 *Funky Butt Brass Band ... More >>
Better Than: Sitting at home, curled up on the couch reading Proust and listening to NPR. The Decemberists have asked a lot of their fans on this tour. Anyone who doesn't like its new album, The Hazards of Love, is out of luck: The first part of the show is a front-to-back performance of the sprawl ... More >>
A few miles away from the Masshysteri-a at the Wedge, The Rural Alberta Advantage played a short but sweet set culled from its 2008 album, Hometowns. (Flickr set; critpick) In front of a small, appreciative crowd, the bass-less trio spun songs about everything from rockslides to running aw ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.