There are only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what ... More >>
Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>
Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... 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 >>
Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes Part Four: Bo & the Locomotive, Rockwell Knuckles, Dubb Nubb and Palace Part Five: Sl ... More >>
It's official. This morning's announcement that Union Tree Review will be covering Marvin Gaye at the fifth annual An Under Cover Weekend, completes this year's line-up of the two-day show series on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. The series finds some St. Louis groups paying ... 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 >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Acid House Kings' Music Sounds Better With You*Acid House Kings, Music Sounds Better With You TheLineofBestFit reviewed Music Sounds Better With You: "This ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsFor many people, today is a drinking holiday -- whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or reveling at SXSW. It's also a day to let loose those vocal cords, with these stellar drunk sing-along songs. Whether fun, maudlin or cheese-tastic, these ten songs are among the be ... More >>
We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... More >>
Who says December is sparse for shows? Not St. Louis -- not tonight! ACBs/The Breaks/The Noise FM/The Blind Eyes/Russell Bliss @ Cicero's It's a Midwest pop rumble at Cicero's, when KC power-pop experts the ACBs and Chicago, er, noisemakers the Noise FM join locals the Blind Eyes, the Breaks and Ru ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungJulian Casablancas last night on the Pageant stage. See more photos from last night's Julian Casablancas show at the Pageant.Is it a bad thing when the hardest-rocking highlight of your show is a cover of a Saturday Night Live skit? Julian Casablancas may have been (and may ... More >>
At the Pageant tonight, Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas will be headlining as a solo artist, in support of his electro-tinged album Phrazes for the Young. In this week's paper, Katie Moulton interviewed Casablancas; the two discussed fatherhood, his musical direction and what to expect fr ... More >>
A reunited Soundgarden headlines Lollapalooza Lollapalooza announced its 2010 lineup this morning, after building suspense with a Wheel of Fortune-style puzzle game revealing clues about the performers. As expected, the headliners are a reunited Soundgarden, Lady Gaga, Green Day, the Strokes, ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, September 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Throwing Knives EP
9 p.m. Saturday, January 3. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
9 p.m. Saturday, November 22. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
The RFT staff was just sitting around the cubicle chewing the fat frites and perusing this week's concert listings when this one caught our eye: War: Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. Soldiers Memorial War at Soldiers Memorial -- how more apt an artist/venue matchup could there be? Well, plenty, when you thi ... More >>
One's Not Enough
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 28. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III.
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9 p.m. Tuesday, August 8. Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Avenue)
Wednesday, April 12, at 8:30 p.m. Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
First Impressions of Earth (RCA)
Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope)
The Arch moves us
Tracks offers comfort to Ensure-swilling music fans
Saturday, July 26; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Thursday, March 27; the Gargoyle (on the campus of Washington University)
Wednesday, April 2; Galaxy
Thursday, July 11; Rocket Bar
The Eyeball of Hell (Scat Records)
Is This It? (RCA)