2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... More >>
The famous quote about the Velvet Underground -- of which the late Lou Reed was singer and primary songwriter -- is that everyone who heard them went on to form a band. There's no way to prove this: We'd argue that at least half of them became music journalists and/or zine editors. Nonetheless, ther ... More >>
Archdiocese be damned, PrideFest is going to be all kinds of crazy fun this year. Celebrating with new digs at Soldier's Memorial downtown, commitment ceremonies in City Hall, a headlining appearance by Taylor Dayne and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is u ... More >>
In an age when albums are recorded on iPads and digital recording technology offers novices the chance to make albums with crystal clarity, it's refreshing that the new Brainstems album sounds like shit. You wouldn't want the boozy bonhomie of this band to be filtered or cleaned up in any real way - ... More >>
Update: Matt Harnish wins, because we can't resist a local hook. As a side note, I sincerely hope that Adam R. is the person I think it is. Well played, everybody. As much has been said about the Velvet Underground, there will always be more worth talking about. Rob Jovanovic, who wrote the only b ... More >>
Earlier this week, RFT Music celebrated "Country Grammar's" 12th birthday. Here's another reminder of everyone's impending mortality: Lou Reed turns 70 today. The Brooklyn-born rock icon's first seven decades have been, to put it mildly, eventful. He's created some of the most influential - and mos ... 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 >>
This weekend, two world leaders passed. One, North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, is remembered as an eccentric but dangerous dictator, a man who suppressed dissent and kept his people in a perpetual state of war and famine. The other, Vaclav Havel, played a key role in freeing Czechoslovakia from Comm ... More >>
We're guessing you don't really need our help figuring out what to do this weekend. But hey: Everyone's going to be showing tonight's game seven (very much including our show at the Firebird) and you've got to watch it somewhere. As for the other holiday going on this weekend: Halloween fest ... More >>
Eddie Van Halen demonstrates the exact opposite of this idea.The guitar solo has become an integral part of the rock and roll formula, either as a melodic counterpoint to a vocal line or an excuse for showing off. But there's a different kind of solo out there. The kind that, by all technical ... More >>
Black Angels. Photo by Jon Gitchoff. Black Angels/Tone Rodent/Suuns Old Rock House April 22, 2011 Better Than: Timothy Leary's best acid trip. Pity the folks turned away at the door of the Old Rock House last night. It's been four long years since the Black Angels played here, and the band ... More >>
A 1966 Velvet Underground press shot. Moe Tucker is on the bottom right.In April 2009, WALB-TV aired a story about a Tea Party rally in nearby Tifton, Georgia. About two-and-a-half minutes into the feature, one "Maureen Tucker, Tea Party Supporter" was quoted as saying, "I'm furious about the way ... More >>
Todd OwyoungChris Robinson of the Black Crowes. An entire slideshow of photos is right here.Bands tour beyond their expiration date far too often, with the end result that their legacy is tarnished or they become a parody of themselves. The Black Crowes, meanwhile, prefers to go on indefinite ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
8 p.m. Friday, January 29. The Way Out Club, 2525 South Jefferson Avenue.
8 p.m. Friday, March 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
4 p.m. Saturday, October 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
7 p.m. Saturday, September 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
New Line rocks out
Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
9 p.m. Friday, April 20. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Gargoyle on the campus of Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevard).
8 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Sunday, December 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Riot City Blues (Columbia)
9 p.m. Thursday, August 3. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue)
Thursday, December 15; Voo Doo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (Maryland Heights)
Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
We have an intervention for An Angle, talk baseball and Moz with Joe Pernice, and learn some rock rules by which to live
Friday, July 22; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Week of July 6, 2005
Thursday, June 23; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Tuesday, April 26; VooDoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights)
Monday, October 18; the Blue Note
Week of September 12, 2001
Thursday, April 5; Rocket Bar
Saturday, Sept. 11; Cicero's