What use is all this critical shorthand for psychedelic rock -- itself a shorthand that should be amputated -- when the music, at its best, should send listeners off into contemplation as well as spin them off dancing? "Hazy," "trippy," "gauzy," "spacey," "dreamy," "Hippie," "folkie" -- kill all the ... More >>
This week, Fitz and the Tantrums, Eleni Mandell, Heatsick, Cheap Art and more stop into town. Plan a romantic weekend with yourself or someone else, or just go out every other night this week and stay in to watch Lifetime movies to your heart's content come Cupid's retribution on Friday. Love it or ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Littl ... More >>
So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies across the country -- well, we are no longer affiliated, so that's that. And aside from that, it's business as us ... More >>
Time constraints occasionally preclude us from being able to preview every single great show in town. There's only so many hours in the week, and we have to keep the trains running on time in addition to writing up these recommendational blurbs. That said, a couple of shows early this week warrant y ... More >>
Tony ConradTony Conrad plays this Saturday at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue, 314-531-3442) as part of the New Music Circle. Decades before Sunn O))), Sleep or Lightning Bolt pierced eardrums, Tony Conrad was already building dangerous music from extreme volume and repetition. ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Roy KastenVetiver at Off BroadwayFruit Bats | Vetiver Off Broadway September 19, 2011 Most shows don't change your life; most don't even even rack up a couple of Instagrams on Twitter. Most are bands doing what they're paid to do and giving people what they paid to hear. The exchange can sti ... More >>
Sleepy Kitty's debut full length, Infinity City, had an informal release party last week at the Royale. The band is playing a show tomorrow at Pig Slop with Cowboy Indian Bear and Little Big Bangs. We are introducing a feature, Live and Local, to help introduce St. Louis bands to people who ... More >>
Jon GitchoffCory Chisel at LouFest. More photos from day two here."You guys like sad songs in the sunshine, right?" Cory Chisel asked the crowd before beginning "So Wrong For Me," three songs into the Wandering Sons' late-afternoon set. The song was quiet and acoustic, and it only became swee ... 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 >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and 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' record a ... More >>
[R.E.M. released a deluxe, 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, Murmur, today. The two-disc set contains the original album remastered from original tapes and a live concert bootleg from Larry's Hideaway in Toronto from that era. Co-producer Don Dixon will be on my KDHX radio show on Mo ... More >>
With a new four-CD retrospective, Rhino Records captures the agony and ecstasy of the golden age of Modern English rock.
(Rhino)Control Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-Sides peeks in on a rehearsal for Riders on the Storm and finds out that the (English) Beat goes on for vocalist Dave Wakeling.
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
Friday, July 1; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
We scope out Pinkeye's publicity, chat with Hopesfall and declare a fatwa on A Perfect Circle
The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center relieves social constipation, one ear-splitting roar at a time
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
With three new reissues, the Krautrock innovators finally get the exposure they deserve
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
The Wu-Tang Clan finds strength in numbers
Thursday, March 30; Firehouse