While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>
Into the Fire, the first release by Australian country-folk duo the Falls, didn't save the romantic relationship of Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin, but it did save their band. It's the best ending one might hope for, for what should have been an utterly doomed endeavor. The six songs -- orig ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
If we take the physicists at their science, then yes, you can get something out of nothing. The cosmos, for starters. Music is another matter. Ex nihilo might be fine for the Big Bang or God or John Cage's " 4'33" - nothing out of nothing -- but if music makes you move, think, feel or dream, it's ne ... More >>
The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which pla ... More >>
In the last couple of weeks St. Louis has had somewhat of an influx of '90s nostalgia acts coming through town. Sponge played Cicero's, Soul Asylum made an appearance at the Old Rock House and Reel Big Fish just played the Pageant. This got us to thinking.... The '80s are remembered musically for t ... More >>
About ten years after its decline, third wave ska still seems like an oddity in the history of rock and roll. One principal tenant of the genre was the cover song. It was sometimes a formulaic practice, but it continues to be a way for the ska community (yes, such thing exists and its bonds are stro ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Summer is upon us! The pools are open, the temperatures are high, and my stomach is still recovering from the barrage of barbecue it was assaulted with over the three-day weekend. Another sign of the season is the increasing number of great shows coming to town; summer tours and outdoor festivals ab ... More >>
As holidays go, Thanksgiving gets the short end of the wishbone. Its musical impact is generally limited to that damn Adam Sandler song. Yet, for anybody who survived the 1990s, one thought comes to mind when plating turkey's fruity companion: "Hey, remember The Cranberries?" We most certainly do. T ... 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 >>
The 2011 RFT Music Showcase is practically here: This Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Washington Avenue. In our continued attempt to prepare you for the madness of 78 music acts in one day, we will be compiling preview tracks from artists playing the showcase; you can listen below. This wil ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the artistsKate Middleton and Prince William are getting married in a matter of hours (have you heard about this at all?). You can watch the Royal Wedding via webcam, but let's be honest: Weddings are boring when you're actually there. So we'll take a pass on grainy video f ... 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.) Beans' End It All*Beans, End It All Spin gave End It All a 7 out of 10 review: "Beans always poses as an abstractionist, freaking motormouth cadences with a se ... 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.) Nightmare*Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare Listen to A7X's new album and check out videos here. *Charlotte, Medusa Groove Charlotte, according to hardrockhide ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe "pretentious record store guy" has long been the bane of the record shop. Despite their wealth of archaic knowledge, music lovers were never sure whether these pompous clerks were an asset or a plague to their shopping experience. Local comic artist and graphic designer Carlos ... More >>
On Wednesday night, steely twang-punks the Union Electric will be holding a release party for their seven-inch-record debut at Off Broadway. Tenement Ruth, Ben Pranger (of the Payola Reserve) and Louisville's Second Story Man are also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $7 for people ... More >>
Psych-rockers Troubadour Dali are celebrating the release of their Bill Racine-mixed album tonight at Off Broadway. Jon Hardy & the Public and the Campfire Club are also on the bill. Check out a new MP3 from the album below! In print this week, I say the LP "captures the band's dreamy psych ... More >>
Any other month of the year you might be called a cheap-skate, penny-pinching tight-wad. But this is December. Being low on expendable funds ostensibly means you've spent your hard-earned money on gifts for loved ones. Stay fly this weekend on a budget and catch the holiday spirit with these suggest ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, December 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Tuesday, February 12. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Week of December 28, 2006
Stlpunk.com, that is, with new owner John Mancuso.
Jan. 5-8; Jazz at the Bistro
A local musician relates how he and his bandmates were chewed up and spat out by the major-label monster
Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 27-30; Backstage Bistro