By Tom Murphy In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Firebird this Saturday, October 18, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circula ... More >>
Sunday thunderstorms kept us from getting into anymore trouble for the remainder of the week, but hey -- it's Monday! It's a new week rife with opportunities to see some shows. See some top-notch working musicians like Roland Johnson and Dave Stone in action, or catch some touring acts like John Ful ... More >>
I, Ryan James Wasoba, hereby announce that, after over a year and a half of weekly contributions, the end of my Nitpick Six column is upon us. As such, it's bucket list time. This space is usually reserved for microscopic aspects of music, but now let's go big. These are the six sweetest riffs of ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
After sixteen years of growl, music lovers can't help but think of Dropkick Murphys when someone mentions Boston. The band with equal parts swagger and bagpipes is as much a part of the fabric of Beantown as the brownstones that dominate the city. Despite the Murphys' undying love for the Red Sox, S ... More >>
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
The Vondrukes, winner of the RFT's Best Country Band (Alternative) in 2011, just released a full length called Runaway, Goodbye Love. The album is the subject of this week's Homespun column, and in it Christian Schaeffer applauds the band's overall feel: "Fans of good-natured alt-country can ... More >>
Lookout! Records officially shut down this month, which is not shocking news to anybody familiar with the long-running punk rock label. The company's financial struggles were well known to the public, and since 2006 it has only stayed in business to keep up its back catalog. In honor of the i ... 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 >>
There's no precise way to define a sweet guitar riff, much less a criteria for such categorization. A sweet riff is, like love or God or truly excellent barbecue, something only realized upon experience. This, the second year of the second decade of the twenty first decade of the modern calen ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The Firebird. 2706 Olive Street.
Congrats to St. Louis native/Guns 'n Roses member Richard Fortus, who will be filling in for guitarist Vivian Campbell in Thin Lizzy this summer. (Campbell is also in Def Leppard, and that band has a busy summer touring schedule set, including a date in St. Louis with Heart on August 10.) According ... More >>
Todd OwyoungIt may have been Mardi Gras in Soulard, but Saturday night in University City, you would have assumed St. Patrick's Day showed up a little early. Covered in green, Mardi Gras beads and Guinness-infused grins, thousands shuffled into the Pageant to take in the beloved Boston punker ... More >>
Todd OwyoungGerard Way of My Chemical RomanceNear the end of My Chemical Romance's very-sold-out show at the Pageant, the band took a break and left vocalist Gerard Way and touring keyboardist James Dewees alone on the stage. Way, sporting simple black pants, boots and a T-shirt, clasped the ... More >>
Loaded to the Gunwales
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Tilts' debut EP, Cassingle. He had this to say: Fronted by ex-Riddle of Steel frontman Andrew Elstner and bolstered by a few ex-members of Shame Club, the band plays ballsy riff-rock that sounded as good now as when T. Rex did it. But instead of mel ... More >>
In the middle of his song "Spit It Out," Brendan Benson declared "for every bubble you blow, I'm gonna pop it." The line offered a pretty good insight into the singer-songwriter's methods. For all his unstoppable power-pop moves and clear-eyed, harmony-enhanced bubblegum tunes, a bittersweet current ... More >>
Before we begin, a pledge. This review will not use the following words which fall like random keystrokes from a chimpanzee blogger's laptop: rock (or its derivations), crunchy, drunk, Americana, twang, testosterone, Neil Young, alt.country (or its derivations), wasted, and/or dudes. In other words ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
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 >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
7 p.m. Friday, May 18. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
7 p.m. Monday, November 20. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Warriors come out and play
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
The Hold Steady bring bombast back to rock & roll
That's why they're the World's Toughest
Shake the Sheets (Lookout!)
Week of October 22, 2003
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists combine record-geek allusiveness with heartfelt personal politics
One Kill Wonder (Earache)
Tuesday, Oct. 30; Mississippi Nights
Stephen Malkmus (Matador)