When St. Louis last saw Chan Marshall, she was performing on a dark stage in Forest Park at LouFest 2011. Though barely visible as the sun went down, she and her expert, frenzied band bent the blues to their will. You couldn't see her, but if you heard her, you recognized it as the most powerful set ... More >>
For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>
Guitarist/vocalist Adam Watkins and bassist Matty Coonfield have been the anchors in the member-shifting Tone Rodent, a band that swerves from psych to shoegaze to no-wave without losing a thumbprint of foreboding ambiance. The current six-piece lineup locks in nicely on this four-song EP, with Ashl ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Almost one year ago, I crammed my guitar, my xylophone, and myself into a crowded midsize car with half ... More >>
No one's really interested in reading about the actual performances taking place on this musical ship of contradictions, the S.S. Coachella, amirite? Instead, you want a spoonful of gossipy anecdotal sugar, straight from the decks of this funny ship. By Liz Tracy As you might have seen, Pulp was ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
As we mourn the passing of Hal David, the lyrical genius on the Burt Bacharach/Hal David dream team, we also revisit his timeless contributions to music. Here are the six best renditions of one of his best songs, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me." See also: Hal David, Songwriting Part ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28. Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard.
Wikimedia CommonsKim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth have separated after 27 years of marriage and now the future of the band is unknown. Their record label released this statement last Friday: Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separa ... More >>
About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>
DJ Shadow.It's funny--spend a few minutes in the sun surrounded by 18,000 of your closest friends, and suddenly Maslow's hierarchy of needs takes on new significance, ie: We need sunscreen. I gotta pee. Someone needs water or they're going to faint. Dudes, I'm hungry. Beeeeeer. We need beeeee ... More >>
Guided By VoicesThe weather was perfect and apparently -- horrifically -- it is mom-jean-short-season. It was a day for eccentric acts, the line-up carefully curated to force superfans into buying Friday tickets. The will call line stretched around the block and then some. 4:32 pm:tUnE-yArDs ... More >>
Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who is finally free to pursue the pop and R&B he's always loved, is coming to St. Louis. His former band's last show here was at the Pageant. His solo career has seen him on tour with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, and he'll be playing Lollapalooza this s ... More >>
LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>
I Need That Record chronicles the events that led up to the demise of many record storesBefore there was an iTunes "store" and torrent sites, the record store played a vital part in thousands of people's lives -- a church for the sinners. For some this hasn't changed. But by and large, peop ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, February 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
On Saturday night, a very cool exhibit is set to open at White Flag Projects. Destroy All Monsters: Hungry for Death is billed as "a survey of survey of artwork, music, video, and archival material by the seminal pre-punk/psychedelic noise group and art collective Destroy AllMonsters." Founded in 19 ... More >>
At around 7:45 p.m., sunglasses-clad Thurston Moore strode onstage to thunderous cheers. Deadpan, the lanky Sonic Youth vocalist/guitarist said, "Hi, we're the Sonic Youth. We're going to start things off with a little love song called 'No Way.'" Cue a heavy, punkish version of the tenth track from ... More >>
Thanks to the Village Voice, who posted this video of Sonic Youth performing last night on Jimmy Fallon's show and debunked the totally too-hot-for-TV shirt Thurston Moore was rocking. (Confidential to Kim Gordon: I love your dress.) Everyone beyond stoked yet for the band's July 17 show under the A ... More >>
The Chicago Sun-Times’ blog recently published an interesting piece by noted music critic Jim DeRogatis, in which he attempts to prove that ‘90s Alternative Nation darlings (and specifically Chicago acts Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt, Liz Phair and Smashing Pumpkins) resemble the baby-boomer acts t ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 30. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard
7:30 p.m. Friday, January 19. The Acoustic Café at the West County YMCA (16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield).
Meet Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville group that carries on punk's young, loud and snotty tradition.
Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.
"I Drink Sody." "Disco for Drunks." "Pull My Finger." Pearls from the overlooked oeuvre of Bruce Cole and the Screamin' Mee-Mees.
Thursday, May 19; the Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
Thursday, April 7; the Gargoyle (on the Washington University campus, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)
Sonic Nurse (DGC)
Week of March 31, 2004
The Garbageman and the Prostitute (GSL)
Put away those cowbells and show the Blue Oyster Cult some respect
Optometry (Thirsty Ear)
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
Tuesday, April 3; Forum for Contemporary Art.
Bassist Darin Gray learns that the library is where they have to take you in
Traffic Continues (Winter & Winter Records)