Todd Owyoung

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    March 20, 2013

    The Best Homemade Signs at the Taylor Swift Concert

    Taylor Swift played the Scottrade Center Monday and Tuesday night this week, bringing out droves of loyal fans -- complete with the ever-present homemade cardboard signs for their hero. Here are the best signs we saw. Make sure you also check out our review of Monday's show, as well as our complete ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Tegan and Sara at the Pageant 3/10/13: Photos

    Canadian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara played to a capacity crowd at the Pageant last night. RFT Music's own Todd Owyoung was in the (packed) house with camera in hand to catch the highlights.

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    January 16, 2013

    Reel Big Fish at the Pageant Last Night: Photos

    Reel Big Fish played the Pageant last night, delighting fans with pick-it-ups, upstrokes and all manner of ska-punk fury. The show was well-attended and fans were eager to skank the night away with the '90s most radio-ready third wave ska band. Our own Todd Owyoung was there with camera in hand to c ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Todd Owyoung: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of thei ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    The Many Moods of Slash: Photos

    Slash: Undeniably fantastic guitar player, for sure. But talent alone does not let a guitar player tour the country, decade after decade, putting hundreds or thousands of people in a venue. He doesn't sing (obviously) -- last night at the Pageant his placeholder band was Myles Kennedy and the Conspi ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Nicki Minaj at the Peabody Opera House: Photos

    Nicki Minaj brought her Roman's Revenge tour to the Peabody Opera House (14th St. and Market St) last night with opener 2 Chainz. It was a big day for the MC -- she was nominated for a couple VMA's and released the video for her new single, "Pound the Alarm," where she gets feathery in Trinidad. L ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    The Animal Prints and Exposed Nipples of Steel Panther: Photos

    Steel Panther is a rock & roll band from Detroit. Just kidding, these dudes from LA, obviously. And they stopped by the Pageant last night, bringing with them several gallons of makeup and a collective wardrobe that would fit in a Pringles can. Todd Owyoung was there; check out a few of his best sh ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    The Five Best Summer Concert Survival Strategies (Photos)

    5. Hydrate: Not just an issue of consumption. The Warped Tour made its annual stop in St. Louis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (I-70 & Earth City Expwy, Maryland Heights), bringing with it such pop-punk luminaries as Falling in Reverse, Of Mice and Men and the Used. And, of course, this all h ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Pulse Festival at the Old Rock House: Photos

    This weekend, the Pulse Music Festival made its inaugural thump and blast at the Old Rock House' new summer series setup, where they turn the adjacent parking lot into an outdoor venue capable of holding thousands of people. There were also stages set up inside, and two dozen producers and DJs from ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Childish Gambino at the Pageant: Photos

    Childish Gambino stopped by the Pageant on his way down to Bonnaroo to play a sold-out set in front of a jacked-up crowd. One of many hats worn by Donald Glover, the Childish Gambino project is nevertheless serious music -- anyone who might have been under the impression they were getting "that dude ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    George Thorogood at the Pageant, 3/21/12: Photos

    Last night, George Thorogood, seller of fifteen million albums, writer of "Bad to the Bone," came to the Pageant last night with his band the Destroyers. He's still an active performer, and photographer Todd Owyoung was there to preserve the rock & roll for posterity. A few highlights can be found b ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Radiohead at the Scottrade Center, 3/9/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Radiohead | Other Lives March 9, 2012 Scottrade Center On Feburay 13, 2011, there was nothing much to say about Radiohead. On February 18, there was a new album, The King of Limbs, propelled into the world by its creators with little more than a shrug. There were no interviews, no tour dates, no wo ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    moe. at The Pageant, 2/16/12: Photos

    They've been playing together since the late 1980s -- long enough to know how to throw a hell of a party. And that's just what moe. did last night at The Pageant. RFT photographer Todd Owyoung brings back these photos of the band and its fans (a.k.a. "moe.rons") who just can't get enough of the Buff ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Me Talk Pretty at the Pop's Nightclub: Photos

    Me Talk Pretty is on the up-and-up, and a big reason seems to be the band's live show, which features singer Uliana Preotu lending her considerable charm to win whatever crowd shows up on a given night. Todd Owyoung was among those at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget to capture the human tractor beam in ac ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the Pageant, 2/4/12: Photos

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters came from Colorado to tell the crowd that the Pageant is its second favorite venue behind the legendary Red Rocks. High praise indeed, and mellow rock enthusiasts were treated to a set from the veteren band touring in support of its eleventh studio album. Kansas City's T ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Champagne, Cranberry Juice and Sweat Accompany Steve Aoki at the Pageant: Photos

    Steve Aoki brought his globe-trotting, taste-making self to St. Louis last night for a show at the Pageant. And he had no plans to simply jockey discs. There was champagne sprayed, shirts removed, dancing and general mayhem. Datsik, Terravita and Cor(E)yography opened. Photographer Todd Owyoung was ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Old 97's at the Pageant, 1/31/12: Photos

    Alt-country hero the Old 97's returned to St. Louis last night, playing for a pleased crowd at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Todd Owyoung was ready to capture frontman/dreamboat Rhett Miller in all his sweaty throes of honky-tonkin' -- check out some highlights, including a gli ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    AWOLNATION at Pop's Nightclub: 1/21/12

    AWOLNATION attracted a capacity crowd to Pop's Nightclub in Sauget on Saturday. The band induced crowd surfing, iPhone-video-taking and screaming along. The incomparable Todd Owyoung was there to take in the excitement -- see a few highlights from his set below. View a full slideshow of AWOLNATIO ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    If the World Ends in 2012, We Want to Ride to Hell with This Guy

    Todd Owyoung went to Pop's Nightclub (401 Monsanto Avenue, 618-274-6720) last night to let out some agression with the rest of the crowd for Machine Head. And we're not kidding -- if this is it and the world's not long for this universe (what's that you say about Mayan misinterpretation?) we will gl ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Avicii at the Pageant, 1/10/12: Photos

    Avicii, the 22-year-old Swedish EDM Grammy nominee and Coachella 2012 performer, played a sold-out show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161) last night. His crowed skewed slightly older than some of the other dance acts the venue has booked in the past year, but they were no less en ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    A Very Ludo Christmas at the Pageant, 2011: Photos

    Todd OwyoungLudo heads back to the bar.​St. Louis' Ludo has been playing Christmas shows since before the band caught its big break with 2008's You're Awful, I Love You. The Xmas spectacular gets bigger every year, and this weekend's installment featured trees, Santa, candy cane archways and, ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    The Urge: Win Tickets to Friday's Show

    Todd Owyoung​The Urge monthlong reunion extravaganza at the Pageant continues tomorrow night. Last weekend's shows were both sell outs, and all signs indicate that this is a band with renewed life and plenty of ideas. We'd like to send you to tomorrow's show. To win: Tell us, in the comments ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    The Urge at the Pageant, 11/11/11: Photos

    Todd Owyoung​St. Louis' caffeinated ska god is officially, definitely, selling-out-the-Pageant-back-to-back back. In only its second show since a Pointfest reunion earlier this summer, Steve Ewing and the boys treated the crowd to an All Ones Day set of classics and cuts from an upcoming new r ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The Urge: Win Tickets to Friday's Sold-Out Show!

    Todd Owyoung​The Urge plays its first of four November shows at the Pageant this Friday. It's the second show the band has played since reforming at Pointfest this summer and it is very, very sold out. So is Saturday's show. But we have, sitting right in front of us, shiny tickets for Friday's ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Skrillex At The Pageant, 11/3/11: Photos

    Todd Owyoung​Bass dropper Skrillex returned to the Pageant for the second time this year last night, and he sold the place out again. You can't stop the dancing. He came with a new stage setup this time, and the crowd bounced blissfully along. Todd Owyoung sacrificed some more of his hearing t ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    The Urge Announce Fourth Pageant Show On Thanksgiving Friday

    Todd Owyoung​The Urge isn't coming back small. The St. Louis ska-punk hero has just announced its fourth show this month at the Pageant -- this one's on Friday, the 25th. The first two, on the 11th and 12th, are already sold out. The third, scheduled for the 18th, has sold out of reserved balc ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Drive-By Truckers And Those Darlins At The Pageant, 10/30/11: Photos

    Todd OwyoungPatterson Hood was very excited about the Cardinals' World Series victory. ​Woe is anyone who planned a show in St. Louis this past Friday (ahem). With the city (understandably) otherwise and nearly unanimously occupied with our World Champions, even double bills that would usuall ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Chromeo at the Pageant, 10/24/11: Review, Setlist and Photos

    Todd Owyoung​Chromeo | Mayer Hawthorne and the County | Breakbot The Pageant October 25, 2011 Some shows are for toe-tappin' while seated with a beverage in hand. Others are for standing and swaying or nodding your head. And still others that can only really be appreciated from the middle of ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Widespread Panic At The Peabody, 10/12/11: Photos

    Todd OwyoungFans wait outside the Peabody. ​Widespread Panic brought its finely crafted jams to the shiniest new venue in St. Louis last night. The Athens, Georgia band is now in its 25th year -- something you don't ever see without a consistent live show and some seriously devoted fans. Todd ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, T-Pain and Tyga at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Photos

    Photo by Todd Owyoung​Over the weekend, Chris Brown and pals came to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. He danced, he sang, he (presumably) did not hit anyone (couldn't resist). Young Money hanger-on Tyga, no-longer-auto-tuning T-Pain and Kelly Rowland played as well. Todd Owyoung went to capt ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    The Urge Two Night Stand At The Pageant Is Sold Out! [Update]

    Photo by Todd Owyoung​Update, 9/21: Both nights are now sold out. So it took eleven days for the Urge to sell nearly five thousand tickets. Well that didn't take long. Nine days after the Urge announced a back-to-back shows at the Pageant, one of them has sold out. The brand-newly reunited ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Photos

    Chevelle. Photo by Todd Owyoung​Pointfest returned to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this weekend, bringing with it headlining acts from Bush, Chevelle and the newly reunited Urge. Read our full review of the latter set here, but there was plenty more to see. Todd Owyoung was there and brou ... More >>

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    September 11, 2011

    The Urge Reunion at Pointfest, 9/10/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Todd Owyoung​The Urge Pointfest September 10, 2011 "We have an announcement: The Urge is back!" While it was nice of singer Steve Ewing to mention this midway through his band's first set in six years, it was also totally unnecessary. From the moment Bill Reiter and Matt Kwiatkowski ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Sade and John Legend at Scottrade Center, 7/28/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Todd OwyoungAn enigmatic Sade captivated the Scottrade Center crowd last night.​If a lead singer can ever be a cipher, Sade Adu certainly inhabits that paradox. As an artist, she resists both interpretations and expectations. She rarely grants interviews; she's released two albums in the past ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown: Photos

    Photo by Todd Owyoung​Willie Nelson brought his Throwdown spectacular to Sparta, Illinois over the weekend, bringing Jamey Johnson and a whole slew of country fans with him. Todd Owyoung was there to enjoy a beautiful afternoon and evening of cowboy boots, good ol' twang and, of course, a few ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Primus at the Pageant, 5/29/11: Photos

    Rock fists and smiles all around for Primus. Photo by Todd Owyoung​Grinning hard rockers Primus sold out the Pageant on Sunday. The show came with pig masks, giant inflatable astronauts and kind of a dude-heavy crowd. Todd Owyoung was there to take in all the rawking -- you can too, right from ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Bassnectar at the Pageant, Saturday, April 9

    Todd Owyoung​Electronic superstar Bassnectar sold out the Pageant over the weekend, and these people did not come to stand around. Todd Owyoung was there to capture the mayhem and midriffs. Check out the full slideshow of Bassnectar at the Pageant.

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    March 17, 2011

    Photos: Tiesto at the Pageant, Wednesday, March 16

    Last night, superstar DJ Tiesto came to the Pageant and performed for an ecstatic, excited crowd. Todd Owyoung was there and brought back some stellar photos; a few are below. How was the performance? What was it like seeing Tiesto at the Pageant? Inquiring minds want to know!Todd Owyoung​ Vi ... More >>

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    March 13, 2011

    Review: Salt-n-Pepa and the Legends of Hip Hop Tour, The Chaifetz Arena, Saturday, March 12

    Todd OwyoungSalt-n-Pepa​This year marks the 25th anniversary of Salt-N-Papa's groundbreaking debut, Hot, Cool and Vicious - and the ladies seem to be finding their second wind. Building on the success of 2010's Fresh Fest tour, the assiduous femcees headlined another all-star roster featuring ... More >>

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    March 6, 2011

    Show Review: Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads at the Pageant, Saturday, March 5

    Todd Owyoung​It 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 >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Photos: Cage the Elephant at the Pageant, Thursday, February 24

    Cage the Elephant's popularity keeps on growing, on the strength of radio hits such as "Shake Me Down" and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." Last night, the band performed at the Pageant, a mere few months after its appearance last summer at the same venue. Couldn't find a reviewer; how was the show? ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Review: Ke$ha at the Pageant, Tuesday, February 22

    Todd Owyoung​Forget what you know - or think - about Ke$ha, the sleazy pop sensation everyone loves to hate. Her very-sold-out show at the Pageant was full of ridiculous spectacle, with generous doses of camp and schlock thrown in for good measure. And oh yes, don't worry - there was glitter. ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross Definitely Playing St. Louis

    Todd Owyoung​That alleged Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross show on April 10 at the Scottrade Center we told you about? Totally on. Ticket prices are TBA, and are on sale February 19 at 10 a.m.

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    January 19, 2011

    Review: Girl Talk at the Pageant, Tuesday, January 18

    Todd OwyoungGregg Gillis of Girl Talk​Alternate title: "What do you get when you put a couple thousand white people in a venue and play every pop song ever all at once?" When Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) made his 2009 stop in St. Louis, I went with a few of my closest friends, drank my wei ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Photos: Penguin Prison opening for Girl Talk at the Pageant, Tuesday, January 18

    Last night, Penguin Prison opened for Girl Talk at the Pageant. As far as I can tell, the group was polarizing; RFT music photographer Jason Stoff tweeted, "Penguin Prison is the Eightiesest Eighties band that's Eightieses since the 80's," while another @rftmusic follower told me she wasn't sure abo ... More >>

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    January 15, 2011

    Review: Ozzy Osbourne at the Scottrade Center, Friday, January 14

    Todd OwyoungOzzy Osbourne last night at the Scottrade Center​"The crazier you fuckers go, the longer we will play," Ozzy Osbourne crowed to the audience at the start of last night's Scottrade Center show. While a statement like that is always tinged with hyperbole, there was an element of trut ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Review: My Chemical Romance at the Pageant, Tuesday, December 14

    Todd OwyoungGerard Way of My Chemical Romance​Near 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 >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Photos: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa at the Pageant, Wednesday, December 8

    Last night at the Pageant, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa performed Frank Zappa's seminal album Apostrophe (') "in its unmitigated entirety." (Seriously: That's how the venue billed the album.) A to Z's reviewer was unfortunately sick and couldn't make the show, but Todd Owyoung was there and snagged som ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Flogging Molly Coming to the Pageant in 2011

    Todd Owyoung​In St. Louis, St. Patrick's Day festivities involve green beer, parades and a Flogging Molly show at the Pageant. That won't change in 2011: On Tuesday, March 8, the Irish-punks will bring their annual Green 17 tour to the Loop venue. Tickets are $27.50 and are on sale this Friday ... More >>

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    November 27, 2010

    Review Photos: Usher Makes Large-Scale Love to His Crowd on the OMG Tour, Scottrade Center, Friday, November 26

    Todd OwyoungUsher at the Scottrade Center, St. Louis​The St. Louis stop on Usher's OMG Tour began with the magician's best trick: misdirection. While a troupe of hip-hop Cylons danced amid a vaguely dystopian stage set, Usher himself was levitated on a floating riser near the rear of the floor ... More >>

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