Kip Berman doesn't think his band is any more important than any other group of artists. And this doesn't appear to be a statement born out of false modesty -- for every band that brushes with success, there are dozens of talented artists who go unnoticed. The brains behind the self-described indie- ... More >>
Saturday's show at the Firebird -- the venue's psych-rock-heavy, five-year anniversary -- was a not unlike consuming a handful of hallucinatory drugs for the first time: the anticipation/anxiety of waiting, wondering when the magic is going to start, the ecstatic release, the moronic "What happened? ... More >>
Last night I took my Mom to see Dave Matthews. She loved it. I walked through Verizon Amphitheater's parking lot around 7 p.m., only to be turned down at the gate. My tiny voice-recorder had apparently violated the venue's strict policies, so I trudged back through the crammed lot, passing tail-gat ... More >>
Here's something you don't get to say too often: It's a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping, puppy-eyed, and eager to have a go at the hot new grunge sound of 1993, Dave Grohl's Sound City is an exciting, sometime illuminating documentary about how a squad of techni ... 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. In order to review music, one must judge the song/album/artist subjectively, only associating it wi ... More >>
This week, RFT announces the winners of this year's Best Of St. Louis issue. To celebrate - and give a break from the local overload to ensue - here are the six best "Best Of" albums, plus a few bonus picks at the end. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and we'll put the comment in our vaul ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, July 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. Sold Out.
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
The Rams may not be taking the field on Sunday at Super Bowl XLVI, but someone from St. Louis will be: Nick Smarrelli, chief operating officer at St. Louis IT firm GadellNet Consulting Services. He'll be helping to escort Madonna on the field for her halftime show, as reported yesterday in an articl ... More >>
Of all of the bands to emerge from alt country's heyday in the mid to late '90s St. Louis-based band the Bottle Rockets has exceeded most in longevity, quality and consistency. After nearly twenty years of creating scorching and intelligent Southern-style country rock the band is still finding ways ... More >>
Photo by Jon Scorfina. Read why we had no professional photos here. Mariachi El Bronx | Rise Against! | Foo Fighters Scottrade Center September 17, 2011 It's been a huge year for Dave Grohl. His band, Foo Fighters, began 2011 with its most reliable line-up of the group's existence. That was ... More >>
Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>
VH1 Because it's worked so well for Bravo ... VH1, whose motto used to be "Music First," announced Wednesday that it's jumping into the restaurant reality show fray. On the menu: Famous Food, which will feature a bunch of celebrities rehabbing a restaurant with Los Angeles restaurateurs Mik ... More >>
Let us not speak of the weather, shall we? On the main music page, here are previews of many shows happening this weekend, including Margot and the Nuclear So & So's with Union Tree Review and Sleepy Kitty tonight and Mount Kimbie on Sunday, while below are ten more good bets for this weekend ... More >>
Blackpool Lights -- the project featuring drummer Billy Brimblecom and the Get Up Kids' Jim Suptic -- will be doing one of its first shows in years tonight at the Firebird. The Class of '98 opens. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Earlier this week, BPL released a stellar new EP, ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, December 3. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 2. Black Crowes - Croweology* 3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More 4. Black Keys - Brothers 5. Wolf Parade - Expo 86* 6. Jack Johnson - To The Sea 7. Tom Petty - Mojo 8. Devo - Something For Everybody 9. Sher ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. ARCADE FIRE---Suburbs 2. BLACK CROWES---Croweology* 3. RICK ROSS---Teflon Don 4. EMINEM---Recovery 5. BUN B---Trill O.G. 6. GOV'T MULE---Mulennium 7. LOS LOBOS---Tin Can Rust 8. MENOMENA---Mines* 9. ROOTS---How I Got Over 10. DRAKE---Thank Me Lat ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. Best Coast - Crazy For You* 2. Black Keys - Brothers 3. Devo - Something For Everybody 4. Menomena - Mines* 5. Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs Of Love* 6. Mark Olson - Many Colored Kite* 7. Tom Petty - Mojo 8. Robert Randolph - We Walk ... More >>
Todd OwyoungDrive-By Truckers opening for Tom Petty. More photos here.Ask and ye shall receive: Drive-By Truckers were so good on Sunday night opening for Tom Petty in St. Louis, I tweeted that I wished the band would announce a Pageant show soon. Well, it just did this morning, for Saturday, ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Euclid Records 1. M.I.A. - Maya 2. Tom Petty - Mojo 3. Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs 4. Black Keys - Brothers 5. Devo - Something For Everybody 6. Wolf Parade - Expo 86 7. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. 8. Steve Miller Band - Bingo 9. ... More >>
Todd OwyoungTom Petty, last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. View more photos here.A Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers summer tour is as American as baseball, apple pie and fireworks. Last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the band once again proved why, by turning in a predi ... More >>
Nigel CraneThe Gaslight AnthemNew Jersey's Gaslight Anthem has made great strides in the past few years. It's gone from trekking around the country in a beat-up van, to cruising in style in a full-blown tour bus. It's gone from moving modest units on a small punk label (XOXO Records), to cra ... More >>
= local, * = coming to town Euclid Records 1. Black Keys - Brothers 2. Tom Petty - Mojo* 3. Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic 4. Robert Randolph And The Family Band - We Walk This Road 5. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. 6. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows - Songs Of ... More >>
On Saturday night, the Focal Point hosted Rough Shop's annual Christmas spectacular, a night of festive music featuring the band (and friends!) spreading holiday cheer and seasonal fun. The sold-out show appeared to be a riotous good time, at least judging by the videos the band posted on its YouTub ... More >>
So, Tom Petty's Twitter account has been leaking the tracklisting to the forthcoming Petty live boxed set, The Live Anthology. And it looks like the Lou's 2006 show is being represented by the inclusion of "Square One." This thing is a monster, by the way, judging from a press release Petty's label ... More >>
In June, power-pop darlings Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released the second volume in their covers series. Under the Covers, Vol. 2 focuses on the '70s -- which means the album spans prog (Yes' "I've Seen All Good People"), sappy folk (Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"), power-pop (the Raspberries ... More >>
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.If a bar has been immortalized in song by the world's greatest bar band, the Bottl ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, August 7. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights
Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.
7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
Highway Companion (American Recordings)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
With the Black Crowes back on the road, we reflect upon the band's tumultuous history
Transistor Radio (Merge)
Saturday, October 23; Frederick's Music Lounge
Friday, August 20; the Pub Above at Dressel's
Thursday, December 4; Off Broadway
Timeless (Lost Highway)