If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band." I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with ... More >>
Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>
The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>
Fuck me, I am going to overdose on this new Justin Timberlake album. I know that I'm supposed to be ashamed of certain selections in my album collection. I know this from all of the times that people have looked through my CDs or records or iTunes and been all "Hey, what's this doing here?" before ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
A concertgoer emailed Daily RFT the following picture snapped during Sunday's U2 concert at Busch Stadium. Yes, that's a toddler at the show, prompting the questions: What were the parents thinking? Or better yet, what was the child thinking?Think you know? Help us write a caption for this photo by ... More >>
U2 was touring under its "Boy" album when it played Wash U.'s Graham Chapel for $750.More than 50,000 people attended U2's concert last night at Busch Stadium. Based on the average price of $103 spent per ticket for the band's 360 Tour, the Irish rockers left St. Louis with around $5 million in r ... More >>
Jason StoffU2 | Interpol Busch Stadium July 17, 2011 U2 may be the least subtle band in history. Last night, the boys took the stage to "Space Oddity," which does not make sense thematically, but does make sense in that the song has a countdown in it and the 360 Tour stage looks like a spac ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Busch Stadium. 700 Clark Street.
With all the fanfare surrounding U2's upcoming record-breaking performance at Busch Stadium, we'd like to take this moment to draw your attention to another rarefied titan of live music: Widespread Panic, whose 25th Anniversary Tour comes to the Peabody Opera House on October 12th. The kings ... More >>
Image via WikimediaCommonsU2's spaceship stage as seen in a European stadium.Roadies with U2's "360 Tour" have been at Busch Stadium all week preparing the ballpark for Sunday's show -- said to be the biggest rock concert St. Louis has seen since The Beatles played here in 1966. On Monday, crews ... More >>
Photo illustration courtesy of Busch StadiumPreparations for U2's concert this weekend began last Sunday, as production and work crews continue to make way for the largest stage ever built on the St. Louis leg of the largest-grossing world tour in history. The stage (seen above in a photo ill ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThis hat hasn't aged well. But how has U2?Busch Stadium staff is currently in the midst of a weeklong reinvention of the venue, and the reason is a band with a live draw almost as big as its ego: U2. By Monday, all of the grass on the field had been dug up in preparation for ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Interpol is opening for U2 in July -- and the dark-pop band is also playing at the Pageant on Friday, February 11. Shiny electo-pop project School of Seven Bells is opening. Tickets are $25 to $30, and on sale this Friday at 5 p.m. The band's latest album is a self-titled effort. "Summer Well," liv ... More >>
Courtesy of LiveNation, here's a Busch Stadium seating chart, divided into the different price levels for U2 tickets. Click the image for a larger version. Remember, tickets for the band's July 17, 2011 show go on sale Monday morning.courtesy of LiveNation
Well, in reality, that would be Elevation, which bills itself as "The Greatest U2 Tribute Band on the Planet." The band is bringing its "Fortune Favors the Bold" Midwest tour to (where else?) The Dubliner on Friday night, January 29. Instead of charging a cover, the venue is asking attendees to dona ... More >>
As a music blog, we're pretty much required to post U2's ode to MLK, "Pride (In the Name of Love)" today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not that this is a chore or a stretch, though -- truly, the song is one of the band's best singles.
The big guns come out on Christmas Eve. The classics. The canon. The pillars of seasonal cheer. Have a merry Christmas, if that's your thing. We're not going dark next week, so check back for fun stuff and interviews! MP3: Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" MP3: The Ramones, "Merry C ... More >>
Ian wisely pointed out that last week U2 announced some 2010 U.S. tour dates -- and St. Louis is not on the list. I did some checking around and confirmed that nope, the dates originally rumored turned out to be false. Ah well! The band's in Chicago again on July 6, 2010. And who knows what might ha ... More >>
5 Score Pachyderm notes on Twitter this morning that on today's "The Morning After" on 1380 AM, InsideSTL.com's Tim McKernan said that U2 was set to play the Edward Jones Dome on July 10, 2010. A post on STLtoday's forums, however, says that the show supposedly will be at Busch Stadium. (The Ca ... More >>
U2 3D, billed as the "first live-action 3D concert movie," is playing as part of the Tivoli's midnight movie series this weekend on Friday and Saturday night. I saw this last year when it was at the iMax, and it was seriously impressive. Here's the trailer for the flick. U2's current world tour isn' ... More >>
So, Coldplay is in town tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. And anyone I've talked to who's going to the show is -- shall we say -- sheepish. The phrase "guilty pleasure" has been thrown around quite a bit. Embarrassed blushes and giggles are the rule, not the exception. It's as if liking ... More >>
This idea has been floating around ever since U2 released "Get On Your Boots" last year, but thanks to YouTube, it's now a reality. Here's some rock math-like mash-up of the new single. (Now all they need is to add Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" to this, and we're all set...) Snaps to Jason for findi ... More >>
Artist: U2 Album: No Line on the Horizon Label: Interscope Equation: Wasobian clusterfuck formula
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
MP3: Death Cab for Cutie, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" MP3: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2's version of the Darlene Love Christmas classic (which is found on A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector) comes from 1987's A Very Special Christmas. Death Cab for Cutie's version is ... More >>
A colleague passed this along, and because Gut Check loves nothing more than fear-mongering, I share it with you. (Though should we really give much credence to a report that equates 77% to "two out of three"?) Hilariously -- though not inexplicably -- this was listed among the "related" videos o ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 24. Pop's
7 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
9 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
7 p.m. Monday, September 18. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
B-Sides analyzes Atmosphere, digs into the dorky pasts of today's biggest stars and puzzles over odd St. Patty's day lyrics
Thursday, October 6; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
A guy and his mother dissect U2
Maybe This Christmas Too? (Nettwerk America)
Two Conversations (Tiger Style)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart pushes pop propaganda
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
Tuesday, March 28; Mississippi Nights