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    June 5, 2014
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    May 30, 2014

    The Complete 2014 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    Hard to believe that the RFT Music Showcase is only a week away, but here we are! A lot of hard work has gone into making the event extra-special this year, and we have more bands and musicians on board than ever before -- people seem eager to see what the event is like at its new home in the Grove. ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Folk: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Indie Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The Union Electric's Latest EPs Display Depth and Range: Review

    The Union Electric Cover Charge EP/From Bad to Worstward EP (theunionelectric.bandcamp.com) If done properly, covers records can offer an entry into a band's inner world. Usually more lightweight than a proper album and more passionately curated than a mere list of influences, these collections of ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 30 to October 5

    This week, check out Geto Boys, featuring the author of our recurring column Ask Willie D, check out Ransom Note's CD release show, get a load of the one and only Nine Inch Nails and much more. This Monday's looking pretty gray. Spruce up your week with the following show recommendations.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Little Big Bangs Release Debut Album

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Littl ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from August 5 to 11

    This week, Lil Wayne, Those Darlins, Pallbearer, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more make it into town. For some local flavors, check out some STL mainstays like the Union Electric, Bear Hive and a whole bunch of bands at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest. Our recommendations await after the j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Drake, The English Beat, Gladys Knight, Toad the Wet Sprocket and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    The 2013 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    The 2013 RFT Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Mark your calendar and save the date; on June 1 it all goes down on Washington Avenue. Sixty bands and artists, ten stages, ten bucks -- all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. Be sure to check out our ongoing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 6 to 12

    Guys, Daniel Hill made it rain blood yesterday. You know, for Slayer. We don't know about you, but this past weekend was a pretty intense party, blustery weather be damned. And it don't stop. Keep things moving this week with visits from the likes of Har Mar Superstar and more, and look forward to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    St. Louis Record Store Day 2013: A Comprehensive Guide

    Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. Originally begun in 2008 as a way to pull music fans away from their computers and back into the already-dwindling brick-and-mortar shops, Record Store Day has grown larger with each passing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The 2013 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Well, it's that time again, folks! Each year, we at RFT Music HQ present the RFT Music Awards, an annual celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. The nominees are chosen by a crack team of industry insiders, dedicated die-hards and various other musical minds from o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    InFest STL Tournament Of Champions: Round One, FIGHT!

    This Saturday and Sunday, a few dozen local and regional bands perform at InFest STL, a two-day indie festival at 2720 Cherokee. The event is totally free. This is not a battle of the bands, and the acts are in no way competing with each other, but that's no reason not to pit twenty-five confirmed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The Union Electric is On the CMJ Chart This Week [Update: And Climbing!]

    Update, 10/3: Time is Gold is no one-week wonder. The UE jumped a couple dozen spots to 170 this week, putting it ahead of Beach House, Antony and the Johnsons and the Corin Tucker Band. You can see the band tearing up college radio around the country this weekend for free at the Schlafly Tap Room w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    The Union Electric is On the CMJ Chart This Week

    Great news this week for St. Louis' the Union Electric: The band's debut full-length has landed on the CMJ Top 200 chart after gaining steady airplay at community and college radio stations around the country for some time now. It's a richly deserved bit of recognition for a band that represents our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Every St. Louis Release: July 2012

    This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area (we're interpreting pretty broadly) in July 2012, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previe ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    July 16, 2012

    Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit, 7/14/12: Review

    Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit Off Broadway July 14, 2012 Behold the power of Woody Guthrie: A man with a trucker hat, tousled grey hair, and a thick, hearty mustache, a mustache that has seen some hard travelin', chokes out "Goodbye to my one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Jackson Browne, Chiddy Bang, Russian Circles and More in This Week's New Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    The 2012 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    The 2012 RFT Music Showcase is two weeks away, on June 2. And here it is: 5 blocks, 14 stages, 74 bands and artists. Ten bucks gets you all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. And hey: At least for now, the forecast calls for an incredibly pleasant high of 89 degree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: January 6 to 8

    Cameron WittigThe Bad Plus is in town for four more shows.​What will 2012 bring us? To start, the finale of the Bad Plus' residency at Jazz at the Bistro. Then there's David Lowery wearing two hats tonight in Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at the Pageant. Comedian Rob Delaney had to add a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Nine

    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: Sleepy Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Seven

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Four

    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

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part One

    ​As you may have noticed, we were excited to be St. Louis music fans this year. And there is no more substantial document of the sound of this city in 2011 than the music released by its bands and artists. It is not an exaggeration to guess that the releases in the metro area number in the tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: November 25 to 27

    Happy Capitalism Celebration day! This weekend is as packed as your small intestine. First things first: shopping. Friday This year, ditch the evil big box stores in favor of supporting local art and business. You will not get $200 off a 87-inch flat screen TV, but you will find beer and Beryl, th ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    Homespun: The Union Electric

    "Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan"
    Rankoutsider Records

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Listen To Union Electric's "Tunnels" Before Saturday's Release

    ​In this week's Homespun column, Christian Schaeffer weighs in on the new release from the Union Electric -- "Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan." The A-side is, in the bands' description, "Tunnels is based on the story of Chinese immigrants, who came to Mexico for work, and were forced to live liter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Help Find The Union Electric's Glenn Burleigh's Stolen Guitar

    Photo by Jess Luther. Larger image below.​Have you seen the guitar pictured to the right? Glenn Burleigh, who plays these days with Union Electric, had his home broken into earlier this week, and among the things stolen was his guitar: A 50th anniversary Fender Telecaster with Japanese custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Middle Class Fashion: Listen to a Song Off The Upcoming LP Before You See Tonight's Show

    Photo by Ben Mudd​Middle Class Fashion plays the sort of unhindered pop music you don't find a ton of in St. Louis. It's so buoyant as to be theatrical at times, but it never sounds frivolous. The band's got plenty of pedigree, with Jenn Malzone on vocals and keys, Brad Vaughn on guitar and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Record Store Day 2011 in St. Louis: What You Need to Know About The Bands, DJs and Free Beer

    A to Z loves Record Store Day! All of our favorite stores throw parties and hang out, celebrating records over free beer, snacks and lots of live music. (And there are exclusive Record Store Day releases to buy, too.) What could be better? To help prepare our readers (and ourselves) for this massi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: January 14 to 16

    ​Have cabin fever yet? If you don't, I'd be surprised. Thankfully, this weekend will be a little respite from the cold. Go check out some of the shows listed here. Or explore the events below. Friday STL Loud EP Release @ Off Broadway The first EP in the STL Loud series is being released toni ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, Aug. 13-15, 2010

    As the temperature tops 100, RFT has discovered some cool ways to stay, well, cool in these dog days of summer. We've got art, music, magic and more indoors, plus a skate show and bike race for you daredevils who want to brave the heat. Viva la air conditioning!

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    The Wedge Is Now Once Again Booking Bands

    ​I reported several months ago that the Wedge was open again and hosting Stag Nite every Wednesday. Well, the mastermind behind that night, Johnny Vega$, just emailed to let me know that his role with the venue is now expanded: He's the GM and now booking bands as well. Anyone interested in pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 24

    Please look here and here for Haiti benefits happening around town this weekend. Friday, January 22 *Corey Smith, The Pageant *Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, 2720 Cherokee *Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Deluxe (last show at the venue) *Soul Kiss (reunion), Duck Room *Mario Pascal, Lamar Harris a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2010
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    December 23, 2009

    Review: The Union Electric's 7"

    REVIEW BY JASON TOON On pedigree alone, the Union Electric is an intriguing proposition. Singer/guitarist/banjo-picker Tim Rakehell spent several years (and several releases) leading Bad Folk through the darkest backwoods of acoustic Americana, sometimes as the band's only member. Guitarist Glenn B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    This Week's MP3 Bonanza: Second Story Man and the Union Electric Exclusive New Old Lights Demo!

    On Wednesday night, steely twang-punks the Union Electric will be holding a release party for their seven-inch-record debut at Off Broadway. Tenement Ruth, Ben Pranger (of the Payola Reserve) and Louisville's Second Story Man are also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $7 for people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    MP3: The Union Electric, "You've Been Served"

    The Union Electric -- the band featuring guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Tim Rakel, guitarist Glenn Burleigh and drummer Eric Von Damage -- was kind enough to send over a mastered version of "You've Been Served." This will appear on the band's first 7"! It's quite a menacing punk-folk drone; Rakel sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    The Union Electric Posts Demos, Plays at Way Out Club on Wednesday

    The Union Electric -- the new project of Bad Folk's Tim Rakel and Glenn Burleigh of Adversary Workers, among others -- just posted new demos on its MySpace page. The band recorded the songs with Grace Basement's Kevin Buckley. Click on the band name to check 'em out! .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Update: May Day Orchestra Album Update, New Band for Tim Rakel

    Ran into Tim Rakel last night, and he filled me in on all of his goings-on. First, the long-awaited May Day Orchestra LP, called Songs for Lucy Parsons, will arrive on -- when else? -- May 1. An 8 p.m. show at Black Bear Bakery is your first shot at buying the new record. The sec ... More >>

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