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 >>
Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands, for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has a ... More >>
New York City's Vampire Weekend is playing the Pageant tonight and we just had two tickets slide across our desk!
[Update: Congrats to Jeremy Lehmann! Pick up your tickets at the box office. Make sure to bring a photo ID; enjoy the show!] Oxford, England's Foals brings its brand of danceable indie rock to the Pageant tonight, and we've got two tickets for you to win!
On Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of rollingstone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of its eagerly awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper dug into the number of Spotify spin ... More >>
As our awesome RFT Music contributor and MC for a day, Allison Babka, put it, "I have an RFT Music Showcase hangover." Many thanks to all the bands that took the time and effort to haul their equipment down to Washington Avenue, everyone involved in making it all possible and of course all the folks ... More >>
Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
9:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
Now is the time for all good cultured TV-owners with new apartments to show off to hold 2012 Kentucky Derby parties and try to remember to call it, while sipping what they hope to be a mint julep, the 138th renewal. In fact, it might be a little late--no doubt Mike Shannon is already "on assignment. ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
Yesterday I watched as two completely disparate things I like a lot for very different reasons collided and were completely satisfying in the process. (This is like getting your chocolate in my peanut butter, and my peanut butter in your chocolate, only the result is one of those still-pretty-good o ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, May 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
It's above freezing! Hooray! Go out and revel in the balmy, 40-degree temperatures. Some shows are here; others are below. Friday Young Prisms @ Firebird Like shoegazing psych-pop bands? You'll dig Young Prisms. Also with Loza, Melted Toys & Speculator, The Good Pyramid. 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Mux Mool ... More >>
Jason StoffVampire Weekend performing at the at Chaifetz Arena.Click here for a full set of photos from the show.It's extremely difficult to write about a band that does everything right, as Vampire Weekend did last night at Chaifetz Arena. Even the band's ghastly novelty songs about punctuation ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, taken at the Pageant in 2008If you're reading this, you've probably already made up your mind about Vampire Weekend. Most find the New York quartet's music either delicious or disgusting, with very few people in the "just okay" camp. Speaking to A t ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 3. The Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue.
In recent weeks, a bunch of local bands unleashed new music on the masses. Here's a brief round-up. Know of anything else? Leave a comment. Your Fall Jam Union Tree Review, "Interstate" Fall is now officially here, says the calendar. Thankfully, Union Tree Review is here to provide your scarf-weari ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, August 21. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
As a fad or trend, mustaches are rather passe. (Shh -- don't break the hearts of the fine folks at the American Mustache Institute, who have made the facial hair their life's passion.) But someone forgot to tell the attendees of last weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival that not everyone can rock the ... More >>
Todd OwyoungWarPaint at the Pageant, Wednesday, June 9. More photos here.If you like indie rock, the concert announcements this week have pretty much been like Christmas and your birthday all rolled up into one. Between Vampire Weekend/Beach House/The Very Best, the Walkmen/Japandroids, Someo ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig at the Pageant, September 2008Well -- talk about an upgrade: The indie-pop band everybody has an opinion about, Vampire Weekend, just announced a show at the Chaifetz Arena on Sunday, October 3. Beach House and the Very Best are opening. Says the Cha ... More >>
As if Vampire Weekend and Beach House announcing a local show wasn't exciting enough, now comes word that the Walkmen and Japandroids will be playing at Off Broadway on Wednesday, October 20. The latter thrilled the Billiken Club last November, while the former hasn't been to St. Louis in awhile. Ti ... More >>
After our post about Jumbling Towers' new video, "Gilberta," last week, the band dropped me a line about other goings-on in its world. First up: The release of The Kanetown City Rips, its long-awaited new album, on May 1 at the Firebird. Bassist Nate Drexler tells me that this show will feature plen ... More >>
As always, the asterisk (*) after an album indicates that the artist is coming to town. A plus-sign ( ) indicates local. Euclid Records 1. She & Him - Vol 2. 2. Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave 3. Goldfrapp - Headfirst 4. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune 5. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune 2. Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave 3. White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights 4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach 5. John Hiatt - The Open Road 6. Graham Parker - Imaginary Television 7. Drive By Truckers - The Bi ... More >>
Euclid Records is switching computer systems this week, so we only have Vintage Vinyl's top sellers. Behold! An asterisk denotes the band is coming to town. Look at all of those St. Louis acts in the top 25, too! Who says people don't sell records anymore? 1. GOV'T MULE---By A Thread 2. LIL' WAYNE- ... More >>
Our companion on this afternoon has spent the earlier part of the day rehearsing for a high school talent show. A teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school, he has formed a band with some students, another teacher and a newly minted monk. Eventually they settled on one song each by Vampire Weeken ... More >>
As always, asterisks indicate bands coming through St. Louis... Vintage Vinyl 1. MURPHY LEE---You See Me 2. BEACH HOUSE---Teen Dream 3. VAMPIRE WEEKEND---Contra 4. CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG---IRM 5. ANVIL---This Is Thirteen 6. SPOON---Transference 7. MAGNETIC FIELDS---Realism* 8. TEDDY PENDERGRASS---Ess ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>
Coachella announced its 2010 lineup this morning -- and heads all over the country exploded because of the lineup. The list of bands/performers includes (but isn't limited to) Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, Pavement, Faith No More, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, Them Crooked Vultures, the Specials, ... More >>
Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Does anything scream "This Happened in the '80s" more than an All-Star Charity Single? (Yes. But for our purposes, no.) Cue "Do They Know It's Christmas"? -- alternate title in some circles: "Feed the World" -- the Bob Geldof-and-Midge-Ure-written benefit tune featuring English and Irish rockers. ... More >>
marqueemag.com/tag/ghostland-observatory/Few indie bands are as divisive as Ghostland Observatory. For every fan and critic who fawns over its catchy dance punk grooves, there are others who decry tthe band as "robot rock for the flyover states" or, as Pitchfork infamously panned "Daft Punk for f ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
Ezra Koenig, singer and guitar player for Vampire Weekend, didn't only hit all the high notes during the New York band's set at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, he livened them up and stretched them out. Meanwhile, bass player Chris Baio shimmied and bended his knees, while playing the higher ... More >>
When I saw !!! (pronounced "chk chk chk") a year or so ago in Seattle, it was in a tiny, dark club with no barrier between the stage and the crowd. The audience was dancing like mad from the front to the back. I was in the front. Nic Offer's crotch was directly in my face and I thought he was going ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City