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. Every few months, Edwardsville's downtown dive bar The Stagger Inn hosts a show featuring locals The Go ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: list season. Before we open up all our presents from the past 12 months, let us gather around the fireplace and reminisce on the gifts from the guitar gods. Here are the six sweetest riffs of 2012. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: ... 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 When I read "Vijay Iyer and the Outreachification Of Jazz" by Chris Kornellis on the Seattle Weekly's b ... More >>
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 21. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Please pardon my lack of enthusiasm today; I'm still mourning that crushing playoff-ending defeat our city's beloved Redbirds faced on Friday -- damn those victorious Nationals. Also, Dewey Defeats Truman! Oh, ESPN. There's good shows this week: Smashing Pumpkins plays the Chaifetz on Thursday -- i ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>
Vijay Iyer Trio Jazz at the Bistro Those who missed Vijay Iyer Trio's opening night at Jazz At The Bistro are lucky. Since the group is playing two sets nightly for four evenings, what felt like a once in a lifetime event will actually occur eight times. Most show reviews are written about somethin ... More >>
In this week's RFT Music feature, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer speaks eloquently about his beyond-stunning new album Accelerando. Topics include hurricanes, Westerners' fear of odd numbers, and the concept of genre as a product of community. Accelerando dropped yesterday, and tonight his trio begins a fo ... More >>
The Bad Plus Jazz at the Bistro 7:30 p.m., January 6, 2012 Last time The Bad Plus rolled through Jazz At The Bistro, the trio played with the fire of a group intent on proving itself. This time around, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King appeared comfortable and rela ... More >>
Yowza! Aretha Franklin is re-opening the Peabody Opera House with a little known feller named Jay Leno on October 1. The living legend and infamous chin are headlining a night called "An Encore 77 Years in the Making," once the $78.7 million dollar restoration of the historic opera house is c ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13. 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue.