Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still stirs ... More >>
By Brian McManus In 2001 someone bought Waylon Jennings' white, swank af 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for $6,900 from a seller in Pennsylvania. Now, thirteen years later, this gem is being sold on Springfield's Craigslist. The seller is asking considerably more for it. Four times as much, in ... More >>
St. Louis native Billy Croghan grew up on a steady diet of singer-songwriters -- music he says his "old man listened to." Inspired by artists including Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Waylon Jennings, he set out to learn guitar, later studying classical technique in college and writing his own set of ... More >>
It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave noth ... More >>
This week, check out Alexis Gideon, Bill Callahan and Gateway to the West Fest to start things off. After that, gear up for a crazy weekend including one of the busiest Sundays we've seen in some time. Read on for multiple picks from our critics, and as always, stay tuned to our weekend post for eve ... More >>
Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>
Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves a ... More >>
In this week's print edition, Senior Writer Roy Kasten interviews Jay Farrar, longtime leader of Son Volt and first-time author, about the band's new album Honky Tonk (due out March 5) and his new book Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs (due out March 19). "The impetus to write the book was born out of ... More >>
Country music has always mystified me. On the one hand, the songs always seem to focus on alcohol, failed relationships, and poverty - subjects that have spawned fantastic art for years. On the other hand, popular country music has been virtually unlistenable for at least the last twenty years.
Of all the clichÃ©s of sex, drugs and rock & roll (and any other genre you could name), chemistry is surely greatest, but it has the advantage of being true. There's really no other way to explain what happens with the greatest of bands, and the Flatlanders -- featuring the three distinct voices and ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, June 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
Willie Nelson and Family | The Pernikoff Brothers April 17, 2012 The Pageant Halfway through last night's Willie Nelson show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161), with the obligatory Texas flag backdrop flying on stage and Willie about to launch into "Good Hearted Woman," a man asks ... More >>
Roy KastenDave Alvin and the Guilty Ones huddle at Off Broadway Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones | The Skeletons Off Broadway July 7, 2011 Just a few hours before the show, F-4 tornadoes flirted with the far outskirts of the metro area, thunderstorms capable of producing shot-glass-sized hail p ... More >>
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, November 5. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
On My Way
EyehategodUnderground sludge legends Eyehategod have pulled it together for what could be a breakout tour. The New Orleans band has been grinding it out since 1988, and it's been a rough, broken road. As documented in the group's lyrics, things such as addiction, incarceration and probation h ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, December 13. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
No matter how many people he knows at a St. Louis Son Volt show, Jay Farrar will always be the guy who played a big part in creating the "alt. country" genre. Twenty years after Uncle Tupelo's heyday, Farrar and the current Son Volt line-up stay true to their roots without being strangled by them, ... More >>
This week in the RFT, freelance writer Roy Kasten interviewed Tom Russell about his creative process, especially for the new album Blood and Candle Smoke, which prominently features the sounds of Calexico, and some of his strongest compositions after over 30 years of songwriting. He'll be in the St. ... More >>
My comrade Chris Gray checked out Son Volt's show in Houston last night, February 24 -- and had some super kind words to say.For a good hour and a half, not counting a stomping encore of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," Farrar and his four companions - including Houst ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, March 6. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights.
Join us on a guided tour of emigré comedian Yakov Smirnoff's adopted home, a veritable geezer's Shangri-La.
Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
There's nothing good about this remake of an awful ol' show
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
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Friday, June 28; Pageant
The RFT music staff previews some highlights from this year's Twangfest line-up.
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Hard times are nothing new to outlaw-country pioneer Billy Joe Shaver -- but they seem to have gotten harder in recent years
Willis Alan Ramsey recorded one classic record in 1972 and hasn't followed it up ... yet
Alterna-country pioneer Kevin Welch's music tells listeners all they need to know about the fledgling genre