St. Louis is among the nation's top cities in many aspects, with courteous drivers, literacy and dog guardianship all coming to mind. But now our independent music shops are getting a little attention too, with Vintage Vinyl landing a spot on USA Today's list, "The 10 Best Record Stores in the USA." ... More >>
We music writers are often encouraged to argue our musical tastes in black-and-white terms. Not only does it make for a more interesting article, but hard-stance or scandalous opinions prompt conversations and an interesting, interactive online comment section. One band that every music journalist ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
You're going to South by Southwest, right? Or you're already there? One of those things is bound to be true. Well, we here at RFT Music have got some advice for you, and we've managed to format it all into the style of commandments, because one of our favorite things to do is pretend we're angry God ... More >>
Well, the white trousers are back in storage and the river flotation seat with tall-boy sized cup-holders is deflated. We may have a few warm days ahead still, but summer is behind us. Lest it all fade into a haze of sweating (so it was hot this summer...), we here at RFT Music have preserved the bi ... More >>
The Flaming Lips LouFest 2012: Blue Stage Sunday, August 26 "Fuck the rain," says Wayne Coyne at the beginning of the Flaming Lips set last night at LouFest. It was an appropriate if not re-energizing way to kick-off a set delayed 35 minutes due to a torrential downpour coupled with lightning; a se ... More >>
18. We Remembered to Check The Weather Forecast Soak us once, shame on you, Mother Nature. But soak us twice, and we better be either 1) drunk enough not to care and/or 2) having an intimate slow dance in the rain. Umbrella or not, the diagonal downpour that cut Dawes' set short and delayed Dr. Dog ... More >>
This year's LouFest has featured much more rain and much less Wi-Fi than in year's past. The presence of the former has caused delay in today's proceedings, whereas the lack of the latter has left RFT Music staffers in attendance unable to update the public in any traditionally timely fashion. Never ... More >>
LouFest is a little more than a week away. There are many reasons to look forward to our city's indie music Super Bowl, now in its third year: the Euclid pop-up store, the local food, the gorgeous setting, the sense of well-being derived from minimizing one's carbon footprint. But ultimately, of cou ... More >>
The long-awaited Flaming Lips musical -- titled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots -- will debut on November 6 at the La Jolly Playhouse in Los Angeles. When the project was initially announced in 2007, Aaron Sorkin was attached as a writer. But when the play became entirely sung-through, he dropped of ... More >>
Matisyahu, the newly clean-shaven Hasidic rapper/singer, will be appearing on August 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in support of Sublime with Rome. Exciting, yes, but not compared to his just-announced free in-store at Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Blvd). This follows recent appearances by bi ... More >>
Arlo Guthrie | Old Crow Medicine Show | Tim O'Brien | Jimmy LaFave | Roseanne Cash | Hanson | Del McCoury Band | Jackson Browne | The Flaming Lips | John Mellencamp This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma March 10, 2012 After decades of neglecting the ... More >>
We should have seen this coming, honestly. Earlier this year, the Flaming Lips released an EP on a flash drive embedded in a life size gummy human skull. The band even hand-delivered a few to St. Louis. Then, a couple weeks ago, the Lips released a six-hour song, which you can stream if you've got a ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyI stared into the expanse of the Flaming Lips. I bet if I were high or holding a loved one or something, I would say: I stared into the expanse of the universe. It's like that, as anyone who has seen the show can tell you. You hear about the confetti, the bubble, th ... More >>
David TorchMarnie Stern hasn't taken shortcuts. Signed to Kill Rock Stars in early 2007 on the strength of a demo (which saw a cassette release earlier this year), last year's self-titled album served to dispel any lingering notion that she was just a guitar maximalist. Its ten songs laid bar ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesWayne with Jim Utz, Promotions Manager at Vintage VinylTypically, it might seem a bit odd to send a reporter to cover an in-store signing. What's there to report? Some famous dude(tte) signing autograph after autograph, making impersonal chit chat and rushing off fans, inevitabl ... More >>
Jessica Lea Mayfield. Photo courtesy of the artistRecovered from last night's Wayne Coyne visit and Midwest Mayhem madness? Good, because there's plenty to come: Chicago's Ga'an is at Cranky Yellow tonight and Lord of the Yum Yum is in town tomorrow at the Way Out Club. Maybe they should carp ... More >>
Todd OwyoungThe Lips continue to up the psychedelic ante with marijuana-flavored and skull-shaped candy packaging.Just confirmed by Vintage Vinyl -- Wayne Coyne will be there today at 6 p.m. signing autographs and chatting. Why the St. Louis visit? He's dropping off copies of the band's lates ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day! For us at A to Z, it's like Christmas, only we're receiving special gifts from Wayne Coyne and Thom Yorke, and enjoying DJ sets and live performances by the best in local music. Which, as far as we're concerned, beats the pants off o ... More >>
So, perhaps you heard that Lady Gaga came to the Grammys encased in an egg. Yes -- an egg. The gesture was somewhat creepy, definitely curious and, of course, attention-getting. But still, we feel that there are so many options for Gaga in the future, in case she wants to show up at more awards show ... More >>
Jason Stoff(This is part two of our 31 Best Concerts of 2010 countdown. If you missed part one, #31-21, you can view that here.) 20. Todd Rundgren, Roberts Orpheum Theater, September 10, 2010 "Finally the curtain came down, but the last song wasn't over -- the band kept playing, and when the ... More >>
(Photos by Todd Owyoung coming!!) The Flaming Lips tries desperately to give more to its fans than it takes from them. It wants your emphatic applause, it wants your unconditional love, it wants your $37.50 - all fodder for creating an atmosphere that feels nothing short of magical. Wayne Coyne, S ... More >>
So, yes, the Flaming Lips is performing tonight at the Pageant. Expect spectacle, confetti, joy, psych-pop and other such shenanigans -- and look for a review and photos tomorrow. To pump yourself up -- or to console yourself if you don't have a ticket -- please enjoy this mind-boggling treasure tro ... More >>
Sleepy Kitty ArtsMany of us have heard stories or seen footage of the Flaming Lips' infamous interactive parking lot and boombox experiments. In 1997 the Lips released Zaireeka, a sort of at-home version of these experiments. The album was split into four discs, intended for simultaneous pla ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaDJs Agile 1 and Crucial with their twin boys(Note: This is part two of this week's Last Collector Standing. You can read part one right here!) Last Collector Standing: Are there different expectations for women as DJs? April: Yeah, I think the expectations are super low. Based on ... More >>
Yo Gabba Gabba! is far more than just Nickelodeon-produced kiddie fodder. It's become a venue for introducing kids to music by Devo, Chromeo, Mates of State, Of Montreal, and so many more. The show's so popular, especially with indie darlings with children, that the show's producers have a surplus o ... More >>
Ben Bridwell points out there's no "me" in "band."
Periodic Fable highlights the Hibernauts' best elements.
9 p.m. Friday, May 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Drive-By Truckers: As Southern as they wanna be.
Flaming Lip Michael Ivins drops some serious science -- fiction, that is -- on Paul Friswold.
At War with the Mystics (Warner Brothers)
Itís time to vote for your favorite St. Louis band. Would some malt liquor and acid punk help you decide?
Together We're Heavy (Hollywood Records)
Rediscovering a pioneer
Maybe This Christmas Too? (Nettwerk America)
Tubthumping (remix) (Kotch)/Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Warner Bros.)
Flaming Lips at the Pageant
Saturday, June 7; Pageant
The Starlight Mints want to be more than just that other band from Oklahoma
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.)
Steven Drozd talks about a decade's worth of weirdness with the Flaming Lips