High school wasn't an awesome John Hughes movie for many of us, but it still was kind of rad. At no other point in our lives will people shrug while we moon a pep rally, awkwardly hit on the grumpy artiste in oil painting class or shove plastic sporks up our nose to amuse our friends, all while bein ... More >>
Halloween is here! Whether you planned that get-up for months or now have to scour the gutter for some tumbleweave to augment that makeshift costume, get on out and partake in some prime people watching tonight. Lots of local musicians went all out to dress up for one-night-only cover sets, and plen ... More >>
Motion City Soundtrack is a pretty rockin' band. The pop-punk five-piece has performed or collaborated with some big-time friends, including Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Trampled By Turtles, Weezer and the Dead Girls. And in its decade-plus of non-stop touring, the Minneapolis group regularly swings by ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World is coming to the Pageant! The Mesa, Arizona rock band will perform on Thursday, August 1, and we have two tickets up for grabs.
In this 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 the Blank. Last year, Corey ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
I'm willing to be surprised, on this, but if word got out that there was a Beck sheet music album coming out, I'm fairly sure the average RFT Music reader could fill in the rest of the news story him-or-herself. So: There's a Beck sheet music album coming out. It's called Song Reader, which is nicel ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>
Here's how things were different the last time Ben Folds Five released an album, without digital music stores, social networking, or anything like Kickstarter: Ubiquity was a possible outcome for rock-and-roll albums. Not just from huge names, either--in the same way baseball's late-90s power bing ... More >>
1. Kill yourself. If you've already bought your copy of The Smile Sessions, the Beach Boys collection that gets us as close as we'll ever come to a complete version of the most famous lost album of all time, you've probably been waiting for it--it just came out November 1, after all. And if ... More >>
Update, 9/28:This show is now sold out. You've got a little over two weeks to dig through craigslist or buddy up with a ticket-having friend. Original post follows... Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck ... More >>
Henry Diltz Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on October 15th. He'll also play some songs from Modern Art, his latest. Tickets are $20 and go on sale August 19th at 5 p.m.
If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Tonight at the Old Rock House, LA's Stew and the Negro Problem will be performing as part of the venue's Listening Room Series. The show's at 8:30 and tickets are $27.50 for reserved seating, $20 for general admission. This is the group's first tour in six years -- they've been involved in the Broad ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Autumn Defense's Once Around*The Autumn Defense, Once Around Consequence of Sound claims Once Around is "very much worth your time." "There seems to be ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. DEAD CONFEDERATE---Sugar 2. MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO & SO'S---Buzzard* 3. KEM---Intimacy 4. WALKMEN---Lisbon* 5. SANTANA---Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
This morning, the USC Thornton School of Music announced that Steve Miller -- he of Steve Miller Band fame -- would be teaching there during the 2010-2011 school year. According to a press release, Miller will be an "artist in residence" who will "work on a regular basis with undergraduate st ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, April 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Okay, admit it: Most of you weren't very excited to hear that Train -- the soccer-mom fave known for "Drops of Jupiter" and other soft-glow hits -- and Point-staple rockers Blue October were coming to the Pageant. And so perhaps you missed the opening acts announced for each show, assuming they woul ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews HUMDRUM's CD, Individual Man. He had this to say: If you were to break a certain folksy dictum and judge HUMDRUM's CD by its cover, you'd be right to assume that space is the place for this local quartet. The artwork for Individual Man features a h ... More >>
...Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects. Not Taking Back Sunday and Weezer, who were the original openers before the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater show was moved to September 29. Refund information after the jump!Not on the bill is hip-hop act Asher "I Love College" Roth, who's been on some of thes ... More >>
It's Mardi Gras this weekend, so be careful, kids. Don't drink and drive.Friday, February 20*Traindodge/Jovian Chorus/Gold Tooth, Firebird*The Parlor Mob, Duck Room*Nato Caliph, Gargoyle*A Bit Shifty, The Wedge*Alvin Jett and Phat Noiz, Beale on Broadway*Big Smith, The Gramophone*Cowboy Mouth, VooDo ... More >>
Here are concert announcements for the week of February 17 at clubs around St. Louis! Editor's note: Keep in mind these are generally long-lead shows with national ties or last-minute local things just announced by venues -- not locals-only concerts happening in the far-off future. So don't be offen ... 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 >>
9 p.m. Saturday, January 26. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Fear and loathing in St. Louis: A to Z's week as a woman-about-town.
Ten albums that'll snap and fizz
in your ear buds all winter long
Thursday, October 20; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Friday, September 30; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
Tuesday, July 5; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Gasoline Rainbows (Rock Day by Day)
Friday, November 5; Frederick's Music Lounge
Radar Station surfs the Web instead of going outside
Wild Dogs With X-Ray Eyes (Initial)
Tuesday, February 4; Gargoyle (on the Washington University campus)
Jeff Lash Trio, Thursday, December 19; Pop's Blue Moon. Hot House Sessions with Jeff Lash, Sunday, December 22; Miso.
Love Is Here (Capitol)
Thursday, Nov. 29; Family Arena
Sunday, Sept. 16; Mississippi Nights
Ladies, Women and Girls (Lookout)
Monday, Oct. 9; Firehouse