• Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Six Reasons To Always Stagedive

    Recently, extremely dangerous pop-punk band Joyce Manor ignited controversy among true rockers everywhere after its members stopped one of their fans from stagediving on some small women. The band even later took to Facebook to condemn the practice. Although the move is likely motivated by positiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Dave Chappelle Is Coming To the Pageant This October

    We thought yesterday's announcement that Weezer will be playing at Plush next month was a big deal -- and it is -- but then word came in that the enigmatic and hilarious Dave Chappelle will be hitting a St. Louis stage in October as well. Chappelle famously walked away from the spotlight in 2005, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Tidal Volume to Release Icing EP This Friday At the Firebird

    If emo's millennial angst is having something of a comeback (and judging from the rising star of St. Louis' Foxing, it is), then perhaps there is room for a resurgence of emo's more melodic offshoots as well. Local quartet Tidal Volume could lead this charge with a new EP fueled by insistent acousti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Win Tickets to See Manchester Orchestra This Sunday at the Pageant

    Atlanta indie-rock outfit Manchester Orchestra will be performing at the Pageant this Sunday, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Six St. Louis Bands Whose Names Make the Grade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The Best Halloween Shows in St. Louis Tonight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Lou Reed's Influence: Local and National Musicians Reflect

    October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Hey Motion City Soundtrack: We Hereby Demand a Beyonce Cover

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: October 2013

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Win Tickets to Jimmy Eat World at the Pageant

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Meet the Stars of the New Comic Book, The Totally Awesome Adventures of Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Cover: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Music Music vs. Words Music

    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. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for RFT Music poking fun of the modern concept of genre that spawns ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    You Have One More Day to Submit Your Band for An Under Cover Weekend Six

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Six Most Overused Rhymes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    You have Smile by the Beach Boys in your hand: What to do with the rest of your life

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    If Harry Potter Characters Had Bands: Twelve We'd Like To See

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    The Five Saddest CDs You Can Buy for Under $2 at Best Buy

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Manchester Orchestra

    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    New Release Highlights for November 2: Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Devin the Dude and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of September 20

    * = 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

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Ten College Classes Inspired by Rocker Steve Miller's Academic Aspirations

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2010
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    March 31, 2010

    Butch Walker and the Black Widows

    8 p.m. Monday, April 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Writing Off Those Train and Blue October Shows? Think Again...

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Homespun: HUMDRUM, Individual Man

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2009

    Homespun: HUMDRUM

    Individual Man

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    And the Blink 182 Openers in St. Louis on September 29 Are...

    ...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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: February 20 to 22, Mardi Gras Edition

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2008

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

    9 p.m. Saturday, January 26. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    December 6, 2007
  • Music

    August 8, 2007

    The Rentals

    7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007
  • Music

    April 11, 2007

    Eight Days a Week

    Fear and loathing in St. Louis: A to Z's week as a woman-about-town.

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Pop Rocks

    Ten albums that'll snap and fizz

    in your ear buds all winter long

  • Music

    October 19, 2005


    Thursday, October 20; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)

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    September 28, 2005


    Friday, September 30; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)

  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    The Academy Is...

    Tuesday, July 5; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • Music

    April 13, 2005


    Gasoline Rainbows (Rock Day by Day)

  • Music

    November 3, 2004

    Nice Peter

    Friday, November 5; Frederick's Music Lounge

  • Music

    February 4, 2004

    Support the Scene

    Radar Station surfs the Web instead of going outside

  • Music

    June 25, 2003

    Helicopter Helicopter

    Wild Dogs With X-Ray Eyes (Initial)

  • Music

    January 29, 2003

    The Anniversary

    Tuesday, February 4; Gargoyle (on the Washington University campus)

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    May 22, 2002


    Friday, May 24; Galaxy

  • Music

    January 30, 2002


    Love Is Here (Capitol)

  • Music

    November 28, 2001

    Weezer with Tenacious D and Jimmy Eat World

    Thursday, Nov. 29; Family Arena

  • Music

    December 20, 2000


    Ladies, Women and Girls (Lookout)

  • Music

    October 4, 2000

    Juliana Hatfield

    Monday, Oct. 9; Firehouse

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    March 31, 1999
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    December 2, 1998
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