Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... More >>
In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
St. Louis has such a rich history of experimental music, dating back to late '60s with The Black Artists Group (BAG) and early '70s with The Human Arts Ensemble. Through the '90s, the St. Louis-based SkiNGRAFT Records became a premiere label for experimental punk and noise-rock. The fact that the Ne ... More >>
Some weeks overflow with shows, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. The following list highlights just a few of the goings-ons this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned to our Weekend Best Bets post for more than a few recommendations. For now, check out the following to get an idea of what' ... More >>
Bassist Darin Gray might be the most prolific experimental musician out of St. Louis. 32 years after his first performance in the area, he shows no signs of stopping, and RFT Music couldn't be prouder to call him one our city's own. Despite the racket Gray has generated in countless ensembles and ba ... More >>
Monday mornings are funny, especially because for most of us here at RFT, Monday sort of begins on Sunday. In fact, all the days lately just sort of run together. These posts help us remember what month it is -- we hope it can help you in some way, too. This week's recommendations spotlight everythi ... More >>
Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
Iconic cult rocker Jonathan Richman will bring his wide-eyed, boyish-albeit-genius wit to Off Broadway Wednesday evening with longtime-drummer Tommy Larkin in tow. Of course you remember the two from their cameos in the Farrelly Brothers movies Kingpin and There's Something About Mary, but the beaut ... More >>
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
Cardinal fans and Cub fans. Democrats and Republicans. Those who keep up with the Kardashians and those who should be allowed to vote. Country music fans and country music haters. While no end is in sight to the strife between the first three aforementioned warring factions, there may be hope for t ... More >>
No American songwriter has produced a more malleable, sing-able and shareable body of work than Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. Decades after his death, his archives continue to yield sweet, unfinished fruit for the likes of Jay Farrar, Billy Bragg and the Klezmatics (for starters) and his songs continue to ... More >>
Another weekend of great St. Louis shows: Hot 104.1's Super Jam is this weekend at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and in case you missed it Master P got added to the already stacked bill -- No Limit soldiers, take note. Twangfest also continues this weekend with shows Friday and Saturday at Off Broa ... More >>
There will never be enough praise that could be directed to Levon Helm. Notwithstanding his incalculable contribution to the Band's brilliant rock & roll ride, Helm's titanic craftsmanship and distictive voice provided a heartbeat to an untold amount of musical acts. Not only did he inspire others, ... More >>
There aren't any surveys statistically showcasing St. Louis concertgoers' antipathy toward dancing. But even if lethargy was widespread in the Gateway City, JC Brooks says his band succeeded in shaking complacent people out of a stationary funk.
Peabody Opening Gala Aretha Franklin | Jay Leno October 1, 2011 After closing its doors twenty years ago, the Peabody Opera House (formerly Kiel Opera House) officially re-opened Saturday night and hosted a posh gala featuring the inimitable Aretha Franklin and comedic heavyweight Jay Leno. From ... More >>
Photo by Corey WoodruffOn September 26th, Deerhoof made tracks through St. Louis for the first time in its nearly twenty years of existence. The Luminary Center for the Arts held the loud but intimate sounds of the seminal experimental pop group, catering to a nearly sold out crowd on a chill ... More >>
Courtesy of Chris MillsYou can take the kid of out Collinsville, Illinois, but you can't take Collinsville out of the kid. A certain sense of Midwestern, small-town alienation pervades the music of singer, songwriter and orchestral pop obsessive Chris Mills, even as his music has grown more c ... More >>
Some sad news out of Nashville this morning, according to a link on Vintage Vinyl's Facebook. Country icon Charlie Louvin died this morning. He was 83. Louvin was scheduled to play at Off Broadway in November -- a concert which was rescheduled from earlier in the year -- but it was very quiet ... More >>
Last week LouFest announced the dates of its second festival and immediately started selling discounted two-day passes to brave souls willing to buy without knowing the line-up in advance. No word on when an official announcement will be made about who'll be playing. But in the meantime, it's fun ... More >>
(Photos coming soon!) As soon as he strode onto the low-lit Pageant stage, it was clear that Sam Beam was a changed man. Not only had the Iron & Wine leader trimmed his famed beard and flowing locks to a respectable length, the singer and guitarist was downright chatty even before he played the fir ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie. In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Todd OwyoungThose Darlins at Off Broadway, 11/12/09The local American music festival Twangfest is now in its fourteenth year. Long past its adolescence and its awkward phase, the booking for the four-night showcase shows that its teenage years are both classically minded and musically adventu ... More >>
Cameron WittigWhen Duluth, Minnesota's Retribution Gospel Choir last came to St. Louis -- as the opener for Wilco's three-night stand at the Pageant in 2008 -- the big stage swallowed its elasticized guitar textures and glacial tempos. Last night's show at the Firebird, however, was another s ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
It's not a stretch to call Jason Mraz the hottest act at Farm Aid 2009. He may not have the legacy of Willie or the hipster cachet of Wilco, but Mraz's star is still on the rise and seems to show no sign of dimming. Mraz's continued climb to the top, however, is accompanied by a healthy dose of ma ... More >>
A culture war is rocking within St. Louis underground hip-hop scene.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The 2007 RFT Music Awards winners are here!
Your guide to St. Louis music from now till Labor Day.
Then we snag an interview with country legend and new friend of Lambchop Charlie Louvin.
St. Louis bands make a fine showing at Austin's annual indie-rock spring break.
Local artist Nite Owl earns a record deal, while Pierce Crask and Falling Martins release a record.
The Lou's newest major-label band gives A to Z a sonic sneak preview.
Hey kids! Dave Simon's music academy can transform you from a painfully shy teen to a guitar-slinging badass! Even your parents will approve!
B-Sides gets our groove on to Scott Kay & the Continentals, establishes Joan Jett's badass reputation and gets cozy with Strawfoot's Reverend Uncle Marc
A to Z goes to London Calling; feels OK about the UK.
A to Z: Cheerleader extraordinaire.
A to Z chats with Miles of Wire, and crams in a bunch of local stuff we couldn't fit anywhere else
Great expectations, laid low, for St. Louis bands
Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts