The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
This week, Darin Gray makes a special in-store appearance at Apop Records, the Hold Steady revisits Off Broadway, Greg Brown plays the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Firebird celebrates its fifth birthday. Check out these show previews and more after the jump, and stay tuned for more picks for the wee ... More >>
In this weekly 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 in the Blank. Songwr ... More >>
In this weekly 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 in the Blank. Brothe ... More >>
Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
It has been a crazy, crazy crime-filled week in St. Louis. Let's all go to some shows and try to forget about it for a while, okay? Just please, for the love of dogs, be careful out there! This weekend, look for new releases from Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and the Blu Skies, check out the extensive li ... More >>
[Update May 3: LouFest tickets are on sale now! Click through this link to purchase yours.] It's official! No need for further speculation, the LouFest lineup has been announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at www.loufest.com. A limited number of $75 two-day ... More >>
This week's LouFest lineup announcement has stirred up a lot of conversation in the city of St. Louis. The festival's new partnership with C3 Presents has served as a lightning rod of sorts: There are those who are excited about the veteran production company's ability to draw some big names, and th ... More >>
This morning LouFest launched a guessing game for its 2013 line-up, releasing a Wheel of Fortune-like thing with fill-in-the-blank band names and plans to release one letter a day between today and Monday, April 29. The first clue is the letter "U," which makes nine appearances in the line-up. In th ... More >>
So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies across the country -- well, we are no longer affiliated, so that's that. And aside from that, it's business as us ... More >>
Reverend Peyton and his big damn band will be at the Firebird tonight. The last time they rolled through St. Louis there was quite a bit of competition in terms of entertainment; Wilco played at the newly opened Peabody Opera House, President Obama visited our fair city, Arctic Monkeys played to a p ... More >>
The Forecastle Music Festival, which will take place this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, boasts more than just a big name lineup -- it will also feature the Sustainable Living Roadshow, art exhibitions, the Kentucky Bourbon Lodge and a poster show. Though let's not kid ourselves: The lineup is wha ... More >>
St. Louis bloggers Jason Gonulsen and Katie Guymon met when they began collaborating on a singer-songwriter column for the online publication, Glide. Their column was named "Strangers Almanac", an allusion to an album from Ryan Adam's first band, Whiskeytown. "Katie and I listen to a lot of differen ... More >>
Statistically speaking, you or some iTunes user you know has, ton-i-i-i-i-ight, confirmed that he and someone else are both young and proceeded to set the world on fire. fun., America's least search-engine-optimizable band--and, somehow, the first rock band since Nickelback to debut on top of the ... More >>
On Saturday the world's foremost Woody Guthrie scholars gathered at the University of Tulsa to discuss how Guthrie's Oklahoma roots shaped his music and the Sooner State musicians who've followed in his footsteps. "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100" is the fir ... More >>
Photos by Jason StoffIf nothing else, Jay Farrar (left) and Jeff Tweedy (right) agree on Woody Guthrie.Over the weekend, Billy Bragg announced that he and Wilco would release a third installment in their Mermaid Avenue series. The albums draw inspiration from Woody Guthrie's notebooks of unre ... More >>
Woody Guthrie left behind notebooks full of words, snippets and entire lyrics. The Woody Guthrie Foundation, led by his daughter Nora, has been lending them to artists to create music around his words. You may remember the series' most successful installment to date, Wilco and Billy Bragg's collabor ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, December 10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Everyone get excited!Wilco just announced a string of North American tour dates for this fall, and St. Louis has one of them: October 4th at the Peabody Opera House. You can see the announcement on the band's official Facebook page, but it's not on the Peabody site yet, and Wilco's own site i ... 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 >>
Photo courtesy of JC Brooks & the Uptown SoundWe have just received the details on this year's Indie Rock Ice Cream Social, a yearly summertime party fueled by sugar and music. Chicago's JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, which played a well-received set at last year's Twangfest, leads a bill rou ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaSleepy Kitty, with their record collectionAfter Joe Schwab filled A to Z in on Euclid Records' pop-up store at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, he chatted about what the store's record label -- uh, Euclid Records -- is up to. First, the next installment in its "Euclid Sessions" seve ... More >>
Christian SchaefferThe Fleshtones atop Off Broadway's barThe promise of rock & roll has always been the promise of being forever young, and last night the patrons at Off Broadway got a good argument for music's gift of eternal youth. The inaugural weekend of the (hopefully) annual Beat 'n' So ... More >>
A few hours before Wilco's Jeff Tweedy played a rousing solo set at LouFest, Mayor Slay proclaimed it "Jeff Tweedy Day" in St. Louis. The presentation of the proclamation wasn't public; it happened backstage during the afternoon, so there was really nothing to see. (And unfortunately, I don't think ... More >>
Todd ReothEric Earley started Blitzen Trapper with just a guitar, his Portland basement studio and an insatiable desire to create. After its 2007 breakthrough, Wild Mountain Nation, the band jumped into a life of vans, planes, festivals, and opening slots for Wilco, Fleet Foxes and Iron & Win ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
The Dive Bomber: Now on Thursdays!One night last year, my husband and I stopped by Rick's Place, our favorite bar, to find a new sign with a new name. We peered in the window long enough to notice a new jukebox and far too many people. Overcome with grief, we left without setting foot in the renam ... More >>
The Daily RFT reports: Anheuser-Busch is said to be working on a contract to purchase the naming rights to Dolphins Stadium in Miami. If concluded, the stadium would be the second professional sports stadium -- after Busch Stadium -- to name itself after an A-B product. The St. Louis brewer (via B ... More >>
Tomorrow is the day, when three independent record stores in town unleash limited-edition vinyl, special movie showings, guest DJs, sales and plenty more carefree shenanigans -- all in the name of Record Store Day! Check back on Sunday or Monday for a slideshow of images from all three stores. But b ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, December 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Saturday, January 26. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Avenue.
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