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 ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... More >>
Marshall Amplification founder Jim Marshall passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He had been diagnosed with cancer late last year after suffering from a series of strokes. His name may not be familiar to the average music lover, but his amplifiers provided the massive, crunchy guitar sound that s ... More >>
After more than 40 years in the music business, one might think that saxophonist David Sanborn has done it all. From playing at Woodstock with the Butterfield Blues Band, to performing on dozens of hit records with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, to a successful solo career ... More >>
wikimedia commonsIt has been a particularly grim summer already in music festival fatalities, with one death over the weekend at Electric Daisy and two more at Bonnaroo a couple weeks ago. But this is hardly a new phenomenon: The combination of crushing crowds, heat and mind-altering substanc ... More >>
Shirley and Chris Mucci of Alton, Il. Back in January we told you about a local musician looking for a cure. Chris Mucci, 61, of Alton, passed away on February 21 surrounded by his friends and family. This weekend, Chris's friends and accomplices in the music community are hosting a memorial ... More >>
Yesterday we questioned the proliferation of celebrity-owned chicken restaurants, with the opening of Flavor Flav's first Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa. But Flav's foray into food service left us with a second question: do you really want to eat food made by this guy? VH1 TV Shows | Music V ... More >>
I see donuts in your future. OK, we couldn't let this one slip by. According to this morning's Post-Dispatch, the police department in the town of Woodstock, Ill., is on the hunt for missing person Beth Bentley, who was last seen eight months ago in Centralia, Ill., located about an hour east ... More >>
Jason CrepsThe New Pornographers on ice.In this week's paper, we ran an interview with the New Pornographers' redheaded frontman, Carl Newman. Now, in anticipation for tonight's concert at the Pageant with the Dodos, we offer outtakes from the conversation -- everything from Dan Bejar's geniu ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 18. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
photo by Keegan HamiltonDon Yarber's mustache also supports medical marijuana in MissouriRiverfront Times founder Ray Hartmann had to cancel his speaking engagement Saturday at Missouri NORML's Spring Conference on Cherokee Street.Maybe it was just the mellow attitudes of the two dozen or so peop ... More >>
Voyageur PressAs Jon Bream emphasizes repeatedly throughout Neil Diamond is Forever: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music, Neil Diamond is not hip. That's probably why my parents liked him. Actually that's probably why most people's parents liked him, except for people whose parents ran ... More >>
The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) announced its schedule a few weeks ago -- and as always, the fest has plenty of offerings for music-doc buffs and local music fans. SLIFF runs from November 12 to 22; all ticket info and locations of the films can be found at this link. Among the do ... More >>
Todd Smith was the only person wounded in the Kirkwood shootings to survive. In case you missed Deb Peterson's schmooze on Todd Smith, the former Suburban Journals reporter who was wounded in the Kirkwood City Hall shooting a year before being laid off by the employer he took a bullet for: Smith ... More >>
This week in the RFT, freelance writer Roy Kasten interviewed Tom Russell about his creative process, especially for the new album Blood and Candle Smoke, which prominently features the sounds of Calexico, and some of his strongest compositions after over 30 years of songwriting. He'll be in the St. ... More >>
ozarkmusicfestivalexhibit.comThe Ozark Music Festival kicked off 35 years ago last Saturday, July 18, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Concert promoters had assured Sedalians that they would be hosting a "soft rock" festival with 50,000 spectators.Instead, 160,000 people (and that's a c ... More >>
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 7. GCS Ballpark, 2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Saturday, February 4; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some loveable Limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down
Looking for the perfect songs for Valentine's Day? Yeah, we're not going to help you out at all.
Week of November 17, 2004
Bukowski gets his in a touching, terrifying documentary
The jam-band community pulls together for one heck of a funeral
This Bob Dylan movie is as inscrutable as Bob Dylan music
Rhymer Common breaks new ground on his adventurous, rock-infused new disc
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Week of October 30, 2002
Week of June 19, 2002
St. Louis native Russell Gunn returns home for a much-anticipated gig at Bistro Europa
Jim Lovins, Wherehouse Music
Written and directed by Greg Harrison
Is the seminal '70s musical still in style?
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
The Chemical Brothers achieve combustion on their new album, Surrender
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled
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