Hey, did you guys know that Jeff Tweedy was on the season finale of Parks and Recreation last night? I didn't. Wait, that's not quite true -- I heard about it a million months ago but kind of forgot until 40 minutes before the episode aired, and then I got excited and forced a friend to say that I c ... More >>
New York City is a wonderful place to live, but it can be hard to make ends meet if you want to focus on your art. Such was the dilemma that Matt Mason and Nan Turner faced in 2012. As Schwervon!, a guitar/drum duo, the two had recorded a few albums, toured the States a bit and made a few forays int ... More >>
Pics, pics, pics, pics: They make the Internet run. Here are some our favorite photos from the month of January, published within the pages, deadtree and digital, of the RFT.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah (or Chanukah, if you can manage that guttural "ch") starts Saturday night at sundown. A few weeks ago, Jimmy Kimmel ran a segment on his show called "Hipster or Hasidic" in which the audience had to determine whether a series of beards belonged to Brooklynites of the ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase ... More >>
The key change is an essential device in the pop canon. Play song, move chords and melody up a half step or so, continue in new key until otherwise noted. It's simple, really, and often effective, which is why it has been employed to the point of abuse. Here are the six best key changes in pop music ... More >>
Bloodshot RecordsThe Bottle Rockets' Acoustic Album Finally Sees the Light of Day Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With the Bottle Rockets was a long time in coming -- four years in fact. Recorded over two nights in 2007 at the now defunct Lucas School House, the live album was one of this ... More >>
Okkervil River is coming to the Pageant! And Wye Oak is opening! The show's on September 20th -- tickets are $16 ($19 day of show) and go on sale July 22nd at 5 p.m. Okkervil River, touring in support of the recently released I Am Very Far, went to the head of the mid-to-late-Aughts indie ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe "pretentious record store guy" has long been the bane of the record shop. Despite their wealth of archaic knowledge, music lovers were never sure whether these pompous clerks were an asset or a plague to their shopping experience. Local comic artist and graphic designer Carlos ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaScott Phillips is the national best-selling author of the novels The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway; his newest book is the Western-tinged, black comedy Cottonwood. He's also a vinyl collector who has recurring dreams of shifting through bin after bin of lost music in an imaginary r ... More >>
Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>
Please look here and here for Haiti benefits happening around town this weekend. Friday, January 22 *Corey Smith, The Pageant *Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, 2720 Cherokee *Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Deluxe (last show at the venue) *Soul Kiss (reunion), Duck Room *Mario Pascal, Lamar Harris a ... More >>
â€‹Scottrade Center *Jay-Z/Young Jeezy, Friday, March 19 Off Broadway *Bobby Bare, Jr./David Vandervelde, Friday, January 1 *Agent Orange, Wednesday, January 20 *Po' Girl, Wednesday, February 3 *The Hot Seats/Pokey LaFarge, Friday, February 19 Sheldon Concert Hall *Alison Brown, Friday, November 20 ... More >>
Even before the show began, the boys in the Hold Steady had a challenge set before them. The celebrated Brooklyn group, widely considered to be one of the best working bands in indie rock or anywhere else, was booked at Washington University's Gargoyle club, a venue that most post-collegiate show-go ... More >>
(Welcome to Obscurity Knocks, where every Thursday we'll unearth something good -- but obscure -- we think deserves notice.) MP3: "Susie's Getting Married"Artist: The CucumbersAlbum: The Cucumbers four-song EP Year: 1983Label: Fake Doom RecordsWho were/are they? A band from the New Jersey sub ... More >>
If you don't like geeking out, unabashed fandom or good music, stop reading now. Anyone else, please forge ahead. It's no surprise that I'm stoked for this weekend's appearances by Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. But why is this such a big deal? Roy touched on this in his story, but these two men ... More >>
(Photos and words by Roy Kasten)By temperament, I'm not a social person, which puts me at the center of a paradox every time I go out to see a band, something I've been doing every other night for most of my adult life -- or so it often seems. But I love music in performance, for the sound and p ... More >>
Jennifer O’Connor’s unexpected career path has helped her land among the stars.
Neither meeting Sonic Youth nor covering seminal '80s songs fazes Grant-Lee Phillips.
8 p.m. Sunday, August 27. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Unlike Jesus, Avril Lavigne will live to prove her haters wrong
Friday, July 1; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (Merge)
Week of September 29, 2004
These are the best rock & roll conversations in the world. No argument.
Week of June 9, 2004
Cronyism! Nepotism! Backstabbing! Secrecy! So that's why they call it "community radio"!
Grandaddy is California nightmarin'
Marquee Moon / Adventure (Rhino)
Week of September 24, 2003
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Japanese composer Nobukazu Takemura has released some of the most important experimental electronic music of the past decade
Hyacinths and Thistles
Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (Rhino)