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 >>
Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten folks. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favori ... More >>
Long-time editor-in-chief Tom Finkel currently wraps up his last week at Riverfront Times, so here's a Kid Rock send-off. Yeah, why not? OK, but seriously, let's all pay our respects by watching Bob Schneider's new music video. Tom will soon be overseeing the Village Voice's music blog, Sound of the ... More >>
Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
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 >>
[UPDATE: The complete lineup is now on page two of this post.] Right now, even as I type this, Weird Al Yankovic is in the midst of a three-hour long live streaming video announcement for this year's Bonnaroo Festival, a four-day event that takes place every year in Manchester, Tennessee. As one wh ... More >>
Between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of excuses to celebrate something somewhere sometime soon lately, or even retroactively. Find a place to party this week from a varying list of tasty shows -- just choose your flavor. This week's recommendations await after t ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
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. When Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, he pok ... More >>
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 >>
You made it through another week, and you should reward yourself with some live musical entertainment: Tonight it's the kings of Southern rock at the Family Arena, a strong local bill at Off Broadway and another Homegrown deal at the Pageant. STL Loud showcases an eclectic bill at the Firebi ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, November 4. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
By all accounts, emotion ran high at Off Broadway last night during Deer Tick and Dead Confederate's sold out show. Travis from 5 Score Pachyderm passed along video he took of Deer Tick front man John McCauley opening the show with a solo version of "Sleep Walk," dedicated to Dave Hagerty: Roy Ka ... More >>
By all accounts, emotion ran high at Off Broadway last night during Deer Tick and Dead Confederate's sold out show. Travis from 5 Score Pachyderm passed along video he took of Deer Tick front man John McCauley opening the show with a solo version of "Sleep Walk," dedicated to Dave Hagerty: Roy K ... More >>
You know what you're going to get with a Gretchen Wilson set: no-frills, unpretentious, hard-twanging country-rock tunes - with emphasis on the rock. Her mid-afternoon set kicked off with the 2004 hit "Here For the Party." Sporting a black camisole, sparkly silver belt and jeans and big hoop earring ... More >>
Well, this week went by quickly. (Thank you, Labor Day!) If while checking your online banking statement, you realize you might have gone overboard with the spending last weekend, here's your opportunity for redemption: Have fun this weekend on a budget. All the following events cost less than $10 - ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Unreal was at a local Schnucks the other day picking up some Oreo Double Stufs when we heard the most unusual exchange in the checkout lane. Ahead of us in line was a ZZ Top look-a-like in a biker jacket with a rhinestone patch that read: "If You Can Read This, The Bitch Fell Off". The gentleman was ... More >>
9:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, September 26. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois
10 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway.
B-Sides talks to the Comas about their latest release and downloads Iron & Wine's "The Boy With a Coin"
NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.
Highway Companion (American Recordings)
B-Sides attends a local radio station's Lenten fish fry, explores why a local jazz TV program didn't get off the ground and recommends this week's primo download
Wednesday, July 27; the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles)
B-Sides sees triple with Alkaline Trio, crunches numbers with Son Volt and gives Billy Idol some career advice
The Hold Steady bring bombast back to rock & roll
A feast of sweet summer sounds awaits you
Unreal drops by to chat with Bob Schneider; we visit Africa and the Old School
This sendup of Deliverance comes without a brain too
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
Maple Leaf Inn
Fronted by late-bloomer Anna Padgett, the Naysayer is all about the songs.
Wednesday, Nov. 14; Mississippi Nights
Sunday, Sept. 16; Ambassador
Great expectations, laid low, for St. Louis bands
Friday, Oct. 29; Kiel Center
The Bottle Rockets make a trip home to St. Louis to celebrate the release of a new album