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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pokey LaFarge: Yes, We Should Mourn Chuck Berry

Posted By on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 4:10 PM

I was driving I-55 south from Chicago, the home of Chess Records, listening to Esther Phillips’ "Oh, Papa." I swear when my co-pilot told me the news that Chuck Berry had passed, the skyline of St. Louis, the city we call home, came into view — the sun setting,...

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry, Father of Rock & Roll, Dead at 90

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known to the world as Chuck Berry, legendary guitarist and father of rock & roll, has passed away at the age of 90. St. Charles County police say they were called to a home on Buckner Road at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, March...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

SXSW 2017 Highlights From the First Three Days: Lemon Twigs, Spoon, New Pornographers, Kasey Chambers, Valerie June, She Drew the Gun and More

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:28 PM

The headlines should have been expected. Pitchfork: "Confusion Abounds as Multiple International SXSW Artists Denied Entry Into U.S." Billboard: "Customs Officials Offer Travel Clarification After SXSW Artist Is Denied Entry Into U.S." At least seven bands planning to make the trek to Austin, including members of Soviet Soviet, Yussef...

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 17 to 19

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM

More like South by South City, am I right? As bands buzz through St. Louis coming to and from Austin, Texas, for SXSW, music fans are burdened with which show to skip because staying in isn't even an option. From emerging bands such as Lady Pills and Datenight to...

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King Buffalo Catches Thief in the Act of Stealing from Its Van in Midtown

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 7:28 AM

Things could have ended a lot worse for the members of King Buffalo. The Rochester, New York-based rock band performed at Fubar on Saturday night. Close to 11:45 p.m., two of the group's members walked down the street away from the club and turned the corner, heading to their...

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rapper Meek Mill Charged with Assault of Lambert Airport Employees

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has been charged with assault after an altercation with two employees at Lambert International Airport on Wednesday, reports TMZ. The rapper, who was in town for Tuesday night's State of Emergency concert at Chaifetz Arena, was reportedly approached by an employee who wanted a picture with...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Newly Announced: 311, the Shins, Lyle Lovett, Black Lips, Animals As Leaders and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 7:15 AM

Here, again, is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Help Us Pick the Bands for This Year's Music Showcase in the Grove

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:15 AM

We're shaking things up with the RFT Music Showcase this year. For one thing, we're changing the name: Allow us to introduce you to ShowcaseSTL. After all, this whole thing is about celebrating St. Louis and the best musicians found therein — not the Riverfront Times. For another, as...

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Mac Sabbath Brings Its McDonald's-Themed Parody Metal to the Firebird This Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 6:42 AM

Black Sabbath is no more. Having performed its final show on February 4, the pioneering band that helped define the heavy metal sound has laid down its instruments. But have no fear, diehard fans, because Mac Sabbath.... Ha! Nah, just kidding: Fans of the original are likely to find...

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Alt-Rock Royalty Dinosaur Jr Refuses to Go Extinct

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 6:25 AM

Though Dinosaur Jr is hailed by fans as one of the all-time greatest acts tied to the “alternative rock” movement, it never achieved proper mainstream success. Founded in Amherst, Massachusetts, in decidedly pre-grunge 1984, Dinosaur Jr toiled for years on the edges of the local punk scene: too out...

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