The Riverfront Times Has a New Music Editor, As of April 6

changes_david_bowie_single.jpg
There's no easy way to say this, and for once I've been at a loss for words on how to tell people, so I'll simply say this: Tuesday, April 5, is my last day as RFT music editor. In mid-April I'm moving back to Cleveland and taking a job with Alternative Press as their managing editor. This will let me be closer to my family and my boyfriend, who I actually met because of A to Z. (And this post about Matthew Sweet, specifically. But that's a meet-cute story for another time and place.) I also really can't put into words how much I love St. Louis and how much I'll miss the city -- and in particular the people in the music community. I moved here knowing absolutely nobody. But because people were so friendly and willing to talk to me, I slowly but surely found a true home here. I've had so many ridiculous (and awesome) experiences because of this job, and I've met so many amazing people. I know how rare that is, and how lucky I am to have had this position, and I'm so thankful. I'm proud of the local music community, and what it's accomplished -- and continues to accomplish, maybe now moreso than ever.

[Note, March 31: I've received a ton of inquiries about this, so just to clear up any confusion: This blog, A to Z, is not going away. I realize that it looks like this is "my" blog because it has the same initials as I do, and because I happen to post a lot on it, but this is the Riverfront Times' music blog -- not my personal blog. It belongs to the RFT; it doesn't belong to me. The name actually came from the print column I used to do, which was called A to Z. And that column name was meant more to convey that the RFT covers "music from A to Z" in St. Louis -- which is also the goal of this blog. So even though I'm no longer going to be music editor, this blog is still the RFT's music blog, and it's still continuing on apace under Kiernan's leadership.]

I'll have more to say in a farewell column running in print in the April 7 issue. But I'd also like to introduce my successor.

His name is Kiernan Maletsky. He went to Mizzou and is moving here from Denver, where he's been working at our sister paper there, Westword. From talking to him so far, I am very confident that he's going to hit the ground running here and do a wonderful job. He stresses that he's committed to becoming involved in the local music community, and that "globally, there's really no genre of music I'll dismiss out of hand." His memorable shows bear that out:

"My favorite concert of the last two years was a local band in Denver, my second favorite was Yo La Tengo, my third favorite was Big Boi and my fourth was Brandi Carlile," he says in an email. "And that, still, my favorite concert ever was the White Rabbits at Mojo's in Columbia, the first time they played in town after they moved to New York."

I'll be showing him the ropes early next week, and he'll be out and about soon, so definitely be sure to make him feel welcome in St. Louis. Oh, and his RFT email is up and running, so feel free to drop him a line hello! kiernan DOT maletsky AT riverfronttimes DOT com. (You know what to do to make that email-friendly.)

My Voice Nation Help
37 comments
tianyuhero
tianyuhero

Sand fly over juicy couture bags the earth beyond the Great Wall or so, so, the crooked, slanting the engine ran to juicy couture me, retaining only the Mirage juicy couture clothing front of the fragmented, click, cracking, crystal clear juicy couture sale one place ... Midnight, once juicy couture wholesale again from this dream in the eyes open Gan-hyun, drying, heating, broken ears still echoed the voice of TV drama, click, cracking, click, cracking, carbazole ... as slow and vicious cannibal ants that with the erosion of the ancient and rotten body, carbazole ... ... until the bones cracking into a pool of crisp yellow sand.

Pancake Master
Pancake Master

Dang I have been putting off adding my two cents because I am clearly in DENIAL about this! I see my website made it to the "Links" section; I don't know if that happened a billion years ago or a day and a half ago but thanks all the same. And thanks for everything else, too, but of course. Party Big, Wail Hard, and Be Excellent in Cleveland.

Jonezy
Jonezy

oh yea...AND GOOD LUCK ANNIE, although I doubt you'll need it! (how rude of me) lol

Jonezy
Jonezy

Welcome Kiernan! Annie, we've never met in person but I will miss your witty posts:) Kiernan, I'm Jonezy, a local rapper, WHAT UP?? also, fart jokes never get old! keep em comin. haha

Brian
Brian

Bummer, I am going to miss this blog. Thanks for everything - best of luck in Cleveland!

Patrick Kearns
Patrick Kearns

Annie-

I just moved to Cleveland. Glad to know you'll be there too. Hope to see you at the Grog Shop some night.

-Patrick (former drummer of Art Majors)

Resoldered
Resoldered

Best of luck in the new position. You helped us out a lot and we're very grateful!

Ben
Ben

I'm sad to see you go, Annie. I've always enjoyed our encounters and relished your reviews. I'll forever have that spot saved for you in the front row of the parking lot in my heart. Congratulations, and good luck in Cleveland!

LAURENCRUSE
LAURENCRUSE

Annie, I've never commented before but- you'll be missed. Loved your reviews and wish you the best of luck. Your pieces are a big part of why I check riverfronttimes.com daily. Take care.

Kjohnson
Kjohnson

Annie say it isn't so...say it! Immediately!

worldclassfad
worldclassfad

Thanks for making this such a great site. We have all benefited from your insights and enthusiasm!

ChalkNation
ChalkNation

Now baking cookies for Kiernan Maletsky,..haha kidding Annie. You did a fantastic job and did great things for the STL music scene, Best of Luck in cleveland<3 The ChalkBoyz

Blipster
Blipster

this cocksucker better BRING IT

Sslasser
Sslasser

Annie, you had an awesome run here. Thank you for giving the garage scene in town some love.

f matthew frederick
f matthew frederick

This is bittersweet news, Annie. It's sad to see you go, but awesome to see you moving on up. I'm sure that this new guy is good, since he has your imprimatur.

Matt Harnish
Matt Harnish

For your last act as editor will you be revealing the true identity of Joe Payne?

JV
JV

Any idea what the new guy likes to drink? Time to stock up!Gonna miss ya AZ!

Mike Appelstein
Mike Appelstein

So happy for you! But you will be extremely missed here in STL, so please visit!

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Big time bummer. I was just getting to know you. Congrats on the bump, though.

Matt
Matt

Maybe Stir will play a show in Cleveland. That would be awesome.

billstreeter
billstreeter

Wow Annie! Congratulations on the new gig, but I gotta say I'm sorry to see you leave. You have done a great job as music editor here and Kiernan is gonna have some big shoes to fill.

Tom L
Tom L

Good for Annie, bummer for us!You've done an outstanding job here Ms. Zaleski, best of luck at AP.I hope the new guy is just as good...crossed fingers...at least he went to Mizzou so he isn't a complete stranger to the scene here.

Jason Stoff
Jason Stoff

Annie, we're going to miss you - but best of luck in Cleveland!

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski

Thank you for always bringing a Westerbergian slant to things!

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski

Yes -- where are these cookies I was promised? My last day isn't until Tuesday. ;)

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski

Man, Joe Payne disappeared. No idea what happened to that guy.

mike a
mike a

I'm guessing we'll find out once he gets to know a certain local band called Bunnygrunt.

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski

Thanks, Bill. :) As I told someone else, being on the Internet means you never have to say goodbye! But I know Kiernan's going to do great -- the RFT is in good hands!

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski

I think more when he gets to know a local bartender with initials JV.

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...