Goblin Comes to St. Louis for the First Time: Recap and Photos

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Jon Gitchoff
Goblin. Click here to see our full slideshow.
Before last night, Goblin never performed in St. Louis. Until 2013, the Italian prog-giants spent 30+ years touring Europe and scoring horror movie soundtracks without ever stepping foot in the United States. Its first tour, earlier this fall, brought the band to sold-out venues in several major cities, but St. Louis was sadly skipped over. By all accounts, any diehard fan was to travel to Chicago to get their fix, because who the hell knows when (or if) Goblin will return?

See also: Goblin Attack: Italian Prog-Rock kings of the horror movie soundtrack Goblin finally hit the USA

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Voodoo Glow Skulls, Toasters Hit Home Runs at the Firebird 10/23/13: Recap, Setlists

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Allison Babka
Brothers Jorge Casillas and Frank Casillas perform with Voodoo Glow Skulls.

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday may have rounded all four bases Wednesday night in Boston, but two bands playing back in the 314 were the ones who hit the real home runs.

Punk stalwarts Voodoo Glow Skulls and ska elders the Toasters brought the sweet sounds of success and perseverance to the Firebird -- sounds the Redbirds wouldn't hear as they fought through the first game of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Though it is storied entities with ever-shifting lineups -- Voodoo Glow Skulls formed in 1988 and successfully meshed hardcore punk with ska and Mexican music, the Toasters began in 1981 and was instrumental in third-wave ska pervasiveness, the Cardinals were established in 1882 and have a gazillion World Series titles and league pennants -- the bands proved that the Cardinal Way wasn't the Only Way.

Let's look at the scorecards.

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Photos: Chuck Berry Last Night at Blueberry Hill, 10/9/13

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All photos by Steve Truesdell for the RFT.
Chuck Berry last night at Blueberry Hill.
The godfather of rock &, Chuck Berry, played his monthly show at Blueberry Hill last night to a packed house of loyal fans.

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Review: An Under Cover Weekend 7 Delivers Two Nights of Memorable Music

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Dots Not Feathers, performing as Queen
Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess of bands like the Feed and the Incurables, and the simple beauty of Scarlet Tanagers' harmonies. It gave Bredon Jones of Last To Show First To Go reason to flex vocal muscles he wasn't even sure he had. It also gave rise to a new guard who will satisfy St. Louis' stomach pains for another show-stopping act like Via Dove, who after five cycles bid AUCW adieu.

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Last Night Blowfly Stole My Girlfriend and Called My Dick Puny

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Mabel Suen

The Firebird. 2/6/2013.

"Yo, this is fucked up. Listen."

Blowfly shuffled on stage last night to spit his piece on pussy hell, incredible fucks and the real first rap. In a world with justice, it would have been shoulder-to-shoulder and cramped, but the Firebird was only half full, with enough room to break dance but no one shaking their asses. If you don't know Blowfly, you need a damn history lesson, but that's not my job. I was blessed by Blowfly's raunchy, raucous performance last night, but not before a baptism by Black James.

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"Memories of Elvis" By the Numbers: Pelvic Thrust Count and Other Highlights

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"Memories of Elvis" featuring Steve Davis and the Mid-South Revival
The Pageant
Jan. 12, 2013

Dead for more than 35 years, Elvis Presley's ghost returns to St. Louis every January to throw himself a big ol' birthday bash. But there are no party hats and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches -- it's all booze, dancing and rhinestones out the wazoo.

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The Six Best Shows of 2012 That Nobody Attended

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The Sea and Cake: Just one of the great shows you probably didn't go to this year.
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing!

Despite what you may presume from the headline, I don't intend for this to be an "Oh man, I was there and you weren't" piece at all. Even with as bitter and cynical as we citizens of St. Louis can be sometimes, it's important to remember that we really are completely blessed when it comes to the music scene, in terms of shows both local and national. The people that run our city's venues genuinely bust their asses, with the goal being less to pack the house every night than it is to offer all parties involved -- fans and bands alike -- a memorable experience. In keeping, smaller acts with less draw are welcomed with open arms by many promoters in St. Louis, and with that abundance comes the impossibility of seeing every interesting concert that may show up on your radar.

So yeah, I get it. You probably missed most of these shows. In some instances that's okay, but at the same time: What were you thinking? Consider this an ode to all those shows that slipped through the cracks, but were certainly no less memorable than any sold-out affair over the past year.

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Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik at the Pageant: The View From the Mosh Pit [PHOTOS]

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All photos by Kiernan Maletsky, unless otherwise noted.
Yep, that's right, there was a mosh pit at the Pageant last night during the Sleigh Bells concert. To be fair: maybe the most sedate mosh pit I've ever seen. But I'd like to think at least one person left with bruises and I know I went home covered in a diverse sweat cocktail -- including some from Volcanoes' Eric Peters, who generally took better photos with his iPhone than I did with my point-and-shoot. Decide for yourself:

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-Crotching Whiskey at the Justin Bieber Concert and Getting Thrown Out: A Review
-The 15 most ridiculous band promo photos
-Slideshow: Sleigh Bells at the Firebird


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Swans at the Firebird, 10/23/12: Recap

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Michael Gira in 2010. Photo courtesy of Young God Records.
With the beginning of the show pushed back a half hour due to their late arrival, Swans took the stage about 10:30 p.m.. Frontman Michael Gira did not disappoint. Per tradition for Swans shows, the air conditioning was shut off at The Firebird for the duration of the performance, and the venue began getting sweaty and rank about 45 minutes into the two hour plus show.

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-The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis this Week
-Feel Good Now album review: "This is the sound of drowning in your own lungs..."
-Dinosaur Jr. at LouFest: Review


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The Smashing Pumpkins at the Chaifetz Arena, 10/18/12: Notes, Photos and Setlist

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Jason Stoff
Thematically, the Smashing Pumpkins is a very predictable band. For those familiar with its imagery and history, thoughts of the band conjure up visions of moons and stars and other celestial entities. But last night, Billy Corgan had a lot of love to give to St. Louis. Literally.

Corgan sang the word "love" at least 57 times at the Chaifetz Arena yesterday, and 15 of those uses were in the word "lover." ("Lover" is the weird, awkward cousin of plain ol' love. Who really says "lover," anyway? That's just a word out of old novels. Now we say things like "bang buddy.")

See also:
-Billy Corgan talks about writing "fuck you" songs (and albums) and the impending death of rock & roll.
-8 cringe-inducing Cardinals fan-made songs.
-The six best effects-enhanced guitar solos.


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