Zakk Wylde: "When You Grow Into a Big Rock Star You Can Ask For All the Cocaine and Dildos You Can Imagine"

Justin Reich
By Katherine Turman

Zakk Wylde is a fount of useful knowledge for rock stars-in-training. In his 2013 book, Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination, the Black Label Society singer/guitarist advises young musicians not to demand too much too soon: "Be reasonable, and when you grow into a big rock star you can ask for all the cocaine and dildos you can imagine."

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Alarm Will Sound: "We've got a mission to make St. Louis our second home."

Carl Socolow
Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound paints electronica with all the colors of an orchestra. By arranging the works of composers like Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton and John Orfe, the ensemble provides a live exploration of classical sound. Alarm Will Sound is a big band, twenty strong, with an emphasis on rhythmic drive and progression. Tonight, the chamber group will reach a milestone by performing for the first time at the Pageant, a venue usually reserved for pop and rock artists.

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Wash U's Student-Run Music Fest KWUR Week Starts Tonight


KWUR, the student-run radio station out of Washinton University, dips its toes in live music from time to time. Outside of its diverse programming, KWUR has invited local and touring acts alike to perform live on the air, and once a year the station teams up with the Wash U Music Department to bring KWUR week to students and outsiders alike. This evening marks the first gig in a string of multi-genre shows happening over the next five days.

The first event takes place tonight on campus in the Ballroom Theater at the 560 Music Center. Dubbed "KWUR Does Klassical," the show features the music of Fauré and Mozart by St. Louis Symphony performers Cecilia Belcher (violin) and Patti Wolf (piano).

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Former Drive-By Trucker Shonna Tucker Returns to Off Broadway Tonight with Eye Candy

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After spending eight years touring and recording with one of the best -- if not the best -- rock & roll units around, Drive-By Truckers' Shonna Tucker decided to step down as the band's bass player in 2011 to go home and chill out for a while. After touring relentlessly, recording DBT albums almost yearly, doing one-off projects with legends such as Booker T. Jones and Bettye LaVette and going through a divorce with former Trucker Jason Isbell it's no wonder why Tucker needed a breather.

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Merge Artist Love Language to Play the Firebird Tonight

Jessica Maya
Love Language
Playing indie-label politics is a loser's game, but there was something refreshing when Merge Records, a label that has put out acts from all over the globe, began releasing albums from fellow Raleigh-Durham native Stuart McLamb and his band the Love Language.

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Music is M.A.G.I.C.: Benefit Show Tonight Inspired by Our Story on Children's Hospital's Music Therapy Program

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Christy Merrell, music therapist extraordinaire at Children's Hospital.
Here at RFT Music we report frequently on local music events, but we're guessing that it's rare that a story of ours directly inspires one.

Last month I wrote about the music therapy program at St. Louis Children's Hospital. The story was so intense and personally touching to me that I also wrote a blog post explaining what I experienced while gathering information for the story.

See Also:
-Changing Lives: Christy Merrell and Children's Hospital's Music Therapy Program
-Healing Powers: Music therapy provides more than just entertainment for sick kids

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Aimee Mann's Five Best Comedy Moments

Sheryl Nields
For all of Aimee Mann's readily apparent songwriting gifts - lyrical turns of phrase, sophisticated melodies, compelling character sketches - humor would not be at the top of the list. A droll wit, certainly, but Mann's catalogue of recalcitrant sinners, bruised lovers and reckless addicts does not lend itself to out-and-out guffaws. This year's excellent Charmer continued the path she laid on her string of solo albums dating back to the late '90s; the LP traipses through portraits of emotional charlatans who, if not entirely hopeless, are stuck on their own personal road to perdition.

So perhaps it makes sense that Mann has taken pains to show another side of her personality through her videos, guest spots and one-offs. YouTube is peppered with such gems; here are a handful to get you geared up for tonight's show at the Pageant.

See also:
-Preview: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at the Pageant
-Show Review: Squeeze and Aimee Mann at the Pageant, Tuesday, September 2
-Ted Leo at Off Broadway, 5/8/11: Review and Setlist

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Will Members of Reckless Kelly be Playing with Micky and the Motorcars at Off Broadway Tonight?

It certainly seems like it's possible that Reckless Kelly band leaders Willy and Cody Braun will be joining their little brothers Micky and Gary -- who front the country band Micky and the Motorcars -- tonight at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave.).

Even if they don't, it should be a good show. The Austin-based Micky and the Motorcars arrive in St. Louis on the heels of last fall's Raise My Glass,, the band's most commercially successful album to date. Watch its performance of the title track below.

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First Punch Productions release Née Video and Colombian Rap Video

Jennifer Silverberg
First Punch Film Productions has been busy rolling tape the last few months (well, rolling digital data). The local film company releases two new videos tonight: one from local band Née and the other for Colombian rap group, Los Calvos. Filmed simultaneously in different parts of the world, the videos take radically contrasting approaches to the notion of music videos. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. at Nebula Coworking (3407 S. Jefferson Ave) with the first movie screening at 9:30.

Née's recent single release "Pretty Girls" translates into a video as a tribute to classic pop videos complete with choreographed dance and a wardrobe changing scene. "Pop videos do that [choreographed dance] and it's so produced and so slick. It's really funny but nobody ever has any humor in it," says Kristin Dennis, lead singer of the band. The video is mostly Dennis' brain child. She came to First Punch with the idea and they were able to make her vision a reality.

Update: After a triumphant debut for both videos, you can now view them right here from the comfort of your computer. The Los Calvos video is on this page and the Née clip is on page two.

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A Place to Bury Strangers: Making Sonic Youth Look Like Raffi, Tonight at the Firebird

A Place To Bury Strangers
July 19 @ The Firebird
8:00/9:00, $12, all ages.

Not since ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first traipsed around the country demolishing equipment and eardrums alike has a band been on a mission of aural destruction like A Place To Bury Strangers. The Brooklyn group is notorious for its absurd concert volume, but under the sensory overloading feedback hides technicolor pop songs that make ATPBS equally successful on record.

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