Want to stay current with the St. Louis music scene? Twitter is the fastest way to skim music news and stay on top of local bands, hot spots and happenings. Here are five of the top Twitter feeds to watch for local music news, up-and-coming bands, venues, events, concert news, giveaways and more.
Y98 FM is the Lou’s adult contemporary station, billed as “Today’s Top Music for St. Louis.” Y98, formerly known as KYKY, tweets local music events, giveaways and breaking St. Louis news as well as celebrity gossip from the music world to nearly 6,000 followers. Its prolific Twitter feed is rich with useful content and promotions. This is the place to go for news about mainstream bands coming to the city and major concerts at the biggest venues.Related: Top DJs in St. Louis
A locally based web community, Scene St. Louis covers events, nightclubs, bands and parties. Scene’s audience is young, active and ahead of the trends. Scene’s Twitter feed isn’t cluttered with a lot of nonsense. The tweets appear only a few times a month, but are focused on local “event alerts,” quick blasts about hot upcoming concerts, parties and band appearances. You’ll appreciate having these highly focused tweets in your feed if you’re interested in local events and want to make sure you don’t miss any of the city’s hottest happenings.
The venerable Riverfront Times has been St. Louis’s alternative newspaper since 1977; long enough to have moved from alternative to mainstream, though it keeps an aggressive journalistic style. The paper is sought out for its coverage of local bands and venues as much as for its hard-hitting news stories. RFT’s extensive music coverage has made it the Rolling Stone of the St. Louis market. The RFT music department has its own Twitter account, RFTMusic. Followers are kept abreast of local music events, award-winning bands and venues and news of local music celebs. Several tweets a day go out to over 5,000 followers.Related: Best Bars with a College Night in St. Louis
Eleven Magazine is the youngest, freshest alternative music publication in the city. The publication is run by a collaborative group of young urban professionals and college students, and its audience comes from the same group. The printed magazine is free and released monthly. The ElevenSTL.com website is updated daily with music reviews, previews and news. The magazine’s staff tweets sporadically to about 2,500 followers. Eleven’s feed is entirely focused on music news; some local, some national. This is the feed to follow if you want to be the first to discover the Lou’s rising music stars.
St. Louis Music Press is an online music magazine offering music news, reviews and features on local music and national artists visiting the Lou. Interviews with local artists are the heart of the webzine, so this is the place to be if you want the inside scoop on local musicians. The staff tweets when a new interview is published, or to notify followers of upcoming concert tours, shows and promotions. The Music Press twitter following is only 350 at this time, so you’ll have a chance to be part of an elite group of early followers.