PRESSING NEED

Great expectations, laid low, for St. Louis bands

Until a few record labels set up camp in the city, St. Louis musicians are sealed to one of two fates: signing to a big label that will screw them in the end or languishing in the city, getting frustrated and eventually moving to a town with a few good record labels.

And the city will forever be a second-rate music town, known as the place that musicians abandon so that they can make it big. And how can you blame them?

CALL FOR TAPES: Waltz into Deep Grooves sometime and you'll note the case with a ton of DJ mix tapes, all by local jocks. "Radar Station" wants a piece of that action, as we're beginning to feature more local DJs in these pages. If you're a DJ -- be it a bedroom wannabe or a Cheetah regular -- and want some "serious" appraisal of your art within this column, we encourage you to send 'em to us at the address below.

Send all local tapes, tips, discs and detritus to Radar Station, The Riverfront Times, 6358 Delmar Blvd., Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63130. E-mail: Radarstation@rftstl.com.

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