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2003 Stories by René Spencer Saller

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  • So Long, Saller!

    published August 27, 2003

    Time for a regime change at Radar Station! The Saller administration -- which assumed power a little more than two years ago, upon the abdication... More >>

  • Dott Com

    published August 20, 2003

    Few people on the local hip-hop scene have a more storied past than Russell Giraud's. In 1988, Giraud introduced the first all-rap... More >>

  • Expat Alert!

    published August 13, 2003

    If you live in St. Louis and you're a musician, DJ, MC, promoter or motivated groupie, chances are you frequently ask yourself, "Is it me, or is... More >>

  • Mix Masters

    published August 6, 2003

    Mix CDs -- or, if you're old-school, mix tapes -- have never been more plentiful or more mainstream. Hardcore geeks have been making them for... More >>

  • Public Enema

    published July 30, 2003

    All Mark Sarich wants to do is bring art to the people. The goal isn't so unusual -- just his target. Rather than cultivate the... More >>

  • Chingy Speaks!

    published July 23, 2003

    Never mind what your mama told you: Sometimes it pays to whine. Last week, as you may recall, we made continual moan about our failure to reach... More >>

  • Right Hurr

    published July 16, 2003

    If you're not in the habit of listening to commercial hip-hop radio, you seldom watch MTV or BET, you don't patronize strip clubs and you don't... More >>

  • Living Dalle

    published July 9, 2003

    Larissa Dalle has had an eventful year. In February of 2002, the St. Louis singer/songwriter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of... More >>

  • Star Death

    published July 2, 2003

    After hobbling along for more than a month without a liquor license, the Galaxy appears to be closed for good. Until the first weekend in... More >>

  • Duty Calls

    published June 25, 2003

    Last week we vowed to conclude our RFT Music Awards showcase coverage. Given the allotted column space, we'd better hop to it with a... More >>

  • 2003 Music Awards

    published June 18, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. Best Rap Recording of... More >>

  • Award-Winning Performance

    published June 18, 2003

    The RFT Music Awards showcase went down two Sundays ago, before the votes had been tallied and the winners fêted. We're pleased to... More >>

  • Trophy Room

    published June 11, 2003

    The RFT Music Awards showcase is over (see next week's installment of Radar Station for the complete rundown); now it's time to announce... More >>

  • Embarrassment of Riches

    published June 4, 2003

    For St. Louis music fans, this weekend presents either a mere embarrassment of riches or a tinnitus-inducing, STD-transmitting,... More >>

  • Grand Funk

    published May 28, 2003

    Grand Ulena, St. Louis' enigmatic ambassadors of artcore, so loved the building where they practiced that they commissioned a painting of... More >>

  • Can't Beat It

    published May 21, 2003

    If you didn't make it to Miami for the Winter Music Conference -- and even if you did -- you won't want to miss its closest local... More >>

  • Fight Club

    published May 14, 2003

    We should have seen it coming: Before the deadline for Radar Station's inaugural War Contest [Saller, More >>

  • Ill Will

    published May 7, 2003

    Local singer/rapper Willie Moore was supposed to arrive at his listening party, held last week at the Pepper Lounge, by helicopter.... More >>

  • Vic Chesnutt with Andrew Bird

    published May 7, 2003

    Vic Chesnutt has described himself as a "broke-neck atheist," an accurate, if ungenerous, phrase. Then again, what's he supposed to say?... More >>

  • Spring Cleaning

    published April 30, 2003

    Ah, spring! The days lengthen, the cardinals cry in the budding trees and the sweet, raw air is pregnant with promise. In other words, it's... More >>

  • Fred Friendly

    published April 23, 2003

    There's no one named Fred in Fred's Variety Group, which makes a perverse kind of sense, even if you don't know that celebrity gadabout... More >>

  • Homegrown

    published April 16, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. Seattle has Sub Pop. Athens has... More >>

  • Jurassic 5 with DJ Format

    published April 16, 2003

    Forget what you think you know about Jurassic 5's standing in the slippery subgenre variously known as "positive rap," "conscious rap,"... More >>

  • Radioactive Waste

    published April 9, 2003

    If there were a prize for St. Louis' best unheard radio station, that honor would go to KWUR (90.3 FM), which for 25 years has been... More >>

  • Berlin Wall

    published April 2, 2003

    Lying is pretty much de rigueur in rock & roll: Robert Zimmerman, the bourgeois Jew from Minnesota, transformed himself into... More >>

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