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Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 24 to 26

    This weekend is crammed with tons of shows to choose from, including two local record release shows from Mathias and the Pirates and Anodes. St. Louis ex-pat Schwarz plays Upstairs Lounge tonight while Project Pat headlines a great event over at Plush. But really there's lots to do all weekend long, ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2014
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    October 22, 2014

    Misfits, Guster, Fragile Porcelain Mice and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Rep Delivers a Visually Spectacular Show

    Will someone please take the glitter gun from Susan Branch Towne? Actually, don't. Her costumes in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' shimmering production of A Midsummer Night's Dream are a marvel, imbuing Shakespeare's work with a signature aesthetic that's at once elegant, whimsical and transp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The Ultimate Musician Movie Cameo Quiz

    Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Weezer Sprints Through Hits-Heavy Set at Plush: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Ok, so maybe when it comes to music, length really doesn't matter. In stark contrast to Pearl Jam's recent three-hour show, Weezer sprinted through its headlining set at Plush in just over an hour. Then again, perhaps this was appropriate, with the band's performance being the grace note of the Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Living Like Kings Multimedia Exhibit Links Chess and Hip-Hop

    When it comes to chess, hip-hop is king. That's one of the ideas behind the World Chess Hall of Fame's new exhibit Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture. Exploring the connections between the game of kings and what is arguably music's most strategic lyrical genre, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight to Call It Quits With a Farewell Show November 22

    "It's a mystery to me. I can't get it. I can't understand it." Nate Jones' frustration is palpable. As a guitarist for Kentucky Knife Fight, he has played to packed crowds in St. Louis and healthy-sized audiences throughout the Midwest, but his band never quite broke through in the way its members ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Fleetwood Mac, Bush, Alt-J, Centro-Matic and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife on Why Shows Start Earlier in Japan

    By Tom Murphy In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Firebird this Saturday, October 18, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Riverfront Times Seeks Assistant Art Director

    Riverfront Times has an immediate opening for an assistant art director. This person will produce sophisticated and vibrant layouts for the print and online versions of the paper, produce and supervise interactive and multimedia features for riverfronttimes.com, organize and manage digital assets, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Good News: It's Okay to Like Weezer Again

    "Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 10 to 12

    This weekend sees new local releases from Jack Grelle, Hurt Feelings, and Banks and Cathedrals. For some other exciting events, check out the last show at Apop Records, see the Fifteen Keys: the Guitars of St. Louis exhibit, or choose from a long list of concerts happening across town including Merc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Dead Prez, Talib Kweli To Play Free Show at Fubar This Sunday

    New York-based rappers Dead Prez and Talib Kweli will perform a free show this Sunday at Fubar, along with Pittsburgh's Jasiri X and locals Tef Poe, T- Dubb-O and Nato Caliph. Festivities will kick off at noon are expected to be over by 6 p.m. (in time for the Vice show scheduled for the night). Se ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2014
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    October 9, 2014
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    October 9, 2014
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    October 6, 2014

    QUIZ: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: October 2014

    This October, we are seeing an absence of local hip-hop acts -- what's up with that, St. Louis? -- while the national acts flourish. Though not an entirely favorable trade-off (well, maybe for some), some big acts are hitting our stages this month, ranging from the very indie to the slightly indie t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Mel Chin: Contemporary Art Museum Hosts Retrospective of Transformative Artist

    While waiting to give a lecture at the New School for Social Research in the late 1980s, the artist Mel Chin, nervous and pounding a six-pack of Budweiser before his talk, surprised the room when instead of discussing his work he jumped from his chair screaming, "This is an axe!" "What the fuck you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Rapper Young Thug Draws Criticism For His Stance On Ferguson, Mike Brown

    Over the weekend Atlanta played host to the fourteenth annual BET Awards, drawing rappers from all corners of the hip-hop world to the televised event. Atlanta -based Young Thug, of Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, was one such rapper. During a short red carpet interview with entertainment web ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2014
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    September 24, 2014

    Bass Drum of Death, Lagwagon, Misery Index and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Hip-Hop Is Failing Us

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magaz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    How Michael Brown News Dominated Twitter, Played Out on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN

    Forty-eight hours before cable news networks picked up the story of Michael Brown, the story exploded on Twitter with hundreds of thousands of people tweeting about the shooting, rioting and heavily-militarized police response. A report from the Pew Research Center shows that in the first week aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Unpaid Bills, Bad Press Keep KXFN 1380 "The X" Off the Air (For Now)

    Fans of KXFN 1380 AM "The X: Extreme Talk Radio" are likely wondering why the station disappeared from St. Louis airwaves. Unpaid bills are only part of the story. For nearly three weeks, those seeking the station's brash lineup of shock-jock comedy, sex talk and music have instead encountered dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: September 12 to 14

    It's a busy weekend for music in St. Louis, so get out while the weather's nice. St. Louis Symphony, New Music Circle and HEARding Cats Collective all kick of their new concert seasons with noteworthy shows. Additionally, artists Pokey LaFarge and Ian Fisher each have special homecoming shows. Plent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Songwriting Advice From Successful Songwriters

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Why Blink-182 Is a Great Band

    Critics do their best to ignore Blink-182. After all, it's not easy to get scrunched up with deep opinions about lip-ringed, occasionally naked SoCal troublemakers hawking pre-YouTube music-video softcore on early-morning MTV rotation. Pitchfork didn't even bother publishing a flogging (a la 21st Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Peelander-Z, Modern Life Is War, Say Anything and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Andre 3000 Death Growls, Pretends Things Are His Penis: An Outkast Review

    "Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I'm getting to a place where it's mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy. I really don't actually get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: September 2014

    St. Louis has a fair amount of hip-hop concerts this September to ease your end-of-summer woes. Catch a whiff of the underground with Inspectah Deck and a benefit for Mike Brown, or catch a little mainstream action with the coveted Die Antwoord and Ab-Soul. From the local to the lesser known and dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The 10 Most Memorable Hip-Hop Albums From 1994

    A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.

  • News

    September 4, 2014
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    September 3, 2014

    Blues Traveler, The Independents, Crushed Out and More In This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Rock & Roll Pinball Tables

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2014
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    August 28, 2014
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    August 28, 2014

    Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

    Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Old Salt Union to Release New Album Bridge This Saturday at Old Rock House

    Old Salt Union is everything you would want in a song-driven, pop-friendly bluegrass combo. The members of the Belleville-based quintet are dexterous on their chosen stringed instruments, with short flashes of virtuosity amid more lyrically driven songs. All five members share the mic, and even if t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Why Police Will Continue to Arrest Journalists in Ferguson

    At the end of another dangerous night in Ferguson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson offered an emotional plea to the media on Monday: Please stop putting officers in danger and glamorizing violent agitators in your quest for Internet virality. Johnson seemed near tears as he illust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From August 18 to 24

    This week, locals Everything Went Black kicks off a tour at the Firebird and FarFetched's Blank Generation makes its debut at Schlafly Tap Room. More featured shows include Otis Gibbs at Off Broadway, Zero Boys at Fubar and ZZ Top at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Read on for these recommendations a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Excerpts From New Rock Memoir I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig

    Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, at a time when the biz was at its financial apex. Phillips just self-published a memoir called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    3rd Bass Rapper MC Serch Almost Moved to St. Louis on an Italian Opera Scholarship

    This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Open Highway Music Festival Expands to Five Days, Features Former R.E.M. Members

    Last August, Off Broadway concert promoter John Henry told RFT Music that he wasn't sure how big the hugely successful Open Highway Festival ultimately would become, but he shared that he and club owner Steve Pohlman wanted to continue to surprise concertgoers with a variety of musical genres and pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Nick Waterhouse on the Blues and the Abstract Truth

    If we take the physicists at their science, then yes, you can get something out of nothing. The cosmos, for starters. Music is another matter. Ex nihilo might be fine for the Big Bang or God or John Cage's " 4'33" - nothing out of nothing -- but if music makes you move, think, feel or dream, it's ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Review: The LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater

    Now in its second year, the LaBute New Theater Festival continues to show promise as a showcase for new works by both emerging and seasoned playwrights. Presented by the St. Louis Actors' Studio, the festival places strict requirements on its submissions. Plays must have no major set changes. They m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Kevin Seconds Stays Young 'Till He Dies In Spite of Knee Injury

    Anyone who's seen the videos from 7 Seconds' recent European tour won't be surprised to hear that Kevin Seconds, the band's singer, is nursing a bum knee. At 53, Seconds can still perform his duties as head of one of the longest-running punk bands going today, but by his own admission it's not as ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Yeehaw! Missouri Ranks As #3 State Where Life Is Like a Country Song

    Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy. We've been burned ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
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