This past Sunday, MTV aired the highly anticipated 31st installment of its Video Music Awards. Always an unpredictable and raucous night, there was unfortunately a black cloud looming over the entire telecast owing to the complete and total snubbing of Florida rapper Stitches.
Band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. It was a method of claiming allegiance without saying a word, a way to help find other like-minded people. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. Back in the day you couldn't just creep on somebody's Face ... More >>
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... More >>
On Sunday night more than 50 contestants gathered in the Millennium Hotel to compete in the 2014 Miss Gay America pageant, a national contest established in 1972 for female impersonators. Among them were three local girls whose rhinestones, false eyelashes and jazz hands did the Show-Me State proud. ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. When you open yourse ... More >>
EDM artists / daggering experts Major Lazer will perform with Lunice at the Pageant tonight. We've got two tickets and we're itching to give them away, today! See Also: -Mad Decent's Lunice Talks Miles Davis, Why He Finds St. Louis "Inspirational"
Expanding Medicaid in Missouri may not be super sexy -- but Ryan Gosling and Beyoncé are! This is sort of the thinking behind the Missouri Medicaid Coalition's latest campaign to pressure lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state. And what better way to spread the word than some good ole' fashion ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Let's ignore the question of whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem at Monday's Inaugur ... More >>
Barrack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as President of these United States this Monday -- a day that notably was also a national holiday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. I'd wager that Dr. King would have seen this as a "win" -- a victory for the equality the man fought his entire ... More >>
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 ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
The 2012 VMA nominees are out, and while there are certainly plenty of big names and obvious choices, there are a few surprises buried in there. Frank Ocean gets a nod, as do A$AP Rocky, Jack White and Regina Spektor. But those are curiosities -- Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry et. al. get the lion's sha ... More >>
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28, Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Avenue, 63103. $25 Wednesday and Thursday, $30 Friday and Saturday, $10 for students with ID. 1-314-534-1111. Tia Fuller's musical identity was formed long before she joined the all-female b ... More >>
Richard GuatyAnna Wintour eyeballing Nicki's tights. Oh, to peek inside the mind of the Vogue editrix in chief in this moment.Thank science Fashion Week is over. Isn't it just torture? If there's something worse than not being in New York City for the circus that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ... More >>
Big Boi mugs for the camera.Did you hear the one about the rapper who got busted for Ecstasy and Viagra? Earlier this week, Outkast rapper Big Boi got pinched for MDMA powder, Ecstasy pills, and an illegal prescription of the little blue pill for his disco stick. Which got us thinking -- what ... More >>
Why yes: That is one person.It happens to the best of us: You do the same thing over and over (and over), so you feel the need for change -- or at least a good drink. For Beyonce, that meant a new personality: Sasha Fierce. For Vanilla Ice, it meant launching a hard-rock career. For Fred Durs ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings an abundance of noteworthy releases, including new albums from pop diva Beyonce, Canadian couple-duo Handsome Furs and D.C.'s DJ group Thievery Corporation for starters.
Summer jam alert: Beyonce's 4 is almost here. It doesn't come out for another couple weeks (June 24th, to be exact), but we like what we've heard so far and nothing more than the Kanye West and Consequence-produced "Party," which "leaked" today. In the first few seconds of the track (listen b ... More >>
On Friday, Radiohead released its new album, The King of Limbs. Along with the eight-song set, the band unveiled a video for the song "Lotus Flower." The stark black-and-white clip focuses on singer Thom Yorke and his wiggly, lithe, devil-possessed dance moves. Naturally, the Internet responded to t ... More >>
The Breaks' EP release is Saturday at the Firebird.So, hey, I guess it snowed this week. Yeah. It'll have to melt soon, right? RIght? Anyone? Hello? Ah well. Shows and concerts must go on; see this list here. And also see ten more lovely events below. January 21 DJ Solange Knowles @ Exo Beyo ... More >>
You read that flyer right: Solange Knowles -- a.k.a. Beyonce's little sister -- will be DJing at Exo in Midtown on Friday, January 21. Space will be limited, so it's recommended that you RSVP to Exo by emailing here or by calling 314-707-8709. Along with Solange's DJ skills, patrons can exp ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you about the local activists who busted out an anti-Motorola song-and-dance routine at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwood -- and we posted a video of the performance. That video quickly drew more than 35,000 hits.Last week, however, YouTube unceremoniousl ... More >>
Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course. Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed ... More >>
Patrick Wessel, who created the old-tyme movie-clips video for Jumbling Towers' "Kanetown City Rips" has returned with another clip for the indie-pop act. "Gilberta" has a slinky (but subtle) R&B groove, which inspired him to splice footage of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" dance with choreographed dance ... More >>
Per a Livenation email this morning, Lady Gaga will be returning to St. Louis this summer, on July 17 at the Scottrade Center. Ticket info/prices is TBA. Gaga's January 7 show at the Fox was one of the hottest tickets in town -- and so should this one. Last week, the video for "Telephone" -- featuri ... More >>
In her latest music video, Lady Gaga is hanging out with the gals in prison, up to no good and, as we find out, waiting for a call from Beyonce. What's gotten some attention from those who enjoy both Gaga's varied pop sounds and filthy, lo-fi, punk guitar, is her attire in the video. Here ar ... More >>
We here at Daily RFT apologize for this delayed version of Ass Clown of the Week this week, what with Kanye West's late arrival into the mix and regular news blogger Chad Garrison away from the computer screen for the next few days. So who was the rudest among these three Ass Clowns?Joe "YOU LIE!" W ... More >>
Props to my lovely Facebook friend Jamie for posting this. Goths Beyonce = choice.See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.
8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Webster University, 535 Garden Avenue. Rain location: Grant Gymnasium.
Era Vulgaris (Interscope)
7 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Dreamgirls soundtrack (Sony)
Jennifer Hudson nails it as a well-worn tale struggles to transcend the Ray model.
The music plays on
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
Destiny Fulfilled (Columbia)
Pick your personal Jesus, plus three questions for a pop princess and the poetry of heavy metal
Saturday, March 27; the Pageant
And, like, dance or something
Wednesday, November 12; the Gargoyle at Washington University
Week of October 15, 2003
Dangerously in Love (Columbia)
Aimee Mann bought her way out of corporate enslavement; now she can be as sad as she pleases