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    August 6, 2014

    Video: Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years with Party at Plush

    St. Louis' Apop Records, premier purveyor of subversive sounds in the city, celebrated a decade in the business this past June with a show at Plush. Performers included Humanbeast, TwoDeadSluts OneGoodFuck, Sofia Reta, Self Help and Black James. RFT Music's Nicola Muscroft visited the shop in antic ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Black James and her MOUNTAIN BOY: Dance Folk For The Future

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. "It was a ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years In The Business of Subversive Sound

    Before the advent of Record Store Day, Apop Records had a birthday celebration every April, and for good reason. Having a storefront focused solely on fringe art is a bold move, and not a particularly smart business decision. But that doesn't deter owner Tiffany Minx. She has built a hub for creativ ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 13 to 15

    To get in on some birthday action, hang out at Melt this week while it turns one, and head to Plush this Saturday as Apop Records blows out a decade's worth of candles. Other great celebrations include the return of DJ Mahf's Funk Jam series, release shows from the Pat Sajak Assassins and the Lion's ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    May 2, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 2 to 4

    This weekend's a fun one. Celebrate a couple of great holidays in style: Cherokee Street hosts its eighth annual Cinco de Mayo event complete with three stages of music, and Free Comic Book Day takes over comic shops all over town with special entertainment and more. The next few days also see a cou ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 11 to 13

    Happy weekend, everyone! In this edition of our weekend best bets, we talk about an experimental pop act from Switzerland, I Went To a's latest showcase, the Little Big Bangs vinyl release show and much more. If you didn't get tickets to see Billy Joel or Ben Folds, fret not -- there are pl ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 11 to 13

    Happy weekend, everyone! In this edition of our weekend best bets, we talk about an experimental pop act from Switzerland, I Went To a's latest showcase, the Little Big Bangs vinyl release show and much more. If you didn't get tickets to see Billy Joel or Ben Folds, fret not -- there are pl ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 10 to 16

    This week, Fitz and the Tantrums, Eleni Mandell, Heatsick, Cheap Art and more stop into town. Plan a romantic weekend with yourself or someone else, or just go out every other night this week and stay in to watch Lifetime movies to your heart's content come Cupid's retribution on Friday. Love it or ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: February 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: January 24 to 26

    Never mind that resurgence of cold weather (seriously, enough is enough!), you still need to get out this weekend and catch some live music. Especially when the sonic possibilities are this good: S.L.U.M. Fest Awards 2014, FarFetched's Prologue III release show, Destruction Unit and more. Check out ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    The FarFetched Collective Ambitiously Blurs Genre Lines on Prologue III

    Various Artists Prologue III Since the label and musical collective FarFetched launched in early 2012 with the first iteration of its annual Prologue compilation, the imprint has remained a smartly curated home for progressive, wide-ranging electronic music from St. Louis and pa ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    The Great Totem Festival Debuts This Saturday on Cherokee Street

    On Saturday, October 5, Tucci Events, Loyal Family and 2720 Cherokee host the inaugural Great Totem Festival, and it promises to be, well, more fun than you can shake a stick at. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Cherokee Street between Texas and Iowa avenues and is free to the public.

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    September 13, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: September 13 to September 15

    Happy freaky Friday, everybody! Get weird all weekend long. FarFetched hosts its annual showcase, Mangia Italiano celebrates its 30th birthday with an entire day's worth of entertainment and the Gringo Stage takes over a section of Cherokee Street for the neighborhood's Mexican Independence Day fest ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis: August 30 to September 1

    The weekend's finally here, though I guess we got it started a little early this time thanks to Artopia and the Mastermind Awards. There's a lot happening, and we want to highlight as many shows as possible, so be sure to check our notes under each evening's list of events. Just click on the big blu ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: July 19 to 21

    Get out and toast those buns! This weekend offers a couple different options for enjoying some tunes under the sun, such as Fair St. Louis' free concert series and Stag Nite in the Woods. If not feeling outdoors-y (or if the skies open up with rain as predicted), check out a selection of cool indoor ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Stag Nite Migrates to the Woods for a One-Day Music Festival

    Hometown staple Johnny Vegas is nursing an injury during this interview. The Founding Father of Stag Nite had an incident while pool-hopping the night before, and wound up with a busted elbow. "We were in that pool for two hours last night before the owner came out to find five naked people in his b ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2013
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    May 29, 2013

    Electronic/Dance: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to 27

    Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves a ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    The 2013 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    The 2013 RFT Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Mark your calendar and save the date; on June 1 it all goes down on Washington Avenue. Sixty bands and artists, ten stages, ten bucks -- all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. Be sure to check out our ongoing ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    The Luminary Returns with the Post Performance Series This Summer, Featuring Local Art and Music Collaborations

    Luminary Center for the Arts makes a comeback on the show scene this summer -- well, not at its pending new physical space on Cherokee Street, but with the return of the Post Performance Series, featuring live music and one-day-only art installations at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust s ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    St. Louis Record Store Day 2013: A Comprehensive Guide

    Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. Originally begun in 2008 as a way to pull music fans away from their computers and back into the already-dwindling brick-and-mortar shops, Record Store Day has grown larger with each passing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Public Enemy, Har Mar Superstar, Water Liars, Pink and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again: 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; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 22 to 24

    All those poor Thursday shows had a run-in with a winter storm, and few made it out alive. Avenge their would-be good times by living out the glory with these shows -- there's way too much cool stuff (no pun intended) happening to skip out on account of a little bit of snow. See Also: -Son Volt, D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Last Night Blowfly Stole My Girlfriend and Called My Dick Puny

    The Firebird. 2/6/2013. "Yo, this is fucked up. Listen." Blowfly shuffled on stage last night to spit his piece on pussy hell, incredible fucks and the real first rap. In a world with justice, it would have been shoulder-to-shoulder and cramped, but the Firebird was only half full, with enough roo ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis this Week: February 4 to 10

    Between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of excuses to celebrate something somewhere sometime soon lately, or even retroactively. Find a place to party this week from a varying list of tasty shows -- just choose your flavor. This week's recommendations await after t ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: Jan. 4 to 6

    Whoa, it's a new year, and change is weird. I'm still getting used to working at this office. This week, I've been strategically re-adjusting the angle of this side view mirror set up on my soon-to-be desk, which Daniel apparently kicked off of his car one day and brought up here "to prevent people ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012

    A Very Mayan Christmas

    7 p.m. Friday, December 21. St. Louis Skatium, 120 Catalan Street.

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    December 3, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From December 3 to December 9

    Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 31, 2012

    Black James will Make you Dance and Haunt Your Dreams

    That Jennifer McDaniel dropped the im A mirAcle cassette/digital release on Halloween is no accident. Her Black James project trafficks in otherworldliness and disorientation that is, at times, spooky, unhinged and detached. Even the opening moments of the tape recall those Halloween sound-effects r ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Do It Together: Aaron Stovall Talks About This Weekend's SLAP Conference and Current -- Preview the Mixtape Here

    This weekend, the St. Louis Arts Project will hold its second annual conference. Its aim is to reach the far-flung corners of the art world, regional or not, for an exchange of ideas and expression. There is a suggested $10 donation for entry -- check in starts tonight at 6 p.m. at the Contemporary ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    The 2012 RFT Music Award Winners

    And this officially ends the 2012 RFT Music Awards and Showcase. Look in this week's print edition for the complete list of winners and a few thoughts on the whole thing from me, but in the meantime you can see who won each of the 25 categories below. They've been bolded.

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    May 24, 2012

    Solo: Meet the 2012 Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    The 2012 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    The 2012 RFT Music Showcase is two weeks away, on June 2. And here it is: 5 blocks, 14 stages, 74 bands and artists. Ten bucks gets you all the excellent St. Louis music you can absorb in one twelve hour span. And hey: At least for now, the forecast calls for an incredibly pleasant high of 89 degree ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: May 11 to 13

    Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things I saw at the skatepark burlesque show. The whole event was huge, weird, fun and extremely exhausting, but ther ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    The 2012 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    That's right, sports fans, it's once again time for the big ol' love letter to St. Louis music known as the RFT Music Awards and Showcase. The nominating committee has made its arguments and to show for it we have five of the best bands and artists in 25 categories. Many of these fine musicians wil ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine: All Twelve Tracks, Streaming with Commentary

    Roughly what we will look like after attending four Bert Dax Xmas release shows.​A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of a recent music feature) and Matt Ha ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine is Coming

    Christmas was almost cancelled this year. Or, at least, the Bert Dax Christmas Compilation almost didn't happen, which as far as St. Louis music goes is just as bad. But Matt Harnish and Rob Severson found a way to continue the tradition into its ninth year. The artwork, which you see here, was done ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    June 24, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: June 24-26

    ​You made it through another week, and you should reward yourself with some live musical entertainment: Tonight it's the kings of Southern rock at the Family Arena, a strong local bill at Off Broadway and another Homegrown deal at the Pageant. STL Loud showcases an eclectic bill at the Firebi ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    RFT Showcase 2011: Highlights (Part One)

    Sleepy Kitty's Paige Brubeck. Photo by Jon Gitchoff​There was no shortage of music to be had this weekend--the Float Yr Face fest was a sweaty success, Oberhofer played the Old Post Office Plaza, a shitload of cicadas serenaded the county, and oh yeah, the RFT Music Showcase was a smash. Amid ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 20, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend In St. Louis: May 21 to 22

    Theodore's Blood Signs EP, which gets a release tonight at Off Broadway​It's a huge weekend for St. Louis music, with Theodore releasing its latest EP at Off Broadway tonight and Fister doing much the same up at the Firebird. No one's releasing anything at the Pageant, but you can see four of ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: April 29-May 1

    Bunnygrunt​After last weekend's total insanity, things are a little calmer in the 'Lou. As usual, however it wasn't hard to find ten things you could be doing with your time: Kinky Friedman plays tonight at Off Broadway, the Incurables are releasing an EP at the same place tomorrow and Bunnygr ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: April 22 to 24

    Joy Formidible (Wikimedia Commons)​Flip a coin: there's no other way to choose which of the excellent shows to attend this weekend. Whether your betting tastes lean toward the Joy Formidable's melodic fuzz from across the pond, or Ha Ha Tonka's Bible-Belt punk from St. Louis' backyard, odds ar ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Here Are Your 2011 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Wikimedia Commons​Without fanfare, here are the 2011 RFT Music Awards nominees. Bands performing at this year's RFT Music Showcase, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue, will be taken from this list. Like they are every year, the nominations are cobbled together from fan ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
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    December 14, 2010

    Eleven Local Artists You Need to Know in 2011

    ​The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>

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