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    May 13, 2014

    Can Guitar-Driven Bands Still Make Money?

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Six St. Louis Acts Leading the Local Scene

    Apparently, some football game happened recently, and it was a big deal. We weren't really paying attention; we only watched to see Bruno Mars cause a swoonfest with his sexy dance moves and Bono fight AIDS with his sunglasses. You know -- the stuff that matters. See also: Super Bowl Highlights: Fu ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Here's What a GWAR Super Bowl Halftime Show Would Be Like, According to GWAR

    By Jason Roche Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on It's got over 44,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 44 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on their biggest event of the year. (Too much ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    The Six Most Uncomfortable Lyrics In Songs Kids Like

    Since the dawn of pop music, there has always been a dissonance between the music kids listen to and the content of the lyrics within. This can make an adult cringe when a child enjoys a song with an inappropriate lyric, especially one he or she does not understand. Here are the six most uncomfortab ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Bruno Mars, Soundgarden, the Dillinger Escape Plan 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs Of 2012

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! To wrap up the end-of-year coverage for Nitpick Six, here are the six most absurd pop ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Kanye West's Snub and the Proud History of Grammy Incompetence

    Homer Simpson proudly displays his Grammy Award for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word or Barbershop Album.​Adele could soon become a Grammy paper champion. Oh sure. 21 is a worthy entrant for the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year. "Rolling in the Deep," after all, topped the 2011 Pazz and Jop P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Akon Self-Censored His Way to the Top: Five Years Ago Today

    News flash: popular music includes profanity. Now that I've gotten your attention with that shocking revelation, here's another: some of the trickiest songs to release as singles incorporate naughty words in to the title. Music might be a form of expression, but it's also a business. And sometimes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    B.o.B. Prefers Spaceships to Blunts and Talks Tyler, the Creator. But...

    Diana BenantiB.o.B. on the dais with Hot 104.1's Staci Static.​As promised: We waited around the Loft last night for Bobby Ray, better known to the Top 40 audience as rapper and earworm manufacturer B.o.B. He's known for the atrociously catchy "Airplanes," ("Can we pretend that airplanes in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians Wearing Vans: R.I.P. James Van Doren

    Roy Basten​Vans co-founder James Van Doren died in October at his home in California. The news went public last week; he was 72 years old. James started the company that made the essential skate shoe with a group including his brother Paul back in 1966. Vans are among the most iconic shoes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Volcanoes' Album Is Out Saturday: 'Grind Or Mosh Is The Option'

    Joe Apple​Meet Volcanoes, the drum and bass duo whose shitkicking noise rock has taken seismic toll on the eardrums of St. Louis' underground enthusiasts. Jon Ryan and Eric Peters are probably the most badass act to come out of St. Charles in quite some time, and definitely the most badass thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Patrick Stump Is Coming To Fubar (!?!)

    ​Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who is finally free to pursue the pop and R&B he's always loved, is coming to St. Louis. His former band's last show here was at the Pageant. His solo career has seen him on tour with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, and he'll be playing Lollapalooza this s ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Interview: The Wash U Stereotypes, Best A Cappella Group in the Midwest

    Jae ChoeStereotypes singing an arrangement of "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.​Thanks to Glee, singing groups are getting a lot more attention these days. However, a lot of St. Louisans might not realize the singing talent right under our noses -- Washington University alone is home t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2010

    Show Review Photos: Bruno Mars and Donnis at Pop's, Friday, November 26

    Jason StoffBruno Mars at Pop's​Bruno Mars' popularity has been gaining momentum at an incredible rate over the past several months, so it comes as no surprise that he easily sold out his concert last night at Pop's. (Presumably, he's fine-tuning his live performance before moving on to bigger ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Bruno Mars

    7 p.m. Friday, November 26. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

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    October 19, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of October 11

    * = coming to town, = local ​Euclid Records 1 Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love 2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest 3. Of Montreal - False Priest* 4. John Legend/Roots Wake Up! 5. Neil Young - Le Noise 6. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre 7. Eric Clapton - Clapton 8. Fistful Of Mercy - As I Cal ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    New Release Highlights for October 5: Guster, Clinic, Apache Beat and Tim Kasher in a Middle Class Rut

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Apache Beat's Last Chants​*Apache Beat, Last Chants "Apache Beat has garnered a great deal of fanfare around its new take on rock music. Clinging to the edg ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of September 16

    We won't insult you by describing Bob Dylan. He's at Chaifetz Arena October 21. That is all you need to know. ​ Chaifetz Arena *Bob Dylan, October 21 The Firebird *Kinch, October 25 *Kinetix, October 29 *Mayer Hawthorne and the County, October 12 *Sons of Black Mass, October 23