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    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 >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Remembering Garth Brooks' Alter-Ego Chris Gaines

    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 >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Here Are Some Weird Things Rock Stars Have Put Their Penises In

    By Luke Winkie We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into es ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    January 27, 2014

    University of Missouri English Class Teaches the Poetry of Jay-Z, Kanye West

    Ever spend a late night with your friends listening to rap and debating your favorite artists? For Andrew Hoberek's students at the University of Missouri, that's homework. Hoberek's newest class, "English 2169: Jay-Z and Kanye West," teaches non-English majors how to examine some of their generat ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Grammys Highlights: Daft Punk Wins Pharrell's Hat, Taylor Swift Has Sex with a Piano

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2014

    50 Things We Learned From the 2013 Year in Movies

    On Thursday, this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:

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    September 26, 2013

    Jon Hamm Defends Imo's on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (VIDEO)

    Hometown boy Jon Hamm -- fresh off his latest loss at this week's Emmy Awards -- stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday to promote his new movie A Young Doctor's Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and talk about how much he loves St. Louis. "For those who don't know, you are from St. Louis," Kimmel s ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    May 21, 2013

    For Some Reason, Mayor Slay Wants to Know if You Like Justin Bieber

    Every week, Mayor Slay's website runs a poll, taking the pulse of St. Louisans on a wide range of topics, such as genetically modified foods, the actions of Congress, and what it takes to deliver a good political speech. The raw data gathered is synthesized and used to custom-build the city of St. L ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    The Six Worst Hybrids Of Country Music and Rap

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with cross-genre collaboration. Anything that widens an artist or listener's musical scope is encouraged. Rap and country, as disparate as they can seem, can coexist peacefully within a single track (ie. most of Odelay). But when it's bad, good God almighty it's bad ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Here are Five Charity Songs that Sucked for the 28th Anniversary of "We Are the World"

    Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    November 2, 2012

    Madonna at the Scottrade Center, 11/1/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Madonna is considered a living legend, a cultural icon and one of the best performers of her time. She is one of the most influential artists in the history of American music, and last night at the Scottrade Center we found out why: hard work and natural charisma. If we are to believe any of the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    What We've Gained from Twitter: Knowing your Favorite Musician Can't Spell

    Miley Cyrus is quitting Twitter, reportedly. She's not unfollowing herself over music -- her tweets were reportedly an affront to Liam Hemsworth, which is reportedly the name of a real person -- and the RFT Music demographic, so far as our ad guys can tell, is probably not very broken up about it. B ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Matthew Sweet

    9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    August 30, 2012
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    August 17, 2012

    Mariah Carey, No Doubt The Latest Victims Of Inexplicable NFL Counter-Programming

    Disclosure: I like both No Doubt and football, and after I used Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" to make a 90s-pop-related point I couldn't stop listening to it. I think this puts me in a unique position to say that the NFL's continued attempts to attract a non-traditional audience by tossing female po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    VMA Awards 2012: Handicapping the Video of the Year Nominees

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    If You Don't Buy Katy Perry's Songs, You'll Get More Katy Perry Movies

    Katy Perry: Part of Me came out last weekend, and early returns are not great. Friday-to-Sunday it made $7.1 million, edged out by the month-old Madagascar 3 and Madea's Witness Protection, which is a real movie that exists. In spite of its 3D release, no movie in the Top 10 made less money per scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Rodney King and The Psychotic World We Live In

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. 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 Magazine. ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    From Rihanna in Battleship to Will Smith in Men In Black III: Some Notable Music-to-Movie Mistakes

    Last week, Battleship, a movie based on the movies based on Transformers and a board game starring a bunch of plastic pegs that really suck to step on by accident and Rihanna, opened to $25 million. This week, Men in Black 3, starring noted pop-rapper Will Smith, will open to significantly more than ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Six Most Overused Rhymes

    You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Six Bieber-Free Moments When Boxing and Music Collided

    Whether Justin Bieber is being chased by a pack of fans while riding a Segway or pretending to get shot and killed on a popular television show, he can is increasingly dispatched in any setting. Your moment of certainty came this weekend, when Bieber and 50 Cent accompanied Floyd Mayweather, Jr., ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2012

    Just Blaze

    10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.

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    March 27, 2012

    "The Sweet Escape" Showcased Akon's Cooperative Mentality

    Akon hasn't been perfect throughout his career, but it's hard to accuse him of being selfish. The St. Louis native developed a propensity to share the spotlight with other artists, even if it means his presence isn't always noticed. That cooperative mentality allowed Akon's behind-the-scenes career ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012


    9 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    February 2, 2012
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    December 19, 2011

    The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs of 2011

    ​The old model of popular music: dumb it down to the lowest common denominator and make it go down easy. Reviewing the Billboard and iTunes charts of this past year, the tides have obviously changed. In days when nobody is buying, the flashiest, loudest, weirdest thing sells -- how else can yo ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Local Author Totally Predicted Kardashian Divorce

    image viaYeah, this totally should have been prevented.​OK, it may be true that any cynic with a subscription to US Weekly could have said the same thing, but Anne Milford, the local author in question, has expertise. Nearly 20 years ago, Milford, then 29, called off her own wedding. The stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Sorry, Jim Carrey: Eight Actors Who Can Actually Sing

    ​Great. We've got another actor who thinks he can sing on our hands. At least Jim Carrey's sticking to karaoke bars for his awkward warbling of Radiohead's "Creep" and Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", instead of taking the Gwyneth Paltrow route of bringing awkward warbling t ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Lindsay Lohan's Billy Joel Tattoo: Five Other Lyrics She Could Have Used

    Photo credit to... what's that? You figured it out already? ​Lindsay Lohan got a Billy Joel lyric tattooed on her rib cage, and frankly we can't believe it took this long. The gossip mill says that, "It represented where she is in life and everything she's been through ... it signifies that sh ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Frances Bean Cobain And The Other Nine Hottest Offspring Of Musicians

    Rocky Schenck​Today is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Taylor Swift Is Saving America

    Communing with fans: One of many ways Taylor Swift is a superior pop star.​Let's get one thing out of the way: I am not a teenybopper. Never was. As a kid I never liked Grease or New Kids on the Block or Dirty Dancing. Even now, I can't give a crap about your Biebers or your Mileys. And how in ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    The Drug Cocktails That Might Fuel Five Of Our Favorite Musicians

    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 >>

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    August 11, 2011

    23 Musicians with Michele Bachmann Eyes: Horrifying and Hypnotic

    Jeff Tweedy as the Queen of Rage​Michelle Bachmann's Newsweek cover, on which she stares out icily over the headline The Queen Of Rage, has provoked intense reaction, mostly because of Bachmann's rapidly ballooning public caricature, but at least partly because the look in her eyes is somethin ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Kids These Days: The Six Least Impressive Music Careers Of Respected Musicians' Children

    ​By now you've probably heard about Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan's grandson's aspiring rap career, which, if you're like us, probably made you cringe, especially if you've listened to any tracks from his mixtape, 10 Minutes. After we wiped the blood from our ears, we started to think about other o ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    The Ten Most Facepalm-Inducing Uses of French in Pop Music: In Honor of Bastille Day

    ​Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    The Five Most Bizarre Genre Crossovers

    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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    What It's Like To Audition (Unsuccessfully) For American Idol

    One of these people might have moved past the first round. Maybe. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.​Ed: The American Idol Season 11 auditions attracted more than 10,000 hopefuls to the Scottrade Center yesterday. Recent Mizzou grad Mallory Gnaegy was one them, and she has agreed to let us publish her ac ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Handsome Furs, Beyonce, Thievery Corporation: This Week's New Releases

    ​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.

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    June 22, 2011

    Britney Spears's "I Wanna Go" And Three Music Video Teasers That Weren't

    image via​Britney Spears's new music video, "I Wanna Go," was apparently such an event that a teaser had to be released ahead of the video itself, presumably to tamp down demand, or else reduce a mounting supply of those YouTube/VEVO comments about TURNING OFF THE ADS ALREADY!!! that get thumb ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    The Ten Most Cringe-Worthy Celebrity Vocal Duets

    The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBC​Oh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Weird Al Yankovic In Town, Time Warped By Lady Gaga Parody

    ​"Weird Al" Yankovic, America's favorite Michael Jackson parodist this side of Chris Brown and the star of UHF, thirteen-year-old Male America's favorite movie this side of any movie where a woman is about to step into a shower, is coming to Effingham, Illinois on June 1 and St. Charles, Misso ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Wedding Bands Answer the Five Essential Questions About Playing the Royal Wedding

    Photos courtesy of the artists​Kate Middleton and Prince William are getting married in a matter of hours (have you heard about this at all?). You can watch the Royal Wedding via webcam, but let's be honest: Weddings are boring when you're actually there. So we'll take a pass on grainy video f ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Ten Girl Talk Mashups That Should Exist

    Tonight, Girl Talk returns to the Pageant for what will inevitably be a sweaty, calorie-burnin' good time for those who possess an affinity for pop culture and a lack of attention span. In light of this event, A to Z was contemplating the (debatable, perhaps illegal) art of the mashup, and came up w ... More >>

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