***ABUSE / RAPE TRIGGER WARNING*** I can't stop thinking about Rihanna. Her single, "Stay," came out a year ago this month and it's still omnipresent. I'll hear it on the radio, in the grocery store and played on the jukebox at a bar by some sad bastard with no concept of appropriate public drinkin ... More >>
By Jay Stephens It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour and the outright cancellation of its St. Louis date. There is still no new information regar ... More >>
Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the ... More >>
Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
This month, you won't be able to watch an episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" without seeing a half-dozen attack ads. The music world doesn't have attack ads, it has diss tracks. In honor of the onslaught of negativity in our political process, here are the six best diss tracks of all time. Let us ... More >>
Kanye West is rich. You might think it's easy being rich, but in fact it is often very hard to be rich; sometimes you manipulate people, and other times they manipulate you. Also, rich people have terrible taste in consumer goods, and hang out with each other to talk about how they were the only peo ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, August 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Congratulations, Kate Upton! Your journey from viral-video sensation to household name has reached its peak! No, not the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Truth is, no one cares about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue except the three straight teenage boys who have yet to f ... More >>
Some of the blog entries written about Whitney Houston's death last week were a legitimate outpouring of grief, and some of what I felt when I heard the news was a real sadness, a real desire to express what the passing of a musician I hadn't thought about in a few years meant to me, but this blog e ... More >>
Courtesy of Cirque Du Soliel Michael Jackson: Still filling arenas.Trumpeter Keyon Harrold has spent much of his professional life in the relatively laid-back atmosphere of jazz clubs and recording studios. But when the St. Louis native performs in his hometown this week, he'll be in the midd ... More >>
This is the face of true baseball fandom. Say what you will about the Black Eyed Peas, but its appearance in this year's Super Bowl made perfect sense, in a lot of ways, because it is the Super Bowl of music acts -- incredibly loud and expensive, bombastic, followed out of a strange sense of ... More >>
Courtesy of Justin Bieber ShrineSure signs of an impending apocalypse: 1. Locusts: Depending on what part of St. Louis you're in, you can substitute cicadas. 2. Thunder, hail and tornadoes: Done, done and done. 3. Justin Bieber winning a CMT award: Which he did, earlier this week, for his c ... More >>
wikimedia commonsHope you're well rested: It's a hell of a weekend in the 'Lou. David Bazan is at Old Rock House and Twangfest goes for two more nights at the Duck Room. The Blind Eyes and Yowie are both playing big shows on Saturday, and two very different pot enthusiasts headline gigantic ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1. The Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue.
courtesy of Kella MacpheeKella Macphee, photographer of weddings -- and the Boss!When Bruce Springsteen jumped into a shoot for a couple's engagement photos, he thrilled the couple and, as it turns out, the photographer, Kella Macphee. Macphee is a professional wedding photojournalist who's b ... More >>
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 3. Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka.
8 p.m. Friday, April 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Euclid Records 1. Spoon - Transference 2. Eels - End Times 3. Vampire Weekend - Contra 4. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast 5. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom Live 6. Josh Ritter - Hello Starling 7. John Mayer - Battle Studies* 8. Nirvana - Live At Reading 9. Ring ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, October 31. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.
Although TMZ.com reported this news quite a bit ago, the Los Angeles Times just confirmed via sources that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has died at the age of 50. Jackson reportedly went into cardiac arrest earlier today and was rushed to the hospital. CNN and the LAT report ... More >>
Say what you will about Trent Reznor, but the man has a sense of humor. He released a jokey "new album" a bit ago via Twitter, called Strobe Light. It's a very obvious -- but subtle -- satire on pop/hip-hop crossovers (and perhaps a slight dig at Chris Cornell, whose recent album was produced b ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Via the Associated Press: Producer James L. Nederlander says he has acquired the rights for a stage version of Michael Jackson's iconic music-video spoof of horror films. The show will include songs from two of the pop king's best-selling albums, "Thriller" and "Off the Wall."... "I love the idea o ... More >>
Vintage Vinyl just released its list of best-selling LPs and CDs of 2008. (Physical product? Remember that?) Interesting to see how many local releases -- and how much hip-hop/R&B/rap -- is on the CD list, while how much old (and new) indie rock is on the LP list. Looks like you kids are downloa ... More >>
The Muny season comes to a close
A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.
Red Carpet Massacre
7 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Old Glory Amphitheatre, Six Flags, Eureka.
Week of November 16, 2006
How the British monarchy survived the death of the people’s princess.
Fonda's humiliation is only one reason this Monster is such a dog
Moolah Theatre and Lounge, 3821 Lindell Boulevard, 314-446-6868
A rare superior sequel, Ocean's Twelve entertains with cinematic sleight of hand
Week of September 1, 2004
True Love (V2)
No obvious joke goes untouched in this so-so TV show remake
The idiots what brung you Dumb and Dumber ain't funny no more
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs (RCA)
It's hard to fall in love with America's Sweethearts
Sam Raimi does what he can with familiar material in The Gift
Saturday, March 18; Khorassan Ballroom
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled