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    October 2, 2014

    Nas: A New Doc Looks Back on Illmatic and One of Hip-Hop's Finest Living Lyricists

    One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic, Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?" Did you get that? I ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    The 10 Most Memorable Hip-Hop Albums From 1994

    A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.

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    April 19, 2013

    A Free Jazz After Party: Weird Out With Chikamorachi

    Chikamorachi: Chris Corsano & Darin Gray Saturday, April 20 FOAM at 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 8 PM, $10 Record Store Day attracts the collector and show goer alike as area stores pile live bands on top of limited releases. The whole affair recalls a certain holiday spirit fueled by feedback and wax. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Electronic [EDM] Music Shows in March

    With the spring weather closer than ever (fingers crossed!) and festival lineups being announced, there's excitement in the air for those who love electronic music. Here are some shows coming to St. Louis this March. See Also: -Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking -Six Ridiculous Hol ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The Shins Schedule St. Louis Show and Release (More) New Music

    The Shins, dormant for the last few years, will return in 2012 with Port of Morrow and a U.S. tour that includes a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-616) on June 4. Tickets are $32 for general admission or $37 for reserved balcony spots and go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. The Shins, ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen Tour Dates, E Street Lineup Announced

    Bruce Springsteen's long awaited 2012 US tour dates are out and, at lest in this first batch, the closest he'll come to St. Louis is an April 17 show in Cleveland and an April 12 show in Detroit. A stop here could be announced at a later date -- there is a tantalizing week between the Cleveland show ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Rosanne Cash On Her Career And Memoir, Which She Is Signing Tonight In St. Louis

    ​Rosanne Cash has endured some seriously heavy blows over the last decade. She lost her father and step-mother (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, respectively) over the course of a few months in 2003. Six weeks after her father's passing, her step-sister was found dead on bus in Tennessee. A c ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2011

    Nicole Atkins

    9 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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    May 27, 2011

    The Miles Davis Festival to Debut This Year in St. Louis

    wikimedia commons​The estate of the late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis will team up this summer and fall with several St. Louis area organizations and venues to present the Miles Davis Festival, a series of concerts, exhibits and celebrations of Davis' musical legacy that organizers hope will bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Second Spin: Full Force, Get Busy 1 Time!

    Artist: Full Force Album: Get Busy 1 Time! From: Euclid Records Year: 1986 Label: Columbia Records What it sounds like: The missing link between Big Daddy Kane and Boyz II Men--not quite hip-hop, not quite R&B, not quite jazz, quite horrendous.

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    January 6, 2009

    Second Spin: Robert Brookins, "Come To Me"

    Artist: Robert Brookins Album: Come To Me From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1987 Label: MCA Records What it sounds like: DeBarge crossed with Bobby Brown doing a Prince imitation. Cheesy '80's R&B at its glorious worst.