Welcome to Hey DJ, a series that delves into the St. Louis DJing scene. Get to know some local music lovers and their quirks as they fill out our short answer questionnaire, and find out where to catch them around town. Julian Kussman is DJ hobbbz, a decidedly strange misspelling of his childhood f ... More >>
By Kat Bein After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.) It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most ... More >>
Long-time St. Louis hip-hop heads may have noticed a familiar face manning the decks at Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels show last night. DJ Trackstar, who spent his first ten years as a DJ in St. Louis, is backing up the whole tour in his capacity as Killer Mike's touring DJ. See Also: - Kil ... More >>
Many EDM fans are suffering from post-Coachella hangover. Not to fear, warmer weather is bringing more and more festivals. This month, St. Louis has a wide array of genre within EDM represented, so lets drop in and see what's in store.
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 >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! 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 ... More >>
Delmar Lounge once seemed like an invincible safe haven for progressive minded music lovers in the city of St. Louis. The establishment has an almost legendary reputation for the showcasing spontaneity of St. Louis loves. During the evening hours of business you could aimlessly find yourself eating ... More >>
Remember when the turntable was considered a legitimate instrument in a rock band? Neither do I. But there are rare instances where DJ scratches are not a dealbreaker in a non hip-hop context. Here are the six best rock songs featuring turntables. Let us know your favorites and we'll REEEEEEEEEEEEMI ... More >>
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
Plies--the gold-selling Florida rapper famous for a string of hits including "Shawty," "Bust It Baby Pt 2," and "Lose My Mind"--will be at The Ambassador in North County this Saturday night, continuing a who's who list of top rap acts to play the club in recent months including Jeezy, Rick Ross, T.I ... More >>
Recently nominated for a 2012 RFT Music Award for Best DJ, long-time St. Louis headliner Sir Thurl will be on the tables this Saturday night at The Ambassador in North County for promoter Jonathan Burns' 'B-Day Bash.' Flying in to perform are Birdman, Mystikal and a "special invited guest." (6 p.m., ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, April 13. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue.
10 p.m. Friday, March 30. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
8 p.m. Saturday, December 17. Pig Slop Studios.
Damon Riddick may be the coolest dude alive. Better known as Dam-Funk, Riddick is a walking embodiment of West Coast Relaxation, creating an electrifying brand of modern funk. Heavily inspired by the synth-based funk of the late '70s/early '80s, his music is full of interstellar synthesizers rife wi ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaOn the verge of the release of the RFT "Best of St. Louis" 2011 issue, Last Collector Standing decided to meet with last year's winner for "Best Club DJ," DJ Needles, to discuss what it takes to make a great DJ. Of course, vinyl was involved. Needles (a.k.a. Nodzill, a.k. ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Sunday, August 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
wikimedia commonsThe official LouFest after party, to be held on Saturday, August 27th at the Gramophone, will feature DJ sets from the Roots' Questlove and members of Deerhunter. Advance tickets are $17 and on sale now. St. Louis' DJ Needles and 18andCounting will open the party -- doors op ... More >>
Photo by Jon Scorfina Despite vinyl's outdated technology, it is an essential aspect of hip-hop culture. Considering this, up-and-comer DJ Kase One (a.k.a. Aaron Hinton) chooses to spin only vinyl at his regular gig Diggin In The Crates at Delmar Lounge, every second Saturday of the month at ... More >>
A scant seven months after serving as the meat in an Alice In Chains/Mastodon sandwich at Scottrade Center, the Deftones will be headlining a very sold-out show at the Pageant with the Dillinger Escape Plan and Funeral Party. We caught up with Deftones turntablist Frank Delgado via phone from ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day! For us at A to Z, it's like Christmas, only we're receiving special gifts from Wayne Coyne and Thom Yorke, and enjoying DJ sets and live performances by the best in local music. Which, as far as we're concerned, beats the pants off o ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
You read that flyer right: Solange Knowles -- a.k.a. Beyonce's little sister -- will be DJing at Exo in Midtown on Friday, January 21. Space will be limited, so it's recommended that you RSVP to Exo by emailing here or by calling 314-707-8709. Along with Solange's DJ skills, patrons can exp ... More >>
In this week's paper, Diana Benanti spoke to Crystal Method's Scott Kirkland. He and collaborator Ken Jordan will be in town on New Year's Eve, spinning at Europe Nightclub. Below, read on to find out about DJ sets vs. regular music performances, potentially new music and what St. Louis can expect. ... More >>
On Saturday night, November 6, Mira Aroyo and Reuben Wu of Ladyron did a DJ set at Sol Lounge. Jason Stoff checked out the scene and brought back pictures for a slideshow. You can see that here. Preview pics below. Jason StoffMira Aroyo and Reuben Wu of Ladytron View a slideshow of photos f ... More >>
Doug StanhopeLots to do (again) this weekend. See the music page for some ideas -- and below for many more! Friday Bootleg Beats - Guy Fawkes Edition @ The Speakeasy (1009 Olive) This newish monthly unleashes a special Guy Fawkes edition tonight at the Speakeasy. Varying shades of electro fr ... More >>
So, perhaps you're someone who hates Halloween. No shame -- dressing up isn't really A to Z's bag, either, and we understand that it's hard to find costume-free events this weekend. And so below, here are some non-holiday happenings this weekend to enjoy: Jon GitchoffCory Chisel at LouFest.Fr ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaWhen not out competing in national DJ tournaments, DJ Mahf (a.k.a. Dan Mahfood) can be found scouring local record stores for hours on end, sometimes with a portable record player by his side. A life-long fan of funk, soul and hip-hop, Mahf used to use a fake I.D. to sneak into Bl ... More >>
Paul Oakenfold, the world's most successful DJ, will play Europe Nightclub November 18, as B & W Productions confirmed in an exclusive interview with RFT this morning. "The good thing about Oakenfold, he attracts people who have been in the club scene for a long time, and he always brings someb ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Jon ScorfinaDJs Agile 1 and Crucial with their twin boys(Note: This is part two of this week's Last Collector Standing. You can read part one right here!) Last Collector Standing: Are there different expectations for women as DJs? April: Yeah, I think the expectations are super low. Based on ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaDJs Agile 1 and Crucial with their twin boysRob and April Fulstone might be the two coolest young parents in St. Louis. For over ten years they've been staples in the St. Louis hip-hop scene under the monikers DJ Crucial and DJ Agile 1. Following the birth of their twin sons, Linc ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Last night at the Schlafly Tap Room, we announced the 2010 RFT Music Award winners. Here are the results. We'll be adding photos from the night once they arrive! Best Americana/Folk Band (Indie-Leaning) The Monads Best Americana/Folk Band (Untraditional) Brothers Lazaroff
Jon GitchoffDJ Mahf last night at the Old Rock House after winning the competition. See more photos here.If you read our story about the the Redbull Thre3style DJ competition, you know that St. Louis was lucky to be picked as one of the cities to host the event, as the winning DJ would be sent of ... More >>
Tonight, eight of the city's top DJs will take to the turntables for a battle royale, to find out which one of them is the crowd pleasingist, party-rockingist DJ in the Red Bull Thre3style competition. The line-up features some of the most familiar names on the local circuit: A-Flex, Costik, Hugh Ty ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaDJing under the pseudonym COR(E)YOGRAPHY, Corey McCarthy has become a vital part of the city's vibrant club scene - as a DJ and as someone helping to bring national acts to St. Louis. A former retail manager at Urban Outfitters, McCarthy now focuses his full attention on his Propa ... More >>
Click for a larger versionSince opening in 2008, The Gramophone has become one of the best places to experience a multitude of musical endeavors. It's the new home of ultra-hip dance party London Calling, and in the coming weeks will see the return of Chicago's mash-up virtuosos the Hood Inte ... More >>
Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 21: Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh of Canadian electro-spazzes Holy Fuck will be in town doing a DJ set at the Old Rock House. Anyone who saw the band's 2008 performance with A Place to Bury Strangers at the FireBluebird knows that the band is intense in c ... More >>
Midnight at the Capricorn
8 p.m. Saturday, November 21. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Boulevard.
Big news brewing on the local airwaves: The Clear Channel-owned hip-hop/R&B station KATZ 100.3 The Beat has fired all of its on-air talent and changed formats, as of 12 p.m. today.As the station's already re-designed website indicates, they will now play seasonal music. It's currently "stunting" ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, June 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.