• Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Eminem, Skrillex Leaked as Lollapalooza Headliners; World Shrugs

    In recent weeks St. Louis has had a bit of a hard-on for Lollapalooza. After all, representatives from Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and leaders from our board of aldermen have told us time and again that the proposed Summer Rocks festivals will offer the Gateway City a multi-stage, multi-act, mult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Eminem's "The Monster," Ft. Rihanna: Why This Song Sucks

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Song: Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna History: Eminem did a freestyle battle. He went up against Papa Doc and choked. It was pretty sad. Then some more sad stuff h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Why Kanye's St. Louis Tour Date Was Really Cancelled

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Six Common Misconceptions That Make Bands Suck

    For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Eminem "Berzerk" from MMLP2 Produced By Rick Rubin: Listen Now

    Eminem teased his new single, "Berzerk" in a Beats By Dre commercial during this year's VMA awards over the weekend. The song will appear on the rapper's upcoming album, entitled MMLP2 (or Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to his most critically acclaimed and successful album), the follow-up to 2010's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the ten finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true ly ... More >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013
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    April 3, 2013

    Adrenaline Boost: Favorite Songs for Getting Shit Done

    In this week's music feature for the print edition of the Riverfront Times, we address the link between music and adrenaline in the sports world. Chemists and biologists have proven that music and other stimuli can have a major effect on sparking adrenaline, which in turn may boost both athleticism ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2011

    Joe Budden

    6:30 p.m. Friday, August 26. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Music Movies: The Five Biggest Flops And Five Biggest Successes

    This is the face that launched 1,000 falsettos -- and also our No. 2 entry in the hits category.​Welcome to a new recurring feature on RFT Music. In the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at the best music movies, from documentaries (Dig!) to movies with earth-shattering soundtracks (Train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Kanrocksas Music Festival 2011: What to Expect, What to See and More

    Courtesy of Kanrocksas​Finally, Eminem has collided with NASCAR -- with nary a cowboy hat in sight. This isn't a gone-country Darius Rucker-style conversion, but Missouri-born Marshall Mathers, not to mention 23 other popular and indie acts that normally wouldn't be caught within sight distanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    If Harry Potter Characters Had Bands: Twelve We'd Like To See

    ​If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2011

    The Ten Best Moments of the 2011 Grammy Awards

    ​Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    This Year's Five Best Super Bowl Commercials

    ‚ÄčThat was, without a doubt, one of the worst Super Bowls I can ever remember. Oh, sure, the game was just fine. Instant classic material, I guess. Two great quarterbacks, historic franchises, a great comeback that almost happened, plenty of drama in the last two minutes, and a brilliant storyline ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of July 5 - July 11

    * = coming to town, = local Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play the Pageant Friday, July 16​Vintage Vinyl 1. Big Boi -- Sir Lucious Left Foot. The Son Of Chico Dusty 2. Roots -- How I Got Over 3. Eminem -- Recovery 4. Drake -- Thank Me Later 5. Black Keys -- Brothers 6. Ratatat -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of June 28-July 5

    = local, * = coming to town Wolf Parade's latest album, Expo 86​ Euclid Records 1. Wolf Parade -- Expo 86 2. Black Keys -- Brothers 3. Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St. 4. Robert Randolph & the Family Band -- We Walk This Road 5. Band of Horses -- Infinite Arms 6. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, June 22

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Constellations' Southern Gothic​*Chemical Brothers, Further The Brothers' seventh album is an elaborate audio/visual project, with "interactive" videos a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Sponge Playing a New Year's Eve Show at Fubar

    The varied reactions to the news that Detroit rockers Sponge are playing a New Year's Eve show at Fubar have surprised me -- on Twitter, they've ranged from, "Hell yes!" to "What year is it again?" to "'Plowed' is such a great song!" Who knew the band would still hit a nerve? Growing up in Clevela ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2009

    Gogol Bordello

    8 p.m. Thursday, July 23. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    September 5, 2007


    T.I. vs. T.I.P. (Atlantic)

  • Music

    August 8, 2007

    Vans Warped Tour

    12 p.m. Tuesday, August 14. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive

  • Music

    September 27, 2006

    Local Motion: Marcheski, Lenarsky and DaBreezy

    Tuesday, October 3. Creepy Crawl, (3524 Washington Boulevard)

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2006

    "Zip Coon" = "Chain Hang Low"?

    It's been virtually impossible lately for local residents to escape the children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low." If it isn't boring its way into your skull as a synthetic loop emanating from ice cream trucks, it's rattling windows as the chorus to St. Louis hip-hop phenom Jibbs' hit single, "Chain H ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2006

    Baby Steps

    Dancing teens trade moves, find love in a sweet backstage drama

  • Music

    April 13, 2005


    Hotel (V2)

  • Music

    December 15, 2004

    Dick's Got the Beat

    We check out Gephardt's iPod playlist, chat with a Blind Boy and listen to the Scared

  • Music

    November 24, 2004


    Encore (Aftermath)

  • Music

    May 26, 2004


    D12 World (Shady Records)

  • Music

    March 31, 2004

    Ghost in the Machine

    The new Wilco album has been leaked. Should we feel guilty for listening?

  • Music

    February 18, 2004

    G Unit

    Beg for Mercy (Interscope)

  • Music

    August 6, 2003

    Mix Masters

    These days anyone can make a mix CD, and everyone does. Two local standouts manage to challenge as well as entertain.

  • Music

    March 5, 2003

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath Records)

  • Music

    February 26, 2003


    Redemption (Elektra)

  • Music

    February 5, 2003

    Au Naturals

    Urban Jazz Naturals beckons rock fans to the electronic side of the street

  • Music

    December 25, 2002

    Glorious Glut

    Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"

  • Film

    November 6, 2002

    Run, Rabbit, Run

    The pickings are Slim Shady, but Eminem busts out of a bad movie

  • Music

    October 30, 2002
  • Music

    June 26, 2002

    Is It Hot in Herre?

    Our intrepid reporter chats face-to-face with swoon-inducing Nelly

  • Music

    June 12, 2002


    The Eminem Show (Aftermath Records)

  • News

    December 20, 2000
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    November 8, 2000
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    August 23, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of Aug. 23-29, 2000

  • Music

    August 16, 2000


    The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope)

  • Music

    May 12, 1999
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