• Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff on the Road, New Orleans and Eminems With Guitars

    When I reach Alynda Lee Segarra, she's just through airport security in Chicago, headed to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she and her band Hurray for the Riff Raff will perform and take part in a workshop on "riffing." It's a rather charming (and literal) statement on behalf of the event, though ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Fear of a Black Teenager

    The State of Florida should be ashamed of itself. Its Stand Your Ground laws are ridiculously one-sided. I'm not a lawyer, so I can't give an in-depth legal analysis about the situation, but as a layman I will say it's pathetic. It's becoming the 2014 version of blacks being afraid to go out in publ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Nelly to Sit In on NFL Network's Broadcast of Tonight's Rams vs. 49ers

    According to a post on Nelly's Facebook page today, the St. Louis rapper will be calling tonight's Rams/49ers game on the NFL Network. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//connect.facebo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Here's How Miley Cyrus Infiltrated the Hip Hop Community

    By Nick Nuk'em After being wildly-ecstatic about the Jay Z song that was on in her debut single as Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" (Hannah Montana's eulogy could've been given at the video shoot), the former Disney starlet recently found herself being referred to on Hov's recent MCHG. One could say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    How Old Is Too Old to Break Into the Rap Game?

    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 s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Loving Pig's Face and Learning to Leave His Roast Chicken Alone: A Q&A with Vino Nadoz's Chris DiMercurio

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Chris DiMercurio of Vino Nadoz. Read part one, a profile of DiMercurio, here. Part three, a recipe from DiMercurio, will be published on Friday. Chris DiMercurio worked alongside -- and learned from -- some of St. Louis' talented young chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good

    It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Kendrick Lamar's Debut is One of the Most Important Hip-Hop Albums of Our Era

    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

    September 10, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 10 to 16

    Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a consistent fallback. That said, I wore a jacket outside this weekend! WHOA HOLY SHIT. Sometimes I think I could write ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    What Makes a Hip-Hop Classic?

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2012

    Just Blaze

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

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Look! Sarah Palin Is Naked!

    ​Did that headline get your attention? Love Sarah Palin or loathe her, you just can't seem to look away. You're as obsessed as a post-Mariah-Carey Eminem!So that oughtta make today's Daily RFT contest right up your alley. We're giving away an entire suite of seats for tomorrow's event at the Famil ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    St. Louis' Own Thi'sl, a Christian Rapper, Tops iTunes Hip-Hop chart

    Image viaThi'sl: The number one rapper on iTunes right now.​It might be a misnomer to call Thi'sl a Christian Rapper. Like many other artists, he just raps about his life. And God happens to play a big part in his life. Well, Thi'sl is one of the hottest rappers coming out of St. Louis. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Kanye West Runs A Suitor Over On His Bike In Throwback "Mama's Boyfriend"

    ​Before My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fused the two sides of Kanye West into a paranoid (beautiful, dark, twisted) mess of triumphalism and (twisted) Chris Rock-aided introspection there were two West figures in evidence on his albums--the massively confident rapper and the confused, angry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Bonnaroo 2011: What to Bring, What To Expect, What to See and More

    ​Bonnaroo is next weekend already, and Wakarusa starts tomorrow. Summer Festival season is in full swing, and it's getting hard to keep track of all the offerings. In the next several weeks, we'll bring you guides to some of the best and biggest festivals within a day's drive of St. Louis. We ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 31, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    March 24, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    March 10, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    March 3, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    February 24, 2011
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    January 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    New Release Highlights For November 22: A Special Monday Edition

    (New releases come out on Monday this week. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on? Find out below.) The Alchemist and Oh No join forces as Gangrene​*Gangrene, Gutter Water Gangrene is a collaboration between the Alchemist and Oh No. Pitchfork gave Gangrene a 6.7, saying "the rapping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    R.I.P. Sex Pistols Manager, Fashion Visionary Malcolm McLaren

    Malcolm McLaren, the wily manger who guided original punks the Sex Pistols to infamy, died today after a battle with cancer. He was 64. After outfitting the New York Dolls with outrageous stagewear in the mid-'70s, he became more notorious for coordinating the Sex Pistols' outlandish publicity stunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of July 27-August 2

    Every Monday (Tuesday this week -- sorry, Warped Tour), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. SON VOLT: American ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2006

    Film Openings

    Week of August 9, 2006

  • Music

    July 26, 2006

    Bee True

    From wowing locals to impressing P. Diddy, rapper Rebecca "Bee" Plasencia is on her way

  • Music

    January 11, 2006

    Tony Yayo

    Monday, January 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

  • Music

    December 7, 2005
  • Music

    February 11, 2004

    Ms. Jackson, If You're Nasty...

    In which Radar Station ponders the issue of the day

  • Music

    January 14, 2004

    On Track

    Radar Station mixes up local producers, decides to blame them

  • Film

    July 16, 2003

    Kiss Me, Sons of God

    Gigantic nearly deifies They Might Be Giants -- and why not?

  • Film

    February 26, 2003

    Rockin' the Cradle

    DMX and Jet Li get down 2 Grave business

  • Culture

    December 25, 2002

    Fear Factor

    But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott

  • Music

    December 18, 2002

    X-mas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Music

    December 11, 2002

    Snoop Dogg

    Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ (Priority/Doggy Style)

  • Music

    December 4, 2002

    White Riot

    Jewish pottymouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity

  • Music

    November 27, 2002

    Point Return

    Pointessential 7 has the sound you've come to expect

  • Music

    September 11, 2002

    Slugging It Out

    By working through his personal shit, MC Slug touches the masses

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    Sweaty Teddy

    For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change

  • Music

    July 24, 2002

    Lip Service

    Steven Drozd talks about a decade's worth of weirdness with the Flaming Lips

  • Culture

    July 3, 2002

    Ice Ice Maybe

    A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him.

  • Music

    March 27, 2002

    Bird Call

    With a diverse following and a stand-alone attitude, Nelly Furtado hit it big by being herself. But how long can it last?

  • Music

    October 4, 2000

    Culture Club

    Tuesday, Oct. 10; Mississippi Nights

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
  • Music

    September 20, 2000

    Death of a Format

    Remodeling St. Louis' radio dial

  • Music

    August 23, 2000

    Country Cookin'

    Local rapper Nelly takes his Country Grammar to No. 1

  • Music

    January 26, 2000


    Saturday, Jan. 29; American Theater

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