• Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Remembering Garth Brooks' Alter-Ego Chris Gaines

    Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Tech N9ne on "That Fast Flow," Strangeulation and Being a "Job Creator"

    How fast is too fast? Rapper Tech N9ne's supersonic lyrical delivery tests the boundaries of human comprehension. The Kansas City-based MC was bestowed his name thanks to his ability to spit out words with the speed of a TEC-9 semiautomatic weapon. Tech N9ne later gave his handle a double-entendre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Outkast Will Be Performing at Lollapalooza: What Does That Mean for LouFest?

    Lollapalooza is one of the crown jewels of the modern festival era. We may not love the lineup every year, but we certainly can see how, over the past decade, the Chicago production has redefined what a multi-stage, multi-day, multi-artist event can be, especially in an urban setting. The long-runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Now Here This: More from the Ten St. Louis Bands That Should Be Famous

    In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    5 Rap/Cereal Collaborations We'd Like to See Next

    Everyone has been all abuzz the past few weeks about Nelly's partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios. (Eh, not really, we just wanted to use that super cool pun.) So we got to thinking -- what other rappers should land cereal deals? See also: Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse Was an Exciting Moment for Hip-Hop -- And Now It's Over

    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

    July 24, 2013

    The Five Weirdest Rap Beefs

    Do you remember J-Kwon? In case you don't, we'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth for a while. See Also: - NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache - St. Louis Rapper J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The Ten Worst Best Of Lists In Music

    Lists will inevitably be remembered as the highest point of pop-culture Internet journalism. Why? BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM. Sometimes, however, the sure-fire can't-miss format of the list fails us from a journalistic standpoint. Here are ten of the worst music-related lists that I could find before goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Kanrocksas Early Bird Tickets on Sale at 10 a.m. Today

    Kanrocksas (a festival at the NASCAR Speedway just west of Kansas City, so named for...never mind) debuted big in 2011, going toe-to-toe with Lollapalooza and featuring many of the same names (including Eminem, Muse and A Perfect Circle). They took the year off in 2012 due to renovations to the Spee ... More >>

  • Music

    September 14, 2012

    Odd Future

    8 p.m. Friday, September 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    The Top Six Lyrics by Earl Sweatshirt

    Tonight marks the first time that the rowdy Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future makes a stop in St. Louis, on a tour that is also the first that member and standout lyricist Earl Sweatshirt is able to attend. For a large portion of Odd Future's hype-laden ascent, Earl (whose real name is Thebe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012: Highlights from A to Z

    The team: six 40-year-old men, leaving behind six fairly respectable jobs, five wives and 14.9 children for four days. The tools: a 32-foot RV, VIP tickets, comfortable shoes and enough beer to take down a small fraternity. The task: to do and see as much as physically and logistically possible at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Slaughterhouse at Old Rock House, 5/25/12

    Slaughterhouse | Murphy Lee | Steddy P. | Mathias The Old Rock House April 25, 2012 For hip-hop fans who still appreciate lyricism, Slaughterhouse epitomizes the term "supergroup." Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9", Crooked I and Joell Ortiz returned to St. Louis last night for the first time since 2009 - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Best of Coachella's Final Day

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    The Kanrocksas Music Festival Won't Be Happening in 2012

    The Kanrocksas Music Festival, assembled last year in rapid fashion with a lineup of surprisingly big names (Eminem, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips...), will be taking what would have been its sophomore year off. The Kansas Speedway, which hosts the festival, is undergoing a major construction p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Clayton Gets Vito Rancanelli's Mad Tomato

    Robin WheelerMad Tomato in Clayton​ If there's any doubt that Vito Rancanelli, Jr. is using fresh, local food at Mad Tomato, his new venture in Clayton, just spend a few minutes in the dining room at lunchtime. First, a farmer with a young daughter arrives, carrying a case of fresh asparagus. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Nicki Minaj/Lil Wayne/Rick Ross/Travis Barker/Mix Master Mike

    7 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

  • Culture

    March 17, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    February 24, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup: Buffalo Springfield, Eminem, Arcade Fire and Lil Wayne(?!)

    ​We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Interview: Tef Poe on War Machine, His Fantastic New Album

    courtesy of Tef Poe​Tef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2009


    7 p.m. Thursday, December 31. Fubar, 3108 Locust.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    An Open Letter to Smashing Pumpkins Collectors

    Dear Smashing Pumpkins collectors,Why do you keep emailing me, asking if I'm selling my Zeitgeist promo CD? I'm genuinely curious about these queries, which I assume are stemming from my review of the album. For starters, it's mad illegal; my copy is a record-label-issued, numbered and watermar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Interview: Hip-Hop Journalist Kim Osorio, Ex-Editor-in-Chief of The Source

    (Article by Kristy Wendt)For those yearning for behind-the-scenes fodder on the battles, beefs, and trysts of hip-hop's high profilers, Kimberly Osorio's memoir Straight From the Source will make you feel like you're looking through their hotel room keyholes; you'll get a tantalizing glimpse, and no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Girl Talk at the Pageant, Thursday, January 8: Show Review Photos

    Better than: A crowded dorm-room party with cheap beer and cheap vodka drank out of red plastic cups, awkward grinding and an iTunes playlist full of cheesy dance hits. Actually, wait - that was kind of what the show was. Slide ShowThere's no easy way to review last night's Girl Talk show, mainly b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008
  • Music

    September 17, 2008

    Royce Da 5'9"

    9 p.m. Monday, September 22. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

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    August 18, 2008
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    August 9, 2008
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    December 27, 2006

    2006: The Year in Music

    Week of December 28, 2006

  • Music

    May 24, 2006

    MC Frontalot

    Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • Music

    May 10, 2006

    Mates of State

    Bring It Back (Barsuk)

  • Film

    November 9, 2005

    Bum Rap

    50 Cent wants to be an actor...but he's not

  • Film

    October 5, 2005

    Goy Gevalt

    In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel

  • News

    July 6, 2005


    Week of July 6, 2005

  • Music

    February 9, 2005

    The Game

    The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)

  • Music

    July 7, 2004

    Love Stinks

    The best foul-mouthed breakup songs of all time

  • Music

    May 26, 2004

    The Streets

    A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice)

  • Music

    December 3, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album

  • News

    February 26, 2003

    Home Girl

    How does Jessica Dana get away with the things she says on the radio?

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2003

    Night & Day for the week of February 12-18, 2003

    Highlights of the Riverfront Times

  • News

    November 13, 2002

    Rank Amateur

    Week of November 13, 2002

  • Music

    November 6, 2002

    English Beat

    The Streets' vision of working-class England is full of beats, birds and brandy

  • Music

    July 3, 2002

    Fightin' Words

    Is a feud brewing between two St. Louis rap camps?

  • Film

    June 26, 2002


    Week of June 26, 2002

  • Music

    January 23, 2002

    Blood Red Throne

    Document of Death (Hammerheart/Martyr Music Group)

  • Music

    October 24, 2001

    Tori Amos with Rufus Wainwright

    Saturday, Oct. 27; Fox Theatre

  • Music

    February 21, 2001

    BS 2000

    Simply Mortified (Grand Royal)

  • Music

    October 4, 2000

    Lyricist Lounge Tour featuring Mos Def

    Thursday, Oct. 5; Firehouse

  • Music

    July 12, 2000

    Minding The Beats And Q's

    Competition in the burgeoning St. Louis rap-radio market? Bring it on, says one station manager.

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