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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
8 p.m. Friday, September 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
7 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
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 >>
courtesy of Tef PoeTef 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 >>
7 p.m. Thursday, December 31. Fubar, 3108 Locust.
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 >>
(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 >>
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 >>
9 p.m. Monday, September 22. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.
Week of December 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Bring It Back (Barsuk)
50 Cent wants to be an actor...but he's not
In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel
Week of July 6, 2005
The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)
The best foul-mouthed breakup songs of all time
A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice)
Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album
How does Jessica Dana get away with the things she says on the radio?
Highlights of the Riverfront Times
Week of November 13, 2002
The Streets' vision of working-class England is full of beats, birds and brandy
Is a feud brewing between two St. Louis rap camps?
Week of June 26, 2002
Document of Death (Hammerheart/Martyr Music Group)
Saturday, Oct. 27; Fox Theatre
Simply Mortified (Grand Royal)
Thursday, Oct. 5; Firehouse
Competition in the burgeoning St. Louis rap-radio market? Bring it on, says one station manager.