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    March 14, 2013

    The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing

    By Craig Hlavaty Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtra ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Good For You and Gregg Ginn, J Rabbit, Talk Normal and More Show Flyers

    Skateboarder Mike Vallely's band, Good for You visits Spirit's Lounge on April 27th and are accompanied by Black Flag guitarist, Greg Ginn's solo project. Noise-rock band, Talk Normal stops by The Demo on March 16th. More show flyers below:

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    March 8, 2013

    The Seven Habits of Highly Irritating Individuals (Hip-Hop Edition)

    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 >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Danny Brown to Play Old Rock House April 29

    Detroit rapper Danny Brown will be making a stop in St. Louis at the Old Rock House on his "Old & Reckless" tour. The show has not yet been announced by the venue, but it is listed on today's official announcements about the tour. (Thanks to Twitter user Michael Doherty for the tip!)

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    March 5, 2013

    How Do I Manage My Newly-Launched Solo Career?

    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 >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Candles As Band Merch: An In-depth, Intensive Look with GG Allin, Mumford and Sons

    By Michael Alan Goldberg Perhaps you have seen that in addition to the T-shirts, hoodies, posters, and brass boat necklaces (?) found in their online merch section, Sigur Ros has introduced their "Vardeldur candle" for the princely sum of $23.50. The site describes its scent thusly: The smoky, sl ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    North St. Louis Nightclub Shooting: Two Men Injured Outside Premier Lounge

    A north St. Louis nightclub became a crime scene over the weekend when two men were shot and badly injured, police say. The site was the parking lot of Premier Lounge on Martin Luther King Drive near Hodiamont Avenue. And according to police, the two victims "heard gunshots and then felt pain." ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Punching Out the Overhead Lights During a Karaoke Song: What to Do Next

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    The Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement Is Here [Updated With Complete Lineup]

    [UPDATE: The complete lineup is now on page two of this post.] Right now, even as I type this, Weird Al Yankovic is in the midst of a three-hour long live streaming video announcement for this year's Bonnaroo Festival, a four-day event that takes place every year in Manchester, Tennessee. As one wh ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk Shows in February

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo that doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problem can be brough ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Reports: Rue Lafayette Closes

    The Lafayette Square café Rue Lafayette (2026 Lafayette Avenue; 314-772-2233) has closed, according to multiple reports. We first heard the news from the Twitter account of David Craig's Food Talk STL radio show: Something up with @ruelafayette. Facebook post says "to do divorce Rue had to close ( ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Karaoke Songs to Put Your Significant Other In the Mood

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Ask Fan Landers: Should My Small-Town Band Move To New York?

    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 >>

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    February 5, 2013

    FOX 2 Weatherman Chris Higgins Argues with Post-Dispatch Weather Grouch, Joe Strauss

    Yesterday, we wrote about a somewhat bizarre "open letter" rant from FOX 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins on his Facebook page, directed at his "haters" who have apparently been attacking him for not accurately predicting the snow storm over the weekend. It included some gem quotes like, "That is an as ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Amy Dunbar: Tardiness-Hating OB/GYN Now Most Reviled St. Louisan on Facebook

    Hey, guess what, Chris Higgins? You are no longer the most reviled St. Louisan on Facebook! Your reign was short, though intense, but the torch has now been passed to Dr. Amy Dunbar, an OB/GYN at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur (aka the Baby Factory), who had the sheer, unmitigated ga ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Big Sam's Funky Nation, Matt Pond, dada and More Show Flyers

    Eclectic Trombonist Big Sam will perform with his self-described "Noladelic powerfunk" band, the Funky Nation, on February 8th at the Old Rock House. Matt Pond PA visits the Firebird, February 15th, in support of their new album, "The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hand." More show flyers, below:

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    January 29, 2013

    Ask Fan Landers: Will My Band Always Be Broke?

    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 >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Mizzou Study: Facebook Can Show Whether You're Crazy

    Admit it: You have some "friends" on Facebook who are, you're sure, raging narcissists or pathological liars and you'd definitely be able to diagnose them and suggest, in the most gentle and friendly manner, that they seek help, if only you had access to a copy of the DSM. Well guess what? You're n ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Andy Gammon Bridge: Family of Killed Worker Propose Alternative To Stan Musial Name

    As we've reported, the most popular thing for Missouri elected officials to do this week is to propose bills and send out press releases in support of naming the Mississippi River bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge" in honor of the late, great Cardinal. A lot of regular folks support the idea, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Photocopier Goof Raised $4,000 for St. Louis Food Outreach

    Atomicdust's Face Off Against Hunger Campaign was recently named Best Use of Social Media for a Civic Campaign in Riverfront Times 2013 Web Awards. For a full list of winners click here. A little more than a year ago, a few employees at St. Louis branding and marketing agency Atomicdust were work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Greasing Palms and Glad-Handing In Spite of Crippling Anxiety

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Six Tips For Hosting Dirty Vagrants (Also Known as Touring Bands)

    Editor's note: This post is half of a two-parter! Please read its companion post as well, Six Tips On How To Be an Awful House Guest: Musician Edition. Musicians, much like regular humans, need sleep to survive. In unfamiliar cities, a stranger with a squishy place to nap for a night can help out t ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Win Tickets to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Pageant

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to the Pageant on Thursday, January 10. They'll be joined by Langhorne Slim, and the show is way sold out. BUT: It's not too late to have the lovely Ms. Potter make eyes at you while also rocking your face off (it's true; I've seen it!). We have a pair of t ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Treat Your Band Like Your Job and it Just Might Be

    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 >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Should My Band Hire a Publicist?

    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 >>

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    December 21, 2012

    The 14 Best Music-Related GIFs We Discovered in 2012

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! Once upon a time, I ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Fresco Kane on 106 & Park: "I Get My Confidence From Doing it for So Long in St. Louis"

    East St. Louis rapper Fresco Kane has been working in this city for a long time (you may know him as Gena). In September, we wrote about his recently finalized deal with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def records. They both made an appearance recently on BET's 106 & Park to make the introduction to the rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    There's No Shaming in Getting Famous

    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 >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Connecticut Shooting: Mayor Slay Laments That Missouri's Hands Are Tied On Gun Control

    St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay just posted the following statement on Facebook in reference to the horrific mass shooting today at a school in Newtown, Connecticut: Our city's prayers are with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. I read the terrible news while sitting through interviews after w ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Five Surefire Moves for Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    September 10, 2012

    Every St. Louis Release: August 2012

    Update, 8/10: Several new additions, mostly courtesy of STL Mixtapes, are below. Find yourself some new music. This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area (we're interpreting pretty broadly) in July 2012, listed in alphabetical ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Eleven Things Every Independent Artist Should Work On

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Fun-Run Phenomenon Must Die!

    Allow me to pull my pants up to my nipples before I get started.Ahh. That's better. Now where was I? Oh, yeah. These -- I don't know what you call them -- fun runs? Themed 5Ks? Costumed, sweat-fests? They are what's truly wrong with America. (Yes, worse even than Taylor Swift.) What is it about toda ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Chicken Shawarma and Win $25 to Graham's Grill and Bayou Bar!

    All this talk of The Avengers (we definitely didn't see it twice or anything) and shawarma makes Gut Check a hungry blog. Guess where we ate this lovely pile of poultry and win $25 to Graham's Grill and Bayou Bar (612 West Woodbine Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003). Rules: To be eligible, you must le ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    March 27, 2012

    Yonder Mountain String Band at the Pageant: Win Tickets

    Yonder Mountain String Band will play back-to-back shows this weekend at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161). Friday and Saturday's shows both start at 7:30 p.m. and feature Brown Bird as opener. We have a pair of tickets for both shows, and we'd like to send a few of you fine folks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Tidbits from Siete Luminarias, Taste-D-Burger, Fuzzy's Taco Shop

    ​- George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine has the always-exciting news of a new restaurant on Cherokee Street: Siete Luminarias is now open at 2818 Cherokee, serving traditional taqueria fare and at least a couple of dishes new to the area. Siete Luminarias is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Visit the r ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Could Missouri's Repealed "Facebook Law" Have Prevented a Teacher's "Nasty" Texts?

    Image viaNasty textin' is not very teacherly. ​Folks who had supported Missouri's "Facebook Law," (which, before its repeal in October, had banned Facebook friendships between teachers and students) are not going to like this little tale out of Springfield. A 13-year-old boy testified last week in ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Chop Shop Food Truck Launches Today

    via Facebook​You know, I was just thinking it's been too long -- 24 hours, at least, maybe 48 -- since a new food truck hit the streets of St. Louis. Today, Chop Shop will make its maiden voyage, arriving at Purina headquarters (Chouteau Avenue between South Tucker Boulevard and South Seventh Stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    The Bleeding Deacon Closes Temporarily, Possibly to Relocate

    ​Rumors swirled on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend that the Bleeding Deacon Public House (4123 Chippewa Street; 314-772-1813) would close after business yesterday, November 27. Gabe Hartwig of the Post-Dispatch even tweeted confirmation of the news by a Bleeding Deacon employee.However, gene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Google Music: The Future Home of Independent Musicians?

    There has never been one place you could go to find out everything you needed about any band anywhere. Imagine: One resource that operates like an instantaneous card catalogue for current music. Among the many that have tried, none has the potential of Google Music Artist Hub. Google Music made it ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    BitterSweet Bakery to Close November 23

    ​BitterSweet Bakery (2200 Gravois Avenue; 314-771-3500) will close its doors on Wednesday, November 23, the bakery and restaurant announced on its Facebook page today. (Tip of the hat to George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine for the news.)BitterSweet is no longer taking custom orders. It will hold a s ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Win Chromeo Tickets!

    ​Chromeo will be at the Pageant on Monday, packing a ton of dance nostalgia and an equal measure of good humor. As Christian Schaeffer's preview mentions, last year's Business Casual continued a path down the same very funky vein the duo's explored all along. So of course you want to go, and ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Win Black Angels Tickets!

    Black Angels in April. Photo by Jon Gitchoff​Austin's heaviest purveyors of psych return to Old Rock House this weekend -- the band played a sold-out show there in April, and provoked our reviewer to say, "Drugs are well and good, but this, this was a high to die for." Not only do you not ha ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Win Arctic Monkeys Tickets!

    The Arctic Monkeys will play the Pageant tonight with the Smith Westerns, and we just got a few tickets to give away! Obviously time is of the essence here, so hustle over to our Facebook page and submit your entries. Important: you must be able to come collect your tickets at our office in the Loop ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Win They Might Be Giants Tickets!

    ​They Might Be Giants returns to the Pageant tomorrow night in support of this summer's Join Us. And we just got a pair of last minute tickets we'd like to give you. Obviously we're working with a short time frame here -- you must be able to collect the tickets from our office in the Loop betw ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Interview: Amanda Rainey of Dubb Nubb and Special Passenger Records

    Cory Taylor Cox ​In this week's print issue, we spent some time with Delia and Hannah Rainey, the twin sisters of Dubb Nubb, and older sister, drummer and Special Passenger Records owner Amanda Rainey. Below is some of our interview with Amanda, in which she provides the label's history and ph ... More >>

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