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Gathering of the Juggalos

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    April 14, 2014

    Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

    By Paul T. Bradley Perhaps you've heard about all of the crazy sponsorships celebrities are getting to simply show up to Coachella and wear clothes. Glee actress Lea Michele is said to receive $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, while Spring Breakers star V ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Foxing Signs to Triple Crown Records

    St. Louis post-hardcore/emo revival act Foxing has signed a deal with New York-based Triple Crown Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. The label has been home to a wide array of acts over the years, ranging from the ultra-tough hardcore of Death Threat to bands like the Dear Hunter, and even ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    St. Louis Rock Band Tok Interviews Some Dogs

    Tok's ability to write a killer rock song is matched only by its members' outrageous sense of humor. On April Fool's Day, for example, the band announced a new partnership with Taco Bell, and a subsequent name change for the group (Tok-O-Bell). Most bands would have been content to leave the joke at ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Five Music Writing Clichés That Need to Die

    On Monday, I read the following sentence on a popular music website about the new Cloud Nothings album: "The band continues to make powerfully utilitarian music for people who don't seek out this type of music just to be told what to think." I read it over and over again until my eyes rolled back in ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Six Reasons Your Band Should Not Play Longer Than Twenty Minutes

    Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. They're glancing at the door, bouncing their leg or messing with their hair. Do ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Get Your Passes for the 2014 RFT Music Showcase Now Through Our Exclusive Presale

    The RFT Music Showcase returns on Saturday, June 7, a celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. Roughly 50 local bands -- all nominees for RFT Music Awards -- will converge on the Grove area of Manchester Avenue, performing at different venues all up and down the str ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: April 2014

    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 who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: April 2014

    St. Louis' warmer weather is bringing crazy lineups for local hip-hop heads, spanning national, local, underground and indie scenes across a wide spectrum of genres. Yep, April's got something for everyone. Actually, this month has so many shows that we didn't even have enough time to mention all of ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Felony Lewd Conduct Charges for New Found Glory's Steve Klein: What We Can Learn

    Former New Found Glory Guitarist Steve Klein is the latest in a string of recent arrests and accusations that highlight a rare but underrated hazard in underground music: exposure to dangerous people. That's not to say all artists are as dangerous or deviant as Klein is accused of being. Fans who ar ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    One Label Controls Almost All of Hip-Hop, and That's a Problem

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    W. Kamau Bell May Have Lost His TV Show, But He Hasn't Lost His Edge

    Standup comics are rarely one-trick ponies nowadays. Some act in movies, others in sitcoms and a handful even take a crack at the music business. But only a small minority ever host their very own TV show. The Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell ran on FX for two seasons, making t ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: March 2014

    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 who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: March 2014

    There seems to be a new trend growing the St. Louis comedy scene that demands the format of the traditional comedy show be disregarded. While it still isn't difficult to find a show that is exactly what you'd expect, there's also increasing opportunities to step outside of the comfort zone and share ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Erratics' Nothing Goes Here: Ambient Sound-Craft Collides with Guitar-Driven Songwriting

    Erratics Nothing Goes Here erratics.bandcamp.com Ambient sound-craft and conventional, guitar-driven songwriting collide on Erratics' first full-length. The two-man band, Alex Nezam and Chris Chartrand, split these eight tracks rather evenly between looping, echoing sound collages and pastoral guit ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Help Us Select the 2014 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: Can I Turn a Dog Into a Gentleman?

    [Editor's note: Every Tuesday Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] By Andrew W.K. Dear Andrew, In my younger years, I struggled with mental illness ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Popular Mechanics' Anti-Glacial: Smart Songs, Rock Efficiency and Punk Wit

    Popular Mechanics Anti-Glacial popularmechanics.bandcamp.com In his introduction to Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut talks about the futility of writing an antiwar book; he quotes a friend who asks, "Why don't you write an anti-glacier book instead?" Point being, wars are as easy to stop as glaci ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Review: Roky Erickson, Black Angels at Firebird's 5th Anniversary Party 2/1/14

    Saturday's show at the Firebird -- the venue's psych-rock-heavy, five-year anniversary -- was a not unlike consuming a handful of hallucinatory drugs for the first time: the anticipation/anxiety of waiting, wondering when the magic is going to start, the ecstatic release, the moronic "What happened? ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Bug Chaser's Self-Titled LP is a Multi-Directional Sonic Assault

    Bug Chaser Bug Chaser bugchaser.bandcamp.com After a few years' worth of EPs, demos and splits, the many-headed beast known as Bug Chaser released its first formal LP in November. The collection, available digitally, recently saw its release on vinyl, and that's a nice bit of formality for a band b ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Overcome the Guilt of Unwittingly Taking Someone's Virginity?

    [Editor's note: Every Tuesday Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] Dear King of Party, Like many female Angelenos, I like to frequent dating website ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Six St. Louis Bands Named After Animals

    St. Louis music really makes us roar. With their catchy lyrics, fierce hooks and fills, and boundary-pushing experiments, local acts definitely know how to claw at our hearts. It makes sense, then, that so many area bands and solo artists are showing their wild sides with beastly monikers. Below, ch ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    The FarFetched Collective Ambitiously Blurs Genre Lines on Prologue III

    Various Artists Prologue III wearefarfetched.net Since the label and musical collective FarFetched launched in early 2012 with the first iteration of its annual Prologue compilation, the imprint has remained a smartly curated home for progressive, wide-ranging electronic music from St. Louis and pa ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Why Do Jam Bands Have Such a Stigma?

    Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. In some cases, you get the sense that they'd almost rath ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

    Two months and hundreds upon hundreds of nominations later and our panel of experts has finally made it through all names you suggested as the best music photographers in St. Louis. After much deliberation we've whittled the list down to ten. Now it's up to you to decide the best of the best -- we'l ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    To the Lame Wannabe DJ with the iPod: Stop it

    By Mary Grace Cerni  There are party fouls that can be forgiven. Really egregious ones, even, like peeing in the indoor plants. But disrupting the music by unplugging the host's device in favor of your own iPod or smartphone? Now that's fucked up.

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    January 9, 2014

    Grading the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014

    A few weeks have passed since we found out who will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Which means enough time has passed for the migraines and projectile vomiting to have subsided. Here's a scorecard for the inductees of the Class of 2014. First to note, using th ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Acoustics Anonymous Crosses Genre Boundaries on Debut, Honest & Wild

    Acoustics Anonymous Honest & Wild soundcloud.com/acoustics-anonymous Make it past the band name "Acoustics Anonymous" -- a name that conjures images of your uncle's buddies playing James Taylor covers at his Labor Day barbeque -- and you'll find a talented young quartet engaged in the roots and rhy ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Releases of 2013

    New music from Carcass, Gorguts, and In Solitude topped nearly every critic's best of list in 2013, but what about new releases from some local heavyweights? This year saw many of our hometown metal bands pushing themselves further than ever to create some of the finest heavy music ever released in ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    Your Guide to Holiday Drinking at Your Hometown Bar

    It's the holidays, which means that, for all you transplants out there, it's time to go home and see Mom and Dad. After a few hours with the family, however, you'll get that urge to get out of the house and go to a bar. Which is great! Except that, with all of these (formerly) familiar faces in the ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Ransom Note Digs Deeper and Rocks Harder on Big Soul

    Ransom Note Big Soul Tower Groove Records When Ransom Note made its recorded debut two years ago with It's You!, the quintet's mix of soft-rock smoothness and blue-eyed soul made for some fun, easy listening, but you'd be forgiven for not taking the band as a serious endeavor. After all, what were ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Six Ways to Ruin Everyone's Lives with Karaoke

    It's the holidays! Time for you and your dopey friends from high school to reunite and tear up the town. What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whate ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Dubb Nubb Displays Growth and Delicate Charm on Wild Dreamin'

    Dubb Nubb Wild Dreamin' dubbnubb.bandcamp.com When local audiences first heard of Dubb Nubb, twin sisters Delia and Hannah Rainey were just wrapping up high school and charming stages with their sweetly sung but rough-hewn folk songs. The intervening years have seen growth, both the usual kind (the ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Millennials: You Don't Know How to Party

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    S.L.U.M. Fest Hip-Hop Awards 2014: Here Are This Year's Nominees

    The nominees for the 2014 edition of the S.L.U.M. Fest hip-hop awards (St. Louis Underground Music Festival, for those averse to abbreviation) have been announced. Many of this year's nominees will be easily recognized by regular RFT Music readers -- their talent has earned them accolades from this ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Black-Face and More: We Have Run Out of Excuses for Willful Ignorance

    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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    November 12, 2013

    The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis 2013: Accepting Nominations Now

    Well, it is that time of year again. Last winter we profiled several of St. Louis' best and brightest music photographers, and let you, the readers, vote on your favorites. The singular Todd Owyoung was named the best in 2012 (with good reason; the man is talented) but that is not to say there wasn' ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: November 2013

    Baseball came and went, the holidays are quickly approaching and there's a good chance you're in need of a good laugh. Funny Events offers you the spectrum, from sure thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works." Consider this your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everyth ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The Best Halloween Shows in St. Louis Tonight

    Halloween is here! Whether you planned that get-up for months or now have to scour the gutter for some tumbleweave to augment that makeshift costume, get on out and partake in some prime people watching tonight. Lots of local musicians went all out to dress up for one-night-only cover sets, and plen ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Premiere: Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' New Single "Night Light" From David Ruffin Theory

    The first single has just dropped from Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' long-awaited and much-anticipated David Ruffin Theory collaboration, due for release next week, and RFT Music has it! See Also: The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers in 2013

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    October 17, 2013

    Ke$ha Wants You to Haunt Her Vagina This Halloween

    Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. While we're becoming B ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: October 11 to 13

    Welcome to the weekend! There's a lot going on, so brace yourself three days filled with a smorgasbord of shows to choose from. While RFT Music's fearless leader enjoys the remainder of a long overdue staycation, we bring you the following recommendations. Don't forget to let us know what else is go ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Union Tree Review Returns Even Stronger than Before

    Union Tree Review Enjoy the Weather www.uniontreereview.com If you've ever wondered what became of Union Tree Review, that promising sextet with the right mix of creative intensity and local scene connections, here's a little recap: Since the 2011 release of Death and Other Forms of Relaxation, the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Why This Song Sucks: Lorde's "Royals"

    [Editor's Note: Shea Serrano sometimes writes about Why This Song Sucks, and sometimes about his hilarious and poignant life and times. Better put your shoes on because your socks are about to be blown off.] Song: "Royals" by Lorde History: Some time between year 1250 and 1300 Eastern Polynesians ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

    By Mary Grace Cerni Traditionally, raves are a place where people can be free to wear whatever they want. That's great! Except, not really, because they also make horrible fashion mistakes acceptable. And so you see Rastafarian colors mixed with nipple pasties mixed with Hello Kitty gear and tutus. ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    "Punk" Band Makes Sex Video On Westboro Baptist Church Property, Still Sucks (NSFW)

    Recently, a quote-unquote "punk" band called Get Shot! decided to do what quote-unquote "punk" bands love to do for the attention of the media: make a brainless scene. In this particular case, it was a brainless porn scene. In a video shot by the group, Get Shot!'s bassist, Laura Lush, masturbated o ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Is My Band Playing Too Many Shows?

    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 >>

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    August 11, 2013

    Behold the Waking Nightmare of Juggalo Port-a-Potties

    One of the many rumors one may hear in advance of attending the Gathering of the Juggalos is that the bathroom-related accommodations leave something to be desired. Showers, for example, take place in trailers and may or may not have running water--that one I cannot speak to, as truth be told, I hav ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 9 to 11

    This weekend, our intrepid music editor Daniel Hill and reporter Drew Ailes endure a full weekend of the Gathering of the Juggalos. In Daniel's stead, attend some concerts this weekend while he does dog-knows-what in the woods or wherever the heck he is. Head to the biennial Printbangerz Ball for a ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in August 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

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