Hey stuff: Stop breaking! It's been an interesting week of recovery for RFT Music. Our website totally beefed it last weekend, our blog server gave itself some sort of boo-boo that still has a flimsy band-aid holding it together for the time being, and most disconcertingly, our stealth music editor ... More >>
Wow, whatta weekend! 4-20 still has us in a daze (didn't get a chance to make it down? Check out slideshows of Record Store Day and InFest2). Congrats everyone on a successful and eventful RSD weekend. Keep that music high going this week with visits from the Besnard Lakes, Bob Dylan, Wax Idols and ... More >>
Ghostface Killah ofthe Wu Tang Clan plays 2720 Cherokee on April 27. John Lee Hooker Jr., the Grammy nominated son of the legendary bluesman, will stop at Broadway Oyster Bar on May 19. The enigmatic and experimental Black Moth Super Rainbow will be performing at The Firebird on May 15. More show f ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Yesterday Gut Check learned that ice cream chain Ben & Jerry's will release a new 30 Rock-themed ice cream tomorrow to coincide with the show's series' finale airing tomorrow night.
Until its official unveiling tomorrow afternoon the 30 Rock flavor is being kept under wraps, which left us curious, ... More >>
Kelsey WhippleThere's good news and bad news here: Depending on how you feel about the literature giant, the July 18 news that Borders is closing its doors and liquidating all of its merchandise comes with heavy hearts and lighter wallets. Well, we have more news for you: It has been one mont ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings a slew of notable albums, including new stuff from Midwest rappers the Cool Kids, fathers of progressive rock Yes and James Franco's music project (naturally).
Wu-Tang mashups are nothing new - from The Beatles to Warren Zevon, the Shaolin collective has been and remains one of the ripest sources for remixing and reconextualizing. However, when word dropped last week of Doomtree's "Wugazi" project - a Fugazi/Wu-Tang mashup - the Internet went abuzz ... More >>
Photo by Jon Gitchoff
Raekwon/Steddy P and DJ Mahf/Safety Words
May 16, 2011
Safety Words, heretofore most commonly known for mashing eight-bit video game samples with rap tracks, officially retired those songs last night. You will never again hear "Biggie, Rae, Ghost, Rash, Zi ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What
can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.)
Avant's The Letter*Avant, The Letter
The Urban Music Scene review says of Avant's latest album, "The Letter is a solid effort. There may not be anything tha ... More >>
Twelve producers went head to head last night in front of a packed house at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget for the Red Bull Big Tune nationwide competition. Now in its fourth year, Red Bull Big Tune is the hunt for the one producer that can wow the crowd.
Red Bull Photo Files/Carlos CruzThe final two p ... More >>
courtesy of TrifecktaA regional bracket of the Red Bull Big Tune "Head to Head Producer Battle" takes place tonight at Pop's. The event is "inspired by the spirit of the Jamaican reggae/dancehall culture," specifically the soundclashes which pitted talented DJs against each other. In Red Bull ... More >>
Every Monday, 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:
1. Avett Brothers - I & Love & You
2. Bottle Rockets - Lean Fo ... More >>