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    July 23, 2014

    Sixteen Stupid Hats Musicians Love Wearing

    Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually h ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Begin How You Think It Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    1984: A Probing Musical Retrospective

    George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    The Unlikely History of Rap's Oldest Cliché

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."

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    January 28, 2014

    Why the Grammys Don't Matter

    About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    The Low End Theory: Celebrating This Saturday's "12 Bassists of Christmas" with 12 Great Bass Lines

    On Saturday, December 14, Off Broadway will host "The 12 Bassists of Christmas," a holiday spectacular presented by Bruiser Queen and featuring Sleepy Kitty and Middle Class Fashion. Notably, there's only one bassist -- MCF's Brian McClelland -- between all three lineups. BQ's Morgan Nusbaum started ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008
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    October 22, 2008
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    May 1, 2007
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    January 10, 2007

    Young Emcee

    Kids don't listen to what teacher's putting down? Gabe Moskoff, a.k.a. DJ Trackstar, wants to reach them through rap.

  • Music

    November 29, 2006


    Think the coasts have a lock on good MP3 blogs? Think again.

  • Music

    May 11, 2005


    Unreal drops by to chat with Bob Schneider; we visit Africa and the Old School

  • News

    December 8, 2004

    Bad 2 Tha Bone

    Christian Scientist hip-hop artists Tucker Booth and Jonathan Toth have this underground rap thing down cold

  • Music

    June 2, 2004

    Steal These Albums

    The ten most radical hip-hop records of all time, including NWA, Public Enemy and...Mos Def?

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of February 4, 2004

  • Music

    August 6, 2003

    Mix Masters

    These days anyone can make a mix CD, and everyone does. Two local standouts manage to challenge as well as entertain.

  • Music

    January 8, 2003

    Attitude Check

    Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2000

    Village Person

    St. Louis art collector Gregg Smith shares his passion, the work of 1980s New York artists, in a new exhibition

  • Music

    November 1, 2000

    The X-ecutioners and the Souls of Mischief

    Thursday, November 2; Galaxy

  • Music

    October 18, 2000

    Radar Station

    Grandpa's Ghost baffles New York listeners.

  • News

    October 20, 1999


    How long before Bill and Nancy Laurie move their newly purchased Grizzlies from Vancouver to Our Town?

  • Music

    December 23, 1998