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    August 26, 2014

    In Defense of Liking Music for No Good Reason

    Why did you like Yeezus? Did you find it anarchic? Did you like how it challenged racial norms in a confrontational, blacked-out way? Did you like its minimalism? Or its maximalism? Did you find the songs to speak to a larger narrative of where Kanye West is artistically and emotionally? Did you app ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Gospel Rappers: Katy Perry Stole Our Song, Tarnished Its Message with Witchcraft

    Katy Perry and rapper Juicy J have damaged the reputation of several gospel rappers by stealing their work and associating it with anti-Christian witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery, according to a federal copyright lawsuit filed this week in St. Louis.

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    March 26, 2014

    Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl": Making it Gayer

    The song's been bouncing around Kyla Louise Webb's head ever since she heard the damn thing in 2008. Katy's Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" -- the national anthem of frivolous lady make-outs -- just wasn't...that gay at all. "I always thought that line in the song is ridiculous, 'I hope my boyfriend don ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Katy Perry, Talking About Her Boobs Again

    Katy Perry makes headlines every time she talks about her boobs, so maybe that's why she brings up her Big Gulps in nearly every interview. Here she is in February's GQ Magazine: "I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, 'God, will you please let me have bo ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Here Are the Songs They Play At a Kid's Skating Rink Birthday Party

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-olds sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    The Album is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

    By Michael Corcoran "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Katy Perry's "Roar": Why This Song Sucks

    [Editor's Note: In this new column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes because your socks are about to be blown off.] History: Katy Perry was born in 1984, except back then people called her ... More >>

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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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    April 9, 2013

    The Six Best Namedrops In Song

    Musicians frequently reference each other, consciously or otherwise. Usually the reference is something subtle, like a chord progression or a melodic phrase. For those less subtle moments, here are the six best name-drops in song. Let us know your favorites in the comments, but make sure that your p ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    The Top 15 Things That Annoy the Shit Out of Your Local Sound Guy

    By Nate Jackson Imagine for a moment that your job's sole requirement was to make live bands sound great every night. Pretty awesome right? Late nights, live music, and an endless supply of nightlife encapsulate a typical day at the office. Then after actually doing it for a few minutes you start t ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    No, Playing Guitar While Singing 'Renegade' Isn't 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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    December 6, 2012

    Can White People Succeed in R&B?

    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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    September 24, 2012

    LMFAO Goes On Hiatus, Is Replaced By Less Insistently Ridiculous Korean Guy

    Have you ever watched a K-Drama? I'm not suggesting you should, or anything, it's just that the more Korean Wave stuff you're familiar with, the easier it is to understand why you might find PSY's "Gangnam Style" a little less annoying at wedding receptions in 2018 than LMFAO's own novelty pop, now ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    VMA Awards 2012: Handicapping the Video of the Year Nominees

    The 2012 VMA nominees are out, and while there are certainly plenty of big names and obvious choices, there are a few surprises buried in there. Frank Ocean gets a nod, as do A$AP Rocky, Jack White and Regina Spektor. But those are curiosities -- Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry et. al. get the lion's sha ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    If You Don't Buy Katy Perry's Songs, You'll Get More Katy Perry Movies

    Katy Perry: Part of Me came out last weekend, and early returns are not great. Friday-to-Sunday it made $7.1 million, edged out by the month-old Madagascar 3 and Madea's Witness Protection, which is a real movie that exists. In spite of its 3D release, no movie in the Top 10 made less money per scre ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Twitter Follies: Brian Elliott Finds a T-Shirt He Likes

    If you're not periodically checking with Blues' goalie Brian Elliott via his Twitter (@KidElls1), you're missing his relentless hyping of Badgers hockey and the occasional corny joke in which the punchline is always a photo of something with his name on it. Last week he discovered the existence of a ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Six Most Overused Rhymes

    You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    The Hibernauts Will Retire After Tomorrow's Off Broadway Show

    Click to enlarge.​Post-punk popster The Hibernauts will playing its final show as a regularly operating unit at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-773-3363) tomorrow night. The group released two albums, 2007's Periodic Fables and 2009's Velvet Suit and will be playing the former release in i ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Six Least Appropriate Radiohead Songs to Make Out To

    "Summer after high school when we first met / We make out in your Mustang to Radiohead" Such is the opening couplet of "The One Who Got Away" by the inescapable Katy Perry. The namedrop is confusing. Radiohead is beyond famous at this point, so it's not necessarily a cred pull on Perry's part; if t ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    December 19, 2011

    The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs of 2011

    ​The old model of popular music: dumb it down to the lowest common denominator and make it go down easy. Reviewing the Billboard and iTunes charts of this past year, the tides have obviously changed. In days when nobody is buying, the flashiest, loudest, weirdest thing sells -- how else can yo ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: August 19-21

    Todd OwyoungThe last time they were here, Blink 182 gave us sex, immature jokes and rock 'n' roll. We're hoping for more of the last one this time. ​This weekend is one for nostalgia. There's the PG-13 excess of the Nickelodeon '90s that comes with a concert fronted by Blink 182 (and shared wi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Is God The New Black?

    Terry Richardson/Rolling Stone​A span of three weeks separated their respective Rolling Stone covers--apart from the quality of the writing and the, howyousay, dynamism of each subject, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's profiles in the formerly legendary mag offered the same startling conclusion--for ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Battle Reuben: East Coast vs. West Coast

    ​Gut Check can think of countless perks of living in a so-called flyover state: no hurricanes, smaller egos and virtually no pressure when confronting the unanswerable question -- 2Pac or Biggie? Here at the crossroads of America, where our most famous rapper was best-known for a singsong cade ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Show Announcements: Week of February 10

    image viaThe novelty of chillwave subsided long ago, but Neon Indian's hypnagogic ennui is still compelling two years after the nascent rise and fall of the much-maligned genre. Catch their St. Louis debut on June 8 at The Firebird. ​ Apop Records *Taboo, February 23 2720 Cherokee *Bawn in th ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 3, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

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    February 3, 2011

    Katy Perry Bringing Her "California Dreams" Tour to St. Louis

    Pop sweetness and fluffy candy dreams will be yours on August 20, when starlet Katy Perry brings her "California Dreams" tour to the Scottrade Center. Tickets are on sale Saturday, February 12, at 11 a.m. No opening act has been announced yet, but let it be known that Robyn and Marina and the Diamon ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Interview Outtakes: Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis on Making Music and Liking Katy Perry over Lady Gaga

    Dove Shore​Tonight is the long-awaited, very-sold-out Girl Talk show at the Pageant. In this week's paper, D.X. Ferris spoke with Gregg Gillis, the man behind the moniker. (Note: The author is a fellow Pittsburgh native who grew up in the same classic-rock-obsessed area and witnessed Girl Talk ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Ten Girl Talk Mashups That Should Exist

    Tonight, Girl Talk returns to the Pageant for what will inevitably be a sweaty, calorie-burnin' good time for those who possess an affinity for pop culture and a lack of attention span. In light of this event, A to Z was contemplating the (debatable, perhaps illegal) art of the mashup, and came up w ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Twelve Things To Do This Weekend: September 24-26

    ​Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course. Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    New Release Highlights for August 24: The Sword, Usher and Everyone's Favorite "California Gurl"

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony​*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa Talks Gaga, Van Smells, Hip-Hop and the Band's New Album

    LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).​The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010


    8 p.m. Thursday, August 5. Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.

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    July 30, 2010

    Interview Outtakes: Cary Brothers on DIY Music, the Hotel Cafe's Magic, Katy Perry's Hidden Past and Why the Thompson Twins Rule

    Heidi RossCary Brothers​Tonight, singer-songwriter Cary Brothers will be performing at the Old Rock House with fellow troubadour Greg Laswell and up-and-coming band Harper Blynn. (The latter is also functioning as the house band for the night.) The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. ($ ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    So, What Should Be in the Missouri Version of Katy Perry's "California Gurls"?

    Have you heard Katy Perry's "California Gurls"? Dumb question; of course you have. The song is everywhere this summer. Of course, the parodies are already rolling in, including this one called "Pennsylvania Guys" by Sloppy Secondz. Even if you're not from the state, it's pretty funny. (Sample lyrics ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Diana Horner's Country Hip-Hop Dancing: The New Craze Sweeping the Nation(?)

    So, Katy Perry tweeted the following video at Taylor Swift earlier today. It's a whole treatise on country hip-hop dancing, colloquially known as "cowboy hip-hop." I'm not sure what's better: the new-age flute on the video's soundtrack, the fashion -- spandex bike shorts under jean shorts, classiqu ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.18

    CNN reports that 15 million pounds of Spaghetti-O's with Meatballs have been recalled. Campbell's Soup Co. issued the recall because the product might have been "under-processed". Thanks to Aimee Levitt for picking this story. Slashfood reports/warns that The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, De ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Jill Sobule

    8 p.m. Monday, November 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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    September 16, 2009

    Tomorrow! Vans Warped Tour Anniversary Movie Screens in St. Louis

    As part of its fifteenth anniversary celebration, the Vans Warped Tour is holding a one-night only, simultaneous screening of a movie featuring two hours of performances culled from its September 6 anniversary show in LA. Says this website: Featuring larger-than-life performances on the big screen ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Interview: Ted Bruner, Ex-Colony, Now Pop Songwriter, Part 1

    In my Jason McEntire/Sawhorse Studios profile, the studio engineer mentioned he was in an high school incarnation of the St. Louis band Colony, which recorded for a major label in the '90s. McEntire has kept in touch with the band in the ensuing years -- and in fact recently collaborated with Colony ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Interview: Ted Bruner, Ex-Colony, Now Pop Songwriter, Part 2

    In my Jason McEntire/Sawhorse Studios profile, the studio engineer mentioned he was in an high school incarnation of the St. Louis band Colony, which recorded for a major label in the '90s. McEntire has kept in touch with the band in the ensuing years -- and in fact recently collaborated with Colon ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Tomorrow! Woodhands at Pop's Blue Moon Katy Perry and Eddy Grant Covers!

    Last minute show addition! And it's a good one! Toronto electro act Woodhands is playing at Pop's Blue Moon tomorrow night, May 9. I know, I know, Asobi Seksu AND Centro-matic are in town, but this is going to be a cool show too. After all, the act is keytar and drums. How can you go wrong? Check ou ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Open Comment Thread: The 2009 Grammy Awards

    Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    The Worst Lyrics of 2008: NCAA-Style Showdown

    And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-bin philosophies, grammatical atrocities, and cringe-inducing pillow talk. To elevate the drama, I ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008
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