Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.) But when it comes to drugs there's a key difference: The hippies were ... More >>
Chance the Rapper The Pageant December 9, 2013 Before anything else, before even entering the venue, there was Chance the Rapper's large, matte black tour bus with the title of his album, Acid Rap, written across the side and front in rainbow, tie-dye lettering. How could his tour bus not attract c ... More >>
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 >>
This week, Lil Wayne, Those Darlins, Pallbearer, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more make it into town. For some local flavors, check out some STL mainstays like the Union Electric, Bear Hive and a whole bunch of bands at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest. Our recommendations await after the j ... More >>
Lil Wayne has just released his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. It's been eighteen years since his first album: True Story as one half of The B.G.'z. In that time, he's been a lesser-known member of an embattled Southern hip-hop group, a scrawny kid, a mixtape hero, the greatest rappe ... More >>
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 >>
Did everyone survive Record Store Day weekend? Between the deluge of live music and the generous amounts of free beer -- not to mention the throngs of people -- we can understand how one might be tempted to take it easy this week. Please remember, though, that taking it easy is for square nerd loser ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
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 >>
Diana BenantiB.o.B. on the dais with Hot 104.1's Staci Static.As promised: We waited around the Loft last night for Bobby Ray, better known to the Top 40 audience as rapper and earworm manufacturer B.o.B. He's known for the atrociously catchy "Airplanes," ("Can we pretend that airplanes in th ... More >>
Roy BastenVans co-founder James Van Doren died in October at his home in California. The news went public last week; he was 72 years old. James started the company that made the essential skate shoe with a group including his brother Paul back in 1966. Vans are among the most iconic shoes ... More >>
UPDATED October 11 with photos of the event. You can now add Pharrell Williams into an exclusive group of hip-hop artists with their own booze brands, joining Ludacris, Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs. The award-winning producer/artist was on hand Wednesday night to promote his new brand, Qream, a 12. ... More >>
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 >>
Why yes: That is one person.It happens to the best of us: You do the same thing over and over (and over), so you feel the need for change -- or at least a good drink. For Beyonce, that meant a new personality: Sasha Fierce. For Vanilla Ice, it meant launching a hard-rock career. For Fred Durs ... More >>
Ben Westhoff tonight at Left Bank.Former RFT staffer Ben Westhoff is out with a new book exploring the artists who helped popularize the southern style of hip hop that has dominated airwaves for much of the past decade. Tonight at 7 p.m. Westhoff reads from his work Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayn ... More >>
Todd Owyoung Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj/Rick Ross/Travis Barker/Mix Master Mike The Pageant April 10, 2011 Better Than: Whatever the hell else went on last night. They came in jacked-up ghetto cruisers and sensible Hondas; they came in glute-hugging tube dresses, crisp white T's and homemade sh ... More >>
It's FRIDAY, FRIDAY! Gotta get down on FRIDAY! Here's where you can find this weekend's FUN, FUN, FUN and partyin', partyin' (yeah), starting with locals Bikini Acid at Floating Laboratories and ending with Lil' Wayne and a few of his famous friends.
7 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
We here in St. Louis are lucky to get spillover from a few of the summer festivals. The first of these, Bonnaroo, just announced its 2011 lineup -- and there are some tantalizing wishlist potentials in the list. The biggies are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Sp ... More >>
Todd OwyoungThat alleged Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross show on April 10 at the Scottrade Center we told you about? Totally on. Ticket prices are TBA, and are on sale February 19 at 10 a.m.
Todd OwyoungLil Wayne at the Chaifetz Arena in 2009Yesterday, Pitchfork published a list of tour dates for a Lil Wayne headline tour, which included a Sunday, April 10, stop in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center. Keep in mind that the venue hasn't yet confirmed this show (although that date is ... 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.) Antony and the Johnsons' Swanlights*Antony And The Johnsons, Swanlights NPR said of Antony's latest release, "If Hegarty's first few albums find him searchi ... More >>
www.zazzle.comIt's a concert ten years in the making: Nelly is headlining a show at the Pageant on Sunday. He's performed a few times over the past year (making cameos when various St. Lunatics opened for Lil' Wayne and T.I. at separate gigs at Chaifetz Arena) but this is the first time in a lo ... More >>
As Chad Garrison reports on the main blog, three men were shot early this morning in downtown St. Louis, shortly after leaving a birthday party for Southern rapper Yo Gotti at Club Society. In recent years, Gotti has collaborated with Bun B, Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne and Birdman. So far, no susp ... More >>
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 Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
Have you seen the new Gatorade commercials? Sure you have. Those kind of annoying new ones with a bunch of athletes in a row, all in black and white, while Lil' Wayne talks about the letter G? Yup, those are the ones. Well, beyond the fact that the thing already reads like a "Letter People Land ... More >>
No review, but we have a ton of photos from Lil Wayne's "I Am Music" tour. How was it, did you go? Chime in in the comments, and click on any photo below for a slideshow.SLIDESHOW!
7 p.m. Thursday, January 8. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>
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 >>
10 p.m. Thursday, December 18. Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street.
In the RFT that's coming out later this week, our music writers will weigh in on what they liked -- and didn't like -- about music in the year 2008. Various writers from around the Village Voice Media chain also weighed in on their jams, lists we'll be rolling out over the next week or so. Here's a ... More >>
The Lil Wayne "I Am Music" tour was officially announced today. Tickets for the January 8, 2009 Chaifetz Arena show go on sale this Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m. and are $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75. Also on the bill are T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson. Lil Wayne was last in St ... More >>
Just got word that Lil Wayne is returning to the Chaifetz Arena on Thursday, January 8, with his "I Am Music" tour. The jaunt features an impressive set of opening acts: T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes. Ticket prices and more info as soon as I know it.
8 p.m. Saturday, August 30. Chaifetz Arena, One South Compton Avenue
9 p.m. Saturday, August 30. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
John Vanderslice celebrates warmer weather with an exclusive mix of tunes.
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