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 >>
This week, St. Louis receives visits from artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Foxy Shazam, Nitty Scott and more. On a local front, bands churn out some tunes to lend a helping hand to local musician Glenn Burleigh, Scarlet Tanager releases a new album and Harvest Sessions features rockers Bruiser Que ... More >>
Summer is always a great time for live music, and this June is no different. We've got acts from near and far traversing many genres, including our very own day-long hip-hop music festival. So get on your dancing shoes and get ready to nod your noggin, because this month sure isn't lacking. Also, th ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Essence Music Festival is the premiere mainstream R&B festival -- but its ambitious scope encompasses a whole lot more. The main events are evening concerts with more than 40 household-name acts in R&B, urban contemporary, soul, hip hop and jazz, including mainstage shows stacked with hea ... More >>
On Saturday night, after she thrilled the Legends of Hip-Hop crowd at the Chaifetz Arena, MC Lyte headed over to Lola, where Lady Mecca from Digable Planets was DJing. (For the record, she now goes by "Lady" instead of "Ladybug.") The RFT's Bob Westerholt was there and reports that the appearance wa ... More >>
Todd OwyoungSalt-n-PepaThis year marks the 25th anniversary of Salt-N-Papa's groundbreaking debut, Hot, Cool and Vicious - and the ladies seem to be finding their second wind. Building on the success of 2010's Fresh Fest tour, the assiduous femcees headlined another all-star roster featuring ... More >>
Garage pop goddesses Dum Dum Girls play the Billiken Club February 23. 2720 Cherokee *Justin Torres Loop Project, December 4 Billiken Club *Dum Dum Girls, February 23 Blueberry Hill *Eikon, January 6 *The Coronas, March 4 *The Great Affairs, December 7
Kendall PavanDeer Tick has been sneaking in and out of town without much warning, but the Tick isn't up to any tricks this time around: It's playing a legit show August 5 at Off Broadway. Antarctica *Forest World, May 28 Blueberry Hill *Stevie Stone, June 18 Chaifetz Arena *Kid 'N Play, Mon ... More >>
Christopher "Kid" Reid's experience selling suits -- suavely -- will no doubt help his stage moves on Friday, July 2: Kid 'N Play's 20th Anniversary House Party Concert Tour is stopping at the Chaifetz Arena. Tickets are $37.50, $46.50, $57.50 and $77 and are on sale Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m ... More >>
This Saturday, the Sugarhill Gang will be performing at the Missouri Black Expo at 5:15 p.m. (MC Lyte is on at 6:15 p.m.; the concert takes place at America's Center.) Kevin Johnson has a nice interview in today's Post-Dispatch with the group's Big Bank Hank Jackson. What isn't mentioned in the piec ... More >>
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