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    September 16, 2014

    Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    The Video Music Awards Completely and Unfairly Snubbed Stitches

    This past Sunday, MTV aired the highly anticipated 31st installment of its Video Music Awards. Always an unpredictable and raucous night, there was unfortunately a black cloud looming over the entire telecast owing to the complete and total snubbing of Florida rapper Stitches.

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    August 26, 2014

    Common Leads VMAs in Moment of Silence for Mike Brown, Kardashians Check Phones

    Before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, rapper Common spoke briefly about slain teen Mike Brown and the tension in Ferguson since Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 before leading those assembled in a moment of silence. "Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    MTV Airs Ferguson PSAs During the VMAs: Watch Now

    On Sunday, during its 31st annual Video Music Awards, MTV aired two fifteen-second public service announcement videos inspired by the shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the unrest in his hometown of Ferguson that has followed in the weeks since. The PSAs are a part of a campaign called Look D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 14 to 20

    This week, Miley Cyrus swoops into town on a wrecking ball (probably), Ghost haunts the Pageant, Stereo Assault hosts a hip-hop showcase at 2720 featuring Souls of Liberty, and Mates of State graces the Grove's newest venue, the Ready Room. Besides that, plenty of noise takes over local stages leadi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Ben Folds, SLSO Sex Up Powell Hall 4/13/14: Review, Setlist

    In this week's print edition, renowned pianist and songwriter Ben Folds makes the case that going on a date at the symphony is akin to foreplay -- that the atmosphere is a perfect prelude to a little bump and grind. We could say that about many musical endeavors. After all, music and sex have been i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

    The musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up -- music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before. It was tough sifting through the bad behavior that went on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Announced - St. Louis in April

    Miley Cyrus has captivated fans and onlookers alike this year with her increasingly provocative behavior (the "Wrecking Ball" video, near-nude photo shoots with Terry Richardson, that whole VMAs thing) and is now ready to take the show on the road. Cyrus announced a 38 day tour in support of her lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Taking Back Sunday Surprises With Strong Showing Despite Guest Vocalist

    By Julia Burch When Taking Back Sunday announced a week ago that frontman Adam Lazzara would be leaving the tour due to the early birth of his son, ticket-holders for the upcoming Halloween show in St Louis were left expecting a refund. However, last week the band made an announcement on its webpag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Brace Yourselves, the Miley Cyrus Halloween Costumes are Coming

    Last night's Coolfire party -- which featured surprise musical guest The Crystal Method -- at Plush nightclub brought on a myriad of Halloween costumes to get the season kicked off in St. Louis. There were classic get-ups, comments on topical sports stories, downright offensive and really kind of ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Here's How Miley Cyrus Infiltrated the Hip Hop Community

    By Nick Nuk'em After being wildly-ecstatic about the Jay Z song that was on in her debut single as Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" (Hannah Montana's eulogy could've been given at the video shoot), the former Disney starlet recently found herself being referred to on Hov's recent MCHG. One could say ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Twitter Litter: 9/11, Rihanna's #Cockclutch and More Twerking

    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. In our previous edit ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Twitter Litter: the 'Miley Twerks' Edition

    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. An issue of worldwid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music

    Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Justin Bieber Downward Spiral Predictions for 2014

    This has been a perilous year for Justin Bieber, our favorite swaggy little shit. He was snapped sipping some alleged lean; he took heat for tone-deaf comments in the Anne Frank house; he scuffled with the paparazzi; his friends keep getting his car in trouble; he peed in a mop bucket and yelled "fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Lessons I Learned From Nelly

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Extraordinary Mommy Blogger Recounts Conversing with Country Music Royalty

    Most people don't get to meet with a musician that opened the proverbial door to a genre. But blogger Danielle Smith experienced something close to that when she conversed with Clay Walker, the man who introduced her to country music. Smith - who has won acclaim for her Extraordinary Mommy blog - w ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Kreayshawn And Neon Indian At The Blue Note, 10/26/11: Review And Photos

    Diana BenantiKreayshawn​Kreayshawn | Neon Indian The Blue Note October 26, 2011 Better Than: Actually being a minor again. By now the myth of the Kreayshawn is as huge as the chasm between her sound and aesthetic and that of her current mini-tour mate Neon Indian. Still though, this was a N ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Ten Musicians Who Support Occupy Wall Street

    Adbusters​"Occupy Wall Street" started out as a 1,000-person mid-September protest in a New York City park against, among other things, financial disparity and corporate influence. Since that time that protest has grown into a nationwide movement, spurring on the creation of "Occupy" spinoffs ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    America's Got Talent Winner Runs for Missouri Office: Eight Musicians He Should Learn From

    Neal Boyd's American dream includes serving in Missouri House of Representatives.​Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston has already won lots of American votes. Enough to win the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, when he wowed audiences with his pop opera skills. Before finding reality-show fame, Boyd ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Rebecca Black, Kreayshawn and Tyler the Creator: Hype Hounds from Hell

    Michele Crowe/MTV​Behold the three biggest page-view generators of 2011: Tyler the Creator, Rebecca Black, and Kreayshawn. This trio has come to represent the holy trinity of overhype -- with each one famous for dubious reasons, or at the very least, more famous for the wrong things than the r ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    September 23, 2010

    Lady Gaga Wears Meat Dress at Video Music Awards [Updated]

    Screenshot: www.usatoday.comAnimals were harmed in the making of this dress.​The headline says it all. Intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga wore multiple outfits during MTV's annual onanistic self-tribute Video Music Awards. One outfit was a dress made out of raw meat.USA Today has th ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Lady Gaga Wears Meat Dress at Video Music Awards #ladygaga #meat #blatantpanderingforpageviews RT @stlhops: Schlafly Portfolio Changes ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Another Day, Another Meat Dress

    Screenshot: www.nydailynews.comProsciutto is often paired with melons.​Oh, yes, it's the Week of the Meat Dress here at Gut Check International Headquarters. First, it was intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga draping meat over herself at MTV's Video Music Awards.Now, via the New York ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Draws Scorn of PETA, Butchers

    Screenshot:​Fact: Intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat at MTV's Orgy of Irrelevance Video Music Awards. The blogosphere observed, snarked and was prepared to move on. Shockingly, not everyone wanted to let the matter drop.First, we have P ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Hum, the English Beat, Wrecking Ball Swings, Mini Lady Gaga

    If you're one of the seven people who didn't watch the Lost finale last night -- or see any of the show, ever -- you can breathe a little easier this morning. Drive-time radio talkers won't be wheezing about it on-air any longer and publications ranging from your uncle's blog to the New York Times w ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009
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    September 14, 2009

    Lady Gaga and Kanye West in St. Louis?

    According to Pollstar, Lady Gaga and Kanye West's "Fame Kills" tour is set to hit St. Louis on Friday, December 4, at the Scottrade Center. Neither Ticketmaster nor the Scottrade's website has this info yet, so consider it tentative until we do get word. In light of last night's events -- i.e., when ... More >>

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    September 15, 2004

    Usher Wants His MTV

    Why a pop megastar still feels neglected by the mainstream

  • Music

    May 26, 2004

    This Charming Man

    Why Morrissey is newly hip among bands that sound nothing like him

  • Music

    November 5, 2003

    That's Just Nasty

    What's a little statutory rape between R. Kelly and his fans?

  • Music

    July 2, 2003

    Filling the Blue-Eyed-Soul Hole

    Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers

  • Music

    March 12, 2003

    Gossip Folks

    Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap

  • Music

    January 1, 2003

    Off the Rails

    The Guns N' Roses tour collapses, and Axl folds. Is anyone really surprised?

  • Music

    December 11, 2002

    New Bands From Old

    Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"

  • Music

    October 16, 2002

    Everybody Hurts

    Emo pin-up Chris Carraba feels like crap so you don't have to

  • Culture

    August 21, 2002

    Fallon Fast

    Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen

  • Music

    November 21, 2001