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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 22, 2014

    The Feed To Release Debut LP Outsider This Saturday

    There are probably more than a few fans of the Feed that had given up on the prospect of an actual full-length album. Short of a seven-song EP from 2006 with an earlier lineup and a track on 2012's Tower Groove Records comp, the band's recorded output has been nil, despite steady gigs and no shortag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Taylor Swift Is a Cyborg

    I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    5 Unexpected Acts Playing This Year's Gathering of the Juggalos

    It's the most magical, miraculous time of the year, as this week the good people wicked clowns at Psychopathic Records bring us this year's Gathering of the Juggalos. No longer at Cave In Rock, Illinois, this year's festivities will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, or as the 2014 com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    STL's Play It Forward Program Puts Instruments in the Hands of Needy Kids

    Being a musician is expensive. Equipment can be nightmarishly costly, often running up into the hundreds of dollars just to get your hands on decent gear. Decent , that is. Not even "great." (And God help you if you are a drummer.) So how are kids supposed to get into playing music without serious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Various Hands to Host CD Release/Tour Kickoff Show This Saturday at Plush

    For more than a decade Jeff Nations has been chasing his own personal rock & roll dream with dogged persistence. He's held down happy-hour gigs at Soulard bars, dabbled in music criticism, launched regional tours and, for the past few years, led the frenetic, spacey rock band Various Hands.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    LouFest Releases Full Schedule; Single-Day Tickets Now On Sale

    LouFest's organizers have finally released the full schedule for this year's lineup, with dates and times and everything. This answers the most oft-asked question we've heard with regards to the event: What day does OutKast play? (The duo will shut the festival down on Sunday.)

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Is Wrong About Punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with the Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Here Are Some Terrible Pickup Lines From Hilarious Comedians

    Smooth talking the opposite sex is a mysterious art form deserving of a master class. Still, any idiot knows that cheesy pick-up lines are never the way to go. We've all heard them, laughed at them, and if one of them actually worked for you, well...more power to your genitals. The general rule wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    How to Kick a Drunk Out of Your Band

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Six Reasons to Take Your Band On Tour

    There are a lot of ways to travel the world. Most of them involve being extremely wealthy. However, if you weren't born with the gift of mommy and daddy's golden checkbook, you can still find a fairly respectable way to see the world, provided you're OK with sleeping on a pool table and using a bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: June 2014

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    RFT Music Awards Ceremony at Atomic Cowboy Tuesday Night

    WHEW! Well despite the constant threats made by the weather, this year's RFT Music Showcase went off without a hitch. It was fun seeing that many music fans swarming about in the Grove, and even more fun to watch the 88 local acts in attendance. Thanks to all who participated and came out! But we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Getting Post-Tour Stench Out of the Band Van

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    The Complete 2014 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    Hard to believe that the RFT Music Showcase is only a week away, but here we are! A lot of hard work has gone into making the event extra-special this year, and we have more bands and musicians on board than ever before -- people seem eager to see what the event is like at its new home in the Grove. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    This Is Why No One Cares About Your Band

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Six Rules For Sharing a Practice Space

    Mixing business with pleasure is a dirty game, isn't it? While necessary, practice spaces exemplify the tension that comes with sharing a small area with a number of personal friends and acquaintances. It's like living in a tiny house with eight other unbalanced roommates. Between paying rent, keepi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    How Do I Stop My Bandmates From Hooking Up?

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Can Guitar-Driven Bands Still Make Money?

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Millionaires Prove You Can Make a Music Career Out of Myspace Nostalgia

    There was a time in the not so distant past when a social-networking profile was a place to proclaim your relationship status with something more than the obligatory "in a relationship" or "single" statement. It was a grand gesture to be "taken," complete with a glittery, GIF-y image of you and your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The First LouFest Lineup Clue Is Washed Out

    LouFest's organizers dropped their first lineup clue via social media today, and we can say with near certainty that the band it is hinting at is chillwave act Washed Out, perhaps best known for creating the opening theme music for IFC's Portlandia.

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    May 8, 2014

    LouFest Lineup: Here Are the First Nine Bands That Will Be Announced

    Thanks to an anonymous tip in our inbox, we now have the first nine bands for this year's LouFest lineup figured out. Don't worry about those lineup clues.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    How to Get Your Band Beyond "Local"

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 RFT Music Showcase Lineup: 80 Acts Across Ten Venues

    Every year we at RFT Music work hard to honor the many local bands and performers who make St. Louis an epicenter for music in the Midwest. So what better way to celebrate our city's art than with a local music festival? On Saturday, June 7, ten venues throughout the Grove neighborhood along Manches ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    LouFest Early-Bird Passes On Sale Now, Lineup Soon

    LouFest early-bird passes are officially on sale now. The tickets are $75 for a two-day pass, as opposed to the $95 you can expect to pay after the lineup is announced.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Six Reasons People Want To Have Sex With Musicians

    Recently, Business Insider published the results of a study that purports to prove specifically why women want to enter the bone-zone with musicians. The article is just summarizing research from the University of Sussex, and there's a few glaring holes in it that make it useless to the general popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards

    It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate the bands and artists that provide the eclectic and engaging soundtrack to life in the city of St. Louis. This is a music town, through and through, and the wealth and caliber of talent that lives among us cannot be overstated. From blues to hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Win Tickets to See Slightly Stoopid This Saturday at the Pageant

    San Diego's Slightly Stoopid will be performing at the Pageant this Saturday, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

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    April 22, 2014

    There Were Real-Life Drones Flying Overhead at Coachella

    By Andrea Domanick Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering, propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Foxing Signs to Triple Crown Records

    St. Louis post-hardcore/emo revival act Foxing has signed a deal with New York-based Triple Crown Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. The label has been home to a wide array of acts over the years, ranging from the ultra-tough hardcore of Death Threat to bands like the Dear Hunter, and even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    St. Louis Rock Band Tok Interviews Some Dogs

    Tok's ability to write a killer rock song is matched only by its members' outrageous sense of humor. On April Fool's Day, for example, the band announced a new partnership with Taco Bell, and a subsequent name change for the group (Tok-O-Bell). Most bands would have been content to leave the joke at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Music "Festival Style": Now at a Mall Near You, Unfortunately

    If you think summer festivals are mainly about the music, you're naive; they've become one of the year's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles -- the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies -- but music festivals most certainly have a "l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    LouFest Organizers Ask: Who Do You Want To Play This Year?

    The organizers of LouFest want to know who you'd like to see perform at this year's festival -- and they have two free VIP passes as an incentive. See also: Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Six Reasons Your Band Should Not Play Longer Than Twenty Minutes

    Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. They're glancing at the door, bouncing their leg or messing with their hair. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    What Happens When a '90s Star Gives Up On His Music Career?

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Half of the Village People Banned From Ballpark Village By Dress Code

    Ballpark Village's newly announced dress code has hit the Village People community especially hard, leaving half of the band barred altogether from the premises each night after 9 p.m.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    How Can My Band Rebound After a Bad Tour?

    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 stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Doorway Performs Drive-By Concert for Crowds at SXSW

    St. Louis hip-hop group Doorway, winner of 2013's RFT Music Award for best hip-hop group, has seemingly never-ending hustle. Its members can be found at events all over town, handing out CDs and performing, and generally taking any opportunity possible to get their names out there into the world. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Justin Bieber Does Not Eat Poop

    Have you ever Googled something only to find that their autofill feature suggests some really strange stuff? This has been the source of Tumblr blogs and memes alike. It has also been the reason many a person has lost faith in humanity, seeing ridiculous questions on obvious subjects. Just type "why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Help Us Select the 2014 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Win Tickets to See Alt-J and Grouplove Tonight at the Pageant

    England's Alt-J and LA's Grouplove will be performing at the Pageant tonight, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Lumpy & the Dumpers' New Music Video for "Sex Pit" is the Most Awesome Thing

    Lumpy & the Dumpers, St. Louis' premier purveyors of slime-covered, dirty punk rock, just released a music video yesterday, and boy is it a doozy. See Also: Lumpy & the Dumpers: Slime Addicts On The Prowl

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Win Tickets to See Atlas Genius December 9 at the Pageant

    Australia's Atlas Genius' rescheduled show at the Pageant will be December 9, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

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    September 24, 2013

    Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boners are Not OK

    Gentleman, this is a public service announcement. We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing togeth ... More >>

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