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    March 14, 2014

    Snoopify Is a Disaster That's Only Getting Worse

    By Jennifer Swann Since launching in May, Snoop Dogg's Snoopify app has transformed millions of otherwise boring Instagram photos into virtual g-thangs, with the help of digital "stickers": blunts, cash money and chicken n' waffles. According to a recent press release from its promoters, it boasts ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Rappers and Ravers: Quit Glorifying Drugs That Kill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2014

    Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

    We've all done it. You're at a bar and it's closing time, but you're not quite ready for the night to end. Maybe you want to grab just one more drink. Then someone in your crew suggests that you "go to the east side." Fifteen minutes later you're in another state. You've crossed the Mississippi riv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Erratics' Nothing Goes Here: Ambient Sound-Craft Collides with Guitar-Driven Songwriting

    Erratics Nothing Goes Here Ambient sound-craft and conventional, guitar-driven songwriting collide on Erratics' first full-length. The two-man band, Alex Nezam and Chris Chartrand, split these eight tracks rather evenly between looping, echoing sound collages and pastoral guit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: February 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 >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Bug Chaser's Self-Titled LP is a Multi-Directional Sonic Assault

    Bug Chaser Bug Chaser After a few years' worth of EPs, demos and splits, the many-headed beast known as Bug Chaser released its first formal LP in November. The collection, available digitally, recently saw its release on vinyl, and that's a nice bit of formality for a band b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    The FarFetched Collective Ambitiously Blurs Genre Lines on Prologue III

    Various Artists Prologue III Since the label and musical collective FarFetched launched in early 2012 with the first iteration of its annual Prologue compilation, the imprint has remained a smartly curated home for progressive, wide-ranging electronic music from St. Louis and pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

    Two months and hundreds upon hundreds of nominations later and our panel of experts has finally made it through all names you suggested as the best music photographers in St. Louis. After much deliberation we've whittled the list down to ten. Now it's up to you to decide the best of the best -- we'l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIFs

    Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to fall flat on his ass? It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. And luckily for ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Pazz and Jop 2014: Here are RFT Music's Picks

    The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics across the country in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Six St. Louis Acts That Keep It In The Family

    During last week's Snowpocalypse, many of us were snowed in for days with family members. AGONY, AMIRITE? Sure, for a few of us, that so-called "polar vortex" might have been grounds for murder, but for many St. Louis bands, the forced post-holidays togetherness simply meant more practice time. Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    To the Lame Wannabe DJ with the iPod: Stop it

    By Mary Grace Cerni  There are party fouls that can be forgiven. Really egregious ones, even, like peeing in the indoor plants. But disrupting the music by unplugging the host's device in favor of your own iPod or smartphone? Now that's fucked up.

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    January 3, 2014

    In Defense of Schwag Weed

    By Keith Ploceck This is a big week for weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    A Rough Guide to Choosing Your First Bandmates

    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 s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Your Guide to Holiday Drinking at Your Hometown Bar

    It's the holidays, which means that, for all you transplants out there, it's time to go home and see Mom and Dad. After a few hours with the family, however, you'll get that urge to get out of the house and go to a bar. Which is great! Except that, with all of these (formerly) familiar faces in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

    Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Kanye West: The Illustrated Cartoon Quiz

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Ransom Note Digs Deeper and Rocks Harder on Big Soul

    Ransom Note Big Soul Tower Groove Records When Ransom Note made its recorded debut two years ago with It's You!, the quintet's mix of soft-rock smoothness and blue-eyed soul made for some fun, easy listening, but you'd be forgiven for not taking the band as a serious endeavor. After all, what were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Vote for the First Song to be Played On-Air from KDHX's New Studios

    KDHX (88.1 FM) has completed its move to its new home, the Larry J. Weir Center in Grand Station, and will officially begin broadcasting from the building this upcoming Sunday, December 15 at noon. In case you missed it, RFT Music got an exclusive first look at the new digs, and trust when we tell y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Dubb Nubb Displays Growth and Delicate Charm on Wild Dreamin'

    Dubb Nubb Wild Dreamin' When local audiences first heard of Dubb Nubb, twin sisters Delia and Hannah Rainey were just wrapping up high school and charming stages with their sweetly sung but rough-hewn folk songs. The intervening years have seen growth, both the usual kind (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    How I Accidentally Became a Drug Dealer

    [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.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Millennials: You Don't Know How to Party

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    S.L.U.M. Fest Hip-Hop Awards 2014: Here Are This Year's Nominees

    The nominees for the 2014 edition of the S.L.U.M. Fest hip-hop awards (St. Louis Underground Music Festival, for those averse to abbreviation) have been announced. Many of this year's nominees will be easily recognized by regular RFT Music readers -- their talent has earned them accolades from this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Flowchart: Should I See This Old Band?

    Rock & roll is less than 60 years old, remember, so the idea of multiple generations of active bands is still a fairly new one. But as big-ticket concerts and festivals become prevalent, more and more people are going to get the ol' band back together for another shot. We don't want anyone's preciou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Rare, Unreleased Bottle Rockets Track Featuring Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy: Listen

    In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: November 2013

    Baseball came and went, the holidays are quickly approaching and there's a good chance you're in need of a good laugh. Funny Events offers you the spectrum, from sure thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works." Consider this your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The Best Halloween Shows in St. Louis Tonight

    Halloween is here! Whether you planned that get-up for months or now have to scour the gutter for some tumbleweave to augment that makeshift costume, get on out and partake in some prime people watching tonight. Lots of local musicians went all out to dress up for one-night-only cover sets, and plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Premiere: Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' New Single "Night Light" From David Ruffin Theory

    The first single has just dropped from Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' long-awaited and much-anticipated David Ruffin Theory collaboration, due for release next week, and RFT Music has it! See Also: The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers in 2013

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: October 2013

    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

    October 3, 2013

    "Punk" Band Makes Sex Video On Westboro Baptist Church Property, Still Sucks (NSFW)

    Recently, a quote-unquote "punk" band called Get Shot! decided to do what quote-unquote "punk" bands love to do for the attention of the media: make a brainless scene. In this particular case, it was a brainless porn scene. In a video shot by the group, Get Shot!'s bassist, Laura Lush, masturbated o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in October

    Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy-metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Definitely the Best Rap Quiz You're Going to Take Today

    This is easy: You're going to click through (what is essentially) a slideshow of drawings of adorable little line characters. You'll look at the pictures and see if you can figure out what famous rap song it represents. Click the hyperlink underneath that reads "Answer" to see if you're correct. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Six Reasons Why Metallica is Better than Megadeth

    My interview with Megadeth last week didn't go too well. The honorable thing to do would be to admit that I was in the wrong, and should have been better prepared. Or I could spell out a number of reasons why I'm not a total unprofessional screw-up, therefore justifying myself to an audience that la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    I Pissed Off Megadeth This Week, My (Former) Favorite Band

    When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 9/8/13

    There's really no other band in the world quite like Iron Maiden. With no real number-one hits or mainstream success in its almost 40-year history, the band has still managed to influence practically every rock band that exists and become one of the most enormous musical acts on the face of the Eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: September 6 to 8

    LouFest is nigh! Scratch that -- it's not near, it's here! Besides that annual shindig, plenty of shows provide options for entertainment this weekend, including lots of free picks. Read on for our recommendations, including No Coast skate shop's two-year anniversary and a new release from DJ Mahf a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: Believe It or Not, He's a Humanitarian

    By Jason Roche On classic albums such as Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? and Rust in Peace, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine explored themes such as citizen apathy and Big Brother government. These themes are also in play more than two decades later on Megadeth's newest album, Super Collider, out las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Metal: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Iron Maiden and Megadeth are Coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on September 8

    British heavy metal legend Iron Maiden is coming to St. Louis, and bringing one of thrash's "Big Four," Megadeth, along for the ride. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater has yet to make the announcement official, but we saw it listed today on the metal news website We will update this po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    A Few Things to Know Before Venturing to This Weekend's Pointfest

    Ah, Pointfest. It's the time every summer when rock enthusiasts from all around the St. Louis area can gather at beautiful Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to watch a seemingly endless stream of bands. With groups spanning all areas of the mainstream rock spectrum, it's not too much of a stretch to say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Megadeth Rocker Elaborates About His Love for Mini-Horse

    When metal demigod Dave Mustaine isn't raising eyebrows with his kind words about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, he's usually melting faces as the frontman for Megadeth. With so many years of rocking under his proverbial belt, Mustaine is entitled to some of the finer things in life. But a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    The Ten Biggest Presidential Endorsements by Musicians in the 2012 Campaign

    Megadeth rocker Dave Mustaine raised a few collective eyebrows this week when he endorsed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's bourgeoning presidential bid. The former Pennsylvania senator has been gaining steam as of late after prevailing in a trio of February contests, including Missouri's non-bindin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Show Announcements: Week of February 3

    image viaAustin's The Black Angels.​ Apop Records *The Body, March 9 El Lenador *Arson For Candy, March 9 Cicero's *Secret Cities, March 5 *Lee MacDougal, March 11

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    May 21, 2010

    One Night Only! Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth Come to a Movie Theater Near You

    Todd OwyoungJames Hetfield in St. Louis in 2008. More photos here.​Tickets are on sale now for what's being dubbed The Big Four Live -- a.k.a. the June 22 movie-theater simulcast of the Sonisphere Festival appearances of thrash legends Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. (Now I can't stop ... More >>

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    This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.

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