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    September 25, 2014

    International Cassette Store Day To Be Celebrated This Saturday at Music Record Shop

    All hail the lowly cassette. More than just an obsolete format with retro appeal, cassette tapes have historically served an important, almost subversive function. Invented in the 1930s but only hitting market penetration in the 1970s, cassettes were cheap, portable and customizable. At the time, t ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    The Best of St. Louis 2014 Music Winners

    Our extra-thick love letter to St. Louis -- also known as our annual "Best Of St. Louis" issue -- hits stands today! With roughly 250 categories ranging from "Best Politician" to "Best Athlete's Butt," there is plenty of St. Louis' finest to celebrate within. But this is the music blog, where we ar ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Mike Birbiglia Preaches the Gospel of Humor On His Ambitious "Thank God for Jokes" Tour

    Humor can be expressed in many ways, be it a one-liner, a story, a picture or simply a physical action. It is a unique art form, dependent as much on the performer as it is on the audience. It can exist as an individual entity or take small roles in different forms. A funny character can pop up in a ... More >>

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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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    September 10, 2014

    18andCounting, Coreyography and iLLPHONICS to Perform at RFT Best Of Party October 2

    It is Riverfront Times' Best Of season! Each fall we honor the city's favorite restaurants, businesses, politicians, artists, musicians and even athelete's butts with an extra-thick issue bursting at the seams with....well, the very Best that St. Louis has to offer. While that issue is just around t ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    LouFest: Police Report Zero Vehicles Damaged This Year, Down From 29 In 2013

    Last year, many LouFest fans leaving the festival were faced with a major buzzkill upon arriving at their cars. Police reported that a total of 29 vehicles were broken into last summer, with valuables stolen that included wallets, bags, electronics and even "personal papers," according to an inciden ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    The 10 Most Memorable Hip-Hop Albums From 1994

    A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.

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    August 28, 2014

    Lindy Hop St. Louis, Dedicated to Preserving Jazz and Swing Dance Traditions: Video

    Lindy Hop St. Louis is a locally based 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on preserving jazz and swing-dance traditions both here in St. Louis and nationwide. The group, founded in 2011 by Nick Aperson, Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar, teaches dance lessons and hosts events around the city, including o ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Even Twentysomethings Aren't Immune to '90s Nostalgia

    By Sam Blum There's no denying the rock & roll reunion tour. The tired tradition cuts across the generational divide. Your parents remember when the Eagles re-formed. Your older brother looks at scattered reunions of Black Flag with some consternation. An army of confused souls await Limp Bizkits' 2 ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    The Demo Launches Indiegogo Campaign: "Help Save The Demo"

    Last month, RFT Music took an in-depth look at a conflict arising between residents and club owners in the Grove. The story concerns the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929) and its smaller sister venue, the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue), a 200-capacity space that closed its doors in th ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: August 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Premiere: Middle Class Fashion Releases Video For "Wanted" From Jungle LP

    Today St. Louis' Middle Class Fashion releases a brand new video for "Wanted," off of the critically acclaimed Jungle, which came out last year. The performance portion of the video was shot at Nebula Coworking, with additional scenes filmed around south St. Louis. MCF's bassist Brian McClelland, wh ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    One Label Controls Almost All of Hip-Hop, and That's a Problem

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    W. Kamau Bell May Have Lost His TV Show, But He Hasn't Lost His Edge

    Standup comics are rarely one-trick ponies nowadays. Some act in movies, others in sitcoms and a handful even take a crack at the music business. But only a small minority ever host their very own TV show. The Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell ran on FX for two seasons, making t ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Here Are Some Weird Things Rock Stars Have Put Their Penises In

    By Luke Winkie We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into es ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: March 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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    March 4, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: March 2014

    There seems to be a new trend growing the St. Louis comedy scene that demands the format of the traditional comedy show be disregarded. While it still isn't difficult to find a show that is exactly what you'd expect, there's also increasing opportunities to step outside of the comfort zone and share ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Bluesweek Moves to Chesterfield Due to Financial Woes

    Financial woes and dwindling sponsorship have forced the relocation of the popular STL Bluesweek festival from downtown St. Louis to the Chesterfield Amphitheater, according to festival promoter Mike Kociela, who spoke to the RFT while on vacation in Key West, Florida. "When you build a festival f ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 19, 2014

    I Chaperoned a Middle School Valentine's Day Dance

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. 3:20 p.m.: Today I am chaperoning our school's Valentine's Day dance. A line of about 100 kids is ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: Can I Turn a Dog Into a Gentleman?

    [Editor's note: Every Tuesday Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:] By Andrew W.K. Dear Andrew, In my younger years, I struggled with mental illness ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Popular Mechanics' Anti-Glacial: Smart Songs, Rock Efficiency and Punk Wit

    Popular Mechanics Anti-Glacial In his introduction to Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut talks about the futility of writing an antiwar book; he quotes a friend who asks, "Why don't you write an anti-glacier book instead?" Point being, wars are as easy to stop as glaci ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Review: Roky Erickson, Black Angels at Firebird's 5th Anniversary Party 2/1/14

    Saturday's show at the Firebird -- the venue's psych-rock-heavy, five-year anniversary -- was a not unlike consuming a handful of hallucinatory drugs for the first time: the anticipation/anxiety of waiting, wondering when the magic is going to start, the ecstatic release, the moronic "What happened? ... 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 >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Overcome the Guilt of Unwittingly Taking Someone's Virginity?

    [Editor's note: Every Tuesday Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:] Dear King of Party, Like many female Angelenos, I like to frequent dating website ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Six St. Louis Bands Named After Animals

    St. Louis music really makes us roar. With their catchy lyrics, fierce hooks and fills, and boundary-pushing experiments, local acts definitely know how to claw at our hearts. It makes sense, then, that so many area bands and solo artists are showing their wild sides with beastly monikers. Below, ch ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Why Do Jam Bands Have Such a Stigma?

    Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. In some cases, you get the sense that they'd almost rath ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 7, 2014

    Acoustics Anonymous Crosses Genre Boundaries on Debut, Honest & Wild

    Acoustics Anonymous Honest & Wild Make it past the band name "Acoustics Anonymous" -- a name that conjures images of your uncle's buddies playing James Taylor covers at his Labor Day barbeque -- and you'll find a talented young quartet engaged in the roots and rhy ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Six St. Louis Bands Whose Names Make the Grade

    High school wasn't an awesome John Hughes movie for many of us, but it still was kind of rad. At no other point in our lives will people shrug while we moon a pep rally, awkwardly hit on the grumpy artiste in oil painting class or shove plastic sporks up our nose to amuse our friends, all while bein ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Releases of 2013

    New music from Carcass, Gorguts, and In Solitude topped nearly every critic's best of list in 2013, but what about new releases from some local heavyweights? This year saw many of our hometown metal bands pushing themselves further than ever to create some of the finest heavy music ever released in ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Six Ways to Ruin Everyone's Lives with Karaoke

    It's the holidays! Time for you and your dopey friends from high school to reunite and tear up the town. What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whate ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Six Musicians That Rule Despite Their Music

    Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Black-Face and More: We Have Run Out of Excuses for Willful Ignorance

    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 >>

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    November 12, 2013

    The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis 2013: Accepting Nominations Now

    Well, it is that time of year again. Last winter we profiled several of St. Louis' best and brightest music photographers, and let you, the readers, vote on your favorites. The singular Todd Owyoung was named the best in 2012 (with good reason; the man is talented) but that is not to say there wasn' ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Union Tree Review Returns Even Stronger than Before

    Union Tree Review Enjoy the Weather If you've ever wondered what became of Union Tree Review, that promising sextet with the right mix of creative intensity and local scene connections, here's a little recap: Since the 2011 release of Death and Other Forms of Relaxation, the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Why This Song Sucks: Lorde's "Royals"

    [Editor's Note: Shea Serrano sometimes writes about Why This Song Sucks, and sometimes about his hilarious and poignant life and times. Better put your shoes on because your socks are about to be blown off.] Song: "Royals" by Lorde History: Some time between year 1250 and 1300 Eastern Polynesians ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

    By Mary Grace Cerni Traditionally, raves are a place where people can be free to wear whatever they want. That's great! Except, not really, because they also make horrible fashion mistakes acceptable. And so you see Rastafarian colors mixed with nipple pasties mixed with Hello Kitty gear and tutus. ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    The Ten Worst Best Of Lists In Music

    Lists will inevitably be remembered as the highest point of pop-culture Internet journalism. Why? BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM. Sometimes, however, the sure-fire can't-miss format of the list fails us from a journalistic standpoint. Here are ten of the worst music-related lists that I could find before goi ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in May

    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 >>

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