"There's a big difference between my books and [VH1's] Behind the Music," explains author and longtime music critic Brian Coleman. "The denouement of Behind the Music is how you got over your drug use, or maybe you die. It's never celebrating how great those groups are; it's what they did to destr ... More >>
Brooklyn-based rapper/activist Talib Kweli, probably best known for his 2002 single "Get By," produced by Kanye West, as well as his work with Mos Def as one half of Black Star, famously got into a heated argument with CNN anchor Don Lemon in Ferguson a couple of weeks ago -- but apparently that was ... More >>
By Jonah Bromwich You enter the room and they're already there. Some of the names you recognize: Randa the Rhyma (45 wins), Gig@ntic (48 wins), and Novice Raps (53 wins). You've checked the boards obsessively, but you've only ever been here before anonymously, as a guest. This is your first appeara ... More >>
Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaOn the verge of the release of the RFT "Best of St. Louis" 2011 issue, Last Collector Standing decided to meet with last year's winner for "Best Club DJ," DJ Needles, to discuss what it takes to make a great DJ. Of course, vinyl was involved. Needles (a.k.a. Nodzill, a.k. ... More >>
Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest will be making an appearance at the Tivoli Theatre tonight in support of the premiere of Michael Rapaport's documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life. Phife Dawg will introduce Beats, Rhymes & Life and host a Q & A session after the 7:30 p.m. showing.
Doors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. Popâs, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) *Cold Cave, Cherish The Light Years The Guardian says of Cold Cave's latest: "'Take me to the future. I'm ready,' sings Wesley Eisold. That may be true, but ... More >>
Talib Kweli, the emcee who's collaborated with HI-Tek, Mos Def and MadLib, will be coming to Pop's on Tuesday, April 19. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show and are on sale March 11 at 5 p.m. Kweli's fourth solo album, Gutter Rainbows, came out last fall. "Never Been in Love"
courtesy of Tef PoeTef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... More >>
Who says the record store is dead? Not us here in St. Louis, where both Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records sold a lot of tunes. Below, please find the top selling albums from both stores, including a separate top vinyl list from VV. Enjoy! Vintage Vinyl: Top CDs 1. Murphy Lee - You See Me 2. ... More >>
Every Monday (Tuesday this week -- sorry, Warped Tour), A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. SON VOLT: American ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, May 9. Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Is misogyny in rap permanent?
B-Sides attends a local radio station's Lenten fish fry, explores why a local jazz TV program didn't get off the ground and recommends this week's primo download
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Week of March 2, 2006
Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk.
50 Cent wants to be an actor...but he's not
Saturday, July 2; Fair Saint Louis (Gateway Arch grounds)
A convicted pedophile earns his release but can't escape from himself
We list this year's real stinkers, get some critical advice from the folks and look at some scary new downloading laws
The New Danger (Geffen)
The ten most radical hip-hop records of all time, including NWA, Public Enemy and...Mos Def?
Sunday, May 16; Mississippi Nights
Saturday, April 24; the Pageant
College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Week of February 4, 2004
The Italian Job, a remake better than the original, is a steal
Rick Springfield knows who's the biggest badass
Week of October 9, 2002
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought; Rawkus
Thursday, Oct. 5; Firehouse
Thursday, May 4; Galaxy
Monday, Dec. 13; Club Monastery
Underground rap comes up from The Basement, DJ Needles' program on The Beat (100.3 FM)
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.