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    June 10, 2014

    Ten Rules of Mosh Pit Etiquette

    By Jack Spencer In my years attending punk and metal shows, often as the only one with a pen and pad in the middle, I've noticed that there are a few unwritten rules when participating in a mosh pit. The seemingly amorphous fits of aggression that explode from the center of certain crowds have some ... 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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    August 29, 2013

    Why the New Earl Sweatshirt Is Better Than the New Jay Z

    By Derek Askey "It's money" opens Doris, the way-way-way-too-much-anticipated album from Odd Future standout and internal rhyme genius Earl Sweatshirt. "It's money," the intro repeats, "It's money." If you bought a physical copy, you're hearing that opening while thumbing through the artwork: an in ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirt's First Appearance in St. Louis: Review and Photos

    Last night, Odd Future's premiere wordsmith Earl Sweatshirt finally made an appearance in St. Louis. The rapper came through the Pageant alongside Mac Miller, Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper and the Internet, as part of Miller's Space Migration Tour. See Also: - The Top Six Lyrics by Earl Sweatshi ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    The Five Weirdest Rap Beefs

    Do you remember J-Kwon? In case you don't, we'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth for a while. See Also: - NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache - St. Louis Rapper J ... 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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    April 13, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirt - Coachella - April 12, 2013

    Editor's Note: The following is a review of Earl Sweatshirt's set last night at Coachella, via our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Earl Sweatshirt Coachella April 12, 2013 It was past midnight in Coachella's Gobi Tent when Tyler, the Creator climbed the scaffolding like a gargoyle. He clung to the meta ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    A Pilgrimage to the Church Of Steve Albini: Is He a Dick?

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Almost one year ago, I crammed my guitar, my xylophone, and myself into a crowded midsize car with half ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Lineup Announced!

    The line-up for Coachella 2013 has been announced! Those who have been paying attention know there has been fakes, even a rumor that the Rolling Stones would headline (not the case) but this time the announcement is real-deal official. Headliners for the outdoor festival will be the Stone Roses and ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 17 to 23

    I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or focus are still coming slowly and proving difficult. In other words, I can't think of anything to write here, ... More >>

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    September 15, 2012

    Odd Future at the Pageant, 9/14/12: Review and Setlist

    Odd Future The Pageant September 14, 2012 NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache. I never get headaches, but holy shit. I think my brain is rebelling against my body. I just left the Pageant, where I've had a pack of loud, rambunctious teenagers screaming at me for the last hour and a ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Odd Future

    8 p.m. Friday, September 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    September 14, 2012

    The Top Six Lyrics by Earl Sweatshirt

    Tonight marks the first time that the rowdy Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future makes a stop in St. Louis, on a tour that is also the first that member and standout lyricist Earl Sweatshirt is able to attend. For a large portion of Odd Future's hype-laden ascent, Earl (whose real name is Thebe ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: September 14 to 16

    Friday dominates the hell out of this week's picks, which has never happened before, in my tenure. I'm not sure what to make of that really; we are still running numbers and engaging in statistical analysis at the RFT Music laboratories, in an attempt to explain the anomaly. Hooten Hollers big 45 ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future will not be at the Pageant tonight

    Earl tweeted an apology last night (it's below), saying that he wasn't going to be on this tour, so there goes that. Hell. Parents are the worst, if this means what we think it does.

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    September 10, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 10 to 16

    Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a consistent fallback. That said, I wore a jacket outside this weekend! WHOA HOLY SHIT. Sometimes I think I could write ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together (Until You Write A Colloquially Titled Hit Song About It)

    I am reaching the age at which one begins spontaneously to complain about pop music. It's not something I can apologize about, exactly, so much as a change my body is going through--at some point copies of Astro Lounge just started appearing in strange places. So I don't think I'll ever be able to ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Odd Future's "Camp Flog Gnaw" Tour is Coming to the Pageant -- Full Tour Schedule Included Within

    Odd Future has just announced a show on September 14 at the Pageant. The members of the rambunctious skate-rap collective that will be in the house are Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Earl Sweatshirt and Taco. Tickets are $25 in advance or $27.50 day of show -- the ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Best of Coachella Day Three

    See also: *The Best Of Coachella: Saturday, April 14 *Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs Wow, that was fast! In a whirlwind of top-notch performances from legends and buzz bands alike, pool parties, and rain, Coachella's first weekend is over. Here are our scribes' favorite moments from Sund ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Who's the Surprisingly Knowledgable Music Fan on Jeopardy's Writing Staff?

    Now that Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt is apparently back from Samoa, one of the music world's biggest mysteries is over. This means we can turn our attention to other matters. Such as this: Just who is sneaking all the indie-rock questions into Jeopardy!? In the past month, Jeopardy! contestan ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Earl Sweatshirt Comes Home, Releases New Song, Gets 50,000 Twitter Followers

    Home at last.​As first reported by LA Weekly, the youthful new-west hip hop collective known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (AKA Odd Future or OFWGKTA for short, and OFWGKTADGAFLLBBLSBFBN for long) is finally seeing the triumphant return of (arguably) its most talented member. Earl Swea ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    B.o.B. Prefers Spaceships to Blunts and Talks Tyler, the Creator. But...

    Diana BenantiB.o.B. on the dais with Hot 104.1's Staci Static.​As promised: We waited around the Loft last night for Bobby Ray, better known to the Top 40 audience as rapper and earworm manufacturer B.o.B. He's known for the atrociously catchy "Airplanes," ("Can we pretend that airplanes in th ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians Wearing Vans: R.I.P. James Van Doren

    Roy Basten​Vans co-founder James Van Doren died in October at his home in California. The news went public last week; he was 72 years old. James started the company that made the essential skate shoe with a group including his brother Paul back in 1966. Vans are among the most iconic shoes ... 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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    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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    August 3, 2011

    Stream Teen Producer AceDeuce's Latest Beats for N.O.D.I.C.E. Online

    Courtesy of AceDeuceAdrian White stays stoic in the center of this photo, taken for the release of N.O.D.I.C.E.'s recent mixtape.​In this week's print issue, we caught up with seventeen-year-old producer Adrian White (AceDeuce) in the living room of his North County home. We told you about his ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Pitchfork 2011: Odd Future, HEALTH and Other Highlights from Day Three

    Tyler, the Creator.​Pitchfork: The Final Frontier. The final, sold-out day of Pitchfork had two acts I was dying to see -- unfortunately, both of those were practically at the same time -- Odd Future at 3:20 and Shabazz Palaces at 3:45. I had to see the tall tale that is Odd Future for myself, ... More >>

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    July 16, 2011

    Pitchfork 2011: tUnE-yArDs, Guided By Voices And Other Day One Highlights

    Guided By Voices​The weather was perfect and apparently -- horrifically -- it is mom-jean-short-season. It was a day for eccentric acts, the line-up carefully curated to force superfans into buying Friday tickets. The will call line stretched around the block and then some. 4:32 pm:tUnE-yArDs ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Pitchfork Music Festival 2011: What to Expect, What to See and More

    ​Sometimes the Iternets can put on one helluva flesh-and-blood show. Pitchfork Music Festival is run by the music blog of the same name, which just announced it's expanding to Paris this fall with an overseas version of the festival to be curated by (Everybody Loves) Bon Iver. The American b ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Five Places We Wish Earl Sweatshirt Was

    Image via ​At this point, the story of Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt's disappearance seems to have lasted almost as long as his early career. The 17-year-old is known almost as much for his brash, aggressive and strictly NSFW lyrics as he is for the fact that almost no one knows exactly wh ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011