We're familiar with the restaurants featured in this year's LouFest concession stand, a.k.a. the Nosh Pit. But out-of-town bands are just looking for a quick bite, and they still loved what St. Louis had to offer. Restaurants like Pappy's, Strange Donuts and Sugarfire Smokehouse had brushes with fam ... More >>
With nearly 40,000 people setting a new attendance record, it's easy to say that LouFest 2014 was a big success. Now having completed its fifth year, LouFest organizers have figured out a successful blend of established acts and trending bands that brings national attention to St. Louis and keeps co ... More >>
"Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I'm getting to a place where it's mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy. I really don't actually get ... More >>
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.
We're super excited for LouFest (hello, Outkast!), but of course we can't forget about the food. Contrary to the usual festival food, LouFest actually has eats from some of the best restaurants in St. Louis. Check out the full lineup after the jump. See also: In the Nosh Pit at LouFest 2013
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.)
Outkast has made something of an art form out of cleverly describing its own level of "cool." Though the Atlanta duo is far from the first rap group to do so, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have certainly made a game out of it, employing all manner of wordplay in their explanations of the matter. "Cooler th ... More >>
Oh, St. Louis, our collective wish just came true -- Outkast will headline LouFest 2014, scheduled for September 6 and 7 in Forest Park! Did you fully take that in? OUTKAST! Not only will the 'Kast put on a memorable show, but its inclusion also proves that we're obviously psychic (evidence here an ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster, when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to celebrate the duo's twentieth anniversary. However, things didn't go according to plan. Many fans were turned off, even worse, bored by the set. How was this possible?
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty cond ... More >>
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
Lollapalooza is one of the crown jewels of the modern festival era. We may not love the lineup every year, but we certainly can see how, over the past decade, the Chicago production has redefined what a multi-stage, multi-day, multi-artist event can be, especially in an urban setting. The long-runni ... More >>
For seven days, St. Louis has been speculating about what Board Bill #328 could mean for downtown as a tourist destination and music haven. Multiple large-scale festivals? Ousted local events? Big music names? A burden on city resources? But after an aldermanic hearing yesterday, we're only margina ... More >>
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. I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than:
News broke just yesterday that Big Boi and Andre 3000, best-known for their work as the dynamic Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, will be doing a festival tour this year. The outing is said to consist of over 40 dates this spring/summer, starting in mid-April at Indio, California's esteemed Coachella mus ... More >>
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 >>
Big Boi of Outkast is headlining the first annual Memorial Day BBQ at Atomic Cowboy on May 27th. Danny Brown stops at Old Rock House on April 29th. Moe will headline the Summer Camp Music Festival May 24-26 in Chillicothe along with fellow jam bands, Umphrey's McGee and Trey Anastasio Band. More sho ... More >>
Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>
Black Milk | J. Pinder | A.Dd The Gramophone March 11, 2012 One of the Motor City's finest underground emcees, Black Milk, made a stop in the Grove last night, bringing with him an impressive lineup of hip-hop acts from across the country for his Claps and Slaps tour. Unfortunately, hardly anybody ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
The many faces of 420.It's almost that time of year again -- April 20th. Better known to millions of people as 420, the (un)official holiday for stoners and pot enthusiasts everywhere. In honor of this day, we present eight classic songs celebrating the herb that has brought laughter to many, ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWhile the Snowpocalypse largely missed the St. Louis metro area, the aftermath of the sleet-storm lingers, in the form of frigid temperatures, bitter wind chills and icy roads and pavement. This is the perfect time of year for hot tea, wool blankets -- and cold, cold music. T ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie. In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
Peep the praying mantis on the left just chillinBlack Spade dropped his new mixtape Build and Destroy yesterday and the whole album is available for free download over on the Smoking Section. Click over there immediately, then get our your ear buds and put this baby on repeat. Incidentally, Spade ... More >>
In anticipation of his new solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Big Boi has been holding private listening parties in select cities across the country. Last night St. Louis got a sneak peek at the upcoming project, as local entertainers and media personnel came out to ne ... More >>
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