• Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The Worst of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    LouFest Organizers Ask: Who Do You Want To Play This Year?

    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

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Outkast Will Be Performing at Lollapalooza: What Does That Mean for LouFest?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Questions Remain About Summer Rocks Festivals; Vote Postponed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Children are the Worst: More Proof

    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:

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

    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 >>

  • 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

    May 31, 2013

    Hip-Hop (Group): Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! 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 26 categories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to 27

    Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Big Boi, Danny Brown, Moe and More Show Flyers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Top 5 Awesomely Silly Dancing GIFs From the Outside Lands Festival

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog, and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Black Milk at the Gramophone, 3/11/12: Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    The Six Best Song Count Offs

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    The Drug Cocktails That Might Fuel Five Of Our Favorite Musicians

    Big Boi mugs for the camera.​Did you hear the one about the rapper who got busted for Ecstasy and Viagra? Earlier this week, Outkast rapper Big Boi got pinched for MDMA powder, Ecstasy pills, and an illegal prescription of the little blue pill for his disco stick. Which got us thinking -- what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Andre 3000 Beams Down to Join Beyonce and Kanye West on "Party": Put Some Swagu On It

    ​Summer jam alert: Beyonce's 4 is almost here. It doesn't come out for another couple weeks (June 24th, to be exact), but we like what we've heard so far and nothing more than the Kanye West and Consequence-produced "Party," which "leaked" today. In the first few seconds of the track (listen b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Celebrating 420: Eight Classic Songs About Pot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Ten Songs Colder Than Old Man Winter

    Wikimedia Commons​While 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 >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    October 15, 2010

    Ten Memorable Shows at The Pageant, In Honor Of Its Tenth Birthday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Five New Local Songs to Hear: Pokey LaFarge, Tef Poe, Illphonics, Dots Not Feathers, Jon Hardy & the Public

    In recent weeks, a bunch of local musicians unleashed new tunes on the masses. Here's a brief round-up. Know of anything else? Leave a comment. Tef Poe​ Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, "Brick Thieves" Occasional RFT contributor Bill Streeter is making a documentary about the city's uniqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Download: Black Spade's Build & Destroy -- Hear St. Louis Hip-Hop at Its Very Best

    Peep the praying mantis on the left just chillin​Black 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    John Legend, Bradd Young and Aloha at Fair St. Louis, Saturday, July 3

    You couldn't have asked for better weather for Saturday night's festivities on the riverfront. Granted, it was a little on the hot and humid side, but still surprisingly mild for St. Louis in July. The crowd was as enormous as you might expect; many came out specifically for John Legend, while oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Preview Interview: Big Boi's Album Listening Party at Shock City Studios, Tuesday, June 22 2010

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2010
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    April 30, 2008

    Scripts 'n Screwz

    The New Noise
    (Villainous Entertainment)

  • Music

    March 12, 2008

    Tally Hall

    6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street

  • Music

    September 5, 2007

    Duck and Cover

    Some of the city's best-known bands go incognito at Off Broadway.

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    August 23, 2006


    Idlewild (LaFace)

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    October 12, 2005


    The Craft (Anti-)

  • Film

    August 10, 2005

    Funky Bunch

    Mark Wahlberg stars in an odd remake that, oddly, isn't so bad

  • Yearend

    December 22, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.

  • Film

    December 15, 2004

    Film Openings

    Week of December 15, 2004

  • Music

    November 3, 2004

    Mos Def

    The New Danger (Geffen)

  • Music

    September 15, 2004

    Usher Wants His MTV

    Why a pop megastar still feels neglected by the mainstream

  • Music

    July 21, 2004

    Goodie Mob

    One Monkey Don't Stop the Show (Koch)

  • Music

    June 23, 2004

    The Roots, with 311

    Wednesday, June 30; UMB Bank Pavilion

  • Film

    December 3, 2003

    Dance This Mess Around

    What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2003

    Kurt, I Am Your Father

    Rams vs. Chiefs for control of the Empire

  • Music

    May 22, 2002

    Nappy Roots

    Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz (Atlantic)

  • Music

    May 8, 2002

    Cee-Lo, with the Aaries and Musiq

    Saturday, May 11; Pageant

  • Music

    January 2, 2002

    Cleaning Up

    Our intrepid reporter's New Year's resolution yields some unexpected bonuses

  • Music

    December 12, 2001

    Crunk and Disorderly

    Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good

  • Music

    March 14, 2001

    Outkast with Ludacris

    Monday, March 19; Pageant.

  • Music

    December 27, 2000

    The Best Music of 2000

    From hip-hop to house, from techno to rock, from country to dub, the resident music geek picks his favorites

  • Music

    November 15, 2000

    Certified Organic

    The Roots roll into town with their earth-toned "Okay Player" show

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    February 17, 1999
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    February 3, 1999
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