• Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    What the Bands Ate at LouFest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The Best Photos From LouFest 2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Andre 3000 Death Growls, Pretends Things Are His Penis: An Outkast Review

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Nosh Pit at LouFest Features Delicious Snacks from St. Louis' Finest

    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

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    LouFest Releases Full Schedule; Single-Day Tickets Now On Sale

    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.)

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Things Outkast Is Cooler Than: The Complete List

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Outkast, Arctic Monkeys to Headline LouFest 2014: Full Lineup Within

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    LouFest Early-Bird Passes On Sale Now, Lineup Soon

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    There Were Real-Life Drones Flying Overhead at Coachella

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

    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?

  • 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

    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

    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

    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
  • Blogs

    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

    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

    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
  • Music

    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.

  • Music

    August 23, 2006


    Idlewild (LaFace)

  • Music

    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

    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

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2003

    Kurt, I Am Your Father

    Rams vs. Chiefs for control of the Empire

  • 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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