One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic, Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?" Did you get that? I ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
I wanted to start 2014 off by giving credit to a few St. Louis artists I have been enjoying lately. I also wanted to mention people you probably haven't heard of, because this is the duty of a real fan. I could have easily written a blog about the household names and people you already know about, ... More >>
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>
This week, lots of acts stop through St. Louis to grace many of its great stages. Check out Talib Kweli, Steve Aoki, Lee Fields & the Expressions and many more. Click through for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned. We'll have plenty more picks for you for the weekend.
It's a busy weekend for St. Louis' leading independent record stores. Vintage Vinyl celebrates its 33 1/3 Anniversary Party, Euclid Records hosts its annual sidewalk sale and Apop Records acts as the venue for the second annual Tower Groove Records street party. Beyond that, there's much, much more. ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the ten finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true ly ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Plenty of excellent shows this week; particularly as we enter the weekend -- local releases galore. We'll get into that in more detail on the weekend post though. Supposedly, the world is ending this weekend as well. I know what you are thinking, and I don't really buy it either, but then again the ... More >>
10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
Producer James "JBJR" Bishop released his first official beat tape in late March, a collection of soulful instrumental tracks that showcases the St. Louis native's talents and influences. Bishop's free 10-song release Just Beats, Joy, & Rhythm: Cookin' Soul was made available in late March on his B ... More >>
Another excellent spring weekend in St. Louis: It's tough to top legendary DJ and producer Pete Rock, performing tonight at Lola, but he'll get a run for his money from Ben Kweller (Off Broadway) and Peter Frampton (Peabody Opera House). Saturday brings William Fitzsimmons to the Firebird and Pillow ... More >>
10 p.m. Friday, March 30. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is jam-packed with shows as well. On Friday, two guys named Pete who happen to be legends in their respective fiel ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... 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.
Facebook groups: if they can topple totalitarian regimes, perhaps they improve the way producers exchange ideas too.As we wrote about a couple of weeks ago, this year's S.L.U.M. Fest Beat Battle Champion James "JBJR" Bishop explained how he shuts out the world when he sits down at his compute ... More >>
Michael SchafermeyerMichael Schafermeyer, a prominent DJ on the St. Louis underground rap scene, died early yesterday morning in Baltimore, of an apparent alcohol and drug overdose. He was 31. Schafermeyer grew up in Jefferson City, taking his DJ moniker Helias from his eponymously named hig ... More >>
Over the last few years, the Rock the Bells tour has grown from a series of one-off shows into a full-scale touring entity -- although its aim (to showcase the best, most innovative hip-hop artists) hasn't changed.On Monday, August 24, the tour will stop at the Blue Note in Columbia. Performing will ... More >>
Red Gone Wild (Def Jam)
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
At the top of our growing pile of local CDs is one from Doze Mary Pool, a new band with extravagant, soaring guitar pop, dreamy/dramatic vocal melodies and swooshy arrangements
The Big Picture (Rawkus/Flamboyant)
Dirty Harriet (Elektra)