[Editor's Note: In this column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring-book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Here's what you need to know about Robert Sylvester Kelly: He's the fucking best. At singing. At wearing masks. At making videos of himself havin ... More >>
Gentleman, this is a public service announcement. We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing togeth ... More >>
Today, R. Kelly's album Chocolate Factory, featuring the seminal song "Ignition (Remix)," turns 10-years-old. Released on February 18, 2003, the album was an immediate commercial success -- and a decade later adoration for it endures. Chocolate Factory marks a transition in Kelly's career, with more ... More >>
It's been another steller year for live music in St. Louis, whether you were looking for the most legendary living pop artist or the quiet birth of a powerful local band. We've racked our brans and come up with our twenty favorite shows (they're listed below), but what tops your list? Was it The Ur ... More >>
R. Kelly has announced a St. Louis appearance at the Fox Theater on November 15 as part of his "Single Ladies" tour. The date is listed on R. Kelly's official website, but not yet on the venue's, so ticket information is still forthcoming. We recommend that fans save the date and stay on top of this ... More >>
November is national Child Safety Protection Month. Part of protecting the young, naturally, is raising awareness of stranger dangers. We do that through warnings about taking candy and rides from unfamiliar people. As kids approach dating age, the advice sometimes includes "Stay away from mu ... More >>
R. Kelly at a previous concert. R. Kelly | Keyshia Cole | Marsha Ambrosius Chaifetz Arena June 17, 2011 Although last night's R&B spectacular at the Chaifetz was titled the Love Letter Tour, the name may have been slightly misleading. While R. Kelly did play the title song from his recent L ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe time has come again, and we hope you're as pumped as we are for this weekend's psychitzophrenic spread. It's all about the well-rounded experience: You can ponder art over an exhibition of electronica artists at the SLAP Conference, check out a Robert Plant sound-a-like o ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
wikimedia commonsToe-curling R&B crooner and certifiable crazy person R. Kelly is coming to St. Louis. He'll be making the stop at the Chaifetz Arena on June 17th as part of his Love Letter Tour. Last time he came through in December of 2009, Kelly played at the Fabulous Fox. Tickets go on s ... More >>
Tonight, Girl Talk returns to the Pageant for what will inevitably be a sweaty, calorie-burnin' good time for those who possess an affinity for pop culture and a lack of attention span. In light of this event, A to Z was contemplating the (debatable, perhaps illegal) art of the mashup, and came up w ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' III / IV*Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinals III/IV The Consequence of Sound review of III / IV sang its praises: "This year ... More >>
R. Kelly is on Twitter. And about an hour ago, he uploaded a video -- a very Masterpiece Theater-esque video -- where he announced that he has fifteen more chapters of his epic opus Trapped in the Closet completed. However, in the video he poses the question to everyone: Is this what we want ... More >>
If much of last night's R. Kelly concert at the Fabulous Fox Theatre felt like a victory lap, it's because the man had reason to celebrate. As the show wound down, he acknowledged the elephant in the room: The infamous court case in which Kelly was accused -- and found not guilty -- of fourteen coun ... More >>
Tonight at the Fabulous Fox, Pleasure P, K Michelle and the slow-jam king R. Kelly will be performing. Tickets are still available. Kells is riding high on the release of a new album, Untitled, which features the baby-making smash "Pregnant." (Sample: "Girl, you make me want to get you pregnant," an ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Besides writing for this here blog, I also wrangle copy for the dead-tree edition of the RFT. (We affectionately call it the print blog.) Each week, our freelancers scribble up text on shows that A to Z doesn't always preview or review. Such as the following: *The Fat Possum Big Legal Mess Caravan ... More >>
That's right: R. Kelly's "Ladies Make Some Noise!" tour is hitting the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. Pleasure P and K Michelle open. Tickets are $48 to $68 and are on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. Kelly has a new album forthcoming, apparently -- here's a new song, "Religiou ... More >>
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