Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>
To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>
George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Music radio is much maligned in St. Louis. According to many of our friends, local radio stations have heavy, predictable rotations, feature annoying DJs and ignore entire formats. And, yeah, we occasionally agree with those sentiments; we can recall quite a few times when our index finger has gone ... More >>
This Thursday, the Aokify America Tour rolls into our great city at the Pageant, bringing with it one of the best shows of a year approaching its end. In preparation, we were able to speak to one of the tour's major acts, the larger-than-life, animated at all times rapper Waka Flocka Flame. The foll ... 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 >>
If you like your music blog experiences to be timely and relevant, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is neither. It concerns a book from five years ago that's as inconsequential now as the day it was published. This book hasn't dropped a track on Soundcloud, and it's not in a Twitter fight ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>
Bassnectar spent the weekend rattling skulls in Midtown at the Chaifetz Arena. This wasn't his usual show, however: This was Bass Center -- the huge DJ's annual blow-out tribute to low frequencies and the ways they make you move. On hand to celebrate the occasion were Zeds Dead, Gramatik and Gladkil ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
The annual hero-halloween for St. Louis bands known as An Under Cover Weekend* is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at the Firebird. Want to show everyone your excellent Spice Girls impression (someone please do this)? Now's your chance. The event is taking submissions for another 31 hours as of this ... More >>
Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things I saw at the skatepark burlesque show. The whole event was huge, weird, fun and extremely exhausting, but ther ... More >>
By now you've probably heard about Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan's grandson's aspiring rap career, which, if you're like us, probably made you cringe, especially if you've listened to any tracks from his mixtape, 10 Minutes. After we wiped the blood from our ears, we started to think about other o ... More >>
Egan O'KeefeLast night, Nelly held his fifth annual Black & White Ball at the Chase Park Plaza. Celebrities, athletes and various members of the local glitterati came to to the Jermaine Dupri co-hosted event. DJ Charlie Chan warmed the crowd up with a DJ set full of contemporary pop, hip-hop ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaWhen not out competing in national DJ tournaments, DJ Mahf (a.k.a. Dan Mahfood) can be found scouring local record stores for hours on end, sometimes with a portable record player by his side. A life-long fan of funk, soul and hip-hop, Mahf used to use a fake I.D. to sneak into Bl ... More >>
On Saturday, KSHE 95 held its first-annual Pig Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Queensryche, Ratt, Tesla, Candlebox, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Saving Abel, LOGOS and others performed. Of particular note: Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniel showed up and performed "Walk This Way" with ... More >>
The big guns come out on Christmas Eve. The classics. The canon. The pillars of seasonal cheer. Have a merry Christmas, if that's your thing. We're not going dark next week, so check back for fun stuff and interviews! MP3: Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" MP3: The Ramones, "Merry C ... More >>
Last year, while digging through a cluttered storeroom, a Vintage Vinyl employee discovered a pair of rare 12" records with roots that stretched back to the very beginning of St. Louis hip-hop.The records-- "Power of Soul" by Dangerous D and DJ Charlie Chan and "Culture Shock" by Early D--eventually ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Last weekend when I was visiting my parents, I had the pleasure of taking a music-centric tour of Cleveland and some of its music landmarks. The timing was fortuitous, because the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are taking place this Saturday, April 4, in the lakefront city. Those ... More >>
(Welcome to Obscurity Knocks, where every Thursday we'll unearth something good -- but obscure -- we think deserves notice.) MP3: "Susie's Getting Married"Artist: The CucumbersAlbum: The Cucumbers four-song EP Year: 1983Label: Fake Doom RecordsWho were/are they? A band from the New Jersey sub ... More >>
MP3: Run DMC, "Christmas in Hollis" From 1987's A Very Special Christmas. I'm also including the video below, because it's by far the best holiday-themed clip ever.
(Last weekend, local hardcore band Cardiac Arrest played the A7 reunion show in NYC. CA singer/songwriter Rob Ruzicka was kind enough to write about his experiences below. More video can be found here, photos over here.) After stopping for some real slices of pizza, we got to the Knitting Factory a ... More >>
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7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 15. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
2005's Top WTF? moments
Citizen Cope turns hip-hop on its tail
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your Yule log.
The ten most radical hip-hop records of all time, including NWA, Public Enemy and...Mos Def?
KDHX (FM 88.1)
Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002
Saturday, November 2; Savvis Center
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
Wednesday, October 2; UMB Bank Pavilion
Dee Dee Ramone died the same way he lived -- by accident
A new book about bubblegum bands provides more than empty calories
It's all semantics: A single CD and a four-track video compilation now constitutes a boxed set. When will it end?
Cal DuPree's efforts to assemble a "black circus" resulted in an amazing display of color
The re-emergence of Del tha Funkee Homosapien heralds a renaissance for Bay-area hip-hop
Students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park pay homage to the Roland Corp.'s creations
Artist Jim Mahfood produces a comic for young-adult hipsters in his Grrl Scouts