• Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    The 13 Richest DJs of 2014

    By: Carolina de Busto It's been a few years since EDM became big business. But the bubble hasn't burst. And those folks who wear bulky headsets and press play (i.e. celebrity DJs) are still laughing all the way to the bank. The giddiest jock is once again Calvin Harris. The scruffy-faced Scotsma ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    EDC Vegas 2014: The Best and Worst

    What's it like partying with 134,000 of your closest friends? After a fourth year covering Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the size and scope of America's largest electronic dance music festival (and, really, one of the country's largest music events, period) still just leaves us breathless. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    The EDM Fans of Skrillex: Photos

    EDM fans packed the house last night as bass-dropping superstar Skrillex performed at Chaifetz Arena along with Dillon Francis and What So Not. We sent photographer Jason Stoff to the show, and the pictures he brought back display a colorful audience having a wonderful time.

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    April 15, 2014

    The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

    So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures and their breezy poses. There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 mos ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Eminem, Skrillex Leaked as Lollapalooza Headliners; World Shrugs

    In recent weeks St. Louis has had a bit of a hard-on for Lollapalooza. After all, representatives from Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and leaders from our board of aldermen have told us time and again that the proposed Summer Rocks festivals will offer the Gateway City a multi-stage, multi-act, mult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Lyle Lovett, The Whigs, Lil Boosie and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Skrillex's Haircut is Coming to St. Louis

    According to these tour dates posted yesterday on Rolling Stone's website, Skrillex's haircut will be making a stop in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 17 at Chaifetz Arena. Performing with the stylish coif will be Dillon Francis, What So Not, and Milo & Otis.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Hail to the Self-Appointed DJ: A Rebuttal

    I have never met Mary Grace Cerni. She appears to be someone that I would really like - a Los Angelino with strong opinions she is unafraid to share, a lady that enjoys a solid party and a good writer with presumably excellent taste in music (although if you continue attending Lorde shows, Mary, peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Epic Moments

    By Kat Bein After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.) It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Watching My Dad Get Into Dubstep Was Painful

    Yes, those are my parents in that picture. Their pet snake, Phallys, is no longer around, and thankfully my Dad has ceased wearing a chain linking a nose ring to his ear. (Click the photo to enlarge it.) But, now 43, he remains a wild man, especially when it comes to music. For almost my whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    These People Ended the Weekend with Zedd at the Pageant, 9/15/13

    Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski), the Moscow-born and German-raised house DJ and producer, packed the Pageant last night for the St. Louis stop of his tour. Zedd recently released "Stay the Night", featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore--his third single from Clarity, his debut album, released a little le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    I Watched Four Hours of Brony EDM So You Don't Have to

    You know how this works: a snarky writer starts off with a few high-minded paragraphs about subcultures and having an open mind and cultural anthropology. The goal is to make it seem like they started watching whatever video they're about to tear apart with the best intentions, instead of admitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Why Are Old-School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

    Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

    The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Brillz Talks New Album and Twitter Fighting with Azelia Banks: "She Did it to Herself"

    Emerging from Los Angeles' deep talent pool of producers, Brillz (LA slang for brilliant) has been on a tear lately, with a number of releases. Originally a dancer, he transitioned to instead making music that everyone can dance to. We caught up with Brillz during a short break from the studio to di ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    The Six Best References To Cannibalism In Song

    On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Wrap-Up: It Was the Best of Times....

    There were a lot of grim faces on Monday morning as the electro-loving masses emerged off the MSC Poesia -- a.k.a. the EDM party boat Holy Ship!! -- and did a slow zombie shuffle through U.S. customs and back into the real world (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Here in the industrial port, the sky was over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    A Dude's Dream Comes True Aboard the Holy Ship!!

    Aboard the Holy Ship!! one gets to mix and mingle with the slew of name DJs. "Hey there's Zedd in line for pasta salad. Oh wow, there's Dillon Francis in the elevator. Oh damn, Diplo is out on the beach swimming with all the fans. "Jackbeats just bought all those people shots!" See also: Holy Shi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Day One: A Surprise Guest Whose Name Rhymes With Drillex

    On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, a.k.a. Holy Ship!! (There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.'s Hard Events.) T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    The Year-End List of Lists to End All Year-End Lists This Year (You Wish)

    I am a chronic ranker of things, a lister. You give me a category - movies, music, vegetables, just about anything besides my children - and I'll give you a nice, neat list of my favorites. For my summary of the year 2012, a single Top Ten List didn't seem sufficient, so instead I submit my Top Five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Ten Finest Fashions Aboard the S.S. Coachella

    Most of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying hi to their favorite bands on a floating building at sea. But, like the festival, the fans also brought their desert style ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    The Octopus Project

    8 p.m. Sunday, October 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    On Safari at Bass Center VII

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 8 to 14

    Before we get into it: I am sure you are all already aware that White Rabbits is playing in town this week. And I am sure you've all seen this ubiquitous press photo, wherein all the members of the band are sprawled lazily on the floor, haphazardly surrounded by their hopelessly-tangled instrument c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    VMA Awards 2012: Handicapping the Video of the Year Nominees

    The 2012 VMA nominees are out, and while there are certainly plenty of big names and obvious choices, there are a few surprises buried in there. Frank Ocean gets a nod, as do A$AP Rocky, Jack White and Regina Spektor. But those are curiosities -- Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry et. al. get the lion's sha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012: Big Ass Water Slide, Illicit Koozies and Bands

    Bonnaroo is an entirely different world, one where the air always smells of weed and the people you encounter share any kind of resources they have, the way we were taught as children but adults seldom practice. People were kind. Musicians were gracious. Deep-fried oreos were a reality.

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    June 11, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012: Highlights from A to Z

    The team: six 40-year-old men, leaving behind six fairly respectable jobs, five wives and 14.9 children for four days. The tools: a 32-foot RV, VIP tickets, comfortable shoes and enough beer to take down a small fraternity. The task: to do and see as much as physically and logistically possible at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Diplo: "It's important to be on the Internet. How else am I gonna watch porno, you know?"

    On Friday night, international mogul, Grammy-nominated producer and world-renowned DJ Diplo came to St. Louis as part of AXE's One Night Only tour. The tour headed to undisclosed venues in select cities, with information and free tickets only announced via AXE on both Facebook and Twitter. In additi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    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 >>

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    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Steve Aoki Talks Hipsters, Hardcore and the Moment Electro Went Punk

    Mention Steve Aoki in a crowded room and watch the reactions; some will cross themselves in reverence, most will nod their recognition at the name, and the rest will know him only as "a DJ." But Steve Aoki has never been just a DJ; he's a modern auteur with his finger rammed in the proverbial sphinc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011
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    November 4, 2011

    Skrillex At The Pageant, 11/3/11: Photos

    Todd Owyoung​Bass dropper Skrillex returned to the Pageant for the second time this year last night, and he sold the place out again. You can't stop the dancing. He came with a new stage setup this time, and the crowd bounced blissfully along. Todd Owyoung sacrificed some more of his hearing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Pancho Rucker On The Good And Bad Of St. Louis Hip-Hop: Listen To Kurt Cobain Music

    Pancho Rucker​Pancho Rucker has been here before. His new album, Kurt Cobain Music, follows a long string of releases: From The Dirt To The Throne, FUQ, I'm Better Than You On Ur Sh*t Volumes 1 and 2, The Kim Jong Il Mixtape, F*ck The Radio, and No Bullsh*t Allowed. The St. Louis native has le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Skrillex Is Coming (Back) To The Pageant [Update: Sold Out!]

    Could've sworn we just saw this... Photo by Todd Owyoung​Update: This show is now sold out. Evidently people have recovered from last time... Original post follows Skrillex, who dropped dangerous amounts of bass on the Pageant exactly one week ago, has just announced another show at the same ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Skrillex Is Coming (Back) To The Pageant

    Could've sworn we just saw this... Photo by Todd Owyoung​Skrillex, who dropped dangerous amounts of bass on the Pageant exactly one week ago, has just announced another show at the same venue on November 3rd. Tickets are $26 and go on sale July 22nd at 5 p.m. And why not? Last week's show was ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    The Joy Formidable, Skrillex, Bad Brains Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    The Joy Formidable, at The Firebird September 21. ​The broken glowsticks and prepubescent sweat have barely dried on the Pageant floor from last week's epic Skrillex show, but the man, the myth, the haircut is returning for an encore performance on November 3. H.R. (Human Rights), the lead sin ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Skrillex at the Pageant, 7/12/11

    Todd Owyoung​Skrillex | Porter Robinson | Zedd | Mystereo The Pageant July 12, 2011 The kids came out in droves to see the house that dubstep built. Worshipping at the temple of Skrillex, this new generation of music lovers has a penchant for lacerating synth and skull crushing bass wobble. ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Win Skrillex Tickets For Tonight's Sold Out Pageant Show [Update With Winner]

    Bruno Postigo​We've got two last-minute tickets to tonight's sold out Skrillex show at the Pageant. The former hardcore kid now gets exponentially more booties shaking with each tour; tonight's show should be a sweaty, chest-cavity-rattling good time. Skrillex has some fantasy fanboy going o ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011


    8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    April 21, 2011

    Skrillex, Natasha Bedingfield Among This Week's New Show Announcements

    Sarah RusnakMarchFourth Marching Band at 2720 Cherokee in November 2010. ​Epic Show Week is upon us, and venues are getting their summer schedules on the books. Dubstep sorcerer Skrillex gets a proper date at the Pageant on July 12, presumably since he packed Sol Lounge earlier this year for a ... More >>