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    November 14, 2014

    Is the World of Music Better Now or Better Then?

    I'm closing in on a half century of existence -- an existence immersed in the world of entertainment -- and sometimes I just sit back and marvel at technology. My phone is a computer. I can fast forward commercials. I've got music and movies and everything in between right at my fingertips. We've ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    I Love Taylor Swift, But Her New Album Sounds Terrible and I Might Hate It

    Taylor Swift and I go way back. She doesn't know this, but we've had a relationship since the beginning of 2007 when I caught the second half of "Teardrops on My Guitar" while flipping through radio stations one day in my car. The song sounded so good so immediately that I stopped the scan button to ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Taylor Swift Announces 1989 World Tour, Including St. Louis Dates

    Taylor Swift, unstoppable musical force/dissatisfied Spotify customer, has just announced a 57-date tour for 2015, including two shows at St. Louis' Scottrade Center on October 13 and 14. Tickets will go on sale January 30 at 10 a.m., according to Swift's website. Ticket prices have not yet been an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Why Everyone's Streaming Music and Everybody's Happy

    By Reed Fisher Remember the first time you listened to music using a computer? This is a moot question for people under the age of twenty. I was at a friend's house sometime in the mid '90s. He loaded a program called Winamp on his computer, and played one of a dozen or so MP3 files he had. It was ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    My Dad Says the New Mastodon Video Is Sexist

    One Saturday afternoon in my sophomore year, my father (who nicknamed himself the Rooster, after the Alice in Chains song) wanted to go to Chesterfield Mall with me -- specifically, Hot Topic -- to check out the new Pantera shirts. This was very recent after Dimebag's death, renewing the Rooster's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    A Handy Guide to How Long of a Set Your Band Should Play

    When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

    YouTube is a wonderful tool for procrastination, but often aimless surfing can lead to unearthing new genres and artists you never knew even existed. In between these discoveries are lovably offbeat videos of amateur acoustic covers, or rants about pesky day jobs that make perusing the site feel lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Charting the Arc of Big Star With Drummer Jody Stephens

    Big Star, it's said, was a band ahead of its time. But it's more true to say the band was out of its time, or maybe just out of time, period. Officially formed in 1971, the Memphis-based band featured two creative forces, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and the music they made together, and eventually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    The Ultimate St. Louis Band Summer Mixtape

    All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. Music and summertime are forever intertwined, capturing the joys of the present and, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Meet This City Of Takers, Unhinged and Underrated Rockers

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. When guit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    New Map Shows the LEAST Popular Musicians By State

    After publishing this post yesterday -- which contains a map constructed by music critic Paul Lamere, who compiled information from the popular music-streaming service Spotify to determine each state's favorite musical act -- we got to thinking, and it seems to us that a map of the least popular art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Langen Neubacher Wants You to Spend to Listen

    It's not hard to find musicians who stress the importance of "supporting the scene," but few back up that talk quite as well as Langen Neubacher. After providing a nurturing environment to up-and-coming artists as a co-host for Foam's open mic, Neubacher took her hosting skills to various venues in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    KDHX Wants You to Know How to Get Your Band on Both National and Local Radio

    The good people of KDHX will be hosting a discussion this weekend about how up-and-coming musicians can get their music on the radio. The conversation will not just focus on the local station itself specifically, but will include tips for breaking into national radio as well. This Friday, January ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Album is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

    By Michael Corcoran "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 8, 2013
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    August 1, 2013
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    August 1, 2013

    Testing on Children: Songs for a Future Generation

    In this week's RFT Music feature, we lock children in our conference room for an experimental musical adventure. Would they like terrible "Kidz Bop" covers? Would Raffi appeal to them? Is there any way we could make them sing along to The Clash?

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    DJ Trackstar on Touring as Killer Mike's DJ and What He Misses About St. Louis Hip-Hop

    Long-time St. Louis hip-hop heads may have noticed a familiar face manning the decks at Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels show last night. DJ Trackstar, who spent his first ten years as a DJ in St. Louis, is backing up the whole tour in his capacity as Killer Mike's touring DJ. See Also: - Kil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Does Free Streaming Help Album Sales? It Worked for Daft Punk, At Least.

    On Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of its eagerly awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper dug into the number of Spotify spin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The Top Ten Douchiest Drummers of All Time

    By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Why Does Spotify Keep Ripping People Off?

    By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Streaming Services Like Spotify and Pandora are Destroying Music

    The law of unintended consequences is far-reaching. It's easy to see how it applies to things like medication, the environment, and Prohibition, but it also applies to the advances in the computerization of music over the past decade. The proliferation of the use of streaming services such as Spotif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    2013 RFT Web Awards Winners

    It's been said that employees engaging in social media while at work cost the U.S. economy $650 billion a year in lost productivity. That's $4,452 per company, and it doesn't even factor in the economic losses from plain, old Web surfing. Throw that into the mix, and good lordy: No wonder the econom ... 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 >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    How Has Streaming Changed the Way Albums are Made?

    In this week's feature, Dan Moore talks about the way our music-listening habits have changed over the past century, all the way from live performance to instantaneous streaming of 99% of all recorded music. He asks a number of good questions. Among my favorites is this one: "Why listen to the worst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    What are the Legal Rights of a Compilation Curator? The Debate Over Yellow Pills: Prefill

    This week's RFT Music feature story is about St. Louis power-pop connoisseur Jordan Oakes and Chicago label Numero. Mike Appelstein unpacks their disagreement over a compilation album Oakes curated and Numero released in 2003. See also: -Pain Pills: The heated copyright debate over a St. Louisan's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    For Christmas, What do you Get the Music-Loving Acquaintance who Already has Nothing?

    Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
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    October 30, 2012

    A.C. Newman at the Duck Room, 10/29/12: Review and Setlist

    At its core, rock & roll is a simple art form. Though at times, AC Newman piles layers of sounds and effects to gain the aesthetic he's searching for, the three minute pop song still conveys everything he needs. In the last decade-plus, the prolific songwriter has honed his wide array of pop skills ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Does Spotify Mean the End the iPod and Your Music Collection?

    When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collection, instead of ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    August 27, 2012

    The 18 Best Fans, Musical Moments and Trends at LouFest 2012: Day Two

    18. We Remembered to Check The Weather Forecast Soak us once, shame on you, Mother Nature. But soak us twice, and we better be either 1) drunk enough not to care and/or 2) having an intimate slow dance in the rain. Umbrella or not, the diagonal downpour that cut Dawes' set short and delayed Dr. Dog ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Olympics 2012: Theme Songs for Michael Phelps, Hope Solo, Usain Bolt and More

    Music is becoming an increasingly personalized art form. Smart phones are programmed to play a favorite song as a ring tone, or to play a song meant to be associated with specific callers in one's contact list. I can't say for certain, but I have to imagine many husbands have "Ball and Chain" by Soc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    What's Really Wrong with Hip-Hop?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vinyl Sales Rose by 71 Percent in 2011

    ​It's not often that the world of music sales numbers brings us good news these days, so savor this moment. In the U.S last year, overall music sales rose nearly 7% -- that includes albums, singles and downloads (both audio and music videos). Vinyl was up 71%, digital song sales were up 10% an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Google Music: The Future Home of Independent Musicians?

    There has never been one place you could go to find out everything you needed about any band anywhere. Imagine: One resource that operates like an instantaneous card catalogue for current music. Among the many that have tried, none has the potential of Google Music Artist Hub. Google Music made it ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Spotify's US Launch Approaches; Which Music Service Are You?

    ​Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>