St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the ... More >>
This week, Swans and Travi$ Scott perform at the Ready Room, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis take on Off Broadway, the Whiskey War Festival makes its annual pilgrimage to a VFW outpost and more. Get the details in the fine print and stay tuned till Friday for more weekend picks. Plenty more options a ... More >>
Summer is always a great time for live music, and this June is no different. We've got acts from near and far traversing many genres, including our very own day-long hip-hop music festival. So get on your dancing shoes and get ready to nod your noggin, because this month sure isn't lacking. Also, th ... More >>
This week, Lil Wayne, Those Darlins, Pallbearer, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more make it into town. For some local flavors, check out some STL mainstays like the Union Electric, Bear Hive and a whole bunch of bands at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest. Our recommendations await after the j ... More >>
Do you remember J-Kwon? In case you don't, we'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth for a while. See Also: - NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache - St. Louis Rapper J ... 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 >>
This week's music feature, written by Daniel Hill, is about Fresco Kane, the East St. Louis rapper formerly known as Gena who recently signed with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label. Kane (nee Greg Lawary) grew up playing any instrument he could get his hands on. He's been around the scene for some ti ... More >>
Remember when someone asked T.I. what he thought about gay marriage and he said, "Why would you be so against it if it doesn't affect you or your lifestyle?" That was nice, and a common sentiment among gay marriage supporters. So what if denying homosexuals the right to marry not only affects the ... More >>
Plies--the gold-selling Florida rapper famous for a string of hits including "Shawty," "Bust It Baby Pt 2," and "Lose My Mind"--will be at The Ambassador in North County this Saturday night, continuing a who's who list of top rap acts to play the club in recent months including Jeezy, Rick Ross, T.I ... More >>
St. Louis's hip hop super group BlockNButta has been opening for the recent string of huge acts hosted at North County's The Ambassador, including T.I., 8Ball & MJG, and Bun B. This Friday, they'll be headlining Jaam Star Entertainment's Spring Jam Fest at Premier Lounge (8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., all proce ... More >>
10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
Big time, old school hip hop headlines a weekend of top tier rap acts with 8Ball & MJG and Bun B at the Ambassador in North County this Saturday night (6 p.m., $25-$40). Yo Gotti and his I Got That Sack tour is at the Ambassador on Friday (6 p.m., $35-$75), and Yung Joc is at Posh late on Saturday ( ... More >>
"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 >>
UPDATED October 11 with photos of the event. You can now add Pharrell Williams into an exclusive group of hip-hop artists with their own booze brands, joining Ludacris, Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs. The award-winning producer/artist was on hand Wednesday night to promote his new brand, Qream, a 12. ... More >>
Image viaPop's reigning satire king Weird Al Yankovic will be making his triumphant return to the St. Louis region on June 3rd, when he'll play the Family Arena in St. Charles. That's also where he played in August of 2008. Refresh yourself on the man's theatrical brilliance by revisiting hi ... More >>
image viaThomas Jefferson left his mark on his copy of Opera omnia, Graece et Latin by Dionysius of Halicarnassus.Thanks to some stellar research by the historians at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate, Washington University librarians have learned that a cache of 74 books that ha ... More >>
courtesy of Tef PoeTef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... 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.) Avant's The Letter*Avant, The Letter The Urban Music Scene review says of Avant's latest album, "The Letter is a solid effort. There may not be anything tha ... 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 >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Cassidy's C.A.S.H.*Cassidy, C.A.S.H. The once gold-certified rapper returns with a new studio album. Stream the C.A.S.H. in full here. *Crushed Stars, Con ... More >>
This unknown freestyler got served on the streets of St. Louis by a similarly unknown j-hole in a baseball cap. Guess the slapper had a problem with the rhymes? The video first appeared on World Star Hip Hop on Sunday and has already garnered 660,000 views, which is considerably higher than most ... 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.) blogs.westword.com3OH!3's Streets of Gold*3OH!3, Streets Of Gold Ke$ha joins the neon-pop group on its latest release. Stream that track and the rest of the ... 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.) amazon.comCowboy Junkies' latest release, Renmin Park, is part one of a three-part series. *Cowboy Junkies, The Nomad Series Volume 1: Renmin Park In the ... More >>
www.zazzle.comIt's a concert ten years in the making: Nelly is headlining a show at the Pageant on Sunday. He's performed a few times over the past year (making cameos when various St. Lunatics opened for Lil' Wayne and T.I. at separate gigs at Chaifetz Arena) but this is the first time in a lo ... More >>
Generally, when a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, the minimum sentence is four years and nine months of hard time. Thanks to some astounding work from his attorney, T.I., a felon who pleaded guilty to purchasing machine guns and silencers, faces just one year and one day in priso ... More >>
(Review by Kristy Wendt)A small decked-out crowd stood in the frigid air outside the Chaifetz Arena for the T.I. and Ludacris concert last night, but the line moved fast, and shortly after we found our seats, Eastside emcees Tee and Gunna of Unladylike were frenetically pacing the stage, singing "Ba ... More >>
Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to Grammy.com, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>
In the RFT that's coming out later this week, our music writers will weigh in on what they liked -- and didn't like -- about music in the year 2008. Various writers from around the Village Voice Media chain also weighed in on their jams, lists we'll be rolling out over the next week or so. Here's a ... More >>
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