Taylor Swift

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    November 21, 2014

    In Time's Person of the Year Poll, Ferguson Protesters Are Ahead of the Pope, Taylor Swift

    Who should be Time magazine's 2014 person of the year? In the online readers' poll, Ferguson protesters are beating out dozens of household names. Time's editors have bestowed the annual "Person of the Year" title on a person (or persons) who influenced the news, for better or for worse, each year ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    Why Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" Is Bullshit

    By Dave Colon The first thing you notice about Taylor Swift's New York is that the East River has somehow been turned into a sixteen-mile-long flowing trench of frozen yogurt. Is it Pinkberry? Is it Red Mango? It's impossible to tell, but don't get close enough to find out, because if you fall in, ... 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 >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Taylor Swift Is a Cyborg

    I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    The Ten Biggest Douchebags In Country Music

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Oscars 2014 Recap: The Best Music Moments

    It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Grammys Highlights: Daft Punk Wins Pharrell's Hat, Taylor Swift Has Sex with a Piano

    Here at RFT Music, we care about our readers. We want to bring you sunshine, not rain. Joy, not pain. That's why we sucked it up and watched the ridiculous 56th annual Grammy awards last night -- so you didn't have to. No need to thank us -- we were happy to sit through four hours of hell to earn y ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Geto Boys' Willie D on Fighting Authority and FBI: "We Had Doors Kicked In, Been Set Up"

    By Travis Cohen The bands that last, they're the exceptions to the rule. The Geto Boys are that kind of long-lasting, exceptional group. And after 24 years, they're still going strong and they're headed to St. Louis this Sunday to perform at the Coliseum Music Lounge. See Also: Ask Willie D - RFT ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Introducing Indie Band Oregon Trail, the Hardest Videogame Ever

    MECC's elementary school computer lab classic The Oregon Trail probably taught its users relatively little about American History. The lasting impression the game did leave was the idea that choices have consequences and that, sometimes, bad things just happen, regardless of how well you plan for th ... More >>

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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?

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    May 16, 2013

    Here is the Difference Between "Good" Music and "Cool" Music

    The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Taylor Swift Red Tour at the Scottrade Center 3/18/13: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Taylor Swift | Ed Sheeran Scottrade Center March 18, 2013 When music editor Daniel Hill assigned me to review Taylor Swift's Red tour at Scottrade Center, I assumed I'd have to pull his Bieber shenanigans to live through it. Thousands of screeching teenagers? No Serious-Musicians-In-Capital-Letters ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Full Circle with The Flaming Lips: 2012 In Review

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Taylor Swift Pizza = Synergy? Ordering Red From Our Local Papa John's

    When I found out that Taylor Swift's new album, Red, would be available via Papa John's Pizza delivery, I pretty much had the same thoughts that I had upon hearing the first single off of Red: The fuck? Followed by: Mmmm. Tasty. Modern record labels are working hard to find new ways to get the prod ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together (Until You Write A Colloquially Titled Hit Song About It)

    I am reaching the age at which one begins spontaneously to complain about pop music. It's not something I can apologize about, exactly, so much as a change my body is going through--at some point copies of Astro Lounge just started appearing in strange places. So I don't think I'll ever be able to ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Between the Rock of Snark and the Hard Place of Crap: Two Meditations On Negativity In Music

    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. 1. I saw The Wall this weekend for the first time, at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville. I've always bee ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Taylor Swift Just Took Her Pop Queen Throne. All Hail!

    Well, I feel vindicated. For years I've been screaming that Taylor Swift is really "a pop powerhouse masquerading as a young country-music heroine" and now I finally have proof. I'm a long-time believer in the the many talents of T-Swizzle. And while her gaggingly adorable IWearMyCoffeeShopOutfitWh ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Buy One Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonald's, Get the Second for 15 Cents -- Today Only!

    Usually Gut Check's morning commute is rife with road rage and angry silence, but today, perhaps because of weather that favors rolling down car windows to blasting the A/C, we switched on the radio. And good grief, thank goodness we did. No, it wasn't the new Taylor Swift song that stilled our bea ... 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 >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Fun-Run Phenomenon Must Die!

    Allow me to pull my pants up to my nipples before I get started.Ahh. That's better. Now where was I? Oh, yeah. These -- I don't know what you call them -- fun runs? Themed 5Ks? Costumed, sweat-fests? They are what's truly wrong with America. (Yes, worse even than Taylor Swift.) What is it about toda ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Davy Jones's Death and the Right Side of Music History

    Davy Jones died Wednesday, leaving behind performances on some of the most memorable pop songs of the 1960s, a surprisingly excellent sitcom, and, for movie-goers and music fans of a certain age, this transcendent power-ballad send-up from The Brady Bunch Movie. He also left behind a warning: Be car ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    The Civil Wars Is Coming To The Pageant [Update: Sold Out]

    Update, 11/21/11: The Civil Wars has officially sold out the Pageant, less than a year after selling out the Old Rock House. Original post follows... Classicist folk band the Civil Wars is coming back to St. Louis. The time off has been good to the duo -- April's show at Old Rock House was a sold ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Hundreds Flock to Jay Nixon's Downtown Fundraiser

    ‚ÄčDaily RFT didn't get an invite* to Governor Jay Nixon's fundraiser yesterday, but apparently hundreds of other people did.A source in attendance tells Daily RFT that an estimated 600 people arrived last night at the Renaissance Grand downtown to support Nixon in his bid for re-election. David Pea ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Fashion Week Music: The Highlights, The Appearances And The Odd Soundtracks

    Richard GuatyAnna Wintour eyeballing Nicki's tights. Oh, to peek inside the mind of the Vogue editrix in chief in this moment.​Thank science Fashion Week is over. Isn't it just torture? If there's something worse than not being in New York City for the circus that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Taylor Swift at the Scottrade Center, 8/14/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Photo by Jon Gitchoff​Taylor Swift | Hunter Hayes | NeedToBreathe Scottrade Center August 14, 2011 Taylor Swift has documented her detractors well: They make frequent appearances in her overtly personal lyrics, most recently in her revenge jam "Mean." The song's music video even finds her t ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Taylor Swift Is Destroying America

    What was that about short skirts? ‚ÄčTaylor Swift is that skinny girl who's always whining about how fat she is. She claims to be the nerd that you're likely to overlook. And she'll tell you she's the sweetheart who gets taken advantage of by Big, Bad Men ("Don't you think nineteen's too young/ To b ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Taylor Swift Is Saving America

    Communing with fans: One of many ways Taylor Swift is a superior pop star.​Let's get one thing out of the way: I am not a teenybopper. Never was. As a kid I never liked Grease or New Kids on the Block or Dirty Dancing. Even now, I can't give a crap about your Biebers or your Mileys. And how in ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: August 12-14

    ​Welcome to the weekend. The heat wave's broken and there is no shortage of excuses to leave the house. Including Rum Drum Ramblers' vinyl release at the Gramophone tomorrow night. Stick around for the late show at the same venue for London Calling's five year anniversary party. Taylor Swift ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Nashville's Amelia White: Considerably More Neil Young than Taylor Swift

    courtesy of the artist​Amelia White, who will be playing at Off Broadway with Sam Knutson on Sunday, is an enveloping singer and a prolific songwriter (she runs her own small song publishing company and has co-written for artists like Tony Furtado, Anne McCue, Molly Thomas, Stephanie Schneider ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Is Bon Jovi Coming to St. Louis? [Updated]

    ​Interesting tweet from A to Z reader @gcflatt just a bit ago, asking if we had noticed a Bon Jovi show scheduled for May 22 at the Scottrade Center. Believe it or not, this was the first we had heard of it. However, a quick glance at Pollstar appears to confirm a date, and there's also a Tick ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Taylor Swift's 2011 Tour Now Contains Two St. Louis Shows

    ​Months ago, we said that Taylor Swift's 2011 world tour was stopping in St. Louis on August 14, venue to-be-announced. Well, we can now confirm that Swift will be at the Scottrade center on that date -- and on August 13 too. Needtobreathe will open both dates. Tickets are on sale on Friday, F ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Taylor Swift is Returning to St. Louis in 2011!

    According to Billboard, Taylor Swift's 2011 Speak Now tour includes a date in St. Louis: August 14, at a venue TBA. More details as they're announced! "Mine":

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    November 4, 2010

    Interview: Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook on How It's (Beginning To) Spread Its Wings Beyond Country

    C.Taylor CrothersThe Zac Brown Band​BY PHIL FREEMAN Country's hard to define in 2010. The genre includes pop stars (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum), critic-friendly brooders (the morose, arty Jamey Johnson) and grinning, suburbanite showmen (Brad Paisley). And then there are all the indie-rock ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    New Release Highlights for October 26: Bryan Ferry, Sean Lennon, Warpaint and 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.) Juliette Commagere's Procession​*Juliette Commagere, The Procession Commagere, who's previously provided vocals for Hello Stranger and The Bird and the Bee, ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Diana Horner's Country Hip-Hop Dancing: The New Craze Sweeping the Nation(?)

    So, Katy Perry tweeted the following video at Taylor Swift earlier today. It's a whole treatise on country hip-hop dancing, colloquially known as "cowboy hip-hop." I'm not sure what's better: the new-age flute on the video's soundtrack, the fashion -- spandex bike shorts under jean shorts, classiqu ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Butch Walker and the Black Widows

    8 p.m. Monday, April 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    January 20, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Nick Jonas and the Administration, Diane Birch at the Pageant, Tuesday, January 19

    Context is everything. Tell someone you're going to see Prince's band circa the New Power Generation, and the night's cred is through the roof. But tell someone you're going to see the same band - but fronted by teenpop heartthrob Nick Jonas -- and suddenly the show has a very different connotation. ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    The RFT's Freelancers Choose Their Favorite 2009 Music

    I'd be remiss if I didn't point people to our front-of-book feature this week: The RFT's freelancers choosing their favorite music of 2009. Whether waxing ecstatic about concerts and singles or album releases and recording artists (hint: Taylor Swift love!), the writers covered quite a bit of ground ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009
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    November 12, 2009

    Boys Like Girls/Cobra Starship

    6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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    September 14, 2009

    Lady Gaga and Kanye West in St. Louis?

    According to Pollstar, Lady Gaga and Kanye West's "Fame Kills" tour is set to hit St. Louis on Friday, December 4, at the Scottrade Center. Neither Ticketmaster nor the Scottrade's website has this info yet, so consider it tentative until we do get word. In light of last night's events -- i.e., when ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Taylor Swift

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

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    February 18, 2009

    Confirmed: Taylor Swift at the Scottrade Center, Saturday, April 25

    The appearance we first noted a few weeks ago is now confirmed: Taylor Swift will be appearing at the Scottrade Center on Saturday, April 25. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

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    February 6, 2009

    Open Comment Thread: The 2009 Grammy Awards

    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, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Taylor Swift in St. Louis, April 25?

    [Editor's note, February 18: This show is confirmed! Info here.]According to Taylor Swift's website, the country-pop sensation will be in St. Louis on Saturday, April 25. No venue or other information is available yet, so consider the show tentative. Admit it: Her single "Love Story" is a total gui ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008
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    May 9, 2007

    Taylor Swift / Kellie Pickler / Brad Paisley

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).

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