Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
Har Mar Superstar | DJ Billy Brown May 7, 2013 The Firebird The boilerplate description for Har Mar Superstar marries the looks of a young Ron Jeremy with the music and stage presence of something between R. Kelly, the Neptunes and Tony Clifton -- but really, all comparisons fall short. Har Mar Sup ... 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 >>
Most of Nelly's monster hits have neat-and-tidy legacies. "Country Grammar," for instance, introduced the world to Nelly's distinctive style and persona. "Dilemma" showed that Nelly could put forth a commercially-successful slow jam. And "Air Force Ones" proved to be the landmark rap song about shoe ... 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.) Culturebully.comAgainst Me!'s latest release, White Crosses*Against Me!, White Crosses Pick up Against Me!'s latest release to prepare for its upcoming free ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, August 30. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
John Vanderslice celebrates warmer weather with an exclusive mix of tunes.
St. Louis native B-Money is hanging with rap's heavy hitters.
from myspace.com/bmoneynicc B$ gave Jay-Z "The Prelude" When the throngs pop in Jay-Z's new CD, Kingdom Come, the first notes they'll hear will arrive courtesy of native St. Louisan Brian "B-Money" Hughes. B-Money produced Track 1 on the Jigga's highly anticipated "comeback" album (can one "come ba ... More >>
Justin Timberlake kisses his pop roots adios
In My Mind (Star Trak/Interscope)
2005's best and brightest albums
Hip-hop's trends in 2005
Already Platinum (Star Trak/Geffen)
In a scandal-ridden election year, the years top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
R&G - Rhythm and Gangsta: The Masterpiece (Geffen)
Fly or Die (Virgin)
Sham Daugherty and Alonzo Lee Jr., the Trak Starz, aim to make St. Louis the center of the hip-hop universe
Comic artists bring it
This Is Not a Test (Elektra)
Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album
Quiet is the new loud in hip-hop
Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath Records)
Har Mar Superstar insists that his ribald R&B is no joke -- it just sounds like one
Electric Circus (MCA)
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ (Priority/Doggy Style)
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
Millstadt talent shows breathe farm air into an increasingly streamlined pop life
The Streets' vision of working-class England is full of beats, birds and brandy
Tech N9ne makes a major move that should push him past (Kansas) city limits
Your verdict is in: Check out St. Louisí favorite local musicians.
After what's-his-name, Ali is the first Lunatic to go solo. With Heavy Starch, he's just trying to represent himself.
From a suburban roller rink, identical twins David and Darren Stith gamble on future hip-hop stars. Getting paid is everyone's preoccupation.
Broken Silence (Island/Def Jam)