This week, big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John visit town. In addition, hometown heroes the Urge and Jonathan Toth from Hoth release CDs. For info on these shows and more, including Beers & Cheers and Iris Dement, keep reading after the jump!
You've been there, listening to a song for the first time, hearing the word at the end of one lyric and thinking "please don't end the next line with (insert predictable rhyme here)." Of course, nine out of ten times, the internalized wish is futile. Nobody expects songwriters to reinvent the wheel ... 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 >>
In recent weeks, a bunch of local musicians unleashed new tunes on the masses. Here's a brief round-up. Know of anything else? Leave a comment. Tef Poe Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, "Brick Thieves" Occasional RFT contributor Bill Streeter is making a documentary about the city's uniqu ... More >>
LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>
Pi announced this week that it will open yet another location in its rapidly growing pizza empire. Unlike the original location in the Delmar Loop or the additional spots in Kirkwood or the Central West End, the Chesterfield Pi will be carryout-only. The new Pi is slated to open next month at the he ... More >>
Here are four St. Louisans, you may want to consider following on Twitter today:Toby WeissTwitter Info:Web: http://www.beltstl.comBio: http://tobyweiss.comSample Tweet:There's a disconnect between #stl citizens and their politicians: http://tinyurl.com/n4y9s5
Hot 104.1 FM is hosting its second Super Jam on Saturday, June 13, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Scheduled to appear are Keri Hilson, Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy. To continue my SpongeBob Squarepants video blitz from last week, here's a mash-up of "Crank Dat" set to scenes from the show. And ... More >>
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Say what you will about Trent Reznor, but the man has a sense of humor. He released a jokey "new album" a bit ago via Twitter, called Strobe Light. It's a very obvious -- but subtle -- satire on pop/hip-hop crossovers (and perhaps a slight dig at Chris Cornell, whose recent album was produced b ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, January 8. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dr ... More >>
2 p.m. Thursday, August 21. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights
7 p.m. Monday, February 18. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois
Rasoi plays with Indian cuisine — and that's a good thing. Anyone for a Bollywood Popper?
Red Carpet Massacre
Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Blackground/Interscope)
Week of December 28, 2006
Press Play (Atlantic)
Justin Timberlake kisses his pop roots adios
The Cookbook (Goldmind/Atlantic)
Plush, 1820 Market Street (in Union Station); 314-436-7578
The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)
The Red Light District (Def Jam)
Thursday, September 30; the Ambassador
Back to Basics (Virgin)
Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine (Arista)
Our critics weigh in on a questionable year’s best music
This Is Not a Test (Elektra)
Quiet is the new loud in hip-hop
The influence of Jamaican remixes has spread far and wide since British punk rockers took to dub reggae in the 1970s
Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers
Distributors still don't honeymoon with small romantic comedies
Pressure (Tiger Beat 6)
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath Records)
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
The Anti-Pop Consortium built up its reputation by tearing down rap conventions
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good