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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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    October 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Power Ballads of All Time

    If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

    Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band." I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success

    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 >>

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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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    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 29, 2013

    Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience: Don't Feel Guilty About "Guilty Pleasures"

    Fuck me, I am going to overdose on this new Justin Timberlake album. I know that I'm supposed to be ashamed of certain selections in my album collection. I know this from all of the times that people have looked through my CDs or records or iTunes and been all "Hey, what's this doing here?" before ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Karaoke Songs to Put Your Significant Other In the Mood

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Caption This! Baby at U2 Concert

    A concertgoer emailed Daily RFT the following picture snapped during Sunday's U2 concert at Busch Stadium. Yes, that's a toddler at the show, prompting the questions: What were the parents thinking? Or better yet, what was the child thinking?Think you know? Help us write a caption for this photo by ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Thirty Years Ago U2 Played St. Louis for $750; Last Night's Show Grossed Around $5 Million

    U2 was touring under its "Boy" album when it played Wash U.'s Graham Chapel for $750.​More than 50,000 people attended U2's concert last night at Busch Stadium. Based on the average price of $103 spent per ticket for the band's 360 Tour, the Irish rockers left St. Louis with around $5 million in r ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    U2 360 Tour at Busch Stadium, 7/17/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Jason Stoff​U2 | Interpol Busch Stadium July 17, 2011 U2 may be the least subtle band in history. Last night, the boys took the stage to "Space Oddity," which does not make sense thematically, but does make sense in that the song has a countdown in it and the 360 Tour stage looks like a spac ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011


    7 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Busch Stadium. 700 Clark Street.

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    July 14, 2011

    Win Widespread Panic Tickets!

    ​With all the fanfare surrounding U2's upcoming record-breaking performance at Busch Stadium, we'd like to take this moment to draw your attention to another rarefied titan of live music: Widespread Panic, whose 25th Anniversary Tour comes to the Peabody Opera House on October 12th. The kings ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    U2 Tour Has Out of This World Stage -- and Carbon Footprint

    Image via WikimediaCommonsU2's spaceship stage as seen in a European stadium.​Roadies with U2's "360 Tour" have been at Busch Stadium all week preparing the ballpark for Sunday's show -- said to be the biggest rock concert St. Louis has seen since The Beatles played here in 1966. On Monday, crews ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    U2 Stage Preparations Underway

    Photo illustration courtesy of Busch Stadium​Preparations for U2's concert this weekend began last Sunday, as production and work crews continue to make way for the largest stage ever built on the St. Louis leg of the largest-grossing world tour in history. The stage (seen above in a photo ill ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Why U2 Is Still Relevant

    Wikimedia CommonsThis hat hasn't aged well. But how has U2?​Busch Stadium staff is currently in the midst of a weeklong reinvention of the venue, and the reason is a band with a live draw almost as big as its ego: U2. By Monday, all of the grass on the field had been dug up in preparation for ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    The Coronas

    9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    November 16, 2010

    Interpol Adds a Second St. Louis Date in 2011

    Interpol is opening for U2 in July -- and the dark-pop band is also playing at the Pageant on Friday, February 11. Shiny electo-pop project School of Seven Bells is opening. Tickets are $25 to $30, and on sale this Friday at 5 p.m. The band's latest album is a self-titled effort. "Summer Well," liv ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Here's the U2 Busch Stadium Seating Chart, with Price Levels

    Courtesy of LiveNation, here's a Busch Stadium seating chart, divided into the different price levels for U2 tickets. Click the image for a larger version. Remember, tickets for the band's July 17, 2011 show go on sale Monday morning.courtesy of LiveNation​

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    January 26, 2010

    "U2" Is Doing a Haiti Benefit This Weekend in St. Louis

    Well, in reality, that would be Elevation, which bills itself as "The Greatest U2 Tribute Band on the Planet." The band is bringing its "Fortune Favors the Bold" Midwest tour to (where else?) The Dubliner on Friday night, January 29. Instead of charging a cover, the venue is asking attendees to dona ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Here's Our Mandatory Blogpost With U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

    As a music blog, we're pretty much required to post U2's ode to MLK, "Pride (In the Name of Love)" today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not that this is a chore or a stretch, though -- truly, the song is one of the band's best singles.

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    December 24, 2009

    Holiday Jam Countdown '09, All-Star Edition: Mariah Carey vs. Run-DMC vs. the Ramones vs. U2

    The big guns come out on Christmas Eve. The classics. The canon. The pillars of seasonal cheer. Have a merry Christmas, if that's your thing. We're not going dark next week, so check back for fun stuff and interviews! MP3: Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" MP3: The Ramones, "Merry C ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009
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    October 26, 2009

    U2's *Not* in St. Louis In 2010, At the Moment

    Ian wisely pointed out that last week U2 announced some 2010 U.S. tour dates -- and St. Louis is not on the list. I did some checking around and confirmed that nope, the dates originally rumored turned out to be false. Ah well! The band's in Chicago again on July 6, 2010. And who knows what might ha ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Rumor: U2 in St. Louis in 2010?

    5 Score Pachyderm notes on Twitter this morning that on today's "The Morning After" on 1380 AM,'s Tim McKernan said that U2 was set to play the Edward Jones Dome on July 10, 2010. A post on STLtoday's forums, however, says that the show supposedly will be at Busch Stadium. (The Ca ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    U2 3D Showing This Weekend at the Tivoli

    U2 3D, billed as the "first live-action 3D concert movie," is playing as part of the Tivoli's midnight movie series this weekend on Friday and Saturday night. I saw this last year when it was at the iMax, and it was seriously impressive. Here's the trailer for the flick. U2's current world tour isn' ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    In Defense of Coldplay

    So, Coldplay is in town tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. And anyone I've talked to who's going to the show is -- shall we say -- sheepish. The phrase "guilty pleasure" has been thrown around quite a bit. Embarrassed blushes and giggles are the rule, not the exception. It's as if liking ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    U2 vs. Escape Club, "Get On Your Boots in the Wild, Wild West"

    This idea has been floating around ever since U2 released "Get On Your Boots" last year, but thanks to YouTube, it's now a reality. Here's some rock math-like mash-up of the new single. (Now all they need is to add Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" to this, and we're all set...) Snaps to Jason for findi ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Rock Math: U2, No Line on the Horizon

    Artist: U2 Album: No Line on the Horizon Label: Interscope Equation: Wasobian clusterfuck formula

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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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    December 19, 2008

    Xmas Jam Countdown: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Death Cab for Cutie and U2

    MP3: Death Cab for Cutie, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" MP3: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2's version of the Darlene Love Christmas classic (which is found on A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector) comes from 1987's A Very Special Christmas. Death Cab for Cutie's version is ... More >>

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    February 11, 2008

    Hold the Lemon

    A colleague passed this along, and because Gut Check loves nothing more than fear-mongering, I share it with you. (Though should we really give much credence to a report that equates 77% to "two out of three"?) Hilariously -- though not inexplicably -- this was listed among the "related" videos o ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2007

    Vertigo USA

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 24. Pop's

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    November 13, 2007
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    October 16, 2007
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    June 17, 2007
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    June 6, 2007


    7 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.

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    April 27, 2007
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    December 13, 2006

    Black Tie Dynasty / Berry / Hibernauts

    9 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

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    September 13, 2006


    7 p.m. Monday, September 18. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

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    September 6, 2006

    Kings of Leon

    7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).

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    April 5, 2006
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    March 15, 2006

    Top o' the Morning

    B-Sides analyzes Atmosphere, digs into the dorky pasts of today's biggest stars and puzzles over odd St. Patty's day lyrics

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    October 5, 2005


    Thursday, October 6; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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    November 24, 2004

    Not Quite the Bomb, Mom

    A guy and his mother dissect U2

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    December 10, 2003

    Various Artists

    Maybe This Christmas Too? (Nettwerk America)

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    September 17, 2003

    Appleseed Cast

    Two Conversations (Tiger Style)

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    January 9, 2002

    For the Record

    Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers

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    March 22, 2000


    Tuesday, March 28; Mississippi Nights

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