One of the icons of independent hip-hop for over a decade, Murs comes to St. Louis tonight at the Gramophone. The fearless leader of the Road to Paid Dues Tour, Murs is traveling coast-to-coast to spread the word about the upcoming 2013 installment of his annual festival, which takes place at the e ... More >>
This weekend is a good one for local artists, as it includes two album release shows and a music video release party. Friday night will see the release of Old Capital Square Dance Club's new CD at Off Broadway, as well as Spelling Bee's latest offering at the Schlafly Tap Room. The former is ten dol ... More >>
This announcement came in late last week, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw this: The Firebird just booked Dead Prez for a show on August 15th. Tickets are $20 and on sale now.
Dead Prez, of course, is stic.man and M-1 -- known throughout its more than decade-long career for its rigi ... More >>
Photo by Jon Scorfina
Despite vinyl's outdated technology, it is an essential aspect of hip-hop culture. Considering this, up-and-comer DJ Kase One (a.k.a. Aaron Hinton) chooses to spin only vinyl at his regular gig Diggin In The Crates at Delmar Lounge, every second Saturday of the month at ... More >>
Scott LayneKool Keith throwing it down at the Firebird.Old-school Bronx rapper Kool Keith brought his warped mind to the Firebird last night. Mathias of Earthworms, Spark1Duh? and Red Zero (playing its first show together) opened. Scott Layne was there; relive the show through his photos.
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Hip-hop shapeshifter Kool Keith - a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, a.k.a. Dr. Dooom, a.k.a. Black Elvis, a.k.a. many other aliases -- is coming to the Firebird on April 6. Tickets are on sale today at noon; no word yet on prices. It's hard to describe Kool Keith's legacy, not to mention this insanely huge catalo ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaWhen not out competing in national DJ tournaments, DJ Mahf (a.k.a. Dan Mahfood) can be found scouring local record stores for hours on end, sometimes with a portable record player by his side. A life-long fan of funk, soul and hip-hop, Mahf used to use a fake I.D. to sneak into Bl ... More >>
Guru, one-half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, died yesterday due to complications from cancer. He was 43. The group's influence on New York hip-hop is unparalleled, while Guru's seminal 1993 album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 -- which dabbled in jazz, soul and funk -- established him as a talented solo artist ... More >>
After our post about Jumbling Towers' new video, "Gilberta," last week, the band dropped me a line about other goings-on in its world. First up: The release of The Kanetown City Rips, its long-awaited new album, on May 1 at the Firebird. Bassist Nate Drexler tells me that this show will feature plen ... More >>
Why is this the cover art? Nobody knows.â€‹Phaseone, the RFT's Best Producer of 2010, has been getting all kinds of Internet lovin' for his new mixtape "The Realest Shit I Ever Wrote." The fifteen-track, 29-minute compilation was featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast earlier this week and Jeff Weiss, for ... More >>