Run the Jewels, the brainchild of renowned producer/rapper El-P and co-conspirator Killer Mike, has garnered piles of attention, praise and accolades since its 2013 debut. While the two artists themselves are no strangers to genre-bending and brow-raising collaborations (the pair recently released a ... More >>
New York-based rappers Dead Prez and Talib Kweli will perform a free show this Sunday at Fubar, along with Pittsburgh's Jasiri X and locals Tef Poe, T- Dubb-O and Nato Caliph. Festivities will kick off at noon are expected to be over by 6 p.m. (in time for the Vice show scheduled for the night). Se ... More >>
It's President's Day! Kick off the week with a rousing show at Livery Company featuring some south city rappers. For more hip hop this week, plan on checking on the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute featuring some of the city's best as they pay homage with a jam-packed bill of local talent. From indie po ... More >>
By Tara Mahadevan The Smokers Club Tour / Joey Bada$$ The Pageant October 29, 2013 I arrived promptly at 8 p.m. (I never showed up for the openers when I was younger -- being early to shows was 'uncool'), and I was surprised to see that the pit already had a good amount of people in it. Apparently ... More >>
Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." Attending / eating at the Gathering of the Juggalos essentially ruined my metabolism, which now runs off of warm beer and chocolate-covered waffles. As a result, I've been compensating ... More >>
Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>
Gorilla Warfare Tactics member Dilla, a native St. Louisan, had been a hip-hop enthusiast since grade school. But after he relocated to New York and began making music with his NYU roommates, hip-hop nation started to become just as enthusiastic about him. With tens of thousands of downloads and a N ... More >>
Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the best of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor ... 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 >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 25. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
8:30 p.m. Friday, September 30. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Image viaIn the little over a week since its August 8 release, the video for Prince Ea's "Backwards Rappers" has gone moderately viral. By that, we mean that is has garnered attention in the right places -- CBS News, the Huffington Post, Reddit -- and from the right people -- Sage Francis, Br ... More >>
Dead Prez. Photo by Jason StoffDead Prez stopped by the Firebird last night, rewarding those who stuck around for their midnight-ish start time with some electric hip-hop. A very solid lineup of locals plus Texas' the League Of Extraordinary Gz opened the show. Jason Stoff was there to captur ... More >>
Doors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. Popâs, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Stoney Rock and Nodzilla are the alter-egos used by Black Spade and DJ Needles for their (consistently innovative) work as producers. The beat-maker extraordinaires have teamed-up with artist Alex Petrowsky for something special tonight at the Gramophone, an event they're calling, "The Day We Landed ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, April 3. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
7 p.m. Friday, February 19. The Firebird. 2706 Olive Street.
Okay, so the crowd wasn't exactly what I expected at last night's Mr. Lif show. Given the political and sometimes "radical" nature of his music, I thought the audience would be more -- shall we say -- diverse. Nonetheless, Lif has a message in his music, and if 30-something hipsters (mostly white) a ... More >>
Though it has been open just about a month, The Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue) in the Grove neighborhood played host to one of DJ'ing's biggest names on Thursday night – DJ Madlib. Though the show wasn't promoted on Madlib's MySpace page, a bulletin by his record label, Stones Throw (and a bl ... More >>
Cipher Inside (F5 Records)
9 p.m. Friday, March 23. Off Broadway, (3509 Lemp Avenue)
Thursday, February 22. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
9 p.m. Friday, November 17. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 30. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
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The Grind Date (Sanctuary)
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