Some kids go to summer camp. Some kids mow lawns. Some kids play softball. And some kids take their musical acts on tour, perform at the world's largest music festival and get face time with the drummer from the original Smashing Pumpkins. You know -- no big. It's been quite a summer for students ... More >>
Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
Historically, pop music lyrics haven't been particularly profound. Over the years we've had songs about not being cruel, about a lady who wanted to dance with somebody who loved her, and about a guy who was taking a bath and couldn't stop himself from making splish splash. But in recent years pop ... More >>
This weekend is still pretty Halloween-y, so don't put that costume away just yet. This weekend, check out some spooky sounds from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, or see some touring acts. Flux Pavilion, Okkervil River and Living Colour are all in town. Keep on reading to get the detai ... More >>
Its happened to me a million times. I walk into a bar with the intention of sitting down for a relaxing beverage, and in between the time that I've paid and my first sip of beer, I realize that some 22 year old asshole is having a birthday party. And that all they want to hear is Usher, Nelly, or th ... More >>
A well placed, well delivered "yeah" can mean so much more than just a lazy "yes." Here are the six best YEAAAHs in rock and roll. Let us know your favorites in our comments, yeah? See also: -Six Most Overused Rhymes -The Six Best Effect-Enhanced Guitar Solos -Nitpick Six Archives
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 >>
This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, which for all of you non Spanish-speaking types translates literally to "The Five of Mayo". What this cryptic phrase actually means is unclear, as is the origin of the association between Mexico and mayonnaise, but for some reason it seems to happen every year on the f ... More >>
10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
The Essence Music Festival is the premiere mainstream R&B festival -- but its ambitious scope encompasses a whole lot more. The main events are evening concerts with more than 40 household-name acts in R&B, urban contemporary, soul, hip hop and jazz, including mainstage shows stacked with hea ... More >>
Jon GitchoffRick RossSome of the hottest names in rap and R&B came through St. Louis last night for the State of Emergency concert, and for their respective afterparties (which were held at four different venues). As I expected, the majority of the crowd was in their twenties, with a few olde ... 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.) Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' III / IV*Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinals III/IV The Consequence of Sound review of III / IV sang its praises: "This year ... More >>
Todd OwyoungUsher at the Scottrade Center, St. LouisThe St. Louis stop on Usher's OMG Tour began with the magician's best trick: misdirection. While a troupe of hip-hop Cylons danced amid a vaguely dystopian stage set, Usher himself was levitated on a floating riser near the rear of the floor ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, November 26. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Todd OwyoungJustin Bieber at the Scottrade Center. Beam me up, Bieber!If you believe the Internet (yes, collectively), then Justin Bieber is a colossal joke. Everything about him is grounds for mocking: his hair swoop, his askew baseball cap, his voice, his Canadian heritage, his dance moves, ... 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. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, St. Louis hip-hop icon Nelly has accepted a new gig as drive-time host at Hot 104.1 FM. No word on how long this stint will last, but the St. Lunatic is already two hours into his first shift. We thought we'd listen in and see how Nelly rocks the mic in a different way.4:4 ... 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.) Big Boi's highly anticipated new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot*Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty Big Boi's debut solo album has been ye ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe Trak Starz in 2004Shamar Daugherty and Alonzo Lee -- a.k.a. the Trak Starz, one of the city's most-decorated and prolific hip-hop/pop production teams -- have been charged with "allegedly failing to file federal income taxes," according to the Post-Dispatch. Yesterday, ... More >>
It's not often that the world's biggest pop star comes to St. Louis while at the height of her fame. But the stars aligned Thursday night with the arrival of Lady Gaga, who presented her arena-sized Monster Ball Tour in the cozy Fabulous Fox Theatre. The mood at the venue was appropriately festive a ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>
Rapper/producer Vandalyzm makes a major splash with his debut album.
The trials and tribulations of R. Kelly.
A culture war is rocking within St. Louis underground hip-hop scene.
Double Up (Jive)
Floetry keeps it honest
Why a pop megastar still feels neglected by the mainstream
True Story (Universal)
We chat with a fresh-faced John Oates, pick the brain behind M.O.T.O. and play a scary game with Burnt by the Sun
We sit in on an Usher wank-fest, chat with Evanescence and watch the Dems pull out their magic stick
Sham Daugherty and Alonzo Lee Jr., the Trak Starz, aim to make St. Louis the center of the hip-hop universe
Is Nelly keeping Willie Moore from stardom?