Willie Nelson's Eight Best Musical Collaborations

Categories: List-O-Rama

Todd Owyoung
Willie Nelson
By Jeremy Essig

For a man known as the Redheaded "Stranger," Willie Nelson has quite the roster of talented friends and associates.

Over the course of his almost sixty-year musical career, Nelson has found himself collaborating with artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Jessica Simpson. While not all have been as successful as his Highwaymen partnership with Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, or as uncomfortable as his "These Boots are Made for Walking" remake for the Dukes of Hazzard movie he did with Simpson, the diversity of artists Nelson draws to him is quite remarkable.

See also: Willie Nelson's Old Tour Bus Is For Sale on Craigslist

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Every St. Louis Release: March 2015

This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in March 2015 that we could get our hands on, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previews wherever possible.

Note: We realize there are probably a few things we missed. If you know of an album, EP or compilation that came out last month, shoot us a message and we'll amend this post. Likewise, holler if you'd like to have your release included in the March installment or if you'd just like to put an upcoming local release on our radar. Simply e-mail us with "ATTN: St. Louis Release" in the subject line.

See also: Every St. Louis Release: Feburary 2015

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 30 to April 5

Categories: Out Every Night

Photo by Bryan Sutter
OK Go returns to St. Louis on Saturday, April 4 at the Pageant. Check out more photos from the band's 2014 concert in RFT Slideshows.

SXSW ended roughly one week ago, but St. Louis still enjoys the side effects from all those bands being out and about nationwide. March has been the busiest month for music in recent memory, and April shows no signs of slowing down. Hip-hop collective Turquoise Jeep kicks off the month ahead with a stacked bill at the Firebird -- arrive on time for Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, who just debuted an absurd video for its equally absurd song The Undertaker Joins The Avengers. Are you a fan of Radiolab on NPR? If so, chances are you've heard On Fillmore's music laying down ambient beds behind hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. The experimental jazz duo of bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche will perform in St. Louis for the first time in over a decade this Saturday.

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Andrew Frank Crowned Champion of Make Me Laugh St. Louis, Heads West to Alaska

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Corey Woodruff
Andrew Frank performing at The Elvis Room.

St. Louis comic Andrew Frank has proven himself to be one of the most talented, committed and dynamic comedians working in the city. In the past six months he landed himself the opening spot at the Pageant for Anthony Jeselnik, worked a clean set at Lumière Theatre for Kevin Nealon, regularly showcased at independent shows across the city and continues to feature at the Funny Bone on a monthly basis. He's a staple in the open mic scene and, given the opportunity, will perform on multiple shows a night.

This past week he displayed how hard work can and will pay off. Make Me Laugh, a nationally touring amateur standup comedy competition, crowned him the funniest comic in St. Louis. And just a day later, Frank skipped town to join the Comedy's Best Kept Secret tour alongside Dan Frigolette and Erik Anker. The tour will head all the way to Anchorage, Alaska, stopping in ten cities along the way. Frank will also receive professional head shots and a website to better promote his comedy career.

RFT Music sat down with Andrew Frank after his recent set at Taytro's Bistro in Festus and picked his brain about his next moves, as well as his expectations for the tour.

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Paula Poundstone Wants You to Fear Incontinence, at Least Once

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Paula Poundstone to appear at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

A humorist quite unlike any other, Paula Poundstone carries the experience she picked up from years of improv into a spontaneous and delightful live show. Channeling the spirit of standup, improv and sketch comedy, her performance is a comedic trinity to be revered. One of the most loved and admired by fans and comics alike, Poundstone refuses to simply sit and revel in her accomplishments.

Poundstone is slated to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, March 28. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions via e-mail. (And like a true and honorable pro, she gracefully cut right through David Cross calling St. Louis humorless.)

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 27 to 29

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Local College radio stations KSLU and KWUR team up with the Kranzberg Arts Center to present ambient artist Tim Hecker on Friday night.

Face it, spring is in full effect and it's time to shed that winter weight. All the Leftover Salmon at the Old Rock House can't be good for that waistline. You never liked Fleetwood Mac anyway, and the fact that the band is back with its classic lineup won't tear you away from the treadmill. Don't bother going out on Saturday either, free-jazz legend Matthew Shipp is a calorie counter's nightmare -- let's not get started on the free show at Music Record Shop that afternoon. No, you need to hit the gym and work on that beach bod before the RFT Music Showcase later this summer. Speaking of which, nominations are open for the 2015 RFT Music Awards.

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Run the Jewels' Video for "Close Your Eyes" Is Gripping Commentary on Black Lives Matter Movement

Categories: Video

Screenshot from the video.

Run the Jewels, the duo of Atlanta's Killer Mike and NYC's El-P, released a gripping new video for "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" off of last years universally lauded album Run the Jewels 2 today. The track is one of the most incendiary songs on the entire record, pulling no punches and taking aim at the criminal justice system with a seering guest verse from Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha as icing on the cake.

See also: Review: Run the Jewels Plays St. Louis As Tear Gas, Riots Rage In Streets

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Illphonics Sign Deal with the Record Machine

Categories: Hip-Hop


St. Louis' Illphonics, long-time stalwarts of the local hip-hop scene, announced through a YouTube video this week that the group has signed a deal with Kansas City's Record Machine label, well-known for organizing KC's annual Middle of the Map Fest. Illphonics will join fellow STLians Palace, also on the roster.

See also: Palace Talks Signing with Record Machine and New LP Summer, Don't You Dare

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Upcoming: Sammy Hagar, Scott Weiland, Surfer Blood, Darius Rucker and More

Categories: This Just In

Photo by Jon Gitchoff
The Red Rocker returns to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater this Summer. Check out more photos from his 2013 concert in RFT Slideshows.

Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones you are excited about! Click through, and start planning ahead.

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The Ten People Who Won't Make It at Ultra Music Festival

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
These ladies survived. Can you?

[Editor's Note: This week, writers from our sister paper, Miami New Times, are venturing out to Ultra Music Festival to surround themselves with next-level beats, kandi kids and PLUR vibes. This is just one of their many reports about the fest.]

Watching Ultra Music Festival's idyllic official after-movies, you might get the impression that UMF is some kind of utopian music-based society where the young and beautiful run only in slow motion, where everyone is welcome and everything is pleasant.

In some ways, this is true. You're more likely to have a good time than a bad one. But it is also possible to sabotage your potentially epic, super-memorable Ultra experience. Certain behaviors stemming from ignorance, naiveté or just being kind of a party pooper can and will lead to a less-than-stellar UMF 2015.

Here are the ten people who won't make it at Ultra Music Festival. Don't let yourself be counted among them.

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