These Bracelets and Headbands Let You Sneak Weed Into Festivals

Categories: Fiesta!

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet.

The toughest thing about festivals like LouFest is figuring out how to sneak your drugs inside while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking something up your butt?

See also: Doing Drugs This Weekend? Here's How to Not Get Caught

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MC Hammer Comes to Ferguson, Probably Fixes Everything

Categories: Michael Brown

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Time traveler Rapper MC Hammer, best known for his 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This" (which is now 24 years old; Jesus Christ) took time out of his busy(?) schedule to visit Ferguson this week, meeting with Alderman Antonio French and attending the funeral services for Mike Brown. This adds to the growing list of rappers who have appeared on the scene -- J. Cole, Talib Kweli, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Tef Poe, Prince Ea and more have also been in the area in the past weeks.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 29 to September 1

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Theo Welling
Bunnygrunt - Saturday, August 30 @ the Engine Room.
This holiday weekend, locals Drown Fish and Ou Ou debut new releases, Big Muddy Blues Festival comes to Laclede's Landing and much more. Head to the Demo to congratulate staff on obtaining its liquor license, and stick around to check out the new Music Record Shop as well as the Bands Up, Don't Shoot Ferguson benefit show at the Ready Room. Read on for more information for these shows in this weekend's recommendations.

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The 10 Best Rock & Roll Pinball Tables

Categories: List-O-Rama

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Internet Pinball Database
I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn almost anything into a game of skill while simultaneously paying homage.

They're like themed slot machines, but with less crying...usually.

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A Handy Guide to How Long of a Set Your Band Should Play

Categories: Fiesta!

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Melissa Fossum
Sleigh Bells has earned the right to play more than an hour. Your friend's garage-rock band? Not so much.

When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can feasibly control is the length of his or her setlist, but do bands like Interpol even have to give their audience more than an hour of their time?

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Homemade Signs at the One Direction Concert

Categories: LOLZ

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Micah Usher
New Kids On the Block One Direction performed in St. Louis last night at the Edward Jones Dome, bringing out scores of crazed fans who gladly stood outside in the rain for hours, for some reason, as the streets were blocked off. The young ladies milled about and presumably screamed excitedly at one another about who their favorite members of the group are, and many carried homemade signs.

Yeah, about those signs....

See also: Our full slideshow from the event

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Livery Company Moves Down the Street To Former Radio Cherokee Space

Categories: Local History

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Bryan Sutter for RFT
When Livery Company (3211 Cherokee Street) opened in south city two years ago, co-owner Emily Ebeling envisioned the concept as a low-key, vintage cocktail bar that paid tribute to the Cherokee neighborhood's post-Prohibition heyday. What she didn't expect is that it would become a hotspot for local and touring bands to plug in their guitars and play.

In addition to serving as a reliable watering hole, Livery Company has played host to a variety of intimate concerts including folk, punk and everything in between -- Guitardog and "Go Folk Yourself" shows as well as the punk-and-noise-drenched Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest are among some of the most memorable in Ebeling's mind. Now she's ready to get back to her concept's roots by moving the business a few doors down to 3227 Cherokee Street, the corner space formerly housed by DIY music venue Radio Cherokee.

See also: Wild Times at Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest 2

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"Bands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Benefit Show Fills the Ready Room This Sunday

Categories: Michael Brown

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Jason Stoff
The Ready Room

Punk and protest are old friends. In keeping with that tradition, members of the St. Louis music community have organized a concert this Sunday, August 31, with the proceeds going toward two organizations: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment and the Organization for Black Struggle. The benefit show, hosted by the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue), features nearly twenty acts in a six-hour span -- a power run of regional music in solidarity with the daily struggles of protestors made more evident by the recent events in Ferguson.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

Categories: WTF

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Epic Records
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Impala is currently fielding accusations that its song "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" rips off Argentinian singer Pablo Ruiz's "Océano." This is a song that the members of the band have likely never, ever heard. We'll see if their lawyer can make that case.

Over the years, music-plagiarism accusations have hit some of pop music's most popular artists. Here are eight of the highest-profile cases.

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Lindy Hop St. Louis, Dedicated to Preserving Jazz and Swing Dance Traditions: Video

Categories: Video

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Lindy Hop St. Louis is a locally based 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on preserving jazz and swing-dance traditions both here in St. Louis and nationwide. The group, founded in 2011 by Nick Aperson, Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar, teaches dance lessons and hosts events around the city, including ones at the Grandel Theatre and the Mahler Ballroom. The organization is named after a popular form of American dance birthed in 1920s Harlem, which centered around the jazz scene.

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