Police Say They Have "Strong, Solid Leads" On Tour Van Robbers

Categories: WTF

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Police on Thursday said they have "strong, solid leads" on who is responsible for the tour van break-ins that have plagued traveling musicians and local concert venues for months. Thieves have robbed at least three vans in the past two weeks.

See also: Venue Owners to Meet with Police Thursday to Discuss Rash of Van Break-Ins

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 24 to 26

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The Hood Internet performs tonight at 2720.

This weekend is crammed with tons of shows to choose from, including two local record-release shows from Mathias and the Pirates and Anodes. St. Louis ex-pat Schwarz plays Upstairs Lounge tonight while Project Pat headlines a great event over at Plush. But really there's lots to do all weekend long, so read on for our recommended top picks. And if you think we missed something, feel free to add to the list in the comments section below -- that's what it's for, so don't be shy!


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This Will Destroy You Tightens Up and Sharpens Its Focus on Another Language

Categories: Interviews

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This Will Destroy You comes to the Firebird tonight.
By Matt Wood

On a Sunday afternoon, Alex Bhore is just packing and doing laundry in preparation for This Will Destroy You's upcoming East Coast tour. The band just returned from a European trek, where it played a show almost every single night for five weeks straight. Even though he's had a few weeks off, that doesn't exactly mean there's downtime for Bhore.

When he's not working with This Will Destroy You, Bhore works on production for other bands in Texas. Over the phone, he fondly recalls working with Future Death, who's also opening for This Will Destroy You at the Firebird for their show tonight, Friday, October 24. He also mentions working with Danny Diamonds, Blackstone Rangers and Nervous Curtains, plus a couple more that escape his memory at the moment.

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Brian Regan: It's Just Him and a Microphone

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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"Altruistic" is a word rarely -- if ever -- used to describe a standup comic, but it suits Brian Regan. In the 35 years he's been performing, wielding a microphone as his bullhorn, Regan does what only the most seasoned comics are capable of: making it look easy. He flourishes in the understanding and practice that the value of a joke is not simply a punch line, but in the shared experience of a comedic journey.

He's trekked back and forth across the United States and late-night talk shows more times than some comics could begin to imagine. His act stands up to the most acclaimed and praised in the business -- he is, after all, the poster boy for what the industry calls a "comic's comic." RFT Music spoke with Regan about what that means and dug into the depths of a joke.

(Brian Regan is performing a brand new 65-minute routine this Friday, October 24, at the Peabody Opera House. And he may even entertain with a few of the hits -- but only if he decides to.)


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Six Ways James Blunt Could Make Up For That Horrid Travesty "You're Beautiful"

Categories: Nitpick Six

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Screenshot from the video for that unlistenable piece of garbage song.
Recently, in an interview with Hello! Magazine, that sappy dude with Ashton Kutcher hair, James Blunt, apologized for his double-platinum song "Beautiful." Referring to it as "force-fed down people's throats" and "annoying," Blunt has openly admitted his grim misdeed in writing the 2005 anthem for the parade of the horribles.

While the right thing to do would be to forgive our friend with the dope-smoking last name and possibly even check out his more recent material, we are not fair and righteous people. We are petty, calloused and vindictive. More importantly, we hated that fucking song and still have to hear it in elevators and while waiting on hold in telephone hell as we attempt to negotiate medical bill payment plans.

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Composer Stephen Paulus Dies at Age 65

Categories: Too Soon

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Composer Stephen Paulus died on October 19 as a result of complications from a major stroke he suffered in July of 2013. Paulus was well known in the St Louis area for his contributions to the orchestral and symphonic communities.

Paulus wrote hundreds of pieces of choral and operatic music over his 40-year career. In the '70s and '80s he created some of his most famous works for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. As the first composer commissioned by the theater in 1979, only three years after it was founded, he debuted several important operas in its early years.

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Venue Owners to Meet with Police Thursday to Discuss Rash of Van Break-Ins

Categories: WTF

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Following a rash of van break-ins that have stripped touring musicians of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, music gear and cash, venue owners are meeting with police on Thursday to figure out how to stop it.


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Peace, Love and Hippies at the Widespread Panic Show: Photos

Categories: Snapshots

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Steve Truesdell
Widespread Panic performs a two-night stand at Peabody Opera House October 21-22, 2014. See more photos of the band here.

The music-induced "good vibes level" in St. Louis right now is sky high.

Widespread Panic, the Athens, Georgia, jam band that's been rocking out for nearly 30 years, just wrapped up two consecutive nights at the Peabody Opera House, and fans are still floating around euphorically. And with WP's night one setlist (see below) why shouldn't they?

See also:
- Photos: Widespread Panic at the Peabody Opera House


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Governor Jay Nixon Quotes Tef Poe in Ferguson Speech

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On Tuesday, October 21, during a speech at Florissant Valley Community College, Governor Jay Nixon revealed his plan to create a "Ferguson Commission" to investigate the issues of socioeconomic and racial inequality in the St. Louis region that have been brought to light since the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson.

See also: "Ferguson Commission" Will Study St. Louis' Challenges in Wake of Michael Brown: Nixon

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Apop Records: An Oral History From the Local Music Community

Categories: Local History

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Beryl, the Apop Records store cat.

By Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen

Patrons of Apop Records found a wide range of intriguing things to peruse and amuse the years, from half-naked no wave bands to Beryl the grouchy-yet-lovable store cat. When Tiffany Minx opened the store in 2004, she planned on running the operation for maybe five years. Now, after a decade of slinging counterculture ephemera, she's ready to move on. The brick-and-mortar storefront on Cherokee Street will offer up its last slabs of wax on Monday, October 27.

See also: Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years at Plush: Photos

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