Mayor Slay Talks Karaoke: "Nine minutes is a lot of Yes."

Will Mayor Slay drop the mic?
National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind.

The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to keep a diary of our crazy singing shenanigans like we did last year, but we're definitely going to make the most of our mic time.

That's why we're excited that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is singing the same tune!

See also:
- Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict
- The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 18 to 20

Jon Gitchoff for RFT
Via Dove EP Release -- Saturday, April 19 @ Off Broadway.
Whoa -- it's a busy weekend ahead, everyone. For starters, it's Record Store Day this Saturday. Get a full rundown of all the happenings in our comprehensive guide to St. Louis Record Store Day 2014, featuring free entertainment at Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl, Apop Records and Slackers. Then, get a load of all the release-party shindigs happening: Dots Not Feathers, Via Dove, the Vanilla Beans and Rulers all throw down new indie recordings, and Tone Rodent drops a new split 7". And there's much, much more. Keep reading to see what's in store.

See also: St. Louis Record Store Day 2014: A Comprehensive Guide

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Brian Wiegert's Rulers to Release Double LP This Saturday at Plush

Categories: Homespun

It was a welcome return to power-pop form when Brian Wiegert and a few of his bandmates from the late quartet Team Tomato regrouped as Picture Day and released an EP last year. After a couple of years with the country-leaning Red-Headed Strangers, the slurry of Kinks, Guided by Voices and Psychedelic Furs found on that release (and its standout single "Madoline") put Wiegert back in front of a mic with sharp, melodic hooks to bolster his pop songs.

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What a Concept: Dots Not Feathers and Volcanoes Talk About Their Upcoming Albums

Bryan Sutter
Dots Not Feathers (from left to right: Chris Dickey, Katie Brooking, Nick Blackburn, Ryan Myers, Jessica Haley, and Stephen Baier).

When Eric Peters suggests a hike to St. Charles for a group interview, he does it without his signature hyperbolic flair. The message comes with the watered-down flavor of a gin and tonic that sits at the bar without so much as a sip taken. "I know the perfect place. They have a Mustache Monday. And it's kinda like a dark cave. And it's called Old Millstream Tavern." There is also a shitstorm of emojis that depict various natural disasters. And dolphins.

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St. Louis Record Store Day 2014: A Comprehensive Guide

Categories: Fiesta!

Like South by Southwest, Record Store Day is now such an ingrained part of the culture that it has its own abbreviation: RSD. Hatched in 2008 as a way to bring attention to struggling record shops, RSD has become a yearly event. This year Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 19. And once again, area record stores will be going all out to celebrate -- and hopefully sell a few records in the process.

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Scott McCaughey on Henry Aaron: "So much of it was manufactured. It wasn't him."

Categories: Story Outtakes
Joe Mabel
Scott McCaughey
When Scott McCaughey isn't producing, recording and writing songs for his bands the Minus 5, the Young Fresh Fellows and the Baseball Project, he's probably following the major league box scores and stats and working up his fantasy baseball strategies. He may have gone so far down the rabbit hole of our national pastime that he could very well forget all about our national music, rock & roll.

See also: The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey Talks Baseball, Uncle Tupelo and Trusting Your Friends

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Jason Stoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

Categories: Best Of

Jason Stoff
John Mayer
Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite concert photos while answering a few questions about their process and passion.

See also: The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

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Schwervon! Moved From NYC to the Midwest and Never Looked Back

Categories: Live and Local

Press Photo
New York City is a wonderful place to live, but it can be hard to make ends meet if you want to focus on your art. Such was the dilemma that Matt Mason and Nan Turner faced in 2012. As Schwervon!, a guitar/drum duo, the two had recorded a few albums, toured the U.S. a bit and made a few forays into Europe. When they wanted to focus on music full time, they faced a tough choice. Either they could stay in New York City, where they were about to lose their rent-stabilized Lower East Side apartment, or they could pursue the idea Mason proposed: relocate to the Kansas City area, where he grew up. The Midwest won.

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Hospitalized Miley Cyrus Cancels Tonight's Scottrade Show

@mileycyrus | Twitter
All this illness ever did was wre-e-eck her.

This morning, Miley Cyrus tweeted from her hospital bed that her highly anticipated show scheduled for Scottrade Center tonight will be canceled. Scottrade Center has confirmed the cancellation, saying that ticket refunds will be available at their point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded.

Cyrus has been touring the country to support her album Bangerz, released last fall, but the former Hannah Montana star has been ill in recent weeks and was hospitalized Tuesday for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her team canceled yesterday's concert in Kansas City just two and a half hours before showtime.

See also: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Announced - St. Louis in April

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Sci-Fi Squalor: Pittsburgh's Microwaves will Play Cafe Ventana This Friday

Categories: DIY

Adam MacGregor
Pittsburgh's Microwaves perform St. Louis this Friday.

In the 20th century, St. Louis was a veritable Petri dish for noise-rock artists. Once the mid-aughts hit, most of those bands drifted off, and our city's loud-music exports became punk and metal. But the dream still lives in locals like Yowie and What We Won't See, though, who will join Pittsburgh's Microwaves this Friday at Cafe Ventana.

See also: The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: April 2014

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