Bleeding Nipples, Udders and Blood-Soaked Fans at the Gwar Show: Photos

Categories: Snapshots

Steve Truesdell
If you are going to go to a Gwar show, such as the one last night at Pop's, you better be prepared to wind up covered in blood. Gallons of the stuff.

In the past, one primary source of crowd-drenching bodily fluids would have been the massive and disturbing penis of former lead singer Oderus Urungus, but the Gwar leader was sent off viking-funeral-style earlier this year after his earthly analog, Dave Brockie, died of an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 50.

See also: Our complete slideshow from the event

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Watch Film and Commercial Clips Featuring Songs by St. Louis Bands

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This scene from The Last Time You Had Fun features the song "Now Is Not the Time" by St. Louis' own Pretty Little Empire.

Most local musicians don't aim to have their songs on Dance Moms and other reality shows. Sometimes they're just lucky that way.

Actually, a bit more than luck brought indie-pop band Scarlet Tanager together with the Lifetime television program in 2013. As we note in this week's feature story, the St. Louis group had licensed songs to a major music library that places tunes in television shows. Rock group Pretty Little Empire also has had success placing songs on TV and in film, though that band accomplished the feat not via a song library but through people already familiar with its catalog.

So what's the deal? Do musicians give up the rights to their songs when they let an entertainment entity use the tunes?

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir

Categories: Reviews

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Joe Perry tells his life story -- before and after the gray streak -- in ROCKS.
While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be, given the relationship they've had for more than 45 years.

It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively in his new autobiography, written with David Ritz, ROCKS: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith (432 pp., $27.99, Simon & Schuster). And, if you've been following the saga of the "Toxic Twins" today, the future of one of America's greatest hard-rock bands is still in flux. At the time we spoke with Perry, just days before publication, neither Tyler nor any other band member had seen a copy of the book.

See also: The Drug That Helped Turn the Beatles into the World's Greatest Band

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Why Everyone's Streaming Music and Everybody's Happy

Categories: Fiesta!

A vintage Columbia House ad from some hellish year in the past.
By Reed Fisher

Remember the first time you listened to music using a computer? This is a moot question for people under the age of twenty.

I was at a friend's house sometime in the mid '90s. He loaded a program called Winamp on his computer, and played one of a dozen or so MP3 files he had. It was the 1985 Falco synthpop masterwork "Rock Me Amadeus." Did I chastise him for daring to listen to compressed audio through computer speakers? Was I pissed that he didn't have to special-order a CD single and drive miles to drop $14 on it? I was absolutely not whispering, "This is the end" under my breath.

It was one of the most incredible days of my life.

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Tef Poe: The Democratic Party Is Failing Us

Categories: The Poe Report

Danny Wicentowski
Democratic State Rep. Jeffrey Roorda was one of the people behind a crowd-funding site for Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.
Editor's note: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. 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. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 2 and was followed up this year by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

It is a crime and a sin to blind ourselves to the atrocities of racial profiling. As a young black man I am, sadly, embarrassed to say I am from Missouri. In the year 2014 our state has worked adamantly to uphold its reputation as the Mississippi of the Midwest. Vonderrit Myers Jr. was shot down like a dog. Michael Brown was shot down like a dog. Kimberlee Randle-King was found dead in her Pagedale jail cell. The dehumanization of black men and women in this state has gone completely rogue.

I place the blame on the Democratic Party.

See also: Hip-Hop Is Failing Us

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Watch Chuck Berry Perform "Johnny B. Goode" 50 Years Ago

Categories: Chuck Berry

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Fifty years ago today, Godfather of Rock & Roll and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry played his famous hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the Teen Age Music International Show. The groundbreaking program was one of the the first rock-music concerts filmed and released in theaters featuring many famous musicians of the era, including the Supremes, James Brown, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. Tickets for the event were distributed for free to local high school students, and the show was filmed over two nights. It became an immediate success as rock-addicted teenagers from all over the U.S. were given a chance to see their favorite musicians play live.

See also: The Best Moments of Chuck Berry's 200 Shows at Blueberry Hill, as Told By His Bandmates

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Run the Jewels, Jukebox the Ghost, Kevin Gates and More in This Week's Show Announcements

Categories: This Just In

Eric Ryan Anderson
Jukebox The Ghost plays the Ready Room on January 16.

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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Jack Grelle's Steering Me Away: Listen Now

Categories: Homespun

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The crew at Big Muddy Records has always had an ear for St. Louis' varied strands of country music, from the bruised, punk-infused songs of the late Bob Reuter to the earliest incarnations of Pokey LaFarge's folk-blues revivalism. But on Jack Grelle's second LP, Steering Me Away, Big Muddy now has a bona-fide classic country album on its shelf, complete with honky-tonk twang and a Music Row slickness not normally found in the local Stag-and-strum set.

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Movie and Television Licensing Deals Provide Exposure for Bands in St. Louis and Beyond

Categories: Interviews

Ben Mudd
St. Louis act Scarlet Tanager has had its music featured on The Real World, Dance Moms, Catfish and a commercial for GoPro cameras.
For many kids with guitar-shaped stars in their eyes, cutting an album deal is what it means to be a successful musician. Those ten cherry-picked songs backed by a major label signify "making it" -- something that will launch them into superstardom, world tours and giant piles of money. And once upon a time, that's kind of how it was.

But the times, they are a-changin'.

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The 6 Best Place to Drown Your Sorrows in St. Louis

Categories: List-O-Rama


Work got you down? Or maybe you just saw your ex (you know, the one you really liked) walking around with a fitter, richer, better-looking version of yourself. Or maybe it's just one of those days. Whatever the reason for your salty demeanor, you just need to find a place to sit, drink and think.

While we can't be the ones to give your boss an earful or convince your ex to give it another shot, we have can provide a list of the best places around town drink away your worries. So sit down, pull up a stool and deal with your problems like a true St. Louisan: Find a dark, dingy bar and soak your misery in torrents of alcohol. Here are the best places to do just that.

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