Local DJs Hold Gigantic Record Sale For Charity This Saturday

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If you're anything like us, you probably didn't find everything you wanted on Record Store Day last weekend. Alternately, perhaps you did find everything you wanted but don't subscribe to the idea of record-shopping as an annual one-day event. Either way, you should consider attending The Gigantic St. Louis DJ Album Sale for Charity this Saturday, April 26.

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Arcade Fire Concert Dress Code: The Ultimate Guide

Categories: Fiesta!

Photo by Guy Aroch

Arcade Fire are nothing if not unseriously serious. When they announced their Reflektor tour last year, the band also told fans that formalwear or costumes would be necessary to get into their shows. After the upset that mandate caused, Arcade Fire noted that their dress code request isn't actually mandatory, but it's a hell of a lot more fun if crowds get into their finest or funkiest ensembles.

Pop star fans do it all the time -- like Gaga's Little Monsters. Plus, if bands like GWAR can get their fans to dress up and get spattered in gross stuff, then Arcade Fire should be able to do it, too. (Sans the spattering.)

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Even Country Music Is Ready for Marijuana Legalization

Categories: Fiesta!

It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave nothin' in your clothes."

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A Brief History of 20th Century Noise in St. Louis, According to Chim Richards

Categories: LOLZ

Photo by Mark Buckheit
Dazzling Killmen, referenced within.

Remember Chim Richards, that guy who has been messing with us here at RFT Music for weeks by sending phony (and hilarious) event submissions? Well he is at it again, and has stepped his game up this time.

See also: Some Joker Calling Himself "Chim Richards" Has Been Messing with Us

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Is Playing a Major Festival a Waste of Time for an Unknown Band?

Categories: Ask Fan Landers

Nanette Gonzales

Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

We're a nobody Canadian band. Does it still make sense these days to play a showcase with hundreds of other nobodies at a behemoth festival like SXSW or CMJ? It seems to us that unless you're buzzing going in, it's just a waste of money (especially if you have to drive from Halifax to Texas). But say we do it anyway (and many do): What is the best way to maximize your time there? Is a festival the best or worst time to approach a booker/promoter/label rep/music supervisor?
Showcase Suckers

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Wiz Khalifa, Veruca Salt, Lucero, Ex-Cult and More in This Week's Show Announcements

Categories: This Just In

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Veruca Salt reunion tour - Sunday, July 13 @ The Firebird.
Here again: 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; there, you can check out some of the 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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Watch This Kid Get Hit by Fireworks in Slo-Mo During Lumpy's NYC Show

Categories: LOLZ

Screenshot from the video.

This past weekend New York's Alright festival welcomed more than 30 bands from across the world, including St. Louis' own Lumpy & the Dumpers, for four days of boundary-pushing punk and hardcore music.

During Saturday's late-night Lumpy set at 538 Johnson, the enthusiastic (and enthusiastically shirtless) young man pictured above had a wrestling match with a lit strip of firecrackers. YouTube user unARTigNYC caught said match on video, and local hero Ben Smith, himself a Dumper, slowed that video down and added a soundtrack by French composer Erik Satie. The result is pure magic.

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Angel Among Us: An Oral History of Angel Olsen's Time In St. Louis

Autumn Northcraft
Angel Olsen
"OK, here's the deal: I'm not prep, I'm not punk, I'm not grunge, I'm not emo. The only label I go by is my name, which happens to be Angel -- even though it doesn't make sense when you compare it to my character." --Angel Olsen's STLPunk.com profile, circa January 2003.

On April 27, Angel Olsen comes to town in support of her second and latest album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. It's a phenomenal record: sprawling and emotional in its scope, dramatic and understated at turns, with strong melodies and nuanced vocals at its core. As it happens, Olsen is a St. Louis native. Between roughly 2003 and 2007, she quietly developed her songwriting and performing skills around town before departing for Chicago and eventually Asheville, North Carolina.

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The 2014 RFT Music Awards Nominees

Categories: Music Awards

It is that time of the year again! Each year, we at RFT Music HQ present the RFT Music Awards, an annual celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. The nominees are chosen by a panel of venue owners/employees, promoters/talent buyers, record store staff, dedicated die-hards and various other musical minds from organizations all over the city -- and then the winners are chosen by you, the readers!

Many of these musicians will appear at the RFT Music Showcase, to be held this year on June 7. Important: If you are one of this year's nominees, please fill out this form by April 30 in order to be sure you are included in our coverage.

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There Were Real-Life Drones Flying Overhead at Coachella

Categories: Coachella

Photo by Timothy Norris
By Andrea Domanick
Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering, propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella.

They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal?

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