At 30, Purple Rain Is Still So Good That "Purple Rain" Isn't Even Its Best Ballad

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Who would he die for? You.
Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible.

That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon-bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still stirs and kills and baffles. Purple Rain is so great that "Purple Rain" itself might not even be its best ballad.

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The Chevy Music Showcase: Finding New Ways to Get Art and Commerce to Work Together

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Corporate America is taking an interest more and more in local-level music these days. At present, Chevy is in the midst of its second season of the Chevy Music Showcase, a mini documentary series highlighting eight local bands. Perhaps it's just a way to get into the minds of the music-loving youth, but director/ producer Tommy Smeltzer views it as "a concept of finding new ways to get art and commerce to work together."

"The primary goal with the show is to remind the larger audience out there that there is a vibrant music scene happening at the local level. We want the audience to know that this is out there as an entertainment option and it is a better experience for the buck," says Smeltzer. The videos provide a teaser for the featured band as just another way of expanding the market base for the local music scene.

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St. Louis' First 'Real' Breaks: Interview, Photos, Video And The Complete Discography

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Last week, the RFT published its annual "Best Of" issue, a yearly event that highlights all the best of the best that St. Louis has to offer while simultaneously breaking the backs of our poor distribution department with its heftier-than-usual size. Like many of you, I took the time to read through its numerous pages and learn about some of St. Louis's finest. Being new around these parts (the RFT music staff, that is), I did not contribute to this edition, so my interest here was non-masturbatory and strictly educational. Boy, did I learn a lot! For example, when my little sister's birthday comes along in January you can bet that Charm Boutique will be my one-stop Best destination for gift-giving. Decapitated fish heads and dried sea cucumbers will no longer elude my grasp, as I now know that the Olive Farmers' Market is the best place to procure such delicacies. And according to what I read, it seems that Novak's Bar and Grill has the best lesbians in town, but its possible that I may have misunderstood that last one. Reading on, I eventually came to the music section, and was surprised to see the Breaks named St. Louis' Best New Artist.

My confusion had nothing to do with the category or the selection of the indie-rock-power-pop band, who at the time I hadn't yet heard and who I will now readily admit is catchy as hell, but rather with the moniker they chose for themselves. When I saw that their contact info included the phrase "TheRealBreaks" in the Web address, my confusion gave way to amusement, for you see this band is not St. Louis' first "real" Breaks at all. An interview, photos, video and the complete discography in handy download form for this city's original Breaks are below.

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Corbeta Corbata: Lost Tracks of St. Louis

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Photo courtesy of Corbeta Corbata
​​St. Louis' musical history features a wealth of local D.I.Y. talent whose cultural significance has further solidified an ever-expanding reputation for true musicianship and solid attitude. Stemming from the underbelly of the river city, bands like Dazzling Killmen, White Pride and In Medias Res have resonated with music enthusiasts both near and far. Unfortunately, as often is the case, it is easy for handfuls of acts to fall into obscurity from the public arena, leaving only recordings. Culled from local band members as well as my personal collection, this feature will highlight recordings that will hopefully find a new home in the hearts of a growing generation of music lovers in St. Louis. This week: "Here's To The Good Life" and "The Last Thing" by Corbeta Corbata.

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In Medias Res: Lost Tracks of St. Louis

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​St. Louis' musical history features a wealth of local D.I.Y. talent whose cultural significance has further solidified an ever-expanding reputation for true musicianship and solid attitude. Stemming from the underbelly of the river city, bands like Dazzling Killmen, White Pride and In Medias Res have resonated with music enthusiasts both near and far. Unfortunately, as often is the case, it is easy for handfuls of acts to fall into obscurity from the public arena, leaving only recordings.

In an effort to shine light upon local bands from the past, I've decided to share selected audio gems from acts that have either been forgotten or who never received deserved recognition. This feature will highlight recordings and conduct interviews, providing a peek into the past. Culled from local band members as well as my personal collection, these recordings will hopefully find a new home in the hearts of a growing generation of music lovers in St. Louis. This week: Two tracks from In Medias Res -- "Labor of Love" and "The House (Live at 2 Keys)."

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There's A Killer Among Us -- 'Bad First Impression': Lost Tracks of St. Louis

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Courtesy of There's A Killer Among Us
St. Louis' musical history features a wealth of local D.I.Y. talent whose cultural significance has further solidified an ever-expanding reputation for true musicianship and solid attitude. Stemming from the underbelly of the river city, bands like Dazzling Killmen, White Pride, and In Medias Res, have resonated with music enthusiasts both near and far. Unfortunately, as often is the case, it is easy for handfuls of acts to fall into obscurity from the public arena, leaving only recordings.

In an effort to shine light upon local bands from the past, I've decided to share selected audio gems from acts that have either been forgotten or who never received deserved recognition. This feature will highlight recordings and conduct interviews, providing a peek into the past. Culled from local band members as well as my personal collection, these recordings will hopefully find a new home in the hearts of a growing generation of music lovers in St. Louis. First up: "Bad First Impression" by There's A Killer Among Us

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