Premiere: Finn's Motel Releases New Music Video Made by Blip Blap

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Video still from Finn's Motel's "Recurring Dream with Halo's Glow"

RFT Music is proud to premiere the new music video for Finn's Motel's "Recurring Dream with Halo's Glow," a bright, warm track off of the bands upcoming album Into the Realm of Jupiter Rex.

With nearly every scene soaked in steep, slanting sun, the video perfectly captures the fading end of summer. The use of light and the clarity of the scenes are representative of the kind of magnetic quality that we've come to expect from local production company Blip Blap Video.


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Check Out This Social Distortion Fan Art For Sale on Etsy

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Social D is performing at the Pageant on Thursday of this week. The show itself will be a fine place to pick up some merch from the band, replete with dice and flames and probably flaming dice as well. But what if games of chance and arson aren't your thing? How do you show love for the band? With this in mind, we've curated a collection of the coolest Social Distortion fan art available on etsy.

This silkscreen poster by HeroDesignStudio (above) is almost sold out! Better snag one while you still can, Social D fans.

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Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

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Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And, yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinctly apolitical. Contemporary slang and the loosening of certain taboos aside, they could have been written in 2002, 1992, even 1982.

Granted, popular music is supposed to provide some kind of escape from everyday life. However, shouldn't it also sometimes reflect what is going on in the wider world at the time of its release? We are not living in a post-AutoTune utopia. Persistent economic problems, a deliberately obstructionist U.S. Congress, NSA surveillance, an expanding underclass -- these are issues that seem ripe for mining by contemporary musicians.

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

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The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in fourteen weeks.

That's a dream job for a bunch of teenagers. But it was still hard: The early Beatles' shows were raucous, and they didn't like to repeat themselves on stage. Lewisohn's new book -- Tune In, an engaging, detailed narrative of the Beatles from before birth to the eve of the group's big break in 1963 -- offers revelations as to what helped the band with this exhaustive work schedule: prellies, an upper that has since been removed from the market.

See also: Rappers and Ravers: Quit Glorifying Drugs That Kill

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Celebrating an Album's Anniversary Is Pointless

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Arcade Fire's Funeral celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. If you think this is a big deal, you are wrong. Don't worry, it's not your fault.

It's something we've come to expect now: making a big to-do about an album turning a nice, round number. That's because, given the pace at which media now has to churn out content, pieces about an album's anniversary have become commonplace. There were, as this NME slideshow of 55 Incredible Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2014 helpfully points out, quite a few album that got the anniversary treatment this year. We've been guilty of it ourselves. But it should stop. Because no one needs two oral histories of Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

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Why Blink-182 Is a Great Band

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Christopher Victorio
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Critics do their best to ignore Blink-182. After all, it's not easy to get scrunched up with deep opinions about lip-ringed, occasionally naked SoCal troublemakers hawking pre-YouTube music-video softcore on early-morning MTV rotation. Pitchfork didn't even bother publishing a flogging (a la 21st Century Breakdown) of Blink's 2011 comeback album Neighborhoods, much less a review.

See also: In Defense of Sublime

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Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss On Your Grave."

"West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name," the report said.

Hip-hop producer Statik Selektah recently revealed that part of the inspiration behind his new jazz-infused album, What Goes Around, was defying a criticism from West. "Kanye sat there and listened for like ten seconds and he pressed stop," Selektah told MTV News. "and he was like: 'It's cool, but jazz is dead'." Selektah thought West's comment was "crazy" and moved forward with the project.

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8 Guidelines to Follow if You're Going to Take Drugs at a Concert

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Kholood Eid
Music Festival responsibly, people.
Editor: We've chosen to keep the author of this story anonymous to protect everyone involved from incrimination. The names below have also been changed.

I struggled with Lacey's pants. She didn't know what was going on, and she did not want me to take them off -- she resisted, clamping her legs together and pushing at my shoulders. I paused, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and then tried to make eye contact with her.

"Lacey," I said, in as soothing a voice I could muster. "Your pants are wet. I have dry ones right here for you. Let me help you change."

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The Funs Kick Off Tour with the Breeders Tonight at Off Broadway

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The Funs

Local artsy/DIY duo the Funs has pulled off the unthinkable: a slot opening for its very favorite band, the Breeders. The Funs will play the first five dates of the tour starting tonight at Off Broadway and ending September 8 in Garden City, Idaho.

Alt-rock band the Breeders has a long history with St. Louis -- nearly always scheduling a tour date in the area to accommodate its huge fan base here. This allegiance was most pronounced when the band chose the Lou as a place to film a music video, borrowing our Arch Rival Roller Girls to use as its stars.


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These Bracelets and Headbands Let You Sneak Weed Into Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet.

The toughest thing about festivals like LouFest is figuring out how to sneak your drugs inside while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking something up your butt?

See also: Doing Drugs This Weekend? Here's How to Not Get Caught

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