St. Louis Record Store Day 2014: A Comprehensive Guide

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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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St. Louis Rock Band Tok Interviews Some Dogs

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Tok's ability to write a killer rock song is matched only by its members' outrageous sense of humor. On April Fool's Day, for example, the band announced a new partnership with Taco Bell, and a subsequent name change for the group (Tok-O-Bell). Most bands would have been content to leave the joke at that, but the brothers Basler kept hammering away at the gag all day long, releasing songs with re-written lyrics (now focused on the virtues of their new sponsor, naturally) and numerous photos of themselves enjoying Beefy Crunch Burritos and Taco Supremes.

See also: Celebrating Twenty Years of Tok & Roll

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Middle of the Map Fest Doesn't Disappoint in its Fourth Year

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Yoni Wolf of Why? at Kansas City's recordBar

Four hours west of St. Louis lies a Midwestern city rife with curiosities. Its denizens may seem familiar to the eyes of St. Louisans, but the terrain is alien enough to mask itself in the guise of a pseudo-adventure. This place is called Kansas City, and the reason for the gathering is the Middle of the Map Fest.

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Vote for Dropkick the Robot to Win Songwriting Contest Before It Conquers France

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Corey Woodruff
St. Louis indie act Dropkick the Robot could use your votes in a worldwide songwriting contest that starts tomorrow. This is no charity case, though -- the band has the chops to back up the favor it's asking.

"We've been working for a really long time at songwriting," says Daniel Mehrmann, vocalist and guitarist. "It's nice to get recognized for something that you love to do."

Mehrmann and Dropkick partner Kara Baldus are out to win the electronic category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, named for one of the Beatles' prominent lyricists. Mehrmann and Baldus wrote their song "Missed Out" in December, and it's been rising steadily through the contest's various levels, recently winning a grand prize ($9,000 worth of gear) for their session.

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"Talk Dirty": The Worst Pop Song In History?

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YouTube screengrab from "Talk Dirty"
Historically, pop-music lyrics haven't been particularly profound. Over the years we've had songs about not being cruel, about a lady who wanted to dance with somebody who loved her, and about a guy who was taking a bath and couldn't stop himself from making splish splash.

But in recent years pop lyrics have been over-the-top inane. The subject matter now involves, almost exclusively, the club or making love. The most creative artists, like Usher, sing about making love in the club. But Jason Derulo's hit "Talk Dirty" takes this theme abroad.

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Hayley Williams On Being a Rockstar, in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Paramore is back and busier than ever. The band just completed its first destination cruise with fans (cleverly dubbed Parahoy!), which included four days and nights aboard the Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami, Florida, to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Fans enjoyed two outdoor shows by Paramore, a Q&A on the cruise ship's deck and myriad onboard activities while sailing to the Bahamas. Other acts included Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

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Check Out This Awesome Spinal Tap Fan Art

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Not to make you feel old, but This Is Spinal Tap turned 30 this month. Spinal Tap is unarguably the most popular rockumentary/mockumentary film of all time. The cult classic proves two things: Rockstars are predictable, and Rob Reiner is a genius.

Truth in humor is what makes this film so enjoyable (and easy to relate to): Just ask real rock stars what they think of the film. Jack Black cites Spinal Tap as the main inspiration for his band Tenacious D, and Billy Corgan calls the movie "prophetic" for all bands.

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Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

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Diana Benanti
Pop's rocks 24/7, we've heard.

We've all done it. You're at a bar and it's closing time, but you're not quite ready for the night to end. Maybe you want to grab just one more drink. Then someone in your crew suggests that you "go to the east side."

Fifteen minutes later you're in another state. You've crossed the Mississippi River into Sauget, Illinois, and you find yourself in a massive gravel parking lot, stumbling into the after-hours beacon that is Pop's Nightclub & Concert Venue.


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Michael Bolton Talks Sex Appeal and Mullets, in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Did you know that Michael Bolton's real last name is "Bolotin"? (It's pronounced "below-tin.") Or that he is a major Scrabble nerd? These are important things to know.

Bolton's talent supersedes any genre. He has worked with an eclectic array of musicians, including Pavarotti, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Percy Sledge, Ne-Yo, Kanye West and Jay-Z.

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Oscars 2014 Recap: The Best Music Moments

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It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, not last year's) and calling actor and 30 Seconds to Mars vocalist Jared Leto "pretty," but she soon soothed her famous friends by having pizza delivered and taking selfies that break Twitter. For real, yo.

But honestly, we didn't give a shit about who won Oscars (Find out here.). The only reason we watched was to judge the telecast's musical moments. There were plenty of snoozers -- sorry, Karen O. and Idina Menzel -- but enough stars brought charm and joy that we didn't hate ourselves for watching this crap. Below, check out what we consider to be the telecast's musical highlights. Be sure to tell us your favorite moments in the comments!

See also: "Grammys Highlights: Daft Punk Wins, Pharrell's Hat, Taylor Swift Has Sex with a Piano"


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