Kentucky Knife Fight Says Goodbye at Off Broadway: Photos

Categories: Snapshots

Theo Welling
Kentucky Knife Fight waves farewell to its fans at Off Broadway. See more photos here.

It's the end of an era for one of St. Louis' most respected yet most underrated bands.

Kentucky Knife Fight played its final show November 22 at Off Broadway. After nearly a decade of blending folk, Americana, blues, rock, garage and a smorgasbord of other musical genres, the band decided to end its run with a farewell show full of longtime hits as well as tunes from its 2013 album Hush Hush.

Maybe the theft of its touring van proved too vexing for the group to overcome. Or maybe KKF had too varied of a sound to fit into one easily marketable genre. Either way, St. Louis has lost one of its beloved musical totems.

See also:
- Photos: Kentucky Knife Fight's Farewell Show at Off Broadway
- St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight to Call It Quits With a Farewell Show November 22

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 24 to 30

Categories: Out Every Night

Photo by Todd Owyoung
Rusko performs at the Old Rock House this Saturday.

Local reunions are the "in" thing right now, and Thanksgiving week doesn't disappoint. The Stag Nite All Stars will return this Wednesday to pay tribute to the Band - a fitting concert for Thanksgiving eve (otherwise known as the "drunkest night of the year"). If you're not glued to the couch via food coma on Thursday, Fragile Porcelain Mice play their pulverizing rock at Pop's. And, as usual, the whole weekend is jammed packed with plenty of choices for music lovers. Choosing between Ha Ha Tonka and Jay Farrar on Friday will be a bummer for some - but that's not a bad problem to have.

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The Stoner's Cookbook Shows You How to Prepare a Gourmet "Danksgiving"

Photo by Natalie Martinez
These Cannabis Buddha Biscuits will prime your stomach for wayyy more turkey.
Considering just how much food will crowd onto your Thanksgiving table this year, it could almost be considered rude not to get baked before dinner. After all, if your Aunt Margaret went to the trouble of making her special marshmallow sweet-potato soufflé, you damn well better have a few bites!

But what if instead of hitting a quick bowl in the basement or rocking a few puffs of the vape pen in the bathroom, you could integrate some THC into your meal from the get-go? That's what Natalie Martinez, an LA-based chef for the popular DIY weed-cooking website Stoner's Cookbook, suggests: A few cannabis dishes, especially on the early side of the meal, can make all the difference when helping you politely try everyone's contributions and stay hungry enough for dessert.

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Run the Jewels Talks Police Brutality and Cat Remixes

Categories: Hip-Hop

Courtesy of Mass Appeal Records
Run the Jewels' album will soon be available for cats as well.

Some matches are made in heaven -- others, like Run The Jewels, are made in the murky, underwater trenches of underground hip-hop. Named after a verse in LL Cool's J "Cheesy Rat Blues," RTJ swerves like a great white shark -- sleek as hell, just don't get caught in those teeth.

This isn't the first time El-P and Killer Mike have crushed it together -- El-P was behind Killer Mike's 2012 critically acclaimed album R.A.P. Music, and later that year, Mr. Killer appeared on the track "Tougher Colder Killer" from El-P's Cancer 4 Cure. Forming Run the Jewels was just the natural progression of things.

See also: Meow the Jewels Reaches Kickstarter Goal, World Isn't So Bad After All

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Scared Country Stars Cancel St. Louis Shows, Blame Ferguson

Categories: This Just In

Photos via Hayes' and Nail's official websites.
Hunter Hayes and David Nail each canceled their individual shows this week, "out of respect."
Citing the state of emergency Governor Jay Nixon put into place for the state of Missouri this past Monday, two pop-country singers have canceled two separate shows in the St. Louis area that were planned for this week. First Nashville's Hunter Hayes nixed his Chaifetz Arena show, scheduled for last night -- the announcement was made on Wednesday -- and now David Nail, also of Nashville, has followed suit by canceling his performance scheduled for tonight at Ballpark Village.

See also: The Ten Biggest Douchebags In Country Music

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: November 21 to 23

Photo by Bob Reuter
Ded Bugs perform their farewell show this Saturday at Schlafly Tap Room.

This weekend brings big events with a bittersweet aftertaste. On Friday night, beloved hip-hop fusion group Lojic returns for one night only -- just enough time for fans to lament the loss of a favorite band once again. Both Kentucky Knife Fight and Ded Bugs play their last shows on Saturday, so the rare connoisseur of both punk and Americana will have to make a tough choice between the two. Of special mention is the recently announced Thollem McDonas solo gig at the Tavern of Fine Arts on Friday. A world-class pianist who has worked with the likes of Nels Cline, William Parker and Deerhoof? Sign us up.

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Funky Butt Brass Band to Release Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp This Saturday: Listen Now

Categories: Homespun

Corey Woodruff
Funky Butt Brass Band

If the Funky Butt Brass Band, that six-headed Hydra of spit valves and second-line sweat and Chachere's seasoning, had stuck to its initial goal of bringing New Orleans brass music to St. Louis, that would have been enough. But over six years and four releases, the band has continued to expand its boundaries. That New Orleans shuffle is still at the heart of many of the group's tracks, but its latest full-length, Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp, is more interested in tugging at the edges of funk, soul and even hip-hop.

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Reader Reactions to Nickelback's Place in Ferguson Affairs: An Educational Dialogue

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Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is making that face because he's thinking really hard about Ferguson.

When browsing Teh Interwebz, it's important to adhere to the golden rule: DON'T READ THE COMMENTS. For real, people (including some of you and some of us) just go batshit insane when it comes to spouting their opinions regarding guns, UGG boots, burritos, kitten mittens, rain on a Monday, potholes, Gremlins 2: The New Batch or anything, ever. Trying to parse the logic behind the rhetoric simply rots the brain, so we do not recommend it.

We'll make an exception, though, when it comes to reading comments on stories about Nickelback. While we're still scratching our heads over why Chad Kroeger and friends felt compelled to weigh in on Ferguson issues, we're nonetheless grateful for the band's convictions. Otherwise, we might not have your insightful thoughts about music's place in activism and world affairs.

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Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in New Documentary Film

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Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber in PULP
By Stephanie Zacharek

When I was a kid in upstate New York, I'd hear Petula Clark's "Downtown" on the radio -- a song about the promise of glittering lights, "movie shows," and all the excitement and dazzle adult life had to offer -- and revel in the anywhere-but-hereness of it all. That's not to denigrate where I grew up. Almost all kids, growing up anywhere, ask themselves: What else does the world have to offer?

Long before they became world-famous, the members of the Yorkshire-bred Pulp, led by precocious stringbean-in-pants Jarvis Cocker, must have asked too. And as Florian Habicht's gingery, deeply affectionate documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets shows, even after they found out what the world had to offer -- they were still OK with Sheffield.

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In Defense of Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Documentary Series

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Dave Grohl with his mustache.
By Rae Alexandra

As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, even more angry voices have emerged.

Accusations have been thrown at Grohl and the band for seeking "respectability by proxy," and at the show for being "nothing more than promotion for the Foo Fighters and their new record," as well as a "bloated, rambling... gimmick." Is the show perfect? Good Lord, no.

See also: Foo Fighters to Bring Dave Grohl's Mustache to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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