Here Are the Winners of the 2015 RFT Music Awards

Categories: Music Awards

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Derek Schwartz
Tok, seen here performing at this year's RFT Music Showcase, was voted Best Hard Rock band.
It was simply meant to be. After what felt like weeks of continuous rain in St. Louis, the clouds finally parted on Saturday, June 20, just in time for the annual RFT Music Showcase. Held for the second time in the Grove district of Manchester Avenue, this year's event saw record numbers in attendance and in performance, with nearly 90 acts sharing their art with St. Louis' most in-the-know music fans over the course of twelve hours. The sunshine, frankly, was just a bonus.

But we're not done yet. There's still the little matter of the RFT Music Awards, for which members of the public cast their ballots to support their favorite local artists. Thousands of votes later, the results are in.

See also: 20 Top Pics From the RFT Music Showcase 2015

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8 Surprising Crossovers Between Music and Sports

Categories: Fiesta!

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Press Photo via Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling
Disarm you with a flying elbow drop, more like it.
Decades after providing an avenue through which youth in the '90s could steer their angst, Billy Corgan has found a new group whose anger he's been hired to direct.

Corgan, whose Smashing Pumpkins will be appearing tonight, June 23, at the Pageant, announced earlier this year that he has joined TNA Wrestling as a senior producer, focusing on talent and development. A lifelong wrestling fan, Corgan is known to tweet frequently about the sport and in 2011 even founded his own Chicago-based wrestling company, Resistance Pro Wrestling.

From the Bears' Super-Bowl-Shuffling crew to Garth Brooks' appearance at San Diego Padres' spring training, the flirtation between music and athletics (and vice versa) is a frequent story in the history of the two pastimes. For some, however, this coquetry in another field became more serious -- occasionally creating a second career. With that in mind, here are eight surprising crossovers between music and sports.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Picks Up the Pace with The High Country

Categories: Interviews

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will perform Friday, June 26, at Off Broadway.
A group of high school friends get together, form a band and release an album of fuzzy, uptempo songs -- it's a trope as old as rock music itself. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, however, waited until its fifth record to show off its more more garage-rock side. "It was a reaction to our last album," said singer/drummer/guitarist Phillip Dickey of The High Country, the group's latest release. "On the last album [we] recorded all the parts ourselves. We were very meticulous about finding tones.This was...let's do things the exact opposite."

The contrast between the two records is immediately apparent. The piano and drum machine intro that opened Fly By Night , the group's 2013 album, is replaced by a simple count-off and a wall of fuzz with "Line on You," the new album's opener.

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Audio Vulture's Strange Memories on This Nervous Night: Review and Stream

Categories: Homespun

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For the past five years, south-side denizen Ben Davis has made music under the name Audio Vulture, dutifully releasing an album every year or so with little fanfare and few, if any, live appearances. His one-man band name may sound like a post-Napster piracy hub or a particularly nasty piece of malware, but it fits his catchall technique of mixing found sound, canned beats, blues-indebted guitar and wry vocals into fairly catchy tunes about self-abuse and self-loathing.

He calls his music "junkie pop," a genre tag about as cute as a scabrous track mark and one that oversells the music's narcotic effect. Davis' sound-collage style and boho-jazz lyrics are closer to MTV-era Eels and Calvin Johnson side projects than, say, Mark Linkous' blackout fantasias with Sparklehorse.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 22 to 28

Categories: Out Every Night

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Neon Trees returns to St. Louis tonight at the Ready Room. Photo by Bryan Sutter. See more photos from the band's show last year at Ballpark Village in RFT Slideshows.

After spending a full 24 hours recovering from the 2015 RFT Music Showcase, we're just barely ready to brave the week ahead. But really, we want to thank everyone who came out to support local music and the musicians who lent their talents to make the event such a roaring success.

While this past weekend was one for the record books, great music still goes down in St. Louis every single night of the week. Trust us, we've done the research and are here to report our findings below:


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The Conformists Return to Form with Original Vocalist Mike Benker

Categories: Live and Local

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Chris Muether
An outdated photo of the Conformists. Former bassist James Winkeler (right) has been replaced by Chris Boron (not pictured), who initially replaced singer Mike Benker (center), who has returned to the group. Got it? Good.
It's just before midnight on a dreary Tuesday night and Christopher Dee, Chris Boron and Patrick Boland of the Conformists are sitting around a small table outside the Royale, sipping drinks and pulling on cigarettes as they remember nineteen years of playing music around St. Louis. Only a thin canvas covering separates the bandmates from the falling rain, which after a day of thunderstorms and showers has slowed to a drizzle.

"This is a great place to be a band. It's super cheap, its easy to have a practice spot, you're a hub in the country. The city is a big part of our identity for sure," says Dee, who plays guitar in the band. "I think something about being secluded here and having to let your creativity keep you occupied and busy does something a little bit different than it does elsewhere where you have this built-in reputation."

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 19 to 21

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Rapper Tef Poe joins more than 80 local acts this Saturday for the 2015 RFT Music Showcase.

The 2015 RFT Music Showcase is finally upon us. If you haven't been keeping up, we have been previewing every band nominated for an award for the last two weeks, but now the wait is over. This Saturday, you can see more than 80 of those acts across ten venues in the Grove for a measly ten bucks. This event is the best single stop for local music all year, including St. Louis' own rising stars of the hip-hop scene. There's no shortage of great music in town, so read on and be in the know.


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Soul and Funk: Meet the 2015 RFT Music Award Nominees

Categories: Music Awards

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The 2015 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is set to be the biggest local music festival in St. Louis history. On June 20, nearly 100 local bands will play across ten venues in the Grove Neighborhood, including just about every genre possible, sans polka. From now until the showcase, we will supply you with the lowdown on every act nominated for an RFT Music Award, so you can be in the know with regards to your vote. Read on and get familiar with your local scene. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 20!

See also:
-- The Complete 2015 RFT Music Showcase Schedule
-- Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards


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Jeremy Kannapell Makes Experimental Music Happen in St. Louis

Categories: News

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Photo by Mabel Suen
Jeremy Kannapell performing as Ghost Ice.

His one-man project Ghost Ice is nominated for a Music Award under that troublesome "Noise" category (more on that later), but Jeremy Kannapell's contributions to the St. Louis music scene extend far beyond his increasingly frequent live performances. In his words, he has become a "coordinator" — not a booker or promoter — for all manner of experimental shows, whether in DIY spaces or staid concert halls. Think of him as a kind of switchboard for progressive music, connecting artists, venues and audiences, and helping foster a supportive scene for outside-the-box musicians.

Just don't expect him to take any credit for it.

See also: Noise: Meet the 2015 RFT Music Award Nominees

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Singer-Songwriter: Meet the 2015 RFT Music Award Nominees

Categories: Music Awards

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The 2015 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is set to be the biggest local music festival in St. Louis history. On June 20, nearly 100 local bands will play across ten venues in the Grove Neighborhood, including just about every genre possible, sans polka. From now until the showcase, we will supply you with the lowdown on every act nominated for an RFT Music Award, so you can be in the know with regards to your vote. Read on and get familiar with your local scene. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 20!

See also:
-- The Complete 2015 RFT Music Showcase Schedule
-- Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards


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