They Want Us to Call Riverport "Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre" Now, I Guess

Categories: This Just In

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You know that great big outdoor concert venue in Maryland Heights? The one where you're likely to attend the Vans Warped Tour or Pointfest or maybe a three-song-only Kings of Leon show consisting of more bird poop than anticipated? Well, it has once again changed its name.

See also: Kings of Leon Cancels Its St. Louis Show After Playing Three Songs Because of Bird Shit

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Critic Pick Comic: El Monstero Rises From the Ooze to Walk the Earth

Categories: This Just In

Editor's note: Each week illustrator Curtis Tinsley and writer/clubs editor Joseph Hess team up in comic form to recommend an upcoming show in St. Louis. Follow Curtis and Joseph on Twitter at @curtistinsley and @JosephSHess, respectively.

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All art by Curtis Tinsley, words by Joseph Hess.

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Tef Poe: How to Spot Violent Agitators at a Peaceful Protest

Categories: The Poe Report

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Bryan Sutter
Police in St. Louis on November 25, the day after the grand jury delivered no indictment. See more photos here.
Editor's note: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 2 and was followed up this year by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

This country has never witnessed a black-liberation front actually lifting our fists to fight back. There have been moments of violent encounters, but we as a community have yet to collectively declare the need to physically "fight." Over the course of history we have damaged property, devalued our own communities, flooded the streets with signs and direct actions, but America has not witnessed actual widespread physical retaliation for injustice. I think this is important to note.

See also: Dear Mr. President: A Letter From Tef Poe

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The 11 Most Confusing Christmas Albums of the Past Decade

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We found so many weird Christmas records that the Judas Priest frontman's holiday album didn't even make the list.
By Josh Chesler

Every year, new artists try their hands at making Christmas albums. It works for some (Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé), but for many others, it's just a weird experiment.

It's more or less expected for a lot of country singers and mainstream pop stars to make at least some kind of holiday offering, but there are plenty of musicians and bands who do so even though it doesn't seem to fit the general theme of their music. Here's our list of eleven Christmas albums from artists who we think have no business making Christmas albums.

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They Might Be Giants, 2 Chainz, Ledisi and More in This Week's Show Announcements

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They Might Giants returns to St. Louis on Saturday, May 16.

Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones you are excited about! Click through, and start planning ahead.


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Carried By Styx: Pallbearer Incorporates Prog-Rock Influences Into Its Doom-Metal Sound

Categories: Interviews, Metal

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Diana Lee Zadlo
Pallbearer loves Kansas.

Being the torchbearer of the modern American doom-metal movement can be a tough job, especially when you list Kansas as one of your favorite bands. But it makes sense, according to Pallbearer bass player and vocalist Joseph D. Rowland, who says the band's progressive tendencies are just as important as its metal roots.

"I think we are just as much a prog-rock band as we are doom-metal," says Rowland. "We're huge fans of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas -- bands that pushed the envelope. We like telling a story through the music as well as the lyrics."

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 7: Grace Basement, "A Kiss For All the World"

Categories: Holiday Jams
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Nate Burrell
Kevin Buckley of Grace Basement
Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 7: Grace Basement, "A Kiss For All the World" (2012)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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We Watched the American Country Countdown Awards So You Wouldn't Have To

Categories: WTF

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Because the world needed another country music awards show, apparently.
Because you're a self-respecting human with some shred of dignity, you probably didn't spend two hours of your life last night sitting in front of the TV, drinking White Russians and watching the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards (2014's fourth televised awards show celebrating the country music industry, in case anyone's counting). But if you had, here are some thoughts that might've crossed your mind.

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The 30 Highest-Paid Musicians In 2014

Categories: List-O-Rama

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Miley is smiley 'cause she made $36 million in the last 365 days.

Glitz. Glamour. And obscene, seven-figure weekly paychecks.

Such is the life of the rich and famous pop tarts, rock stars, rappers, and superstar DJs who enrich our lives with their inspiring music, spectacular tours, semi-nude Instapics, and endless drug-taking, DUI-ing, sex tape-ing antics.

Can you imagine making $100,000 a day? Well, even the poorest among Forbes' highest-paid musicians of 2014, like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, pull down that many greenbacks every 24 hours.

Others, meanwhile, mint that much moola in 60 minutes. All day. All night. All year.

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St. Louis Comedy 2014: Reviewed By Local Comedians

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Kelsey McClure
A scene from St. Louis' only late-night show, STL Up Late.

Rather than write a long-winded love story about comedy in St. Louis, RFT Music decided to reach out to the scene's key players for their side of the 2014 comedy story. We asked them to submit a meme, GIF or two-sentence summary of their 2014 comedy experience. A few went straight to photoshop while others went the route of shameless self-promotion. All in all, the collection is just about as true as it gets -- without jokes, we'd only have ourselves to laugh at.

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