Pretty Little Empire to Perform Stripped-Down Set at Halo Bar Following Demetri Martin Show

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Daniel Perea
William Godfred and Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire.
When comedian Demetri Martin performs at the Pageant this Thursday, March 26, he'll finally have the chance to hang with his new best friends in Pretty Little Empire.

OK, so the St. Louis indie-rock quartet hasn't actually met the former Important Things with Demetri Martin host. In fact, its members are not even sure Martin knows they exist, despite sharing roles in bringing comedy film The Last Time You Had Fun to life recently and having director Mo Perkins as a connection in common.

But maybe all of that will change when PLE performs at the Halo Bar directly following Martin's standup show.

See also: Movie and Television Licensing Deals Provide Exposure for Bands in St. Louis and Beyond

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SXSW 2015: Friday and Saturday Recap with the Church, Juliana Hatfield, the Zombies and More

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Dana Plonka
Ibeyi at Waterloo Records

"There's no use in wishing and hoping," chanted poet, songwriter, actor and Native American activist John Trudell. He stood with his band in the sanctuary of a church in the final hours of SXSW 2015. "No use in coulda, woulda, shoulda. It's a waste of tears."

"It is what it is."

Of course he wasn't talking about SXSW. And of course he was.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 23 to 29

Categories: Out Every Night

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Photo by Jon Gitchoff
Earl Sweatshirt returns to St. Louis this Tuesday at the Ready Room. Check out RFT Slideshows for more photos from his 2013 show with Mac Miller at the Pageant.

Spring has sprung, and the next seven days bring the best in hip-hop, indie rock and more. The Ready Room has a hat trick of shows this week with Earl Sweatshirt, Tycho and the Gaslight Anthem on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Ambient artist Tim Hecker plays the Kranzberg Arts Center on Friday while free-jazz legend Matthew Shipp takes the Stage at KDHX with bassist Michael Bisio on Saturday night. Peruse our picks below, and let us know what you're looking forward to.

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Twenty Years After His Death, Eazy-E Deserves a Spot on Rap's Mount Rushmore

Categories: Hip-Hop

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Peter Dokus
Eazy-E died twenty years ago this week. RIP.
For Eazy-E, the concept of gangster rap was fully formed in his mind.

By 1986 the genre, which nobody then called "gangster rap" ("reality rap," please) had begun to sprout in LA by way of Ice-T's "6 'n the Mornin'," which was patterned after Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D's "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" But there was no gangster-rap label, and certainly no gangster-rap genre.

Eazy-E was an unlikely progenitor. "I didn't know he rapped," remembers MC Ren, his future bandmate in N.W.A. "Ain't nobody know."

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SXSW 2015: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Recap

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Dana Plonka
Public Service Broadcasting at SXSW 2015

When Snoop Dogg (Lion, Ostrich, whatever) is late announced as keynote speaker to SXSW 2015, you know things have changed. A shark may have been jumped, a joke may have been played or maybe Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. is the right emblem of what this industry of ours has become. Maybe it's all three.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 20 to 22

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Photo by Theo Welling
Crazy XXX Girlfriend celebrates the release of its debut album this Saturday at Foam. View more photos from the band's Halloween show in RFT Slideshows.

Maybe most of your friends are in Austin, Texas, right now, and you're looking for a bar to drown your sorrows in. On Saturday, Heavy Anchor hosts the Crazy XXX Girlfriend album-release show while the Ready Room has a homecoming of sorts for rapper Chingy. Don't spend your weekend stuck in the gutter of social-media hell wishing you were somewhere else. St. Louis has much to offer these next three days -- minus the hellish parking of an overblown, overhyped festival like SXSW.


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Help Us Select the 2015 RFT Music Awards Nominees

Categories: Music Awards

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Bryan Sutter
Dad Jr. performing at last year's RFT Music Showcase.
Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. Our summer awards showcase -- to be held again this year in the Grove -- also provides local music lovers an opportunity to see dozens of these bands and musicians in action, with sponsorship by loads of local businesses.

So, it is that time again! We are enlisting your help in choosing the best bands in the city. It is our goal to provide a definitive list of the most talented acts in town, but we can't do it alone. Who are your favorites? Who in St. Louis do you think deserves more recognition? Post your picks in the comments below. (Please be sure to only choose from the acts in the St. Louis region, of course.)

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St. Louis Guitar Heroes Set to Gather at this Weekend's Tritone Guitars Gear Expo

Categories: Interviews

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Nate Burrell
Tritone Guitars' Dave Anderson is St. Louis' one-stop guitar guru.
This weekend, while NCAA fans are ankle-deep in busted brackets, a different kind of obsessive will be gathering for the very first Tritone Guitars Gear Expo. All manner of guitar-slingers, gear-heads and tone-nerds will be on hand at the Metropolitan Artists Lofts in midtown (500 North Grand Boulevard) to check the wares of local builders and guitar technicians. The free event takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public

The expo is an offshoot of local tech and musician Dave Anderson's Tritone Guitars, which began as a guitar-repair operation and has expanded to include design, consultation and multimedia exploits. The Tritone Facebook group in particular shows the robust interest in bespoke guitar gear located in St. Louis -- posters regularly inquire about set-up tips and advice or offer their gear for sale. Local builders and techs, from Chris Kroenlein's K-Line Guitars to Brad Sarno's Sarno Music Solutions, will be on hand for demonstrations. (Visit the Facebook event page for a full list of participants.)

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Put Your Damn Phone Away and Enjoy the Show

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Mike Madison
Psst. Put your phone away at the show, already.

By H. Drew Blackburn

We've all heard of the FOMO, that is, the Fear of Missing Out. In Aziz Ansari's new special, Live at Madison Square Garden, he sharply criticizes the millennial generation's anxiety in regards to missing out on something better happening right now.

Woe unto the person at the thing, who checks their social-media thing, to find out that there's a better thing happening at that moment in time. God forbid that that thing -- say, a concert -- were ever good enough in the here and now (whatever that is).

See also: Hey Tall People, Stop Being Jerks At Concerts


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New Music Circle Offers "Struggling Music Lover" Prices for Upcoming Concerts

Categories: Fiesta!

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Okkyung Lee and Lotte Anker performing at a New Music Circle event in February 2015

St. Louis' premier presenter of high-end musical weirdness, New Music Circle, is offering some pretty great deals on its upcoming shows at the Stage at KDHX.

New Music Circle is an organization that is "dedicated to the creation and performance of improvisational and experimental music" and it's been supplying St. Louis with cool, artistic, adventurous, creative, innovative, weird, touching, intellectual, off-the-map and joyfully WTF events since 1959.


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