Schwervon! Moved From NYC to the Midwest and Never Looked Back

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Schwervon!
New York City is a wonderful place to live, but it can be hard to make ends meet if you want to focus on your art. Such was the dilemma that Matt Mason and Nan Turner faced in 2012. As Schwervon!, a guitar/drum duo, the two had recorded a few albums, toured the U.S. a bit and made a few forays into Europe. When they wanted to focus on music full time, they faced a tough choice. Either they could stay in New York City, where they were about to lose their rent-stabilized Lower East Side apartment, or they could pursue the idea Mason proposed: relocate to the Kansas City area, where he grew up. The Midwest won.

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Hospitalized Miley Cyrus Cancels Tonight's Scottrade Show

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@mileycyrus | Twitter
All this illness ever did was wre-e-eck her.

This morning, Miley Cyrus tweeted from her hospital bed that her highly anticipated show scheduled for Scottrade Center tonight will be canceled. Scottrade Center has confirmed the cancellation, saying that ticket refunds will be available at their point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded.

Cyrus has been touring the country to support her album Bangerz, released last fall, but the former Hannah Montana star has been ill in recent weeks and was hospitalized Tuesday for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her team canceled yesterday's concert in Kansas City just two and a half hours before showtime.

See also: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Announced - St. Louis in April

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Sci-Fi Squalor: Pittsburgh's Microwaves will Play Cafe Ventana This Friday

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Adam MacGregor
Pittsburgh's Microwaves perform St. Louis this Friday.

In the 20th century, St. Louis was a veritable Petri dish for noise-rock artists. Once the mid-aughts hit, most of those bands drifted off, and our city's loud-music exports became punk and metal. But the dream still lives in locals like Yowie and What We Won't See, though, who will join Pittsburgh's Microwaves this Friday at Cafe Ventana.

See also: The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: April 2014


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Sammy Hagar, Eyehategod, Future, The O'Jays and More in This Week's Show Announcements

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The O'Jays - Friday, June 20 @ Fox Theatre.
Here again: 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; there, you can check out some of the 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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The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey Talks Baseball, Uncle Tupelo and Trusting Your Friends

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Vivian Johnson
The Minus 5
At the end of our talk, Scott McCaughey -- founder of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, once-upon-a-time sideman in R.E.M. and veteran clutch hitter with the Baseball Project -- expresses some disappointment that this interview is even happening at all.
"Hey, it's opening day in St. Louis," he says. "Why aren't you at the game?"


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Nato Caliph Presents "The Build" at Blank Space

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Omar O'Hara
A still From Nato Caliph's "Polarity" video shoot at Kayak Coffee.

In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank.

"Your music is not for everybody. Artists need that wake-up call. It's hard to believe, but that's a fact," says hip-hop artist Nato Caliph. "Focus on making quality music for the people that want to hear it, and that will spread itself. That's the reality, but that's what makes it beautiful."

Whether he's writing for new tracks or booking shows, Nato stays humble, with a strong sense of community. That humility shows in the poster for his next show, on which his name sits at the very bottom, despite his role as its main promoter. Catch him, along with ten-plus additional performers, at The Build at Blank Space on Saturday, April 26.


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St. Louis Aldermen Greenlight Summer Rocks Music Festivals

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The St. Louis board of aldermen approved Board Bill #328 yesterday. The vote paves the way for two large music festivals in downtown St. Louis.

Initial plans will see the Summer Rocks music festivals in downtown St. Louis' Gateway Mall, beginning the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in 2015. Critics of the proposal said it would stymie local artists and push locally produced shows away from the city.

See also: St. Louis City Committee Talks of New Major Downtown Music Festival

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Video: Cardinals Pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal Perform Karaoke

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The cold never bothered them anyway.

As the Best Fans in Baseball know, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal are excellent flameballers and all-around good guys. But what's finally getting everyone's attention lately is their adorable exuberance for karaoke.

See also: "Ask a Karaoke Host" Archives

At a recent benefit for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Wainwright and Rosenthal showed off their daddy dynamics by duetting on a karaoke version of "Love Is an Open Door" from Disney's Frozen. Both men have young daughters and other assorted family members, so we can only imagine how many times they'd been forced to listen to songs from the Oscar-winning film before finally deciding to give a tune a go -- and they did it with feeling. Lots and lots of feeling.

In the video below, Rosenthal took the part of joyful Anna, while Wainwright sang for the duplicitous Hans:

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The Worst of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

Categories: Coachella

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night Dust Storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds starting picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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The Best of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

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