The 20 Best Songs About Marijuana in the History of the Earth

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Tom Petty already had his last dance with Mary Jane -- right?
April 20, also known as "420 woooooo hooooooo fuck yeahhh!" day, is here. It's time for all of America to celebrate its deep and abiding love for marijuana. Marijuana has also been called herbal refreshment, clickem, nib, pot, tical, Buddha, ganja, bammer, chronic, MJ, burger, Thai stick, reefer, boo-yah, onion, pakalolo, skunk, sticky icky icky, choke, kill, dope, kind, dub, shwag, paca lolo, fatty, kind bud, woolies, smoke, and zombie.

Let's all get in the mood! Dim the lights, crank up your favorite video game console, add a little fresh water to your bong, get a brand-new black light for all of your black light posters, drop by the local dispensary, lay back, and crank all these songs as loud as you can, man. Wait, don't crank it too loud, though, bro. You don't want the neighbors calling the cops again. Is it still too loud? Wait, what's that, is it a knock at the door?

20. Muddy Waters, "Champagne & Reefer"

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, April 20 to 26

Categories: Out Every Night

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Zappa Plays Zappa returns to St. Louis tonight with a show at the Ready Room. See more photos from the 2010 performance at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

Insert 4:20 joke here. I'll help you out: Tumblr is an endless sewer of hash-hashtags and humorless stoner gifs. Those who choose to abstain on such a national holiday might find solace in the sonic equivalent of flying high as a kite.

Zappa Plays Zappa is such a band. Weed stench is sure to permeate every inch of the Ready Room, so if your office requires randomized drug tests, you could be in danger from second-hand smoke alone. Hoodie Allen plays Maryville University the next day, which might not be much safer. It's best just to give up and go green.

Here is our list of the week's best live music.

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Homespun: The Educated Guess' The Educated Guess

Categories: Homespun

Forgive the extended absence of a proper Educated Guess album. In the six years since West Skyline Drive was released, songwriter, composer, pianist and lead singer Charlie Brumley has written a Civil War-inspired song suite, staged the sci-fi musical Chrono Man and lent his talents to various acts around town. But the Educated Guess has long been his most fertile ground, and the protracted gestation period between albums allowed his skills -- and his vision for the band -- to grow.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 17-19

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Euclid Records celebrates national Record Store Day this year with a full weekend of live performances Friday through Sunday. See more photos from last year's festivities in RFT Slideshows.

For those who doubt the revival of vinyl, the hoards crowding shops on Record Store Day should be proof enough that people still love the buzz and pop of a needle on wax.

This holiday isn't one for dad rockers sick with nostalgia. No, this day celebrates new bands with new albums while bringing out-of-print favorites back into circulation for fresh ears to hear. Break it all down and Record Store Day isn't just the latest in consumer holidays, it's a time for loving and for sharing.

There are great concerts all weekend, and some of them take place in your favorite brick-and-mortar.

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Bryan Adams Was Straight From the Heart at the Fox Last Night

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Bryan Adams and a fan at the Fabulous Fox.
Bryan Adams' appearance at the Fabulous Fox Theatre last night may have been the St. Louis live debut of his song "The Boy's Night Out" -- but the audience was clearly dominated by the fairer sex.

Adams, touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his No. 1, five-time platinum album Reckless, played a career-spanning set that included the 1984 album in its entirety, including some outtakes. And while many men were in attendance, it was the women in the crowd who drove the show.

"He's a rocker and a lover," said Carol Haugen, who was seeing the Canadian songsmith for the first time.

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Upcoming: The Adolescents, Volbeat, Anthrax, Tim McGraw, Robert Earl Keen, San Fermin, Grieves and More

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Tim McGraw
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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Don't Like Lightning Bolt's Sharp New Sound? Brian Chippendale Is OK with That

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The members of noise rock duo Lightning Bolt: Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson.

Brian Chippendale, one-half of the two-man noise band Lightning Bolt, is on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design in his hometown of Providence, supporting the school technicians who are striking for better benefits, when someone recognizes him. They exchange a brief "hey!"

It's not a rock star move. Chippendale may be in a band that was previously No. 8 on the Metacritic "Artists of the Decade 2000-2009" list, but today he's getting more recognition for supporting the cause (his wife is a RISD grad student) and for wearing a headband than for his music. You can be a big man in the world of experimental noise rock. You can even perform with Bjork. That doesn't mean people outside the scene will ever recognize you on the street -- especially if your role involves playing the drums in a knit face mask, which also holds the tinny compact microphone that you sing/shout into.

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Volcanoes Are Breaking Up

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Volcanoes Eric Peters and Jon Ryan, photographed outside Vegas while on tour.
Local noise/dance/punk duo Volcanoes is ceasing active existence in June after it plays two more shows, its last "for the foreseeable future."

As the band's Facebook announcement and accompanying biographical short film explain, the split is entirely amicable and due mostly to drummer/synth player/vocalist Eric Peters' impending move to LA with his fiancée. Peters has accepted a modeling contract from the Osbrink Agency, while drummer/bassist/synth player Jon Ryan is staying in St. Louis.

Despite Peters' upcoming departure, he and Ryan have continued writing music together as the clock winds down on Volcanoes, and both plan to play music after the split.

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Nelly Arrested for Felony Drug Possession in Tennessee (UPDATE)

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Dilemma, indeed.
UPDATE: Nelly's lawyer says "he's confident" the "alleged contraband" won't be found to be the hip-hop star's. A shocking development, we know.

See our update at the bottom of the post, which includes an update on which drugs were actually found in the tour bus.

Originally posted on Saturday, April 11.

The saintliest of all the Lunatics was arrested in Tennessee yesterday morning when police found drugs and weapons on his tour bus during an inspection.

Law enforcement made the initial stop because the vehicle failed to display U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association stickers, but the interaction soon escalated into a bust involving marijuana, crystal meth and a number of guns.

Nelly himself (real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.) was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, April 13 to 19

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The English Beat returns to St. Louis this Friday at Blueberry Hill. See more photos from its 2009 performance at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

The English Beat is back, so tighten those suspenders and checkerboard-whatevers and get to skankin'. (That was really the best term we could come up with for the half-dance, half-mosh?)

Also, the prince of swoony pop-rock himself Bryan Adams returns to town this hump day with his Reckless Anniversary Tour. Intrepid writer/comedian Jeremy Essig recently broke down the seminal album track-by-track, calling it the " album to have on a deserted island if you happen to fall in love and break up with someone on that island (while also cheating with a third person on said island)." Whether you have a plus-one or you're going solo this week, there's great music to be heard in St. Louis every single night.

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