The Ten Best Musical Moments on Parks and Recreation

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Not pictured: The Li'l Sebastian hologram.
By Alex Rice

The offbeat workplace sitcom Parks and Recreation has always found humor in the dullness of government work, and it also celebrates the world of music. From '90s hitmakers like Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo to indie-rock heavyweights the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy to Pawnee's own Mouse Rat and Duke Silver, musical subplots were constantly on the horizon. Just think what the show might've been ifthe RZA been chosen to play Leslie Knope.

That's enough eulogizing, though, especially since there's still two episodes to go. After making it clear that this whole thing is a massive spoiler alert, let's take a look at the ten best onscreen musical moments in Parks and Rec history.

See also: Jeff Tweedy, Ginuwine Sing for Unity on Parks & Rec Season Finale

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Six Videos of Hozier Before He Was Famous

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Hozier in 2011 -- playing to almost no one.
By Reed Fischer

Love Hozier or hate Hozier, but don't say the 24-year-old didn't work hard to get to where he's at. The Irish singer's got stubble on his face these days because there's been no time to shave over the past three years.

Well before "Take Me to Church" surpassed 100 million YouTube views -- back when he was still known as Andrew Hozier-Byrne -- the man who just did a duet with Annie Lennox on the Grammys diversified his musical gifts for a variety of musical pursuits. Did you know he was even a backup singer for '80s pop star Billy Ocean?

Without spoiling the surprises, some of the blue-eyed soul singer's choices proved more admirable than others. Here are six videos, in chronological order, that tell the story of Hozier's musical life before he was famous.

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The 10 Best Rap Lyrics About Hockey

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J. Cole wore an Alife hockey jersey for his 2014 Forest Hills Drive cover shoot.
By Jerard Fagerberg

Rap and hockey are two worlds that rarely collide. When it comes to punch lines, Gretzky, Lemieux and Ovechkin all get less love than Jordan, Bird and James. Shit, even Drake, the world's foremost Canadian rapper, is more liable to be seen on the Raptors sidelines than cheering on the Maple Leafs.

Rhymers are digging into NHL rosters, though. When they do, it's worth taking a few moments to celebrate. Here are our ten favorite rap lyrics about hockey players. Call it two minutes for name-checking.

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Nine Great Covers from the '90s You May Have Missed

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Evan Dando, king of the cover song.
By Jeremy Essig

UPDATE: Dando has cancelled the remainder of his current tour, including his STL stop. From his booking agency: "We are very sorry the upcoming Evan Dando show is cancelled. Evan has been struggling with sickness while on the road and is unable to perform. Refunds are available at point of purchase." Original post continues below.

With a catalog ranging from the New Kids On the Block to G.G. Allin, the Lemonheads' Evan Dando may be indie pop's king of the cover song.

While the band's sped-up version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" eventually introduced the group to a wider audience in 1992, Dando -- its only constant member -- has been cultivating a cover repertoire during his career so varied it might make Pandora crash.

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Ten More Great 3 a.m. Bars in St. Louis

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Colombo's St. Louis Bar and Cafe
At most St. Louis drinking establishments, 1:30 a.m. marks the time that the lights come on, the music stops and everybody gets the hell out (whether they want to or not). However, for a handful of the city's bars, 1:30 means that a whole new set of intoxicated revelers will make their way through the doors and to the bar for another hour and a half of inebriated escapism.

So for the sake of keeping the party going, here are ten great 3 a.m. bars to add to our original list from 2013:

See also: The Ten Best 3 a.m. Bars in St. Louis: 2013

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Five Musicians Who Ripped Off Tom Petty

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Tom Petty is laughing at all of you copycats.
By Alex Rice

Just last week, it was reported that pop singer Sam Smith had given Tom Petty a cowriting credit and royalties on his mega-hit, "Stay With Me." Thanks to the striking similarities of that tune to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," it has been impossible to ever hear one without thinking of the other. None of this is really a surprise, of course, since the 64-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is one of the most-copied rock musicians of the last four decades.

Let's take a closer listen to "Stay With Me" and four other songs that owe a considerable debt to the Tom Petty songbook.

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Ten More Great Dive Bars in St. Louis

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It's no secret that St. Louis likes to drink. Men's Health's countdown of "America's Drunkest Cities" rated us at No. 9, sandwiched between the less-loaded Reno, Nevada, and the slightly more sloshed Austin, Texas.

We here at RFT Music think St. Louis can do better than that, and with that in mind, we've decided to share with our readers ten more of the city's best dive bars.

It's hard to believe that it's already been two years since our last roundup of the best dive bars in town, but time really flies when you spend it getting drunk in a dark room.

See also: The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

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The Ten Worst Duets in Pop History

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From the "Whatupwitu" video.
This is what a bad duet looks like.
By Ian Gassman

In music, duets are supposed to be simple: Take a composition, divvy it up between two performers and prepare to be wowed. Recently, though, the duet has been put through the wringer by washed-up pop stars hacking it up alongside other celebrity singers who're searching for a hit. With apologies to several great musical pairings, the duet has often become a gimmick. For proof we offer this: the ten worst duets ever. Let us know about your least favorite duets in the comments.

See also: The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music

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The Five Best Musical Open Mic Nights in St. Louis

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Because everyone deserves a shot behind the mic. Yes, even you.
Open mic nights are an invaluable asset to any music scene. Whether you're a budding musician looking to hone your skills with some stage time, an occasional hobbyist just playing a few of your favorite songs for fun, or a seasoned professional looking to try out some new material, open mic nights are a great way to commune with other local musicians of all skill levels.

Luckily for St. Louis-area musicians of all stripes, we've got no shortage of music-oriented open mics around town. Here are five of the best that St. Louis and the surrounding area have to offer:

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The Ten Most Underrated Drummers in the History of Rock

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Yes, one of rock's most famous drummers is also underrated.

With all the real injustice on the streets -- and in the courtrooms -- of America currently, you might consider it trivial to examine ten drummers who deserve more credit and attention than they've received. And you'd be right. But music is, if nothing else, a way to make sense of this wicked world through pure release; ostensibly, music geekdom -- enjoying and dissecting -- is a meaningful part of that release.

See also: The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

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