LaFarge Pokes Veteran's Administration for Plans to Destroy Palladium

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One of St. Louis' most popular musicians entered the fray to save a nightclub pivotal to the history of St. Louis' music.

In a op-ed letter published on St. Louis Public Radio's web site, Pokey LaFarge chastised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' desire to raze the Palladium (Plantation Club) at 3618 Enright Avenue in Grand Center. The club was also featured in this recent Riverfront Times piece about the threats to the landmarks of St. Louis' black music legacy.

LaFarge's plea, published Sunday, detailed the club's rich history as once a crown jewel in the city's early jazz scene.

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Adorable St. Louis 5-Year-Old Releases Rap Video About Black History, Is Awesome

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Screenshot from the video.
Looks like a member of last year's RFT Music Awards winner for "Best Hip-Hop Group" has spawned a Mini-Me -- and damn if he isn't talented and adorable.

Heir Jordin is the five-year-old son of drummer and Doorway rapper RT-FaQ, and he's already following in Daddy's footsteps. Born Jordin Jackson-Prince, the tyke has taken a shine to rapping and recently released his debut song and video, "Proud History," which celebrates his African American culture and heritage.

"He's pretty excited," says RT-FaQ. "He keeps asking me, 'Has the world seen it yet?' I told him it's going to take some time, but it's coming."


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Here Is the Setlist from the Beatles' 1966 Concert at Busch Stadium

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The Beatles sort of looked like this when they performed at Busch Stadium in 1966.

This month fans all over the United States have been reliving Beatlemania, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's defining appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Without a doubt, the Beatles majorly changed rock & roll in the early 1960s. Mop-top hair, smart suits, witty wisecracks, three- and four-part harmonies -- the Beatles had it all. But what really helped the Liverpool lads make their mark was taking the best of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly and synthesizing it all into an earth-shattering sound that prolonged rock & roll's reign and paved the way for music's British Invasion in America.

See also: Ten Fun Facts About the Beatles' Ed Sullivan Debut, 50 Years Ago

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The Firebird Celebrates its Five-Year Anniversary with the Black Angels, Roky Erickson

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Roky Erickson and the Black Angels play the Firebird's five-year anniversary show.
This Saturday, February 1, the Firebird (2706 Olive Street; 314-535-0353) celebrates its five-year anniversary with an already sold-out show featuring the Black Angels and Roky Erickson. With his new project, the 800-capacity the Ready Room set to open this spring, owner and talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo spoke with us about the history and future for his venues.

See also: Mike Cracchiolo Discusses the Ready Room

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KDHX Begins Broadcasting from New Location: Photos

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Jaime Lees
KDHX, Magnolia Avenue, South City

We headed over to the KDHX (88.1 FM) studio yesterday morning to document the last couple of hours of broadcasting at good ol' 3504 Magnolia Avenue.

At noon the beloved station began broadcasting from its new location at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media. Primarily funded by grants and donations, this brand new multi-million dollar broadcasting hub in Grand Center will offer the proper space and amenities to host the ever-growing station.

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Premiere: New Video By the Finns, Reuniting This Saturday

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photos by Toby Weiss, via The Finns Facebook page

St. Louis indie-rock legends the Finns will reunite to play a show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room this Saturday. As with its previous reunion shows, this event is a must-see for fans of power pop or St. Louis music history.


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Native Sound Studio: A Look at David Beeman's Impressive New Recording Space

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Beeman in the control room at Native Sound.

It takes twenty stomps to ascend the white staircase to David Beeman's Native Sound Studio. Only after one navigates a bar in the midst of construction are the stairs visible. Two confused yet affable builders stare. The bespectacled one nods and says, "You just go up those stairs. Don't turn right. Don't. You have to turn left." The cryptic nature of his instructions is suspicious. The building looks like it has been gutted, everything painted in a pure, unicorn white that blinds when paired with light bulbs and lamps hung in a haphazard fashion. It feels an altogether foreign reality.

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Poster Exhibit at Saint Louis University Library Archives Six Years of Shows At the Billiken Club

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Even though its stage reached a standstill for the better part of the last couple of years, Saint Louis University's student-run music venue, the Billiken Club, has had its fair share of memorable concerts (and intends to keep 'em coming). In an effort to maintain a visual history, the SLU library's special-collections department presents an exhibit of letterpress prints made specifically for the Billiken Club by the Firecracker Press called (please don't) STEAL THIS POSTER!, premiering this Thursday, September 12, at 4 p.m with a musical performance by Manual Feed on vintage presses.

See also: The Billiken Club Isn't Dead: KSLU's Push to Revive the Shuttered Student Venue

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Bob Reuter Memorial Show: A Review in Photos

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Jaime Lees

When legendary local musician, writer and photographer Bob Reuter died suddenly last month, friends and loved ones were grief-stricken. Reuter played in and documented the south city scene for decades, leaving behind a vast amount of artistic work and no shortage of fans and admirers. Last night his bandmates, collaborators and friends came together at the Casa Loma Ballroom to pay tribute to Reuter's life and work.

See Also: Remembering Bob Reuter: St. Louis Speaks

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KDHX's Magnolia Avenue Building for Sale: $200,000

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Got $200,000? Own a piece of St. Louis radio history!
As KDHX (88.1 FM) polishes off the move to its new home at Grand Center, one little pesky piece of business still needs attending to: selling the building that was the station's home for over twenty years.

See Also:
- KDHX: Not Playing the Hits for 25 Years
- KDHX Launches Kickstarter for New Venue Space, "The Stage at KDHX"

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