Yeehaw! Missouri Ranks As No. 3 State Where Life Is Like a Country Song

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Estately
Save a horse, ride a cowboy. Or, you know, just hop into your pickup truck.

Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy.

We've been burned in the past with weird data factories claiming to have the pulse of the country. Anyone remember when the Echo Nest swore that the most popular band in Missouri was the Shins? Yeah, that was kind of crazy. (We think our very scientific discovery about the least popular bands in the states was way better.)

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The Six Craziest Music Items at St. Louis Resale Shops

Categories: LOLZ, List-O-Rama

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Allison Babka
These are on two-for-one special.

Did you put on a party hat and celebrate the United States' birthday all weekend? Sure you did -- we caught you lathering up strangers at your foam parties and proudly sporting your sequined hats at Fair Saint Louis. And you know what? It's your constitutional right (we think?) to fete the red, white and blue any way you see fit -- especially if it involves setting things on fire and consuming mass quantities of cheap beer.

Those are all great activities to celebrate the U. S. of A., but we at RFT Music did one better -- we searched for the weirdest music memorabilia St. Louis that thrift, consignment, antique and resale shops had to offer. Yes, we happily spent dozens of cents on some gently used goods (We're thrilled with the $3 vinyl "Do They Know It's Christmas?" single we took home!) while laughing our asses off at the relics of Mom's closet. It's the American Way, people! So as a late birthday present to this great country, we present the six best music-related items that still need loving homes.

See also: Electric Flurry Shoots Foam, Not Fireworks (Slideshow)


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Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success

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You give me something I can feeeeeeeeeel. And it's called money.

Twenty-four years ago today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians.

In the late '80s, snack-food company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ad and used a singer who could duplicate Waits' voice.

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

Categories: LOLZ, Last Night

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Jeff Tweedy does neat things.

Hey, did you guys know that Jeff Tweedy was on the season finale of Parks and Recreation last night? I didn't. Wait, that's not quite true -- I heard about it a million months ago but kind of forgot until 40 minutes before the episode aired, and then I got excited and forced a friend to say that I could go to their house to watch it.

But still! Jeff Tweedy! And possibly (totally) some other musicians! And a not-so-secret Michelle Obama cameo! And no Zooey Deschanel whatsoever!

See also: Prince Blesses The New Girl, Forces Us to Watch This Stupid Show

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A Brief History of 20th Century Noise in St. Louis, According to Chim Richards

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Photo by Mark Buckheit
Dazzling Killmen, referenced within.

Remember Chim Richards, that guy who has been messing with us here at RFT Music for weeks by sending phony (and hilarious) event submissions? Well he is at it again, and has stepped his game up this time.

See also: Some Joker Calling Himself "Chim Richards" Has Been Messing with Us

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Watch This Kid Get Hit by Fireworks in Slo-Mo During Lumpy's NYC Show

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Screenshot from the video.

This past weekend New York's Alright festival welcomed more than 30 bands from across the world, including St. Louis' own Lumpy & the Dumpers, for four days of boundary-pushing punk and hardcore music.

During Saturday's late-night Lumpy set at 538 Johnson, the enthusiastic (and enthusiastically shirtless) young man pictured above had a wrestling match with a lit strip of firecrackers. YouTube user unARTigNYC caught said match on video, and local hero Ben Smith, himself a Dumper, slowed that video down and added a soundtrack by French composer Erik Satie. The result is pure magic.

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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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Half of the Village People Banned From Ballpark Village By Dress Code

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L to R: Permissible, banned, permissible, banned, banned, permissible.
Ballpark Village's newly announced dress code has hit the Village People community especially hard, leaving half of the band barred altogether from the premises each night after 9 p.m.

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Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl": Local Performer Makes it Gayer

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Kriss Abigail
The song's been bouncing around Kyla Louise Webb's head ever since she heard the damn thing in 2008. Katy's Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" -- the national anthem of frivolous lady makeouts -- just wasn't...that gay at all.

"I always thought that line in the song is ridiculous: 'I hope my boyfriend don't mind it,'" says Webb, a St. Louis local who performs as the Charlie Chaplin-esque Sammy Tramp in the neo-vaudevillian touring show, the Beggar's Carnivale.

"On one hand it was great that this attractive woman was saying it was OK, but on the other hand she was really shooting everyone in the foot by saying, 'I only kiss girls when I'm drunk in a bar. And then I go home to my boyfriend.'"

So what's a proud lesbian, neo-vaudevillian songwriter like Webb to do? Write gayer song lyrics, obviously.

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Eminem, Skrillex Leaked as Lollapalooza Headliners; World Shrugs

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In recent weeks St. Louis has had a bit of a hard-on for Lollapalooza. After all, representatives from Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and leaders from our board of aldermen have told us time and again that the proposed Summer Rocks festivals will offer the Gateway City a multi-stage, multi-act, multi-millions-of-dollars musical experience similar to what Chicago has every August.

See also: Summer Rocks Music Festival Bill Passed By Aldermanic Committee

So let's think about what Lollapalooza 2014 may be like, eh? Yesterday evening, Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot leaked the acts his "industry sources" have confirmed to be Lollapalooza's headliners:

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