"Blooms" by Chris Mills and the Distant Stars: Listen to the New Track

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In this week's print edition, Senior Writer Roy Kasten tackles the musical career of Collinsville, Illinois native Chris Mills and his latest album Alexandria. Mills, now based in Brooklyn, New York, will be appearing at Off Broadway on Thursday, January 23.

In this outtake from the interview, Mills details the evolution of "Blooms," one of his catchiest new songs, and shares a stream of the track after the jump as well.

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Sleepy Kitty's Projection Room Is Out Today: Listen Now

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Sleepy Kitty's much-anticipated new album, Projection Room, is officially out today. The release was originally planned for August of 2013, but it was pushed back in the eleventh hour due to concerns about froatloading promotional efforts.

But that's all in the past now.

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Rare, Unreleased Bottle Rockets Track Featuring Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy: Listen

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In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meantime, we have quite a treat: A rare, unreleased 1991 demo version of the Rockets' "Indianapolis," with backing vocals from none other than Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt).


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Parisian's Daul Kim EP, Inspired by the Suicide of a South Korean Model: Listen Now

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In this week's print edition, RFT Music writer Evan C. Jones interviewed local electronic artist Ian "Parisian" Jones (no relation), whom some may remember as one half of the now-defunct, locally acclaimed duo Safety Words. Since splitting and pursuing music solo, Parisian has repeatedly turned toward darker, more emotional themes, as opposed to the simple joys of 8-bit video games and Wu-Tang verses.

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"Right on the Brink" With Rising Rock & Roll Singer Nikki Hill: New Music Now

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In this week's print issue, Senior Writer Roy Kasten profiles North Carolina-born, St. Louis-based singer and songwriter Nikki Hill and her debut album Here's Nikki Hill. One of the stand-out originals on the record is "Right on the Brink," a passionate blast of no-frills rock & roll & R&B.

See Also:
-Rock & Roll Whirlwind: Nikki Hill never phones it in


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106 & Park's Freestyle Friday Champ Tef Poe Releases New Song: Listen

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[Update 2/1/13: Tef Poe just won Freestyle Friday again! In addition, since this post was originally published Tef released his latest mixtape, The Hero Killer (produced by DJ Trackstar) on January 21 in anticipation of the upcoming album Cheer For The Villain. He also took home the awards for Best Male Hip-Hop, Best Mixtape (War Machine 2), and Artist of the Year in this year's SLUM Fest awards. Tef is on a roll this year -- congrats to him for the win!]

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Maybe you've seen him on one of those huge, looming billboards lining the highways. Maybe you caught him on BET's 106 & Park, where he currently reigns as FreeStyle Friday champion. Maybe you caught his performance at a sold-out Old Rock House last month with Talib Kweli. Or in the pages of the Source last year, or in XXL. Maybe you've read his insightful words within these RFT blogs themselves. Whatever the case, the point is clear: Tef Poe is everywhere lately.

See also:
-The Top St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists to Watch in 2013
-The Best Hip-Hop Release to Come Out of Saint Louis in 2012
- Here's Why You Never Get Booked as an Opening Act

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Long Lost Highlights from the Missouri 78 RPM Archive: Listen Here

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Bruce Stinchcomb is one of three collectors maintaining the Missouri 78 PRM Archive in Ferguson.
In this week's Riverfront Times feature, "Hold the Phono," we pay a visit to the Missouri 78 RPM Archive, which encompasses more than a quarter of a million records spread over three houses in one neighborhood in Ferguson.

The three collectors whose records make up the archive, Bruce Stinchcomb, Alan Carell and Richard Tussey, describe the archive as a core sample of everything in America from about 1895 to 1960: not just the music people listened -- and danced -- to, but also their cultural references, their slang, their thoughts on current events and even how they spoke and sang.

Carell and Tussey were kind enough to let us record these gems from the archive for a trip through the twentieth century.

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Exclusive: Listen to a the Lead Track From Boss Hall's New CD, In the Pale

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Boss Hall at the Shanti in Soulard

In this week's print edition, we spotlighted the band Boss Hall and its debut CD In the Pale. The group features five of the most prolific performers in St. Louis: Margaret Bianchetta, Tom Hall, Bob Breidenbach, Vince Corkery and Kevin Buckley. Along with its weekly Sunday afternoon shows at the Shanti, you can catch Boss Hall at Joe's Cafe (6014 Kingsbury) on Wednesday, August 2 at 8 p.m.

Listen to the leadoff track "Crossroads," and read songwriter Bianchetta's take on the origin of the song below.

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Hear a Track From the Reventones' New CD, Dirty It

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In this week's print edition, we profiled veteran St. Louis guitarist and flamenco artist Lliam Christy, chief composer for the Reventones. The group, also featuring guitarist and singer Jon Oliver Knight, released the album Dirty It earlier this year. Below, listen to standout track "Bosforus" and read Christy's explanation of the song.

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Osama Bin Laden: Local Rapper Jonezy Wants Us to Take A "Proper Gander" at the Propaganda

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The announcement came last night: Osama Bin Laden is dead. St. Louis rapper Jonezy dropped us a line this morning because he has something to say about this; his song "Proper Gander" is a call for critical thought. "I think Bin Laden's death is being hyped in an aim to provide relief to the masses," he says. "It's really just the 'hype machine' swinging it's pendulum to the other extreme." Listen below.

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