St. Louis Symphony Earns Two Grammy Nominations for City Noir Recording

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Dilip Vishwanat
Music director David Robertson leads the Grammy-nominated St. Louis Symphony.

Everyone knows that the St. Louis Symphony is one of the premier orchestras in the world. The latest Grammy nominations simply seal the deal.

St. Louis' globally renowned ensemble is up for two Grammys centered on its Nonesuch Records recording of John Adams' City Noir, a piece about Los Angeles in the '40s and '50s that the composer describes as "jazz-inflected symphonic music." During the February 8 awards ceremony, SLSO has the opportunity to take home prizes for "Best Orchestral Performance" and "Best Engineered (Classical) Album."

"It is wonderful to be recognized for what we are doing all the time, in the concert hall and in the community," says music director and conductor David Robertson. "People who have known the orchestra for decades have been writing to tell me they have never heard the group sounding as good as it does now. It takes a whole team to produce such results, and I could not be more proud to have this nomination as proof of the blessing we have with the SLSO."

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The 2014 RFT Music Award Winners

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Theresa Payne - Best R&B winner
Thanks to all of the musical acts that participated in this year's RFT Music Showcase, all those who were nominated for an award this year, everyone who attended the show and voted for their favorites, all the venues in the Grove who hosted the event and most of all you for caring enough about St. Louis' local music scene to be reading this right now. Each year we work hard to present the best and brightest that St. Louis has to offer, and we couldn't do it without all of the above. Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 RFT Music Awards.

See also: 2014 RFT Music Showcase in the Grove: Slideshow

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Humdrum Launches Hilarious Smear Campaign Against RFT Music Awards Nominees

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Don't get on Humdrum's bad side, politicians!

Whew! Voting for nominees in the 2014 RFT Music Awards closed over the weekend, and we'll announce the winners in our special shindig tonight at Atomic Cowboy! In general, RFT Music Awards nominees have been pretty sweet in the way they've campaigned for votes. Local musical acts posted adorable band photos to Facebook and said "Please" when asking Twitter followers to vote via text. We're in St. Louis, after all -- we have good manners.

But that all changed once Humdrum was nominated for a 2014 RFT Music Award in the "indie rock" category. Willing to do anything for a win, Humdrum launched a hilarious video campaign with the political firepower of The West Wing and a fierce intent to destroy the band's opponents -- Aquitaine, Bear Hive, Pretty Little Empire and Sleepy Kitty. So as not to play favorites, we waited until voting closed to report about this, but trust that it is awesome.

See also:
- RFT Music Awards Ceremony at Atomic Cowboy Tuesday Night
- Indie Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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RFT Music Awards Ceremony at Atomic Cowboy Tuesday Night

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Bryan Sutter
Dad Jr. performing at the Music Showcase Saturday.
WHEW! Well despite the constant threats made by the weather, this year's RFT Music Showcase went off without a hitch. It was fun seeing that many music fans swarming about in the Grove, and even more fun to watch the 88 local acts in attendance. Thanks to all who participated and came out!

But we're not quite through yet -- there is still the little matter of the awards themselves.

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Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music made our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that you will be able to make a fully informed decision with regards to your vote. Read on and get yourself acquainted with the Rock category and feel free to peruse the list of 27 other genres featured this year. We'll see you at the showcase!

See also: Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards


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Punk: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that you will be able to make a fully informed decision with regards to your vote. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase!

See also: Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards

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Hardcore: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that you will be able to make a fully informed decision with regards to your vote. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase!

See also: Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards


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The Complete 2014 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

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Steve Truesdell
A scene from last year's event.
Hard to believe that the RFT Music Showcase is only a week away, but here we are! A lot of hard work has gone into making the event extra-special this year, and we have more bands and musicians on board than ever before -- people seem eager to see what the event is like at its new home in the Grove.

Remember to purchase tickets! $10 for a wristband to see over 80 bands, $15 to go to the Pokey LaFarge/So Many Dynamos show, or $20 for both (which, by the way, comes out to about a quarter per act -- we'd call that a good deal)!

If you haven't already, be sure to vote for you favorite local musical acts. You can read write-ups and preview a track from each of them here.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the Grove on June 7! Now, here is the full schedule for the day's events:

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Electronic (Dance): Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that you will be able to make a fully informed decision with regards to your vote. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase!

See also: Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards

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Experimental: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

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The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that you will be able to make a fully informed decision with regards to your vote. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase!

See also: Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards


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