Steddy P and DJ Mahf Invade Canada and Open for Masta Ace: A Tour Log

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Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21 and will be followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

DJ Mahf and Steddy P are members of the Indyground collective. For those who are newly tuned in to the movement, this an indie hip-hop label based in Missouri, mirroring the likes of Strange Music in terms of potential and growth projection. Despite the lofty comparisons, Indyground has developed a sound of its own and has anchored its roots on the backs of some very solid St. Louis and Kansas City musicians. They are allies with trustworthy engineers and videographers from the esteemed and well-respected Suburban Pro Studios (shoutout to Mathew Sawicki). This is a completely DIY movement built on talent and old-fashioned hard work. Indyground has roots and fans in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia -- this makes it one of the only legitimate indie hip-hop movements with fans in these three major Missouri cities.

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Foxing Returns From Tour, Signs Deal With Count Your Lucky Stars

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The five doe-eyed boys of Foxing lock interweaving rhythms and personal lyrics to impart heartfelt tunes throughout the Midwest. Foxing's recent self-booked tour brought the band up and down the Central Time Zone, garnering much fanfare for its careful but fearless take on melodic post-rock.

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Anodes Returns From Life on the Road In One Piece, Shares Wisdom

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Anodes and Regret, The Informer captured by a trusty camera timer.

Anodes lives and breathes post-hardcore, bringing together throaty screams with lush songwriting to create beautiful, hard-hitting results. After hitting the streets a little under one year ago, the band immediately traveled outward and spread its screamo seed through consistent DIY touring. Anodes recently returned from a nine show trek that took them through the Midwest to push their latest LP, which was released through St. Louis based label Static Circuit Records.

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Beth Bombara, Karl Eggers and JJ Hamon on Tour Pacing and Harmonica Thieves

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Beth Bombara at the Grand Canyon -- she toured with Karl Eggers, JJ Hamon and Kit Hamon.
Beth Bombara is one of St. Louis' most talented -- and busiest -- musicians. She sings, plays keys and guitar in Old Lights, is the entire backing band for Cassie Morgan and maintains an active outfit under her own moniker. With banjo player Karl Eggers, she recently embarked on a tour of the West that took her to Texas, Colorado and Arizona to name a few places. Kit and JJ Hamon joined her part way through the tour. We talked to Bombara, Eggers and JJ through email and asked them to share a few highlights, lowlights and insights.

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Hijinks, Rock & Roll And An Alarmingly Large Knife: The Don't Tell Me What To Do Tour Video

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Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire mid-stretch at a gas station.
Pretty Little Empire and Bo & the Locomotive recently returned from a nine day tour that took them to Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Asheville, Nashville, and Cape Girardeau. This isn't the first outing for either band this year -- you can read our interviews with Bo after its summer tour to the South here and PLE after a Midwest tour around SXSW here. This time the two bands hit the road together and made it to the coast. Will Godfred, who plays lead guitar and sings backup vocals in PLE, put together a video montage that probably gives you a better an idea of what it's like to haul around the country in a van than either interview. In its two and a half minutes, we see clips from the stage, from gas station stops and overnight stop shenanigans.

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Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

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Photo by Mabel Suen
Noise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked them about some highlights (there were several) and lowlights (a break-in in Brooklyn was a real setback).

RFT Music: What did you travel in?

A Mini Cooper. It's a tricky game of Tetris getting all our equipment to fit every time, but worth it because of great mileage and relatively easy parking wherever we go.

What was your cheapest meal?

Peanut butter and honey sandwiches plus clementine oranges. We were also lucky enough to have some memorable home-cooked meals along the way. Brian Chippendale cooked us a lovely lunch, our good friends from Mother Night in New Bedford, MA made us some killer grub, and we even got treated to super healthy homemade breakfast smoothies (egg yolks? bee pollen??) by a swell fella named Kevin in Cincinatti.

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Humdrum Hits The Road, Blows A Tire In Brooklyn And Comes Back With Tour Advice

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Humdrum on a Subway in NYC. Courtesy of Dan Meehan
Humdrum recently returned from its second tour, and first to hit the coast. Among the band's standout stops were Cincinnati, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; and Washington, D.C. And, as with most tours, a few things did not go according to plan. For instance: Late at night in Brooklyn, driving back to a venue for a left-behind credit card, the band's Yaris blew a tire. The ensuing pandemonium of missed phone calls, missing jacks and helpful/opportunistic locals set the band back a few dollars and hours of sleep, but you have to take the long view with these things. "In hindsight, it's fine. You might pay to have a safari," says front man Paul Maguire. "We paid to have a Brooklyn adventure."


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The Dive Poets Recommended Tour Essentials: AAA "Plus," Ramen, Canned Meat and Peanuts

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Anna Moffatt and Eric Sargent in Tulsa. Courtesy of the Dive Poets.
Roughly half of St. Louis' finnest fiddlin' folk/Americana outfit, the Dive Poets, took to the road recently -- Jeff York and Renato Durante stayed home with new babies, and Eric Sargent, Karl Eggers and Anna Moffatt comprised an acoustic lineup. They took Beth Bombara with them, and the four played in various combinations at shows in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Things started off a little rough with some early vehicle breakdown, but they were able to push through all the way to a final show at the Euclid Records in New Orleans. All four thought about a few highlights and words of wisdom -- their "mind meld" is below.

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Bo & the Locomotive Triumphantly Return, Having Only Slept On Cat-Piss Couches Once

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Bourbon Street. Photos courtesy of Bo Bulawsky.
Bo & the Locomotive is gearing up for the release of its first full length, On My Way; it's out July 30th. The band is, in fact, exactly on its way, having just returned from a tour that took Bo and his band through the South. There were especially successful shows in New Orleans and Austin, camping in Florida and that cat piss was in Houston. These sorts of relatively short tours are the best and worst thing about playing in a band with aspirations for an audience outside St. Louis. It's a chance to meet other people in your shoes, hone your show and get music into fresh ears, but it also tends to require some marginal problem solving for basic necessities such as food and shelter.

Front man Bo Bulawsky went through the highlights, the lowlights and lessons and shared some snapshots from the road.

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Steddy P On His Spring Tour with DJ Mahf: Jameson for Dinner

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DJ Mahf and Steddy P at Smashburger. Photo by Eric Farlow
Earthworms' DJ Mahf and Steddy P from Kansas City, who founded IndyGround Entertainment, just got back from a second tour this spring. They were traveling in support of their most recent album, What Happened Tomorrow, which you can download for free. For this most recent leg, the two played twenty-odd shows in about a month, traveling throughout the Midwest. We asked Steddy P to tell us what went well, what didn't and what advice he has for others heading out on tour.

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