VIDEO: St. Louisian Jon Daly Shows RFT Music His Rare Elvis Collection

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St. Louis' Jon Daly is an avid collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia. His obsession started in 1986 while in in Myrtle Beach, Florida, with his parents, where he saw a figure of Elvis in a wax museum. The young Daly, noting the cape, belt, bell-bottoms and chops, didn't even think Presley was a real person, but rather a superhero. Two weeks later Daly saw an Elvis concert air on PBS. From then, he was hooked.

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Premiere: St. Louis' Million Hits Releases Video for "Surrender to the Power of Rock & Roll"

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Eli Wallace, age fifteen (drums), Christian Wallace, age fifteen (lead guitar), Jonah Roy, age twelve (guitar, vocals), Olivia Vaughn, age fifteen (vocals) and Connor Ouchi, age fourteen (bass) comprise St. Louis power-pop/rock & roll band Million Hits. Under direction from their mentor, Matt Meyer (well-known around these parts for his work with the Ded Bugs, the Finns, Finn's Motel and Bass Amp & Dano), the group has been performing together for four years.

"I've been good friends with Eli's dad since college," Meyer explains. "He asked if I would mentor them. When I visited practice and saw the raw talent of the band, I was easily convinced into the role."

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Lindy Hop St. Louis, Dedicated to Preserving Jazz and Swing Dance Traditions: Video

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Lindy Hop St. Louis is a locally based 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on preserving jazz and swing-dance traditions both here in St. Louis and nationwide. The group, founded in 2011 by Nick Aperson, Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar, teaches dance lessons and hosts events around the city, including ones at the Grandel Theatre and the Mahler Ballroom. The organization is named after a popular form of American dance birthed in 1920s Harlem, which centered around the jazz scene.

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Premiere: Middle Class Fashion Releases Video For "Wanted" From Jungle LP

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Today St. Louis' Middle Class Fashion releases a brand new video for "Wanted," off of the critically acclaimed Jungle, which came out last year. The performance portion of the video was shot at Nebula Coworking, with additional scenes filmed around south St. Louis. MCF's bassist Brian McClelland, who also runs Blip Blap Video, handled directorial duties, with additional camera work from Dave Moore, Kat Touschner and Joe Taylor.

See also: Jungle Out There: Jenn Malzone Talks Middle Class Fashion's Outstanding New LP

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St. Louis' New Sunny Mount Baptist Church Choir: "A High Better Than Any Drugs"

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"A choir is like a big family. We see each other a lot, and sometimes we don't always agree on things, but we have to come together in unity to still lift up the name of Jesus," says Anita Watkins-Stevens, musical director of the New Sunny Mount Baptist Church.

And when they do, says Watkins-Stevens, the result is a high "better than any drugs."

RFT Music recently sent our videographer to the church to learn more about the glorious music -- and people -- behind one of St. Louis' most noteworthy chancel choirs.

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