Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in New Documentary Film

Categories: Video

PULP_1.jpg
Courtesy Of
Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber in PULP
By Stephanie Zacharek

When I was a kid in upstate New York, I'd hear Petula Clark's "Downtown" on the radio -- a song about the promise of glittering lights, "movie shows," and all the excitement and dazzle adult life had to offer -- and revel in the anywhere-but-hereness of it all. That's not to denigrate where I grew up. Almost all kids, growing up anywhere, ask themselves: What else does the world have to offer?

Long before they became world-famous, the members of the Yorkshire-bred Pulp, led by precocious stringbean-in-pants Jarvis Cocker, must have asked too. And as Florian Habicht's gingery, deeply affectionate documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets shows, even after they found out what the world had to offer -- they were still OK with Sheffield.

More »

In Defense of Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Documentary Series

Categories: Video

foofigherssonichboad_638-thumb-565x282.jpg
Dave Grohl with his mustache.
By Rae Alexandra

As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, even more angry voices have emerged.

Accusations have been thrown at Grohl and the band for seeking "respectability by proxy," and at the show for being "nothing more than promotion for the Foo Fighters and their new record," as well as a "bloated, rambling... gimmick." Is the show perfect? Good Lord, no.

See also: Foo Fighters to Bring Dave Grohl's Mustache to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

More »

The 10 Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

Categories: Hip-Hop, Video
eazy-e.jpg
Publicity Photo
Eazy-E, of course. Boy, you shoulda known by now.
Gangsta rap, where have you gone?

About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels. 

And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get shine, let's not forget the videos, which constitute some of the most visually arresting (and most hilarious) ever made.

Here are the ten greatest videos from the gangsta rap era.More »

Premiere: Tok Releases Video For "Nothing Feels Right," Introduces Clive Dorvain

Categories: Video

tokgals.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
Mounting evidence suggests the boys in Tok are hilarious. Between interviews with dogs and daily features with tongs, the brothers Basler consistently bring the funny with out-of-the-box ideas and a strong sense of humor.

The latest? Welcome to the Tok cable access show, 3:00 am with Clive Dorvain.

See also: St. Louis Rock Band Tok Interviews Some Dogs

More »

Prince Ea's New Video Might Make You Want to Ditch Your Devices Altogether

Categories: Video

prinnceeaantisocialnetwork.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
St. Louis' Prince Ea, sometimes rapper, sometimes conspiracy theorist pranker, and most recently spoken-word video artist, has released another powerful video. On the heels of his most recent, titled "Why I Think This World Should End" -- which got millions of shares and even attracted the (positive) attention of conservative pundit Glenn Beck -- this week Ea released "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?"

See also: St. Louis Rapper Prince Ea: Glenn Beck Approved

More »

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

Categories: Video

elvisdaly.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
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.

More »

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

Categories: Video

millhits.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
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."

More »

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

Categories: Video

lindyhopstyl.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
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.

More »

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

Categories: Video

mcfpremiere.jpg
Screenshot from the video.
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

More »

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

Categories: Video

new_sunny.jpg
"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.

More »
Loading...