Premiere: Watch the Fog Light's New Video for "Lead the Way" Now

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The Fog Lights, in the midst of the video shoot with director Justin Hayward.
The Fog Lights, the duo that comprises Justin Johnson (Pretty Little Empire, Jump Starts) and Jim Peters (Javier Mendoza, Upright Animals, the Provels), is debuting the new video for its song "Lead the Way," with RFT Music. Shot by Justin Hayward, a commercial director based in Chicago who grew up with the members of the band, the video is a spare affair, featuring long, unbroken shots in black and white, and few cuts.

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Premiere: Watch Letter to Memphis' Day-Drinking Video for "Thursday Night Blues"

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Screenshot from the video.
"I definitely don't want to come across as a preachy anti-alcohol crusader," insists Gene Starks, guitarist of St. Louis' Letter to Memphis, of his band's video for "Thursday Night Blues." "If you're a happy day-drinking man, by all means, do what you do. I wanted to just share a little bit of my story."

See also: Letter to Memphis Releases Debut LP at the prestigious Sheldon Concert Hall

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Run the Jewels' Video for "Close Your Eyes" Is Gripping Commentary on Black Lives Matter Movement

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Screenshot from the video.

Run the Jewels, the duo of Atlanta's Killer Mike and NYC's El-P, released a gripping new video for "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" off of last years universally lauded album Run the Jewels 2 today. The track is one of the most incendiary songs on the entire record, pulling no punches and taking aim at the criminal justice system with a seering guest verse from Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha as icing on the cake.

See also: Review: Run the Jewels Plays St. Louis As Tear Gas, Riots Rage In Streets

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Watch the Hilarious New Video for Pokey LaFarge's "Something in the Water"

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"She drinks malt liquor for lunch and dinner and sends me running scared."
On Friday, Pokey LaFarge released a video for the title track of his upcoming Rounder Records debut, Something in the Water, via NPR's All Songs Considered blog.

LaFarge tells NPR that the song "is about the ups and downs of a Midwestern love affair. The female character in the song doesn't always treat her man right, but no matter how crazy things can get and how hard things sometimes seem to be, he realizes that all of her quirks and eccentricities are a big part of why he loves her and that ultimately he can't live without her. I guess that's what they call love, or at least can be one definition of many."

See also: Pokey LaFarge Signs to Rounder Records


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Musical Instruments from Around the World on Display at the Sheldon: Video

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One of many world instruments on display at the Sheldon.
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries' long-standing reputation for championing the visual and performing arts in St. Louis has prompted an awe-inspiring donation -- a treasure trove of more than 2,500 exotic jazz, folk, ceremonial and indigenous musical instruments, including bizarre hybrids such as the Saxotrumpet and a must-be-seen-to-be-believed soprano slide saxophone.

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St. Charles Man Creates New Instrument, the AutoBass

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The AutoBass.
A St. Charles-based man named Dave Senften, with a little free time and a lot of technical know-how, has created a new musical instrument: the AutoBass. Senften -- who holds degrees in physics, math and electronics -- tells a tale as old as time, one wherein necessity gives birth to invention.

"Electronics has been my life, basically," he explains. "I've done a lot of product development in various fields, and this was an opportunity to use those skills, because we're in a small gospel quartet -- country gospel -- and we needed a bass."

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Sheryl Crow Stars in Hilarious Video for FIDLAR's Cover of Her Song, "If It Makes You Happy"

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Who knew that FIDLAR and Sheryl Crow were a match made in musical heaven? The Los Angeles skate-punk group has previously covered a range of artists from Nick Cave to Elliott Smith to Pulp, but we can't say we saw a redux of the former Fenton school-teacher-turned-superstar's song coming.

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Talib Kweli, Bill Burr Join Nightly Show Panel Discussing Ferguson, Black Protest

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Comedian Bill Burr and rapper/activist Talib Kweli speak with host Larry Wilmore, Indian model/actress Shenaz Treasury and New Jersey-based U.S. Senator Cory Booker on The Nightly Show.
Filling the enormous vacuum left by Stephen Colbert's departure from Comedy Central is The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a late-night talk show that now follows The Daily Show. The program debuted this week, broaching the topic of the protests in Ferguson in its very first episode.

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Twelve St. Louis Submissions for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

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Screenshot from Al Holliday's entry.
The Tiny Desk Concert series from "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen is looking for new talent, and St. Louis is coming out in force.

Who knew that such an itty-bitty desk could have such a big impact?

The Tiny Desk Concert series on National Public Radio (NPR) has been a hit since it was introduced in 2008. During what is literally a bunch of musicians crowding around All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's office desk to perform a few tunes, the series has showcased different sides of artists such as T-Pain, Skinny Lister and Yo La Tengo. The virality of favorite concerts via social media has given a surge of popularity to retro acts and millions of potential fans to newer bands.

And a St. Louis act just might be next.

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Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in New Documentary Film

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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.

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