St. Charles Man Creates New Instrument, the AutoBass

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The AutoBass.
A St. Charles-based man named Dave Senfton, with a little free time and a lot of technical know-how, has created a new musical instrument: the AutoBass. Senfton -- 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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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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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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In Defense of Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Documentary Series

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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

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The 10 Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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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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