Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

Categories: Videodrone

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YouTube star Jenna Marbles in a recent vlog.

YouTube is a wonderful tool for procrastination, but often aimless surfing can lead to unearthing new genres and artists you never knew even existed. In between these discoveries are lovably offbeat videos of amateur acoustic covers, or rants about pesky day jobs that make perusing the site feel like peeking into a stranger's living room. This week, however, brought more news of the site's forthcoming paid-subscription service, making it clear that this YouTube we once knew is slowly vanishing.


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Video Premiere: Lizzie Weber Goes Wilde on "Nightingale," Plays Tonight at Old Rock House

Categories: Videodrone

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When local singer/songwriter Lizzie Weber released her self-titled debut album earlier this year, she introduced herself and her work with an immersive, striking video for her song "Falling Like Fools." Directed by Carla Dauden and featuring some grade-A cinematography, the video helped illustrate some of the full-hearted drama on Weber's apt debut.

See also: Lizzie Weber's Debut Album Suggests Good Things from a Young Songwriter

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Video: Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years with Party at Plush

Categories: Videodrone

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St. Louis' Apop Records, premier purveyor of subversive sounds in the city, celebrated a decade in the business this past June with a show at Plush. Performers included Humanbeast, TwoDeadSluts OneGoodFuck, Sofia Reta, Self Help and Black James.

RFT Music's Nicola Muscroft visited the shop in anticipation of the event, bringing a video camera and speaking with Apop owner Tiffany Minx about the store's history and mission. Muscroft then attended the show itself, capturing footage of the bands in action.

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Nelly, Tef Poe, Nick Menn and JGE Retro Featured in Budweiser "Made in America" Video

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Tef shows an interviewer around Vintage Vinyl.
Budweiser and Vice Noisey have teamed up to create the "Made in America" series, a project that sees Budweiser/Vice travelling all across the country and showcasing homegrown talents in the cities throughout. The entire affair is a run-up to Jay-Z's big Made in America Festival, slated for August 30 in LA and Philadelphia.

See also: Budweiser's "Made in America" Concert at the Pageant Was Kinda Epic

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Kristeen Young Performs With Dave Grohl and Pat Smear on Late Late Show

Categories: Videodrone

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Native St. Louisan Kristeen Young, well-known for recently giving Morrissey a simply dreadful case of the common cold which caused Moz to cancel his entire tour (still an unbelievably flimsy excuse, brah), made her television debut this week -- and boy, was it a doozy.

Young performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, backed by no less than Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, of Foo Fighters fame.

See also: Morrissey Gets the Sniffles From STL Ex-Pat, Cancels Entire Tour Over It

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Video: St. Louis' Hibdon Hardwood, Importers of Exotic Wood For Musical Instruments

Categories: Videodrone

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Hibdon Hardwood's employees sort through newly acquired wood.
Bill Hibdon founded Hibdon Hardwood Incorporated in 1978, initially as a distributor of domestic woods, but after a trip to Central America the company began to import more exotic woods such as mahogany, rosewood and cocobolo, favorites for the construction of musical instruments (especially acoustic guitars). Over the years Hibdon has peddled its wood to manufacturers big and small, including well-known companies like Martin, Collings, Taylor and Gibson, as well as smaller builders all across the country.

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Watch Theresa Payne Perform Her New Single "Bye Fear" on Fox 2 News

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R&B songstress Theresa Payne, whom this publication named the best R&B singer of 2013, will release her newest single "Bye Fear" this Sunday at the Gramophone. The cover charge is $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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Lumpy & the Dumpers' New Music Video for "Sex Pit" is the Most Awesome Thing

Categories: Videodrone

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Lumpy himself, covered in slime.

Lumpy & the Dumpers, St. Louis' premier purveyors of slime-covered, dirty punk rock, just released a music video yesterday, and boy is it a doozy.

See Also: Lumpy & the Dumpers: Slime Addicts On The Prowl


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'90s Cover Band the VCRs on the Found Footage Festival, Coming to St. Louis

Categories: LOLZ, Videodrone

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The Found Footage Festival teaches us about so many topics.

Think the videocassette is dead? Think again.

On Wednesday, November 6, the Found Footage Festival makes its way to the Mad Art Gallery (2727 S. 12th Street). Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have scavenged the country's thrift shops and garage sales for the best -- and worst -- of VHS culture, and they excitedly share their finds with the masses year after year. Bizarre celebrity exercise fads, training montages, dating videos and "stranger danger" prevention tips all are screened "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" style, giving audiences a hilarious multi-sensory blast from the past.


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Arsenio Hall Performing "Country Grammar" in an Ozzie Smith Uniform: But Where's the Backflip?

Categories: Nelly, Videodrone

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Arsenio Hall performing "Country Grammar" in an Ozzie Smith uniform, NOT doing backflips.

Last night, Nelly returned to the Arsenio Hall Show to collect on the bet he and Hall made on Tuesday of last week. The wager was over whether the Dodgers or the Cardinals would triumph in the recent series for the pennant: If the former, Nelly would perform his breakout hit "Country Grammar" wearing a Dodgers uniform; if the latter, Hall would perform the song, dressed in Ozzie Smith's duds.

Arsenio Hall proved himself a man of his word...well, mostly.

See Also: Nelly Wins Baseball Bet With Arsenio Hall; Hall Must Perform "Country Grammar" in Cardinals Jersey

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