We Watched the American Country Countdown Awards So You Wouldn't Have To

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Because the world needed another country music awards show, apparently.
Because you're a self-respecting human with some shred of dignity, you probably didn't spend two hours of your life last night sitting in front of the TV, drinking White Russians and watching the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards (2014's fourth televised awards show celebrating the country music industry, in case anyone's counting). But if you had, here are some thoughts that might've crossed your mind.

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Oliver Sain's Former Studio Plundered for Instruments, Scrap Metal

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The late, great Oliver Sain with his sax.
In yet another case of thieves pillaging the St. Louis music community, a former recording studio of the late St. Louis musician Oliver Sain has been looted.

Sain was a renowned saxophonist, band leader, producer, composer and arranger who, after founding Archway Studios in 1965, recorded the likes of Ike and Tina Turner, Johnnie Johnson, Fontella Bass and hundreds of other blues and R&B artists at his north-city studio.

See also: Tour Van Break-Ins Have St. Louis in Music-Industry Crosshairs

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Why Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" Is Bullshit

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Princess Swift looking out over her fairy-tale land of BS.
By Dave Colon

The first thing you notice about Taylor Swift's New York is that the East River has somehow been turned into a sixteen-mile-long flowing trench of frozen yogurt. Is it Pinkberry? Is it Red Mango? It's impossible to tell, but don't get close enough to find out, because if you fall in, there's no escaping. It's just frozen yogurt in your nose and your ears and your eyes until everything becomes a cloyingly sweet nothingness.

See also: I Love Taylor Swift, But Her New Album Sounds Terrible and I Might Hate It

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Screeching Weasel Singer Challenges CM Punk To Punch Women Like He Did

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Marc Gaertner via Recess Records
Ben Weasel, not punching any women at the moment.
I've never had an interest in Screeching Weasel, as I don't listen to punk music that comes off like it was meant to be the soundtrack of a straight-to-video film about kids rollerblading in a shopping-mall parking garage. I listened to Boogadaboogadaboogada! a few times (primarily just so I could say I knew what the band sounded like) and I've gotten drunk with a pal of mine who has a tattoo of the group's iconic Fonzie-rat-looking character. (He's a good guy who also collects vintage board games -- cheesy tattoo be damned.)

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Police Say They Have "Strong, Solid Leads" On Tour Van Robbers

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Police on Thursday said they have "strong, solid leads" on who is responsible for the tour van break-ins that have plagued traveling musicians and local concert venues for months. Thieves have robbed at least three vans in the past two weeks.

See also: Venue Owners to Meet with Police Thursday to Discuss Rash of Van Break-Ins

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Venue Owners to Meet with Police Thursday to Discuss Rash of Van Break-Ins

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Via Yautja's Facebook
Following a rash of van break-ins that have stripped touring musicians of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, music gear and cash, venue owners are meeting with police on Thursday to figure out how to stop it.


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Meow the Jewels Reaches Kickstarter Goal, World Isn't So Bad After All

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Killer Mike, El-P, "and a shitload of cats."
Run the Jewels, the brainchild of renowned producer/rapper El-P and co-conspirator Killer Mike, has garnered piles of attention, praise and accolades since its 2013 debut. While the two artists themselves are no strangers to genre-bending and brow-raising collaborations (the pair recently released a song featuring comedian/Police Academy star Michael Winslow and another featuring Rage Against the Machine's Zach De La Rocha), their most recent announcement is so far out of the box that it should likely be spinning across the galaxy.

See also: Killer Mike and El-P Talk Run the Jewels and Rolling Blunts: "Fuck it, put it on the record."

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The Musical Side of My Little Pony: Meet the Shake Ups in Ponyville

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photo courtesy of the band
Meet Twi-fi Sparklecaster and Professor Savvyshy of the Shake Ups in Ponyville.

St. Louis has no shortage of tribute bands. Elevation channels U2, the newly formed We Bite! personifies the Misfits, and at least ten acts impersonate their big-name heroes every year during An Under Cover Weekend. Plus we've got countless cover bands like Dance Floor Riot and the VCRs that expertly play the best hits without sporting the crazy costumes and makeup.

But what the Gateway City doesn't have is a tribute to My Little Pony, that '80s toy bastion of friendship and sparkles. Thankfully, that temporarily will be remedied this weekend when Indianapolis power-pop band the Shake Ups in Ponyville performs during Crystal Fair, St. Louis' own MLP convention. Hooves up, Bronies!

See also: I Watched Four Hours of Brony EDM So You Don't Have To

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Musicians Fight Back Against Facebook's "Real Name" Policy

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Dave Herrera
Skinny Puppy's Cevin Key, probably deleting his Facebook page.
Recently, Facebook started a merciless crackdown on users who don't use their real names on their personal profiles.

As a result, numerous drag queens and musicians have had their pages taken down.

See also: Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

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Why Isn't Janet Jackson in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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By Brittny Pierre

So what if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bunch o' hooey? People still care about its inductees, and it's perhaps the highest achievement a musician can have on his resume.

Or her resume. Of course, the Hall is very light on women, not to mention women of color.

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