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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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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Mineral's Van Broken Into Outside of Flamingo Bowl, Thousands Stolen

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In what is becoming an alarming trend in St. Louis, Texas emo band Mineral, currently in the midst of an otherwise successful reunion tour, had its van broken into during the group's time in St. Louis on September 16. Following a show at the Firebird that went without incident, the members of the band traveled to the Flamingo Bowl to celebrate the birthday of vocalist Chris Simpson. When they left the bowling alley they found that their van had been broken into and most of their valuables had been stolen.

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Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

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Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Impala is currently fielding accusations that its song "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" rips off Argentinian singer Pablo Ruiz's "Océano." This is a song that the members of the band have likely never, ever heard. We'll see if their lawyer can make that case.

Over the years, music-plagiarism accusations have hit some of pop music's most popular artists. Here are eight of the highest-profile cases.

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3rd Bass Rapper MC Serch Almost Moved to St. Louis on an Italian Opera Scholarship

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MC Serch
This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted impressive hip-hop credentials. Not bad when you consider that MC Serch and Pete Nice were the first white rappers, other than the Beastie Boys, to earn such credibility in the hip-hop scene.

None of it would have happened, however, had Serch taken the voice scholarship that the St. Louis School of Music offered him after high school.

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"Twerking," "Dubstep" and Other Dumb Music Words Now in the Dictionary

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Photo by Erik Hess
Thankfully, Miley Cyrus finally convinced the Oxford folks to define "twerking."
As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language.

Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary.

But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob" or "friend zone." The musical terms making official Oxford and Merriam appearances are just as facepalm-worthy. (Add "facepalm" to the list too.) And while "EDM" isn't one of them, it can't be too far off.

See also: Why I Can't Take "EDM" Seriously

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