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  • Taxicab Confessions

    published December 10, 2003

    If you're trying to figure out if humanity is basically good, to paraphrase Anne Frank, or if people, when given a chance, will gleefully torture... More >>

  • Don't Leave Me, Baby

    published November 26, 2003

    Blues aficionados speak of the music's hard-won wisdom, its gritty honesty about just how low a man or woman can feel. Our great blues icons have... More >>

  • Rock and Load

    published November 19, 2003

    WED 11/19 There's Bill Murray and there's Chris Rock. That's it. Sure, you can probably think of other Saturday Night Live... More >>

  • SpongeBob Ballard

    published November 12, 2003

    TUES 11/18 Is there any adventure left in the world? Do the crags and crannies of Earth hold any mysteries beyond the opening date of... More >>

  • Sports Trivia Saved Our Town

    published November 5, 2003

    FRI 11/7 St. Louis has taken an excessive number of cheap shots lately. Our city is too polluted or too dangerous or too close to the... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 5, 2003

    The mid-'90s saw a glut of half-arsed cheapo punk compilations, as anybody who had the rights to a couple of Vibrators demos rushed to cash in on... More >>

  • Fierce Scrums, Dirty Bums

    published October 22, 2003

    SAT 10/25 Football is for wusses. Not only was the American pastime derived from its superior predecessor, rubgy, but additions like... More >>

  • The Crotchety Scotch

    published October 8, 2003

    "If it's not Scottish," exclaims the belligerent proprietor of All Things Scottish, "it's crap!" The organizers of the St. Louis Scottish Games... More >>

  • Feeling Loopy?

    published October 1, 2003

    There are two things you need to know about the Loop in Motion festival this year: one, the Loop de Loop parade (which gets under way at noon on... More >>

  • Dirt Road to Hell

    published October 1, 2003

    THUR 10/2 Maybe you were stranded on Highway 40 during rush hour the last time Hayseed Dixie came through town, and instead of... More >>

  • The March to Middlesex

    published September 24, 2003

    SAT 9/27 Left Bank Books has been on a roll of late, bringing some of our most influential cultural voices to the city. This week... More >>

  • Aerosmith

    published September 24, 2003

    Let's build the case right now: Aerosmith has a lot to answer for. Start with those horrible bandana-bedecked mic stands, the ones that... More >>

  • Good Enough; Smart Enough; Liberals Like Him

    published September 17, 2003

    WED 9/17 Robert Frost's maxim rings all too true these days: "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."... More >>

  • Dropkick Murphys

    published September 10, 2003

    Skinhead (in the original sense of the word: non-racist, working-class) musical tastes have run an uncertain course since the first bootboy... More >>

  • IMAX Redux

    published September 3, 2003

    Those of you who are determined to see every film that comes through the St. Louis Science Center's Omnimax Theater, raise your hand. There's no... More >>

  • Whole Sick Crew, Fred's Variety Group, the Spiders and the Pubes

    published September 3, 2003

    The musical world grows wider by the day, but each of us seems to be laying claim to an ever-slimmer slice of it. The musical curiosity of a... More >>

  • Abbey Roadkill

    published August 27, 2003

    Lounging in the bohemian confines of the Venice Café's outdoor patio, Bob "Ferd" Frank looks like anybody else in the place, beer in hand... More >>

  • Palettes to the People

    published August 20, 2003

    SAT 8/23 "You get into a rut, walking around in a circle and chanting 'hey hey, ho ho, something's got to go' over and over," says... More >>

  • Dunk & Go Nuts

    published August 13, 2003

    SUN 8/17 A band called the Murder City Players may not sound like the right entertainment for a "family" event, but don't let that... More >>

  • Angry Young Joe

    published July 30, 2003 More >>

  • Baseball Been Very Bad to Me

    published July 16, 2003

    WED 7/16 Major League Baseball's All-Star Game has been a chronic disappointment for years. To goad blasé superstars into... More >>

  • South(side) of Heaven

    published July 9, 2003

    SAT 7/12 We here at the RFT have a long history of knocking the South Side. We call South Siders 'hoosiers' and poke fun at... More >>

  • World Cappuccino

    published July 9, 2003

    SAT 7/12 Take heart, St. Louis soccer fan! It's true, times have been unkind to the one-time mecca of American soccer. We still lack... More >>

  • Karaoke Dokey

    published June 25, 2003

    Step into Mike Talayna's Jukebox Restaurant on Hampton, and brace yourself for the surreal. The mirrored walls and vivid neon turn the place into... More >>

  • Morris Day with the Gin Blossoms

    published May 21, 2003

    Although Morris Day and the Time's slicked-up show-band funk may not be the ideal soundtrack for a celebration of greasy, gristly barbecued... More >>

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