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2007 Stories by Jason Toon

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  • Puck Buddies

    published December 19, 2007

    For a while there, it really sucked to be a St. Louis sports fan. The Cardinals won the 2006 World Series and then decided they'd had enough... More >>

  • Strange Boys

    published November 28, 2007

    Somewhere between the buttons and the sunny afternoon, you'll find Austin's Strange Boys. Mining an overlooked vein of '60s inspiration,... More >>

  • The Avengers

    published October 17, 2007

    Before hardcore injected testosterone into its bloodstream, punk was more open to female expression than the cock-rock world it fought against.... More >>

  • Show Me the Garage Rock!

    published October 10, 2007

    Along with river otters, meth tweakers and John Ashcroft, Missouri is richly populated with a dazzling variety of garage-rock bands. And in a... More >>

  • Football in the Dome

    published October 10, 2007

    Still think women’s soccer is just a feel-good exercise for building girls’ self-esteem? The U.S. Women's National Team takes the... More >>

  • MO Market, MO Fun

    published October 3, 2007

    Why spend $3 to $10 to get into the annual Best of Missouri Market at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400)... More >>

  • Skating with the Fishes

    published September 12, 2007

    No, you weren’t hallucinating. You really saw people ice-skating with giant fish faces on their chests. But don’t be alarmed: That... More >>

  • Festival of a Nation

    published August 29, 2007

    How do you know the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Festival is a St. Louis institution? By the way St. Louisans seem to take... More >>

  • Funny Ha Ha

    published August 1, 2007

    Neil Hamburger is technically a comedian, but one whose best joke is his very existence. (OK, his best joke actually goes: "Why did God create... More >>

  • It’s Bopped to the Top

    published July 18, 2007

    Attention, parents of preteen children: Resistance is futile. High School Musical cannot be stopped. Indeed, the Disney Channel... More >>

  • Walking in Your Footsteps

    published June 27, 2007

    Wander into any reasonably hip rock club today and you're liable to hear echoes of Joy Division, Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd., the Clash, XTC... More >>

  • Art Brut

    published June 20, 2007

    With so many British re-wavers getting mopey on their second albums (Bloc Party, Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.), the question loomed: How would... More >>

  • Bad Brains

    published June 20, 2007

    With Bad Brains' prominent appearance in the documentary American Hardcore, the presence of producer Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and the... More >>

  • Animal House

    published May 16, 2007

    The log cabin of Ulysses S. Grant, in the same hills roamed by zebras and Highland cows? Kangaroos jumping outside a faux Bavarian farmstead? A... More >>

  • Human Behavior

    published May 2, 2007

    Since punk rock was born — or at least since the Clash signed to a major label — disillusioned ex-punks have been pronouncing it dead.... More >>

  • Social Distortion

    published May 2, 2007

    When Social Distortion head greaseball Mike Ness first transformed from an eyelinered Orange County punk into a coiffed-up Johnny Cash... More >>

  • Gore Gore Girls

    published April 25, 2007

    The Pipettes made critical hearts swoon last year by reviving the '60s-girl-group aesthetic. But the Gore Gore Girls have been working that... More >>

  • B-Sides clears up any confusion between metalheads Celtic Frost and Irish folkies Celtic Woman.

    published April 11, 2007

    If there's one thing that PBS viewers hate more than intrusive solicitations, it's merchandise that bears a misleading resemblance to their... More >>

  • Get Pucked Up!

    published April 4, 2007

    Wait, college hockey is big now? Who knew? Well, at the very least, the people who've bought tickets for the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Frozen... More >>

  • Will You Take a Czech?

    published March 28, 2007

    OK, so St. Louis doesn't have a Czech-American equivalent to traditional ethnic neighborhoods like the Hill or Dogtown. But between St. John... More >>

  • The Bloody Hollies

    published February 21, 2007

    The Bloody Hollies were a Buffalo band with a great name and an armful of shrieking, two-minute grease-punk diatribes on 2003's Fire at... More >>

  • Wing It

    published January 31, 2007

    The people who run the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard) are no fools. They know the main attraction there will always be the... More >>

  • Star Power

    published January 10, 2007

    Puny Earthling! Look at you, fixating on the minutiae of your meaningless existence, obsessing over shoes and burritos and intercubicle rivalries... More >>

  • Time-Traveling Suitcase

    published January 10, 2007

    When Tokyo Holocaust Center educator Fumiko Ishioka requested children's artifacts from the Auschwitz Museum, she received a small suitcase... More >>

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