• Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Weezer's "Burning Sun" Finally Leaked After Fourteen Years

    Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which the group went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 the band demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    At 30, Purple Rain Is Still So Good That "Purple Rain" Isn't Even Its Best Ballad

    Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still stirs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Six Reasons to Take Your Band On Tour

    There are a lot of ways to travel the world. Most of them involve being extremely wealthy. However, if you weren't born with the gift of mommy and daddy's golden checkbook, you can still find a fairly respectable way to see the world, provided you're OK with sleeping on a pool table and using a bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Doug Miner, Former Patch Editor, Launches 40 South News in Maplewood, Brentwood

    If you live, work or play in Maplewood or Brentwood, then you probably know Doug Miner, a lanky, smiley guy with a camera constantly in tow. A fixture at Maplewood's Stone Spiral coffee house and Brentwood football games, Miner is the sole force behind St. Louis' newest neighborhood news site, 40 S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Daily RFT's New Blogger Wants Your News Tips!

    Howdy, y'all! Welcome to the Daily RFT, the news blog for the Riverfront Times. I'm your host, brand-new staff writer Lindsay Toler. Let's play, Who's Sittin' on a Hot Scoop? Every so often, we reach out to you, loyal blog readers, for story ideas. We get some really, really, really, really great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Cops: Lee Davis, Girls Basketball Coach At St. Charles Parish Had 100s Of Child Porn Images

    Update below: Sigh. Police officials this week say they have discovered that Lee Howard Davis, 47, a volunteer girls basketball coach at a parish in St. Charles possessed hundreds of images of child pornography -- all of prepubescent girls. "We want to reassure the families of the kids he may ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    The Six Best Anti-Ryan Wasoba Comments in RFT History

    This week, I bid adieu to the Nitpick Six column I have written weekly for nearly two years. I am very grateful to RFT for this platform and to every person who has read any entries -- even those who would have clicked a "dislike" Facebook icon on them if given the option. Let's go out in flames by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Why Does Spotify Keep Ripping People Off?

    By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Music Is Not A Sport

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is kicking ass in the Olympics, and doing it efficiently as to minimize drag i ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Why It's on St. Louis to Put St. Louis on the Map: Whiteout Talks Hip-Hop, Birthday Show

    Image via​Whiteout, and running mate RT-FaQ, will never be accused of not showing up. Literally, in that they can be found at as many St. Louis hip-hop shows as anyone, rapping along with their peers as fans. And on stage, where they come to work, to get people moving and shouting. It's Whi ... More >>

  • News

    October 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Annie Zaleski on music writing, DJing and, of course, REM

    Jon Scorfina​Two weeks ago, former Riverfront Times music editor Annie Zaleski announced she was leaving her position to work for Alternative Press in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. We caught up with the writer at her Richmond Heights apartment as she was preparing for her move back to Cleve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Slashfood Folds, Atlantic Food Changes Format

    AOL​ Have the big food blogs officially run out of topics, or are they succumbing because of foodie backlash? Forbes reported yesterday that AOL's axing 30 of their brands, including six-year-old food website Slashfood. The website will be absorbed by the still-new food section at the Huffin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    St. Louis Beacon Notches More Grants, Plans for "Sustainability"

    Margaret Wolf Freivogel, founder and editor of the St. Louis Beacon​The other online-only news venture featuring former writers from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has folded. Even the P-D itself is downsizing -- eliminating a Saturday newsstand edition in its entirety.But almost three years after it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011 Officially Worth $4,000

    How much would you pay for this web domain?​From the Department of Why the Hell Didn't We Think of That?: The Post-Dispatch reports that a Columbia-based web designer named Brennan Hobart noticed that Senator Claire McCaskill's website was called Hobart suspected that the do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    The Comprehensive List of Year-End Giant Food Drops

    Happy New Year! Let's drop some big fake food! AOL News takes a look at the giant cherry, Moon Pie, cod, peach, sardine, and drag queen named Sushi that will be lowered at the stroke of midnight tonight.And after you watch the giant bologna lowered to welcome 2011, you're most certainly going to nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Oh, BTW, Today is "Have Sex with a Guy with a Mustache Day"

    Because at Daily RFT we can never have too many mustache videos on any given day, we remind you that today is a very special day for men with lip hair. You're watching Have Sex With a Guy With A Mustache Day. See the Web's top videos on AOL VideoP.S. Curious that Brooke Shields didn't mention this h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Carrot Vending Machines Arrive at Schools

    The baby carrot takeover marches on, with schools receiving carrot vending machines. The Middletown (Ohio) Journal reports that Bolthouse Farms in Bakersfield, California, is test marketing the machines in Mason, Ohio, and Syracuse, New York, for two months. Seventy New Yorkers made a pizza run in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Science Groups and Food-Borne Illness Survivors Push for Legislation

    With food safety legislation still in limbo, on Wednesday everyone from focus groups to food-borne illness survivors pushed to get the law passed. CNN reports that since the bill first passed the House 13 months ago, there have been 85 recalls of FDA-approved foods. Statements on the urgency of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, June 22

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Constellations' Southern Gothic​*Chemical Brothers, Further The Brothers' seventh album is an elaborate audio/visual project, with "interactive" videos a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    10 Alternatives to Rush Limbaugh's Dumpster Diving Suggestion for Impoverished Youth

    Rush Limbaugh, man with an electric blue halo.​Last week conservative talk-radio stalwart Rush Limbaugh made a modest proposal on his syndicated show, suggesting that underprivileged kids who suffer from malnutrition should consider Dumpster diving. Limbaugh was responding to a story from AOL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.12

    ​What became of Anna Ayala, the California woman who placed a severed finger in her chili and blamed Wendy's? She cooked the finger, went to jail, and got banned for life from Wendy's. (San Jose Mercury News)In the last century, Americans have lowered beef intake while eating more cheese, chicken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Marvin Barnes, Rising ABA Star in the 1970s, Tells of Drug Dealing with the St. Louis Mob

    Marvin Barnes as an ABA player​Looking back on his time playing for the Spirits of St. Louis in the 1970s, Marvin Barnes says he was one of the top five basketball players on the planet. He may well have been: As a player in the American Basketball Association, he earned Rookie of the Year honors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Do You Have a Facesquatting Problem?

    moar funny picturesThousands of Facebook users made a mad dash to reserve their unique Facebook URL's on Friday night. Did you get yours? Oh wait ... you mean you had better things to do late on a Friday night? This seemingly over-hyped event seemed to go off without a hitch. Facebook didn't crash a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007
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    October 3, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    Fun with Radiation

    My colleague Paul Friswold sent me a link to this Web site, where eager young scientists (?) microwave all sorts of things that should not be microwaved and film the carnage. We used to microwave those AOL CD-ROMs that came in the mail once a week. Very cool -- though the stench of burnt Internet a ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2006

    Bye Bye Bye

    Justin Timberlake kisses his pop roots adios

  • Music

    May 10, 2006

    Obscurity Knocks

    CD Baby's weird and wacky Missouri musicians, "Yo! RFT Raps" talks to inBox magazine's svengali, and the Raconteurs star in this week's Download

  • Music

    December 7, 2005

    Living on Video

    The Buggles were so, so wrong

  • News

    February 4, 2004


    Week of February 4, 2004

  • Culture

    June 25, 2003

    Family Portrait

    Andrew Jarecki captured the Friedmans, perhaps to free them

  • Culture

    April 30, 2003

    Of Boobs and Blood

    Troma's Lloyd Kaufman has guts, all over the floor

  • Culture

    April 10, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have -- and could have? -- saved the music biz

  • Culture

    February 13, 2002

    Net Loss

    The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse

  • Culture

    February 6, 2002

    Flame On

    Out of financial and creative bankruptcy, Marvel Comics is mighty once more

  • Culture

    July 4, 2001

    Totally Bizarro

    Can superheroes and alternative comic authors really get along?

  • Music

    June 27, 2001

    Teenage Crush

    The pundits scoff, but the little girls understand

  • News

    December 1, 1999


    City Hall makes a quick pick in an ugly battle over Internet and phone service. Prepare to pay the price.

  • News

    December 16, 1998

    Shop Talk

    A behind-the-scenes peek at the delivery of You've Got Mail