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Allison Babka

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 30 to July 6

    This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Broke Musicians, Rejoice! Central Library Has a Free, Legit Recording Studio

    Today's libraries are far cries from the dead-silent tombs of the past. With a focus on community-creation projects and local-music support, the Central Library branch of the St. Louis Public Library system is encouraging patrons to -- believe it or not -- rock the heck out. In May, Central Library ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Circus Flora's "The Pawn" Makes All the Right Moves

    If Circus Flora co-founder Ivor David Balding were here to see the 28th anniversary edition of his beloved event, he'd be well within his rights to shout, "Checkmate!" With "The Pawn," Circus Flora's story revolving around a theatrical chess match between two teams of anthropomorphic pieces, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    'Pain Don't Hurt': Moolah Theatre Celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Road House'

    A very special film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and as far as we know, only one theatre in the country will be throwing a party in its honor -- and it will happen right here in St. Louis. This film isn't The Little Mermaid. It's not Driving Miss Daisy. It's not Bill & Ted's Excel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Demolition Makes Forest Park Hospital Look Even Creepier [Photos]

    When we last checked in with Forest Park Hospital, it looked abandoned, evacuated, even post-apocalyptic. The building perched above Highway 40/64 across from Forest Park had sat vacant for more than a year. "It's a little creepy because there are still things on. Things are buzzing, things are bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Denounced Over Faint Suggestion Of Nipple, Cherokee Street Mural Turns Critics Into Fans

    Faring Purth's mural "Prime" sprawls across the south-facing wall of the Nebula Coworking building at the corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue, but apparently its new neighbor across the parking lot, Family Dollar, threw a fit over an early version of the work. The problem? Just a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Got a Catwoman Costume? Your True Love Is Looking for You!

    Earlier this week, we shared how an ingenious local man used a Wizard World photo opportunity with Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion to propose to his girlfriend. It's an adorable story, but unfortunately, not everybody was as lucky in love at the comic book/pop culture convention. See also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    PHOTOS: Faring Purth's Cherokee Street Mural is Mesmerizing and It's Not Even Done Yet

    Street artist Faring Purth is adding layer upon layer to her Cherokee Street mural, causing passers-by to stop, stare, wonder and, often, snap a photo of her work-in-progress.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Hey Motion City Soundtrack: We Hereby Demand a Beyonce Cover

    Motion City Soundtrack is a pretty rockin' band. The pop-punk five-piece has performed or collaborated with some big-time friends, including Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Trampled By Turtles, Weezer and the Dead Girls. And in its decade-plus of non-stop touring, the Minneapolis group regularly swings by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 2 to 4

    Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: July 12 to 14

    The RFT's office has an interesting soundtrack of its own this summer. Take, for instance, the saxy guy tootin' for loose change outside or the busker heard down the street letting out a blood-curdling "Go, Johnny! Go-oo-oo--ooo!" a mere block away from Chuck's statue. How about the sound of childre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 3 to 9

    As our awesome RFT Music contributor and MC for a day, Allison Babka, put it, "I have an RFT Music Showcase hangover." Many thanks to all the bands that took the time and effort to haul their equipment down to Washington Avenue, everyone involved in making it all possible and of course all the folks ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2013
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    May 30, 2013

    Rock: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Folk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Chamber Pop: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Americana: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Fat Lady Sings: Karaoke Columnist Hopes You've Had the Time of Your Life

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Taylor Swift Red Tour at the Scottrade Center 3/18/13: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Taylor Swift | Ed Sheeran Scottrade Center March 18, 2013 When music editor Daniel Hill assigned me to review Taylor Swift's Red tour at Scottrade Center, I assumed I'd have to pull his Bieber shenanigans to live through it. Thousands of screeching teenagers? No Serious-Musicians-In-Capital-Letters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Karaoke Night Sucks; What Do You Do?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    You've Been Had: The Bar Is Using Karaoke to Get to Your Wallet

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    What Is Even the Point of Karaoke, Anyway?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Punching Out the Overhead Lights During a Karaoke Song: What to Do Next

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    No, Playing Guitar While Singing 'Renegade' Isn't Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Karaoke Songs to Put Your Significant Other In the Mood

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: January 25 to 27

    If I had a quarter for every Jell-O shot I've been offered since I started this job, I'd probably have enough change to get a couple beers out of the boozy vending machine downstairs. I've never been much of a lush, but it just seems un-American to turn down a dessert with such high regard from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Everyone Has the Flu: Will Karaoke Give Me a Disease?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    5 Helpful Tips for Doing Karaoke with Your Co-Workers

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    "Memories of Elvis" By the Numbers: Pelvic Thrust Count and Other Highlights

    "Memories of Elvis" featuring Steve Davis and the Mid-South Revival The Pageant Jan. 12, 2013 Dead for more than fifteen years, Elvis Presley's ghost returns to St. Louis every January to throw himself a big ol' birthday bash. But there are no party hats and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches -- i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Meet Your 2013 RFT Web Awards Judges

    "Nothing demonstrates what a critical asshole I am more than judging the RFT Web Awards." -- Anonymous So said one of our esteemed judges during a marathon session this week to determine this year's RFT Web Awards winner and finalists. It's true. Our judges are a discerning bunch for good reason. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    How Do I Take Care of My Suave Karaoke Voice?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    How to Cheat the High Notes in Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    New Year's Eve Karaoke Hell: Surviving The Company Party

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Is Karaoke an Appropriate Response to a Tragedy?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Five Surefire Moves for Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Getting Over Your Fear of Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Karaoke as Aphrodisiac?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Why Go to Therapy When you Can Go to Karaoke?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Never Do "Freebird" or Frampton Comes Alive at Karaoke

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Yes, Your Karaoke DJ Will Turn Down the Mic Volume if You Suck

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Romantic Misadventures and Song Selections for Karaoke Virgins

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Can I Strip And/Or Use Offensive Language During a Karaoke Performance?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    How to Get the Party Started and the Problem with Sick Kids

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Wants to Bond with You, Personally

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has had quite a year. Still riding high on 2011's release of Hysterical, the band has toured almost nonstop in 2012, had a few bandmates call it quits, recorded a video in an Australian drainpipe and visited South Africa. And even after all of that, CYHSY still wants to play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    What Songs will Make My Karaoke DJ Hate Me?

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in Ask a Karaoke Host, RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Boring Friends, Silly Drunks and Wedded Un-bliss

    Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week, RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodies and minimizing your fr ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    January 17, 2012

    Introducing the 2012 RFT Web Awards Finalists

    ‚ÄčThe good news? The St. Louis online community is alive and well. The bad news? There's so much great content out there, it's extremely difficult to come up with a list of the best of the best. But, hey, this is the Internet. People love them some lists. We'd hate to disappoint. So, then, the ... More >>

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