When we launched the annual Riverfront Times MasterMind Awards in 2008, we set out to seed a few innovative projects that would help shape St. Louis creatively and culturally. And even though all of our award winners have been talented and successful, we had no idea that one of the first MasterMind ... More >>
This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in March 2014, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previews wherever possible. Note: We rea ... More >>
It's been awhile, but we're bringing back this monthly local releases series, created by former RFT Music editor Kiernan Maletsky. From Kiernan: "This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in [January 2014], listed in alphabetic ... More >>
Perhaps unfairly, the term "straight to DVD" is often the source of ridicule in the movie business. People tend to think of those big-budget Hollywood flops that prove to be so unwatchable that the studio execs pull them from theatrical release in the hopes of avoiding additional embarrassment. Th ... More >>
This week's RFT Music feature story is about St. Louis power-pop connoisseur Jordan Oakes and Chicago label Numero. Mike Appelstein unpacks their disagreement over a compilation album Oakes curated and Numero released in 2003. See also: -Pain Pills: The heated copyright debate over a St. Louisan's ... More >>
There has never been one place you could go to find out everything you needed about any band anywhere. Imagine: One resource that operates like an instantaneous card catalogue for current music. Among the many that have tried, none has the potential of Google Music Artist Hub. Google Music made it ... More >>
If you've been one of the many circling the carcass of the Borders in Brentwood at its going-out-of-business sale (and, judging from the length of the lines, which are Christmas-length, you probably are), you may have observed this leaflet on the checkout counter: This is not an act of corpo ... More >>
image viaBorders has finally decided to put itself out of its misery and allow itself to be liquidated. By the end of September, all the remaining 299 Borders stores (including the six in the St. Louis area) will be gone, leaving 11,700 booksellers, baristas, store managers and corporate empl ... More >>
Calm down -- just because the Harry Potter movie franchise comes to an end this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the Hogwarts kids will live on in these wizarding-inspired eats. Until they're devoured. Then commence moaning like Myrtle. Of course, for the f ... More >>
Courtesy of AppleLet the chatboards begin.Being Steve Jobs must be pretty awesome. It seems like the man makes more announcements than Obama does, though the negative implications of his are usually just that the newest version of the iPad completely trumps the one you bought only this mornin ... More >>
When wearing just a thong to bed in February, most women would also prefer a blanket, or at the very least another warm body.Daily RFT received this missive a few days ago, but we held onto it so the information it contains will be fresh in your mind when you head out to the Friday night meat ... More >>
The intake tower at the Chain of Rocks bridge serves as the cover image for Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren's new book about St. Louis architecture.Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren came here in 2006 on a discreet assignment: to report for the New York Times on yet another plan for the St. Loui ... More >>
It looks the world's best Scrabble word -- but St. Louis-based Energizer says its new "Qi"-enabled device is actually a way for users of cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players to simplify their lives.Ingenious.As Energizer explains, the Wireless Power Consortium developed Qi standards so t ... More >>
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone
Image sourceThe rise of the vuvuzela has been nothing short of astonishing. Last week, nobody outside South Africa had even heard of the things. This week, they have spawned outrage and jokes and even iPhone apps. Next week, they may even be banned. What a trajectory! Of course we all know t ... More >>
Boxee made an announcement this week that makes the idea of ditching cable service for Internet-distributed video a much more tempting proposition. The announcement was a twofer: a new version of their software that provides a cable-box-like interface for Internet video and new hardware that will ru ... More >>
madart.comSt. Louis artist, author and one-time RFT cover illustrator Kevin Belford is a man on a mission: to assert St. Louis' rightful place in the history of blues music. Belford's new book, Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, is out next month from Virginia Publ ... More >>
Over at the Columbia Daily Tribune, columnist T. J. Greaney has composed a strange tribute to Robert Bolivar DePugh, leader of an anti-Communist militia group (or a domestic terrorism cell, depending on your point of view) called the Minutemen. DePugh died June 30 in his basement apartment, beneath ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/15373713@N06I must begin this story with a confession: I was probably the only kid in the 80s who didn't like Michael Jackson. Definitely the only kid at my school. (This was verified by a poll.) I listened to my friends' copies of Thriller and it did not move me.Part of this ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/whinendineSix years ago, Margaret Benedict remembers being riveted by an article in Investor's Business Daily on the life and times of Joyce Clyde Hall, the highly-driven founder of Hallmark Cards. At the time, Benedict was reaching the end of a long career as a fifth-grade ... More >>
This juicy little item slipped through the cracks when it happened last week but it's worth mentioning now, if only to shed a little light on the life of a kingpin from the Internet's seedy underbelly.David Elms, creator of the popular escort Web site The Erotic Review, was arrested last week i ... More >>
Bookplate reviews new(ish) food- and drink-related books. The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller isn't, technically, a book about food, but it's a book anyone concerned about the sustainability of what we eat should read. Its subject is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization founded and ... More >>
Lucinda Williams enjoys the fruits of her labor.
B-Sides covers, well, the covers repertoire of the Bad Plus and learns about Todd Mosby's newfangled imratgitar.
Misty wants your affection (um, not that kind). Plus, one St. Louis man teaches us how to come back from vacation alive, while another reveals our dishonesty.
Another independent bookseller gives up the ghost
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
Especially when it casts Fred Friction as Susan B. Anthony
It's time to put a bullet through the head of the Jeff Buckley zombie
Motorcycle Diaries explores Che Guevara's formative years
Cowboy crooners are putting some metro-sex into their rural images
Week of February 26, 2003
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
For two decades, psychoanalysts have held fast to their slow, deep exploration of the psyche, reaping only scorn from the science-driven psychiatrists at Washington University. Good thing they didn't listen.
Homeboy superstar Nelly tops the list of readers' favorite local musicians
When C.D. Payne stopped writing ad copy, he created a revolutionary teenage hero
St. Louis' last independent full-service bookseller, Left Bank Books, celebrates its 30th year of supporting progressive politics and serious culture