Joshua Loyal, the owner/manager/promoter of the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center (2700 Cherokee Street; 314-875-0233), fired off a mean teaser through his Facebook feed on Wednesday: "Who is ready for GOBLIN to come to STL?" While fans of the Italian progressive band shot back with an urgent " ... More >>
After persevering through a driving regimen of fourteen consecutive hours through the middle of nowhere (and barely winning a race with an Oklahoma tornado) we finally arrived in Texas for Chaos in Tejas. Grown-up humans from every sub-genre of punk rock culture started checking into motels and wand ... More >>
The Daily Meal has ranked "America's Best Ribs" in a slideshow, and three St. Louis restaurants are among the top twenty barbecue joints. Bogart's Smokehouse (1627 South Ninth Street; 314-621-3107) ranks #19, Roper's Ribs (6929 West Florissant Avenue, Jennings; 314-381-6200) is #18, and Pappy's Smok ... More >>
By Craig Hlavaty Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtra ... More >>
Kneeling down at the edge of the stage at the big outdoor venue of Stubb's in Austin, Nick Cave cradled a young man's head in his hands and sang his death-filled take on the deathless "Stagger Lee" myth. The jammed-in crowd laughed a little nervously. Cave stared down at the kid, who just kept noddi ... More >>
By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>
Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik have just announced a co-headlining fall 2012 tour, and it will stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on October 28. Expect the loudness and riffage to have your ears ringing right through Halloween. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m., unless you head over to the ... More >>
After a string of horrific incidents, including the time Miami police had to shoot a man dead to stop him from eating a homeless man's face, the Centers for Disease Control released an official statement denying that the crimes were signs of a zombie apocalypse. The "CDC does not know of a virus or ... More >>
Since late 2011, the members of Anodes haved pulled their time and energy, and this week the group will lay their efforts bare for all to see. Anodes identifies itself as both post-hardcore and emo, two genres that often share similar musical cues and ethics. The group made its debut in St. Louis at ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, February 10. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
8:45 p.m. Thursday, October 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Sandy CarsonAt this year's LouFest, Austin-based trio Ume performed a riotous set punctuated by the band's massive, impressionistic rock and lead singer Lauren Larson's fiery stage presence. Previously barely known to most fans in attendance, the band is now playing one of the fall concert se ... More >>
Got a spare sixteen minutes and a burning desire to learn about charcuterie? Filmmaker Christian Remde's made it easy. The Austin, Texas filmmaker has produced a short documentary called, "Charcuterie - A Documentary" as part of his Twelve Films Project. He's making a film each month in 2011. In J ... More >>
Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Robin WheelerThe Austin from Chuy Arzola'sThe Place: Chuy Arzola's (3701 Lindell Boulevard; 31 ... More >>
Bourbon Street. Photos courtesy of Bo Bulawsky.Bo & the Locomotive is gearing up for the release of its first full length, On My Way; it's out July 30th. The band is, in fact, exactly on its way, having just returned from a tour that took Bo and his band through the South. There were especia ... More >>
Premier FitnessIn this week's feature story we profile a local rugby player and Iraq War vet who survived a fluke house fire and seven months in a coma -- and is now attempting a comeback to the pitch. Meanwhile, another powerhouse rugby squad in the area is about to defend their title as run ... More >>
Alexandra ValentiThe Black Angels has reached the point of royalty among today's lysergic rock outfits. In between relentless touring and putting out killer albums and EPs, the Austin five-piece started Austin Psych Fest, now in it's fourth year. For its third full length, 2010's Phosphene Dr ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, March 21. Apop Records, 2831 Cherokee Street.
What hath the internets wrought? Mostly, hilarious cats. And now, they've been rendered in cheese. Really, why not?This weekend at South by Southwest, Austin's annual music and technology conference, St. Louis-based Friskies cat food unveiled an enormous (640 pound) statue, made of cheese, commem ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiNato Caliph at SXSW a few years agoIt's hard to believe, but the music portion of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011. In the last quarter-century, the annual event has evolved to become the gathering place for music-industry darlings, wann ... More >>
Friday, April 22, is shaping up to be one full of hard choices for live-music fans. Rural Alberta Advantage is at the Firebird, the Joy Formidable/the Lonely Forest is at the Luminary Center for the Arts -- and now the Old Rock House is weighing in with a show by the Black Angels. (Suuns is opening. ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergTo read a profile of Match Meat founder Allison Burgess, click hereMatch Meat, the St. Louis-based company that puts a new spin on vegetarian meat alternatives, has been making strides beyond its home turf. According to company spokeswoman Susan Iskiwitch, veggie-friendly s ... More >>
Hip Hop group The Force were Austin last week at South by Southwest and documented some of their experiences on video.The St. Louis hip-hop collective The Force represented the city something fierce in Austin last week.There was SXSTL, the St. Louis-exclusive hip-hop showcase, and a whole sle ... More >>
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, February 26. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
When it comes to nightmare commutes, the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles finishes at the head of the line. That infamous stretch of asphalt is in a state of near-paralysis for nearly 80 hours a week, when motorists can expect to limp along in bottleneck congestion at 14 m.p.h. T ... More >>
"Punky" Brewster McCracken discussing dissing St. LouisThat headline courtesy of News 8 in Austin, Texas, where mayoral candidate Brewster McCracken has launched an Internet ad comparing the Texas capital to St. Louis. The advertisement available on YouTube (McCracken has disabled the "embedding" fe ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
Avant-garde label aPop Records opens a storefront and moves its operations onto Cherokee Street.
9 p.m. Friday, March 2. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard)
10 p.m. Friday, June 2. The Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
Saturday, May 20, at 9 p.m. Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue)
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Friday, October 25; Lemmons Basement Bar
Saturday, Sept. 11; Cicero's