Black Friday can be an agonizing notion. Do you choose family time or doorbuster sales? Do you protest workers' crazy hours by staying home, or do you go buy something because the clerks are going to be at the stores anyway? And what in the world should you think about the growing trend for stores t ... More >>
My interview with Megadeth last week didn't go too well. The honorable thing to do would be to admit that I was in the wrong, and should have been better prepared. Or I could spell out a number of reasons why I'm not a total unprofessional screw-up, therefore justifying myself to an audience that la ... More >>
Skin Graft Records pushed math-rock and noise in the early '90s, an era when those terms weren't so faux pas and hardcore tended to leak into other genres without fear of scuffing up some favored tradition. The label's roster grew through the next decade, hoisting up the Dazzling Killmen, Melt-Banan ... More >>
Updated 1 p.m. Tuesday: Best Buy just called Riverfront Times to inform us that Wednesday and Saturday's Nintendo event has moved from its South County store to its Brentwood location. The article below reflects the change. Los Angeles plays host this week to the biggest video game trade show of t ... More >>
On Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of rollingstone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of its eagerly awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper dug into the number of Spotify spin ... More >>
Back on December 19, police in Fairview Heights responded to a "battery" call from the Best Buy at 26 Plaza Drive. Little did they know an upstanding civic leader was involved (and by "upstanding," I mean "childish hothead"). When officers arrived at about 12:45 pm, they learned that two customers i ... More >>
It took a while, but local hip-hop trio 12 to 6 Movement finally unleashed their new collaboration-heavy album, Titties Out. Since our last interview with the group, they added songs with Joe Budden, Opio and A-Plus from Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and Psycho Les from The Beatnuts to a tracklist ... More >>
Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaEuclid Records employee Anna Zachritz, better known around town as DJ SuperConductor, has amassed hundreds of records in less than a decade. As a DJ, Zachritz is known for spinning underground hip-hop and electro, but at the heart of her collection is riot grrl - the '90s ... More >>
Courtesy of Mike Judy If hardcore, metal and post-rock had a child, their rebellious offspring might be Machree, a band whose music blurs many genre lines but never comes across disjointed. Machree has an EP coming out in July, but there's no need to wait: The band closes out our outdoor stag ... More >>
Best Buy has a certain number of CDs it sells for preposterously cheap. Let's be clear: This isn't a bargain bin situation, where they clearly just upend the refuse in a cardboard dumpster and let people dive in. This is actual stock, kept on shelves, that in most cases sold (poorly, obviousl ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you about the local activists who busted out an anti-Motorola song-and-dance routine at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwood -- and we posted a video of the performance. That video quickly drew more than 35,000 hits.Last week, however, YouTube unceremoniousl ... More >>
You've undoubtedly seen the flash mob bursting into the familiar chords of Handel's Messiah at a mall food court. You've probably seen the one singing Do-Re-Mi at a train station. But unless you happened to be shopping at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwoo ... More >>
Say what you will about Isaac Bowser. The kid from Rolla has his goals. Since last night -- Monday -- Bowser has been camped out outside a Best Buy store in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Why? Because he wants to be the first shopper through the doors the day after Thanksgiving -- a.k.a. Black Friday.S ... More >>
Patty Bigbee: Also accused of selling a daughter 25 years earlier.In 2008 Patty Bigbee purchased a million-dollar lottery ticket at a north St. Louis County quick shop. Two years later, authorities say the 45-year-old grandmother had blown through her winnings and was desperate for cash. So despe ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaWhen not out competing in national DJ tournaments, DJ Mahf (a.k.a. Dan Mahfood) can be found scouring local record stores for hours on end, sometimes with a portable record player by his side. A life-long fan of funk, soul and hip-hop, Mahf used to use a fake I.D. to sneak into Bl ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this new weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' reco ... More >>
Photo: Steve TruesdellCavo at Cruefest 2, 8/11/2009 See more photos from the show. Since we profiled Cavo back in August, the St. Louis quartet has continued to tour with acts such as Sick Puppies and Motley Crue, in support of its major label debut, Bright Nights Dark Days. The band will be ... More >>
The last CompUSA went out of business in 2007 and left a giant gaping hole for a decent computer store in the St. Louis retail market. Some might argue that the hole existed even when CompUSA was still in business since we've never been lucky enough to have a really good computer store. You know, th ... More >>
So, Tom Petty's Twitter account has been leaking the tracklisting to the forthcoming Petty live boxed set, The Live Anthology. And it looks like the Lou's 2006 show is being represented by the inclusion of "Square One." This thing is a monster, by the way, judging from a press release Petty's label ... More >>
Officer Jackson to Officer Brezill: "Wii are in trouble now."St. Louis police officers Ronald Jackson and Christian Brezill have been indicted on charges of theft of government property, after allegedly stealing stolen merchandise after an arrest, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap ann ... More >>
SLU defeated Duquense at Chaifetz Arena last night, 78-74 in overtime. Here's a log of the game, updated this morning to include a few pictures and the highlights from coach Rick Majerus' post game comments. Pre-game notes: The Billikens are coming off an impressive 88-58 at Fordham in which t ... More >>
Kids don't listen to what teacher's putting down? Gabe Moskoff, a.k.a. DJ Trackstar, wants to reach them through rap.
PlayStation 3 has potential -- but for the moment, little else.
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
Gravity Kills celebrates its career with a reunion gig
Unreal takes a shine to cricket-spittin', chats with a virtual conventioneer and finds the ultimate crappy exercise machine. Plus, a local blog pounds the pavement.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes
Saturday, July 2; Fair Saint Louis (Gateway Arch grounds)
We look for a home for Hem, weigh Soulard against folk music and visit the Old School
The Nintendo Fusion Tour brings a pixilated party to the Pageant
Radar Station looks back at Bryan Adams and lesbian chic
Lost Dogs (Epic)
Local music retailers are facing tough times and coming up with new ways to combat slumping sales across the industry -- if they don't file for bankruptcy, that is
Week of January 30, 2002
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
Since the Flood of 93, Chesterfield boosters have used millions in public money to raise a levee and turn the bottomlands into a boomtown. But betting against the river is risky business.
Cashing in your CDs