Pokey LaFarge has been on the road for a month. He sounds strangely serene -- his voice relaxed and dripping over the line like warm molasses over johnny cakes -- despite the winter rain currently killing his vibe in North Dakota. "I'm freezing my butt off," he laughs. It's the stretch between date ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, so many shows come across our desks on a regular basis in the form of announcements, previews and reviews that things can get pretty darn redundant. So when we come across fun coincidences, like the photo of Man Man sporting some homemade D.R.I. swag above, we're a little too easi ... More >>
A zoo in Bloomington, Illinois is selling ornaments made from genuine reindeer dump. We know this because we saw it on KSDK Channel 5. The dump was lovingly harvested from the zoo's own reindeer -- not from those living in the North Pole. It has been dehydrated and painted, presumably to make ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, August 20. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
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 >>
Illinois Department of Corrections Chief Tony Godinez presented a plan to the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday that would save the state an estimated $2.5 million a year, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. Just like your mom and your girlfriend, he's suggesting that the prisoners do ... More >>
Last we checked, legendary basketball coach Floyd Irons was serving a 12-month sentence in federal prison for mortgage fraud. Just prior to his 2008 sentencing, came even more bad news: The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) stripped the coach and Vashon High School of thr ... More >>
Gabe Kea: "I'm not Canadian, I just do Canadian things." By the age of four, comic Gabe Kea got his first mention in The New York Times, but the occasion was no joke: His father, Dutch-born Blues defenseman Ed Kea, was being profiled. In 1983, Kea père had hit his head on the ice during a Blues ... More >>
This is without question one of the very best PSAs we've ever seen. Ever. Produced by State Farm Insurance (based in Bloomington, Illinois), it's got Shatner, deep fried turkey, allusions to The Lord of the Rings, lots of irony, faux fire. Something called a "dingle-dangle." We are not shitting you. ... More >>
In 2006, Don Bailey closed Three-1-Three, his music club in downtown Belleville, leaving a hole in a once-vibrant live music scene. "I always enjoyed Belleville and the music scene, from Uncle Tupelo to Fragile Porcelain Mice," says Bailey. "I booked over 2000 bands at the 313 Club, and I not ... More >>
A hundred years ago Bloomington, Indiana, had its time in the spotlight.The 2010 U.S. Census is expected to show the mean center of the U.S. population continuing its southwestern slide across Missouri. One hundred years ago, the nation's population center was in Bloomington, Indiana, as evident ... More >>
Washington UniversityYeah, yeah, Mizzou and Illinois pussyfooted their way into the NCAA tournament, which gives area hoopsters another week to celebrate mediocrity. But if you're looking for a more legit reason to get your March Madness on this week, turn your attention toward another set of ... More >>
Washington UniversityThis weekend is a big one for college hoops. Arch Madness comes to town. The suddenly hot Saint Louis University team will attempt to win its fifth in a row. And perhaps most importantly, the Washington University Lady Bears will take their first step toward defending the ... More >>
On Wednesday night, we told you about Marshall Crenshaw and Bottle Rockets' killer cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender." Well, last night at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos sat in with the bands for that same cover. Video evidence, of course, has already ... More >>
In October, the Incurables had the opportunity to open several Midwest dates for Alejandro Escovedo. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Griffin agreed to keep a tour diary for A to Z. Here's the second installment; part one is here. All photos are from the Bloomington, Illinois, show. Stay tuned to A to Z for ... More >>
Earlier in October, the Incurables had the opportunity to open several Midwest dates for Alejandro Escovedo. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Griffin agreed to keep a tour diary for A to Z. Here's the first installment. All photos are from the Bloomington, Indiana, show. Stay tuned to A to Z for more recaps ... More >>
Dan ZettwochA late 2009 RFT cover featuring KSHE mascot Sweet Meat.Summer's not over yet! There's still one more week (more or less) to enjoy the last gasps of carefree fun and outdoor hangs. Here are twelve good bets for the weekend -- of course, on top of the events we've already covered he ... More >>
The fourth annual PLAY:stl Fest starts tomorrow night with a kickoff party at Cicero's featuring Chicago indie rockers (and last year's big draw), Owen. This year's showcase follows the same formula as previous festivals: 100 bands, 3 days and cheap as all get out -- $20 for a three-day wrist ... More >>
Nigel CraneThe Gaslight AnthemNew Jersey's Gaslight Anthem has made great strides in the past few years. It's gone from trekking around the country in a beat-up van, to cruising in style in a full-blown tour bus. It's gone from moving modest units on a small punk label (XOXO Records), to cra ... More >>
Image sourceIt's rare that a classic of world literature is set on one particular calendar date. Maybe that's why June 16, the day on which James Joyce's Ulysses is set (1904 edition), also known as "Bloomsday" has achieved such immortality. Well, that and its main character Leopold Bloom spe ... More >>
Robyn GrimesBefore the encore, Adam Turla, singer and guitarist for Murder by Death, predicted fame for the band in another 40 years, at roughly the same rate as Bo Diddley. It's just that sort of humbled reckoning that kept the crowd rowdy and the room toasty at Off Broadway, where the band ... More >>
Besides its wealth of political scandals and the appearance of its former governor on a TV reality show. Illinois has yet another reason to be proud of itself: Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal is the home of Gamma Phi Circus, the nation's older collegiate circus. (There's only one oth ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackcustard/ / CC BY-SA 2.0Another year, another push-back against the Interweb's free-for-all ethos: the Pantagraph over in Bloomington, Illinois just executed a weekend cooling-off period during which comments on local stories were suspended. To justify the move, e ... More >>
Feeling macabre and like dancing tonight? Head to Off Broadway and check out Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death. Roy Kasten said this: Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death overcomes aesthetic absurdity -- picture the Crash Test Dummies employing cellos to transform a barn dance into a sl ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
I've received a couple of reader e-mails noting the strange goings-on at some of the area's J. Buck's: signage disappearing, menus without the restaurant's name. This article from the Belleville News-Democrat does a nice job of summing up what's happening: The Clayton and downtown J. Buck's will re ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, January 16. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
The Hold Steady is known for its songs about drinking in bars, among other things. So of course the Brooklyn band is playing the Gargoyle on April 6, according to Blurt. Why yes, the NO-BOOZE venue in town. Metrotix link live, buy tickets now.So, who's trekking to Bloomington or Urbana instead? I do ... More >>
Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri, Mizzou, Out Traveler, Gay-Friendly College Towns
9 p.m. Sunday, May 11. Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
9 p.m. Friday, February 8. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.
7 p.m. Saturday, August 18. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue).
Some say Pulitzer Inc.'s sale to Lee Enterprises blew in quicker than a shotgun wedding. Others saw it coming a mile away.
Some so-called friends pay tribute to Uncle Tupelo
Thursday, December 4; Off Broadway
Linda Stephens comes full circle with My Fair Lady
Tuesday, July 22; Way Out Club
If you can't find a show to go to this weekend, it's your own damn fault
The latest St. Louisan to hop aboard the reality-TV juggernaut sees nothing but green
The hometowners of Grand Ulena insist they're not a local band
Friday, July 20; Frederick's Music Lounge.
Local discs make waves with national-caliber samplers
Saturday, Aug. 26; Centro Sociale
Witnesses testify in the mystery of the Metro East UFO
St. Louis holds onto its old things -- including the 1914 city charter
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