Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
St. Louis MicroFest is in its nineteenth year and is bringing back a huge selection of local, domestic and international beers to Forest Park. There are three sessions, plus a morning two-mile Micro Run. Profits also go to Lift for Life Gym, so guests are totally drinking for a good cause. Tickets a ... More >>
Two exotic dancers from PT's strip clubs have filed a lawsuit accusing owners of cheating about 300 women out of their minimum wage and benefits -- and threatening to steal their table dance tips if they complained about it. Brandy Apple and Amanda Sheer, both Missouri residents, filed the class ac ... More >>
Cristina Torre, daughter of former Cardinals manager Joe Torre, was apparently on a Brooklyn, New York, street yesterday when she noticed something troubling: A one-year-old baby was hanging from a fire escape two stories above her. Then the baby fell -- right into Torre's arms. "I was getting c ... More >>
Brooklyn-based weirdo psych-pop quartet Yeasayer will be making a stop at the Firebird on Thursday, June 27, as announced today on the Firebird's Facebook page. Tickets will be available Friday.
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: list season. Before we open up all our presents from the past 12 months, let us gather around the fireplace and reminisce on the gifts from the guitar gods. Here are the six sweetest riffs of 2012. Let us know your favorites in the comments below. See also: ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, November 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 21. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
There are very, very few downsides to being a restaurant critic. One of those few is having to endure your customary two-month wait before visiting a new spot when everyone else is already dining there and buzzing about it. Such is the case at Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603 ... More >>
One hundred years ago, subterranean St. Louis was a fascinating place. There was, of course, the web of caves that stretched from Benton Park north to downtown and east to the Mississippi River with detours into neighborhood basements. Before the Civil War, the cave network may have been one of the ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
A Place To Bury Strangers July 19 @ The Firebird 8:00/9:00, $12, all ages. Not since ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first traipsed around the country demolishing equipment and eardrums alike has a band been on a mission of aural destruction like A Place To Bury Strangers. The Brooklyn ... More >>
Albert Pujols will always play first base for the Cardinals. Today will always defeat Good Morning America in the ratings. Your dried bream will always be properly eviscerated and botulism-free. No, it hasn't been a good year for the eternal verities. Via the FDA comes an announcement from Euphori ... More >>
Like everything else, there are rules to tongue-speaking. Peter Marina, now a visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis spent four years embedded in a small Pentecostal church in Brownsville, an impoverished neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, doing ethnograph ... More >>
Update, 4/19/12: The Fiona Apple presale password appears to be "criminal" for the St. Louis show. You can buy presale tickets for the show on Ticketmaster right now; the general sale is tomorrow. Prices range from $35 to $75 before fees. That's the same password used in February for the March 31 s ... More >>
You're in town for the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The basketball has ended for the night, and you're still looking for some "live" entertainment to keep the party going? Well, does Riverfront Times have some advice for you! (And they say service journalism is dead?) Plug a few of ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
Show in a Van Down by the River, November 16 November 16th was chilly this year, as November 16ths in St. Louis tend to be. Rain was tentatively in the forecast, and a quick glance to the cloud-covered skies served only as confirmation of our local weather forecasters' suspicions. In an unassuming ... More >>
The St. Louis Underground Music Festival, held this year at the Atomic Cowboy back in June, has introduced a ballot for its 2012 Slumfest Hip-Hop Awards ballot. The categories include Best Hip-Hop Artist (male and female), Best Graffiti Artist, Best B-Boy Crew, Best Album, Artist of the Year ... More >>
Image viaAfter a recent lunch at a Chinese hog trough buffet where we were lulled into stupor by the gentle tones of "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" on the sound system and one too many sticks of chicken meat, we've been thinking a lot about music and food. Turns out we're not the only ones. Around the s ... More >>
Of course you wanted to know about it. That's the first thing just about any adult thinks of when they hear about a man going to prison. Even before the image of the bright orange jumpsuit comes to mind. A few weeks ago, disgraced former Missouri politician Jeff Smith, now a professor at The New Sc ... More >>
Daily RFT reader Thomas Crone forwarded us the following pic snapped yesterday in Brooklyn, Illinois. Crone tells us he pulled his car over to text someone when -- like Moses confronted by the burning bush -- he couldn't help but notice this Godly message staring him in the face. flickr/akita*314 ... More >>
Humdrum on a Subway in NYC. Courtesy of Dan MeehanHumdrum recently returned from its second tour, and first to hit the coast. Among the band's standout stops were Cincinnati, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; and Washington, D.C. And, as with most tours, a few things did not go according to plan. For i ... More >>
Courtesy of the artistThe Luminary Center for the Arts has just announced the music half of its final Post Performance of the summer: My Brightest Diamond. It will be held on September 11th, 2011, from 7 to 10 p.m. As with all these concerts, it is free and held in the Old Post Office Plaza d ... More >>
wikimedia commonsBrooklyn alt-rock pioneer and boundless life enthusiast They Might Be Giants has just announced a whole bunch of fall tour dates, and we've got one of them. The band comes to the Pageant on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are $25.00 and go on sale May 20th at 5 p.m.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
It's a harsh world. CNN asked why chefs hate foodies. Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin said, "To me it's never negative, it's kind of done, that term - can you just calm down and eat your food and like it and not have to be a foodie? But that's me being the jaded food professional. It's better than ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene
The daily Quarter Pounder with Cheese and milkshake got your cholesterol out of whack? U.S. News and World Reports has a great idea, courtesy of a study in the American Journal of Cardiology: serve statins with fast food. The drugs counteract the cholesterol bomb of such meals and costs about the sa ... More >>
Search Engine LandIn honor of yesterday's epic "Dead Girl" Google Street Bomb, as reported by Gawker, we've put together a list of the top ten Google Street View Photobombs.
Diana BenantiWarpaint last night at the Luminary Center for the Arts. Warpaint and Javelin Luminary Center for the Arts August 5 East Coast battled West Coast last night at the Luminary Center for the Arts, as dynamic Brooklyn sample sluts Javelin opened for Los Angeles' languid post-punk go ... More >>
Last week Regretsy, the website that culls online mega craft show Etsy for the worst handmade goods -- "Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet." -- featured an art photo they dubbed "Shit Sandwich." The artist, unimpressed with a sandwich she'd ordered, reconstructed her leftovers, took ... More >>
Bummer news for many in town, for sure: Sleigh Bells -- the buzzed-about scream-pop duo from Brooklyn -- has canceled its opening slot for Yeasayer tonight at the Gargoyle. According to its Twitter, it's due to a "family emergency" and the tour will pick back up on Tuesday. All is not lost, however: ... More >>
The FDA gives a boost to small organic farms with a variety of new efforts to improve conditions for farmers. "Guys, this is your window - use it," USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told organic farmers and the companies that work with them on Wednesday. According to the San Francisco Chronic ... More >>
You can tell more about a band when it plays to a dead room than a packed one. Does it acknowledge the low turnout, say more than a few words, and interact with the smattering there? (Invariably, the audience is blank-slate get-out-of-the-housers and fan-listing faithful.) Or does a band clench up a ... More >>
But what about St. Louis? Pi: Not even in the running.Many of us know by now that President Barack Obama dug the pizza from St. Louis' own Pi so much when he ate it here during his campaign, he invited Pi's staff to the White House to prepare it there.
The mammoth SXSW 2010 has competition this year from a new, independent music and arts festival south of the border in Monterrey, Mexico. Called Festival de Musica y arte para todas las Edades -- or simply MtyMx -- the three-day festival lasts Saturday, March 20 through Monday, March 22, and is bill ... More >>
Indie-garage band the Radical Sons -- or rather, RS members Ben Goldstein and Nick Risler -- have relocated to Brooklyn, New York. The young act plans to record a new EP, the follow-up to last year's Throwing Knives, in April with Eli Janney. (While known for his work with Wilco and Ryan Adams, Jann ... More >>
Welcome back to the work week. That is, if you're one of the unlucky ones (like us) who doesn't have President's Day off. Oh, well. Pretend like you have a three-day weekend by checking out our coverage of the past couple days. Mardi Gras in Soulard Photo: David WalthallSee our NSFW Mardi Gras sli ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, February 12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Tonight at the Fort Gondo gallery on Cherokee Street, two of St. Louis' finest hip-hop artists will debut as artists -- period. James "DJ Needles" Gates and rapper/producer Black Spade, who claims his real name is Veto Money, will be part of a collaborative street art-inspired exhibition call ... More >>
Last night's show at the Old Rock House was packed wall-to-wall, proving that the elements are no match for the Lou's hardcore hip-hop heads. Despite the ice, rain and thunder, fans showed up in droves to support UGK's surviving member Bun B. Since the accidental death of his long-time partner Pimp ... More >>
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 >>
Week of October 5, 2006