All you St. Louis ex-pats can finally breathe easy: Schlafly is finally coming to the Windy City. In a release last week, the local brewery announced it would be expanding distribution to Chicago, a market it has stayed out of for more than twenty years. There have been talks in the past of a brewpu ... More >>
In Chancelor Bennett's case, you could argue that weed -- yes, perhaps a gateway to more drugs, since we do know the rapper has a fondness for LSD -- was also a sort of gateway to another life. After getting caught with marijuana during his senior year of high school in 2011, he was suspended for te ... More >>
Prasino (1520 South Fifth Street, St. Charles;) opened last spring, the first Missouri outpost of the Chicago-based, eco-friendly chain. Reviews were mixed at best -- we found it inconsistent -- and the restaurant has continued operating fairly quietly for the better part of a year. See also: Green ... More >>
This weekend, lots of great acts come through town including Justin Townes Earle, Dead Rider, Kevin Gates, REO Speedwagon, the Reptilian and more. Choose from one of those shows or check out a local series called Vibes, featuring art and music. Read on our recommendations.
Chicago punk stalwarts Rise Against have just announced a show in St. Louis this September. The quartet will perform at the Pageant on September 23, with Radkey as openers. Tickets for the show will be $35 to $37.50, and will go on sale this Friday, June 27 at Ticketmaster.com.
This week, local rockers the Tennis Lesson release a CD, School of Rock-Ballwin presents a free student showcase and plenty of touring acts stop into town. Read about Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kishi Bashi, Shai Hulud and more in this week's show recommendations, and as always, stay tuned till Friday ... More >>
We know Snarf's (6301 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-4800) as a delightful sandwich shop across from RFT headquarters (there's a location downtown, too), but not everyone is so happy with them. St. Louis fast food workers, with the help of Show Me 15 (formerly STL735) protested yesterday in solidarity wi ... More >>
We at RFT Music were startled to see the news on Facebook that Chicago musician Lorna Donley passed away on Monday after what has been described as a brief, sudden illness.
Schlafly fans (including us) were all a-twitter this week following reports that co-founder Dan Kopman was scouting locations in Chicago. While Schlafly is sold in Illinois (and most of the states that border Missouri) you can't get our largest craft brewer in the Windy City. See also: Schlafly Te ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. The Fu ... More >>
Riot Fest has mushroomed into one of the country's biggest rock festivals--expanding from its base in Chicago in 2012 and again this year to Toronto and Denver--since forming in 2005. This year, the fest's big draw--based on the T-shirts, if nothing else--was Blink-182, including one fan who dress ... More >>
Kevin Willmann's acclaimed Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) has announced plans to host a nose-to-tail dinner on Tuesday, June 18. This is the second time Farmhaus has held a meal dedicated to eating the whole beast. The restaurant also features "The Fifth Quarter," a regular nose-to-ta ... More >>
The hype has been palpable leading up to twenty-year-old Chance the Rapper's new mixtape, Acid Rap. Chance gained some recognition from his first tape, 10 Day, and in anticipation of Acid Rap, he proceeded to hop on as many tracks as possible, put out videos and tour extensively, including numerous ... More >>
Geez. I leave town for a few days, and everything at Gut Check International Headquarters goes bonkers. Specifically, Gut Check might have given you a malware warning when you visited late last week. If so, 1) our sincere apologies; 2) you missed some good stories, including the news that Piccione P ... More >>
This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus. Read part one, a profile of Jennrich, here. Part three, a recipe from Jennrich, will be available on Friday. Is it unseemly to be thankful for the financial stresses that others have faced? Of course. So put it ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
Redflex, the Australian firm that operates red light cameras in St. Peters and Wentzville, has lost its contract in Chicago after acknowledging that one of its consultants bribed the bureaucrat in charge of the city's red light program. The company conceded over the weekend that the consultant rece ... More >>
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 >>
Update January 3, 2:15 p.m.: The same-sex marriage bill will not be heard by the state senate until next week, Illinois Senate Democrats said in a statement this afternoon. Several senators whose "yay" votes are considered necessary for the bill to pass are currently away from Springfield due to fam ... More >>
Tonight, Chicago good-time master the Hood Internet will be at the Gramophone. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show starts at 10 p.m. Do some weird shots beforehand.
The Chicago Young Republicans face the nearly impossible task of winning Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago -- and the rest of Illinois -- for Mitt Romney this November. So what do they do when the going gets tough? Why sing a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," of course. 'Cause, you know, ... 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 >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Tonight. El Lenador (3124 Cherokee Street). Every Spring we Midwesterners reap the benefits of shows from bands that are touring to and from the SXSW festival in Austin. We're usually stoked about coastal bands that had previously been too lame to swing through the Lou, but this year we can ... More >>
The Blues were riding high as recently as this past weekend, having taken a home-and-home from the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading the NHL overall in points. Since then the Note have suffered through a series of calamities the likes of which haven't been seen since god looked down at a man name ... More >>
WGN this morning aired a segment on subliminal messages in weather reports. The image below was allegedly used to illustrate an ice storm that hit the Midwest a year or two ago. Groused a reader today at Chicagoist, which also linked to the image, "As usual, all the best [weather] is south ... More >>
Ian FroebThe cupcake. Delicious individually portioned treat. Food trend that has jumped the shark and nuked the fridge. And, now, weapon.The Chicago Tribune reports on a Chicago woman arrested after throwing cupcakes at her husband:
Hip-hop collective the Force is broadening its reach. In the first week of October, the group will tour as a single entity. And while out-of-town shows have been common for many of the artists on this particular roster, this marks a new step in a coordinated effort by the group. The full to ... More >>
Sleepy Kitty's debut full length, Infinity City, had an informal release party last week at the Royale. The band is playing a show tomorrow at Pig Slop with Cowboy Indian Bear and Little Big Bangs. We are introducing a feature, Live and Local, to help introduce St. Louis bands to people who ... More >>
Sometimes the Iternets can put on one helluva flesh-and-blood show. Pitchfork Music Festival is run by the music blog of the same name, which just announced it's expanding to Paris this fall with an overseas version of the festival to be curated by (Everybody Loves) Bon Iver. The American b ... More >>
We are soooo much more fun than Chicago. Our art's better, too.Take that, Chicago: St. Louis is officially the best large city for a weekend getaway in the Midwest.Or so says AAA Midwest Traveler, which polled its readers and determined that the Lou beats the snot out of Chicago and Kansas City. ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Wikimedia CommonsWither, Tony Packo's? Hot-dog lawsuits in Toledo and Chicago. At least these problems aren't Congressional in nature. Some of the nation's favorite hot dog institutions have troubles more judiciary and executive in nature. In Chicago, Vienna Beef is suing Scott D. Ladany, a ... More >>
We rejoiced in your fire, Chicago. But you got last laugh.Hard to believe today, but, 140 years ago, one of the most exclusive clubs in town was the St. Louis Philosophical Society. The organization, started by a couple followers of German philosopher Georg Hegel, published the influential journa ... More >>
Sorry Chicago, but your craft beer star now belongs to St. Louis. Well, technically, it belongs to Belgium. It was announced this morning that Anheuser-Busch is buying Goose Island, the 23-year-old Chicago miccrobrew stalwart. (A-B has distributed Goose Island since 2006.) After the jump: ... More >>
Call the last few days the unofficial kick off of the stellar spring line-up--despite today's unexpected nuclear fallout slushy snowfall, your social life may be about to experience a nice thaw. It's been a good couple of days for mind-altering psychedelia. On Friday, Chicago's Cave played an insa ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaAs major record labels have struggled to adjust to the new digital landscape, independent labels have thrived by sticking to the tried and true demand for vinyl. We caught up with Kate Eddens, a former employee of both Thrill Jockey records and Vintage Vinyl, at her south city hom ... More >>