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 s ... More >>
Apparently, this is my year for doing weird shit and writing about it for the Riverfront Times. In March I reported on Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con while wearing Wonder Woman, Sue Storm and Pikachu costumes. In April I went through five straight nights of karaoke in honor of National Karaoke We ... More >>
This year, our sister papers at the Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. See Also: -The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing -SXSW 2013: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spai ... More >>
Last year Gut Check descended upon Spirit Halloween (301 Costco Way, St. Peters; 636-279-1054) in search of eight tasty food costumes because, duh, we love food. This year, while scouring our in-store and online options, we noticed an unsettling trend: Sexy food costumes are beginning to outnumber o ... More >>
It's National Coming Out Day! Today is the day that we celebrate and give love to all of our out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer friends. In honor of this yearly event, we'd like to provide you with a soundtrack for your own personal National Coming Out Day. These songs will ... More >>
The old model of popular music: dumb it down to the lowest common denominator and make it go down easy. Reviewing the Billboard and iTunes charts of this past year, the tides have obviously changed. In days when nobody is buying, the flashiest, loudest, weirdest thing sells -- how else can yo ... More >>
Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>
It's been almost a month since The Voice judge Adam Levine has been promising to show us his moves like Jagger in a song subtly named "Moves Like Jagger" (currently #31 on the iTunes singles chart). Frankly, we're not buying his claims. Although, in the song, he says that his Jagger-esque mo ... More >>
Anyone who has only recently recovered from Kanye West's decision to use autotune on 808s and Heartbreak will not be fond of the latest strange innovation to come from Japan, a country that has built its international reputation on strange innovations. After a series of virtual pop starlets w ... More >>
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, and some white guys are the hosts of America's first communist TV talent show, "The Voice." The Voice, America's favorite socialist-realism-inspired TV talent show, has quickly and abruptly become NBC's first broadly accepted hit show since Friends, a sitcom ... More >>
Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>
That was, without a doubt, one of the worst Super Bowls I can ever remember. Oh, sure, the game was just fine. Instant classic material, I guess. Two great quarterbacks, historic franchises, a great comeback that almost happened, plenty of drama in the last two minutes, and a brilliant storyline ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Culturebully.comAgainst Me!'s latest release, White Crosses*Against Me!, White Crosses Pick up Against Me!'s latest release to prepare for its upcoming free ... More >>
Few viral campaigns have so successfully captured the attention and imagination of the increasingly hard-to-shock Internet public like the recent iamamiwhoami sensation on YouTube. The series of hypnotic videos -- the latest of which was released on Sunday -- feature a disguised, blond-haired woman ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Old Glory Amphitheatre, Six Flags, Eureka.
Week of December 28, 2006
Lock up your family pictures, here come the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players!
:30 p.m. Monday, July 24. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
American Dreamz' nation of idiots lands a little close to home
We duel with Gretchen Wilson and Kelly Clarkson, get home-cooking tips from the stars and delve into Omarion's psyche
Unlike Jesus, Avril Lavigne will live to prove her haters wrong
Aging piano man Billy Joel pleads for AC/DC's mercy
Thursday, April 7; the Gargoyle (on the Washington University campus, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)
Six reasons why the Dresden Dolls ought to suck...but don't
There's a new Mr. Missouri Leather! Plus: counterfeit-proof White Castle gift certificates; talking crab rangoon with novelist Lynn Messina; and a disturbing SAT flashback.
Mandy Moore's likable enough; wish we could say the same about her movie
Dangerously in Love (Columbia)
Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers
The Golden Age of Grotesque (Nothing/Interscope)
The winner of the Radar Station essay contest
A gaggle of Valentine's Day shows appeal to music fans of all stripes
Our latest pop phenomenon, deconstructed for your convenience
Could '02' mean "Oh, too many records?"
Week of December 11, 2002
What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it
The Eminem Show (Aftermath Records)
When the Pawn (Epic)
Produced by Scott Hamilton (Kiel Center)
Saturday, Jan. 29; American Theater
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Herewith, a guide to the latest crop of musical heartthrobs
Tuesday, Sept. 28; Karma