• Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: July 2014

    The city is certainly heating up and so are our hip-hop lineups for July. This month's shows feature a healthy sampling of rap: the indie, underground and mainstream, all coming from the east, west and midwest. To spice things up even more, not one of St. Louis' venues are repeated twice, providing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Cover/Tribute Band: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 4 to 6

    Get out of that bathtub or basement and get out to a show this weekend. B.B. King plays the Peabody, Kate Nash follows up the Ready Room's debut show with the space's second concert, Why? finds its way to the Demo, and Guttermouth storms the stage at Fubar. No mighty gust of wind could keep is in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Kiss and Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour: St. Louis in August

    Perennially costumed rock & roll icons Kiss will be joining forces with Def Leppard for a summer tour this year and, to the delight of KSHE fans throughout St. Louis, the show will be coming to town on August 28 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Questions Remain About Summer Rocks Festivals; Vote Postponed

    For seven days, St. Louis has been speculating about what Board Bill #328 could mean for downtown as a tourist destination and music haven. Multiple large-scale festivals? Ousted local events? Big music names? A burden on city resources? But after an aldermanic hearing yesterday, we're only margina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    "Where'd You Go To High School?" Is Not Just a St. Louis Question

    Are you Catholic? How rich is your family? What kind of person are you? One seven-word question answers these three intrusive queries and more for people in St. Louis: Where did you go to high school? St. Louisans are notorious for replacing, "Hi, how are you?" with this question about one's alma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    St. Louis Women Are Some of Least Choosy On Online Dating Sites: Study

    According to a highly scientific study put out by the company behind the dating app "Are You Interested," women in St. Louis are not at all choosy when it comes to responding to potential suitors via online dating sites. In fact, Lou ladies, they've named St. Louis one of the five least choosy cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    St. Louis University Under Fire for Work with Doctor Who Infected AIDS Patients with Malaria

    With the support of a National Institutes of Health grant, Saint Louis University is partnering with a controversial Chinese doctor who once infected AIDS patients with malaria as part of a widely criticized practice. The doctor in question is Xiaoping Chen of China's Guangzhou Institutes of Biomed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: September 2013

    For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Macy's Is Closing Its Downtown St. Louis Store in the Railway Exchange Building

    The Macy's in downtown St. Louis is shutting its doors. The company announced this morning that the outlet, which opened in 1924 in the Railway Exchange building, will be closing with a final clearance starting in the beginning of June and continuing for about ten weeks. The 189,000-square-foot sp ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 25, 2013
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    January 24, 2013

    St. Louis Fails Transparency Review: MoPIRG Criticizes City for Lack of Accountability

    How is the City of St. Louis spending taxpayer dollars? It's can be challenging to to answer that question -- at least according to a new report from an organization that has given St. Louis a failing grade for budget transparency and accountability. Missouri's Public Interest Research Group, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Organic Produce to Your Door: Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Service Expands to St. Louis

    Indiana native Matt Ewer has farming in his blood. At the ripe old age of eight, he started selling sweet corn door-to-door for his family's farm. When he was twenty, he began working in organic farming and not long after moved to the West Coast to study organic agriculture. Then he returned to Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Miller Lite Brings "It's Miller Time on Us" to St. Louis, a.k.a., Free Beer For Some!

    Next week, instead of rifling through coat pockets, couch cushions and car cup-holders in search of beer money, Gut Check will be headed to Kiener Plaza (600 Market Street) for a complimentary $25 Miller Lite gift card. Specifically, on Tuesday, September 18, between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., for "It's Mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    St. Louis Air: Still Polluted, But Showing Improvement

    The American Lung Association released its State of the Air report, and St. Louis once again ranked in the top ten for year-round particle pollution, coming in as the tenth most-polluted city out of the 277 metropolitan areas measured -- that's not good. However, the data shows that since 2003-2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Jeremy Essig is About to Get Raw & Personal (And Record a CD in Brennan's Basement)

    ​Standup Jeremy Essig put in seven years as a road comic, recorded three CDs and has opened for the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Jeffrey Ross. By  2009, he was sick of it. All of it.  So he enrolled in journalism school at Mizzou. He also landed a political reporting gig in Jefferson C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    The Six Best Chain Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    St. Louis Ranks No. 6 in Number of "Native" Inhabitants

    ​For most St. Louisans, going home for Thanksgiving this week means staying put. According to Census figures, 69.4 percent of people living in the St. Louis metropolitan area were born in the region. That ranks as sixth highest nationally among major cities and a good 12 percentage points abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

    Photo by Mabel Suen​Noise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Daily Beast: Our Moms Are Happier Than Yours

    USA Today​According to the oh-so-scientific pollsters of the Daily Beast, St. Louisans, among other things, have nicotine addictions and a lack of book-smarts. So it's nice to know that the latest ranking chart of the pop-political website, released this week for Mother's Day, suggests that ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    About that Census: At Least We're Not Detroit, or Cleveland, or Pittsburgh, or Cincinnati

    A Census employee works the streets of (INSERT MIDWEST CITY) last summer.​Yesterday St. Louis officials all but conceded that the 2010 U.S. Census got it right: The city did lose 30,000 people, or 8.3 percent of its population, over the past decade. And while there's been lots of hand-wringing abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Nixon Strikes a Frugal Tone as St. Louisans are Outed as Cheapskates

    ​Yesterday was a big day in Missouri frugality. Gov. Jay Nixon proposed $300 million in budget cuts during his State of the State address -- even as the website ranked St. Louis as the fourth-cheapest city in the country. Nixon outlined a plan to knock down the state's 2012 budge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Jeff Ruby Talks! (About Kicking O.J. Simpson out of His Restaurant)

    I'm still waiting to hear back from the Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse corporate office in Cincinnati about the status of the River City Casino restaurant. However, I feel bad about depriving you of an opportunity to hear from Jeff Ruby himself, so here's a news report about the time he asked O.J. Simpson t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Ten Things To Do This Weekend: October 22-24

    ​Ten things to do, that is, besides what we previewed on the music page, the Earthworms DVD screening and Ryan Bingham Sunday night at the Old Rock House. Friday: 7 Shot Screamers @ Way Out Club Punk-a-billy faves 7SS haven't done a show in a long, long time; this gig features the golden-age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Jeff Ruby's and the Case of the Disappearing Website​File this under "Things That Make You Go Hmmm": The screenshot above is what you see if you visit This should be the home page of the St. Louis branch of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, which opened earlier this year at the new River City Casino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Muse Cancels Its St. Louis Show

    Timothy Norris / LA WeeklyMuse at Coachella music festival in April.​Here's a bummer email to wake up to: Muse has re-routed its fall 2010 tour due to the fact that "bassist Chris Wolstenholme is expecting a child with wife Kelly in November of 2010," according to a press release. It goes on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    10 Things to do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, May 14-16, 2010

    It's that time of week again -- you're hopefully left with at least a few hours of free time where you can decide to do whatever you feel like: No time-sucking birthday lunches, Saturday morning soccer games or shift-covering for your slacker of a coworker. ("How has he not been fired yet?" you may ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2010

    Foxy Shazam

    8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Zachary Schomburg and His Magic Poetry Mobile Take St. Louis Tonight!

    Tonight is Exploding Swan Night at Stirrup Pants Chapbooks (2122 Cherokee Street), which will deviate from its usual Saturdays-only schedule to host The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra and a host of readers, including poet Zachary Schomburg, who has driven out here from Portland, Oregon, in h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Take a Beercation to Louisville with the Beertender

    Fleur-Design, Wikimedia Commons​Beercation (n.): A short, inexpensive trip whose primary justification is the pursuit of rare, local or otherwise unattainable beer.Among potential beercation destinations, my current front-runner is Louisville, Kentucky, only four hours east on I-64. Maybe not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Holy Crap! Branson Theater Wins Award for Best Bathroom in U.S.

    The ladies' room at Shoji Tabuchi Theatre. ​ The results are in and the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre has won the coveted "America's Best Bathroom Award." The Branson music hall features a ladies' powder room (right) boasting wainscoting, live cut orchids at every granite and onyx pedestal sink, stained g ... More >>

  • Music

    August 5, 2009


    9 p.m., Friday, August 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • News

    July 1, 2009
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    February 2, 2009

    Survey Sayz ... St. Louisans Think "Grass is Greener Somewhere Else"

    There's slush the color of wet concrete on the sidewalks, in gutters and on roads. Jobs are hard to come by and our winter sports teams are atrocious! But do St. Louisans really think of their town as St. Louis Shitty?While February was chosen as the Best Month to Leave St. Louis by this very paper ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2008

    Feeling Wordy at 30

    The Jewish Book Fest celebrates a milestone

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008
  • Music

    February 7, 2007

    Love Machine

    B-Sides compares the biographies of Courtney Love and Sharon Osbourne, and reports on Brandt's reorganization.

  • Culture

    September 27, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Music

    December 28, 2005

    Black Tie Affair

    Monday, January 2; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Let There Be Rock

    Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways

  • News

    June 30, 2004


    The Beer Hall of Fame is a cool idea -- perhaps too cool for St. Louis

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2003

    Love, Rhine O'er Me

    High-fidelity romance

  • Music

    June 25, 2003

    The Isley Brothers

    Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2003

    Valley Rally

    The Missouri Valley Conference tournament bounces into Savvis Center

  • Culture

    January 1, 2003

    The Scarlet Letter

    In St. Louis, the "A" is for "ambition"

  • News

    October 9, 2002

    One-Wheel Roller

    King of the rink Leo White is ready for prime time, but is prime time ready for him?

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002


    O.T. Hodge Chile Parlor

  • Film

    November 28, 2001

    Flaming Wreck

    Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain

  • Culture

    June 6, 2001

    Tedious People

    The People Project only gets worse

  • News

    May 12, 1999
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