It's a big week for music in St. Louis. LouFest brings a barrage of artists to Forest Park while Pü Fest simultaneously congregates bands from near and far at Empire Hall. Besides that, there's plenty to look forward to all week, including the Breeders, Inspectah Deck and more. Read on for our crit ... More >>
Way to go, bookworms. Your fervent page-flipping and e-book ingesting has put St. Louis high on Amazon.com's list of the most well-read cities in America. St. Louis comes in at No. 11 on the list, between No. 12 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and No. 10 Columbia, South Carolina. Alexandria, Virginia, to ... More >>
What high school did you go to? That question isn't just about your alma mater. In St. Louis, an extremely Catholic city where public schools are unaccredited and struggling, the high school question is really asking you to reveal your religion, socioeconomic status, intelligence and personality al ... More >>
Formed in the Fall of 2009, Roundheels has taken nearly four years to release its first CD. With the release party of Phonocology finally approaching on Friday, August 2 at the Heavy Anchor, RFT Music sat down with drummer Eric Moore and discussed the future of Roundheels, his label Tension/Release ... More >>
Tomorrow, Dave Matthews Band is coming back to St. Louis for the bazillionth time, and we were wondering, what will they eat? When they're in the Midwest, DMB will be getting fresh, locally sourced food from Green BEAN Delivery. See also: -Dave Matthews Band at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 7/ ... More >>
Things have been crazy around here, to say the least. I can't say for sure, but I have a theory that music editor Daniel Hill hasn't left the office in days and has only stopped working on the RFT Music Showcase for an occasional George Costanza-style under-the-desk nap. See the fruits of our labor ... More >>
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 >>
I'm not what you'd call a drinker. Not by any standards. Yes, I enjoy a cocktail or two weekly, but I like to be in control, I like to drive and I already fall down enough as it is -- so booze is not my friend. And while I love sipping on a glass of Maker's Mark (neat, please) and I can always find ... More >>
Update: Pokey LaFarge reached out to us this morning to shed some light on the actual source of his inspiration for the recording of "Lovesick Blues" you heard last night on HBO: It was Emmett Miller, who committed the song to tape in 1925. "Just trying to give a nod to a cat who never got his due," ... More >>
Under normal circumstances I despise inane small talk and "how's the weather" chatter, but for the purposes of filling these show-pick-posts' opening paragraphs with content, its a consistent fallback. That said, I wore a jacket outside this weekend! WHOA HOLY SHIT. Sometimes I think I could write ... More >>
Heartless Bastards has moved from Dayton to Austin in the course of a career making dusty rock. Its newest release, Arrow, is its most refined work to date. You can listen to it now a week ahead of its proper release through NPR's First Listen series. The band stopped by the Firebird last night, a ... More >>
Homicide detectives were called to the 2800 block of Dayton in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood (above) yesterday around 1 p.m. to investigate another apparent murder. Wayne A McKinney, 34, was found riddled with bullets, still behind the wheel of a white 2001 GMC Yukon. The incident report notes ... 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 >>
8 p.m. Thursday, November 24. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Courtesy of the artistSpankalicious at the Copper Dragon last week in Carbondale, Illinois. Local bounce beatsmith Spankalicious recently made the move to Cincinnati, and tomorrow night he plays one of his last 2011 dates in St. Louis at 2720 Cherokee (2720 Cherokee Street, 314-664-9900) with ... More >>
A new report out by the Brookings Institution, an independent research group, shows that the number of Americans living in extreme concentrated poverty grew by a third over the past decade, climbing from 9.1 to 10.5 percent since 2000, according to census data. The jump in extreme concentra ... 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 >>
Joseph Price, 55Festival of Nations, Tower Grove ParkIn an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.I had to ... More >>
DJ Mahf and Steddy P at Smashburger. Photo by Eric FarlowEarthworms' DJ Mahf and Steddy P from Kansas City, who founded IndyGround Entertainment, just got back from a second tour this spring. They were traveling in support of their most recent album, What Happened Tomorrow, which you can dow ... More >>
www.kold-draft.comA Kold-Draft ice cubeIf you've read this week's article on the ice revolution in mixology -- if you haven't, hurry! before it melts! -- you know that its local origins can be traced back to Ted Kilgore, now of Taste, using a Kold-Draft ice machine to Monarch when he worked there ... More >>
photo illustration by Kholood EidSt. Louis is for lovahs!Last month's craptastic weather may have been good for at least one thing: It helped catapult our fair city onto Amazon.com's list of the Most Romantic Cities in America. St. Louis is now officially the 18th most romantic city in the na ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Monday, November 29. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Monday, April 12. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard.
Yet another Mardi Gras has passed in St. Louis and now only memories (and compromising photos) remain. If you're not entirely worn-out from last weekend, look forward to this weekend: fire-breathing burlesque, a Jersey Shore cast member, munching on crickets and worms and a goth versi ... More >>
6 p.m. Saturday, December 19. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Andrew Bird concerts don't follow the normal dynamics of a rock & roll show. The singer, guitarist and violinist takes time to create layers of loops with his battery of effects pedals, and most songs take a minute or so to come into full bloom. What the audience experiences is not so much a con ... More >>
Rick Majerus and Co. lost again Wednesday night, this time falling 70-68 to Duquense. It's their second consecutive defeat after the glimmer of hope against Dayton, a game that feels like it was played ages ago.
Artist: Slave Album: Slave From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1977 Label: Cotillion Records What it sounds like: George Clinton and P-Funk performing during an acid trip gone bad.
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue. Also doing a free in-store at Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. 5 p.m. Monday, September 10.
B-Sides issues emo bands an important memo, weighs in on Pandora's St. Louis band assessment and blings out with the Loop Underground and "Yo! RFT Raps"
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Friday, October 28; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Week of October 5, 2005
Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.
O.J. is coming to the STL (shh!); plus the inside scoop on the Post-Dispatch's labor woes, a chat with Cedric's manager and the reason why you won't hear "Dude Looks Like a Lady" at JJ's
Wednesday, January 21; Mississippi Nights
Title TK (Elektra)
Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain
Police commissioner Eddie Roth leaves for an Ohio newspaper
At www.stainedapron.com, angry waitstaff dish up complaints about boorish patrons
Monday, May 14; Mississippi Nights
Isolation Drills (TVT)
Two new plays explore race relations