Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>
"There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars...In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so lon ... More >>
To get everyone in the St. Patrick's Day spirit, here's an Irish poem about drinking: Some Guinness was spilled on the barroom floor when the pub was shut for the night. Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse and stood in the pale moonlight. He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor, then back o ... More >>
Friday (Mar. 16): Pre-St. Patrick's Day Festivities @ Westport Plaza Head to Westport Plaza for a pre-St. Pat's Day celebration to go green for the weekend. The event features green beer, green food and green fireworks all alongside a scenic green lake. Free. 6 to 9 p.m. Around the World Wine Dinn ... More >>
Jason StoffUnless you were hiding under a rock, you know that Irish uber-band U2 graced us with their presence Sunday night, and it was awesome.But you might not know, unless you are the indefatigable Deb Peterson at the Post-Dispatch, that he stopped by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center h ... More >>
Image via WikimediaCommonsU2's spaceship stage as seen in a European stadium.Roadies with U2's "360 Tour" have been at Busch Stadium all week preparing the ballpark for Sunday's show -- said to be the biggest rock concert St. Louis has seen since The Beatles played here in 1966. On Monday, crews ... More >>
It's 6:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning inside Tigín Irish Pub on Washington Avenue -- the perfect time for a breakfast pint of Guinness. OK, so it's not actually 6:30 a.m. -- it's more like 9:45 (some morning drinkers are bolder than others). But a few of the patrons here actually did st ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Flying Lotus' latest Pattern & Grid World*Flying Lotus, Pattern Grid World Just months after releasing the full-length Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus returns wit ... More >>
Image sourceIt's rare that a classic of world literature is set on one particular calendar date. Maybe that's why June 16, the day on which James Joyce's Ulysses is set (1904 edition), also known as "Bloomsday" has achieved such immortality. Well, that and its main character Leopold Bloom spe ... More >>
EyehategodUnderground sludge legends Eyehategod have pulled it together for what could be a breakout tour. The New Orleans band has been grinding it out since 1988, and it's been a rough, broken road. As documented in the group's lyrics, things such as addiction, incarceration and probation h ... More >>
Some musicals continue to tour long after they've worn out their welcome. The orchestra grows thinner on each repeat visit, and the productions seem a little further removed from our initial memories. But I would expect Riverdance, which returns to the Fox this weekend for five performances between ... More >>
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.I haven't given my five-year-old nearly enough expo ... More >>
Downtown's Dubliner needs a wee bit of work.