Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the successful clobbering of the French military by a group of rag-tag Mexicans defending the town of Puebla de los Angeles. France had been trying to carve out an empire in Mexican territory, and when the country sent 6,000 troops to the small town in east-central ... More >>
Nelly's tour bus was stopped this week in Sierra Blanca, Texas, where authorities found 36 bags of heroin, ten pounds of weed and a loaded handgun. Much, much more information here. His bodyguard, Brian Keith Jones, claimed ownership of everything, and he is currently awaiting arraignment in Texas. ... More >>
Outernational is a band to which music writers love making comparisons about politically outspoken musicians of yesteryear. Just about all of them stick. Yes, the New York-based rock group agrees with Woody Guthrie about whose land this is, shares the musical eclecticism of Joe Strummer (the Clash) ... More >>
While reflecting on the difference between what he thinks his latest album is about and what his audience thinks it's about -- namely, all the surprisingly wrong perceptions -- Alex Scally references the Bible. "It's the tower of Babel and all that," he says. "Humans can't understand each other." B ... More >>
Last week Gut Check was so enamored with the news that Subway was test marketing Doritos nachos at select locations inside Wal-Mart stores nationwide that we recreated the dish for taste test purposes. The next day a tipster informed us that several Subway restaurants housed in St. Louis Wal-Mart st ... More >>
You've heard of garage rock. But Kid Congo Powers - co-founder of the Gun Club, guitarist for the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and prolific, eccentric, solo rock & roll maestro -- doesn't play garage rock. He plays gymnasium rock. His forthcoming album, Gorilla Rose and his 2009 al ... More >>
Family Arena just announced that Stone Temple Pilots' September 30 show is canceled. Says the venue:
Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots today announced that they have re-routed a portion of their upcoming U.S. tour dates. Beginning September 21 in El Paso, TX the band will take a short br ... More >>
image viaMike Anderson is pointing west -- MU fans are hoping he doesn't move that direction too.On Tuesday University of Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny denied rumors that Missouri's Mike Anderson turned down an offer that would have paid him $3 million annually to replace the fired Ernie ... More >>
St. Louis has an All-American city in its northern suburbs. The National Civic League recently named Ferguson as one of 26 finalists in its 2010 All-America City Awards. To become a finalist, Ferguson completed an application
documenting three community projects that address their communities'
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Jimmy BruchBob Schneider, rocker, object of Steve Almond's drooling fandom.Austin singer-songwriter/musician Bob Schneider is performing at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Wednesday, March 24. To go along with this appearance, we're going to run an exclusive excerpt from author Steve Almond's n ... More >>
This week in the RFT, freelance writer Roy Kasten interviewed Tom Russell about his creative process, especially for the new album Blood and Candle Smoke, which prominently features the sounds of Calexico, and some of his strongest compositions after over 30 years of songwriting. He'll be in the St. ... More >>
Unreal rubs the sleep from our eyes (thanks, Smarthome Sleeptracker Wristwatch!) just in time to read a larceny-laced local blog, chat with a master framer and meet a SoCo man who owns anteater (!) boots
The U.S. Supreme Court says it's time to end segregation: People with disabilities must be allowed to leave institutions and move into the community. Sounds great -- except the state's overwhelmed and the community's nowhere near ready.