It's Pride weekend! With thousands of participants and endless entertainment, PrideFest in St. Louis is known nationally as one of the best, and we're anticipating that this year's affair around Soldier's Memorial will raise the bar even higher. Get the full schedule of activities for June 28 and 29 ... More >>
Our favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies recently celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and last week, archivist label Shout Factory released the 29th volume of episodes from the cult ... More >>
This weekend features a grab bag full of shows to go to. The Urge celebrates a CD release all weekend, local musicians pay tribute to the late great Lou Reed at Off Broadway, the Crack Fox celebrates its fourth birthday, and the Saint Louis Science Center features a star show paired with live music. ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
In this week's print issue, I tried to reconcile my complicated feelings about 1970s-styled soft rock. I'm old enough that I experienced this music in real time. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing is Bread's "Make It With You," which blogger/mellow historian Jason Hare identified as the ... More >>
Archdiocese be damned, PrideFest is going to be all kinds of crazy fun this year. Celebrating with new digs at Soldier's Memorial downtown, commitment ceremonies in City Hall, a headlining appearance by Taylor Dayne and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is u ... More >>
HEY YOU, READ THIS: People seem to habitually gloss over these intro paragraphs and miss the fact that they, too, are filled with picks and suggestions for excellent show-going adventures for the weekend. Don't do that! There is simply too much great music in St. Louis, so we've been trying to make ... More >>
Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
Compiling the best songs about birds is tricky. Many great ones are too metaphorical ("Bird On A Wire" by Leonard Cohen, "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd) and many literal ones are not great ("I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado). Continuing the Nitpick Six series about animal songs, here are the six best ... More >>
With music being so subjective, it's no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame emerged over the years as a colossal punching bag. When people disagree over whether Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is dreck or a stroke of genius, no decision is going to be universally loved. The Cleveland instit ... More >>
Van Dyke Parks doesn't give interviews; he speaks in pull-quotes and aphorisms. If Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker had spent their formative years among rock & roll royalty, as Parks did as an arranger, songwriter and singer, they might have viewed that world with the same big-hearted verbosity that P ... More >>
The Darkness saved Samsung's ad from spiraling down into forgettable territory. Let's be blunt. This year's Super Bowl was dismal for Midwesterners. Sure, there were exceptions. Transplants from Boston, New York City or New Jersey may have enjoyed the game. Some may have had a rooting intere ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyPatrick Stump Fubar August 4, 2011 Credit Patrick Stump for his artistic integrity. Which is to say: He is currently creating the exact music he wants to, the stuff that comes from somewhere in the marrow of his bones. That much is clear. But the Fall Out Boy voca ... More >>
(Via TMZ, via Mike A) GQ just posted a lengthy interview with Billy Ray Cyrus. The country star-turned-actor opens up about the troubles of his daughter, Miley, the effects of the TV show Hannah Montana on the family, his divorce and an impending new album. Relevant to us: Cyrus says that he ... More >>
Dirt Cheap lived up to its name in a bargain-basement production.We know the drill this morning. Time to re-watch all those Super Bowl commercials you missed while heading back to the fridge. Here -- in no particular order -- are the ads with St. Louis connections that we noticed during last nigh ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local Vintage Vinyl 1. KANYE WEST---My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2. THE NATIONAL---High Violet (Expanded Edition) 3. NICKI MINAJ---Pink Friday 4. RIHANNA---Loud 5. LATIMORE---All About The Rhythm & The Blues 6. NELLY---5.0 7. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being 8. ... More >>
Click here for a full slideshow from the Gateway to November Tea Party Rally. On Sunday September 12, Tea Party members and their fellow travelers descended on the grounds of the Gateway Arch to protest the federal government. As with most political rallies, homemade signs were abundant and, as wit ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, August 11. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard.
On the heels of next week's inauguration of the nation's first African-American president, Principia College is inviting author James Loewen and residents of Elsah, Illinois, to discuss the city's old "sun down" laws. As Loewen documented in his 2005 book Sundown Towns, Elsah -- home to Princi ... More >>
Here are some of the new shows announced this week at venues around St. Louis! Pops * The AP Tour featuring Family Force 5/The Maine/3OH!3, Wednesday, April 15 Family Arena * Avenged Sevenfold/Buckcherry/Papa Roach/Saving Abel, Tuesday, February 17 Scottrade Center *Billy Joel and Elton John, ... More >>
The Mexican takes a look at the biggest cities in the U.S. with the smallest Mexican communities.
Mark Bluestein and Jason Harris hope to turn St. Louis cinema buffs on to their irreverent talk show
The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat Recordings)
Aimee Mann knocks out another pop jewel
Ben Folds wants you to floss
A critical fatwa of Live 8
Thursday through Saturday, April 21 through 23; Finale (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)
Smooth jazz fans want answers. We've got 'em.
Week of September 15, 2004
Mandy Moore's likable enough; wish we could say the same about her movie
Mandy Moore's going to be around for a while -- but that doesn't mean you should see her movies
The Terminator's back. Again.
Secret Ellington (True Life Entertainment) / 1969: All-Star White House Tribute (Blue Note)
With a diverse following and a stand-alone attitude, Nelly Furtado hit it big by being herself. But how long can it last?
Baz Luhrmann makes movies -- and audiences -- in his own image
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
Tuesday, Oct. 10; Mississippi Nights
All-Time Greatest Movie Themes and Schemes (RCA)
Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts