In this week's print edition, we make the case that the St. Louis music scene is more than just alive and kicking -- it's absolutely thriving. Local acts are grinding out shows and creating brilliant tunes that music lovers around the world would dig. For just one timely example, check out "Christma ... More >>
This year's Best Of St. Louis issue has hit the streets, and as in the past, we chose a winner for best solo hip-hop artist of 2013. But there's more than just one rapper worth your time, and many of them were winners in previous years. So here's our top ten-ish (OK, thirteen; we kept thinking of mo ... More >>
Yes, 2012 has been over for a few weeks now. No, we're not done looking back at it just yet. Don't worry. This isn't another Top Ten list. No, what we have here is Gut Check's annual omnibus listing of every restaurant that opened, closed, both opened and closed, relocated or changed its name in 2 ... More >>
Five-hundred vodkas, 800 craft beers, over 1,300 different wines and more spirits than Gut Check can count are coming to west county on August 26 when Randall's Wine and Spirits (1910 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-865-0199) opens its newest location at 14201 Manchester Road (at the intersection with ... More >>
Rapping tends to be a solitary exercise, a musical journey where an emcee combines poetic dexterity and creative self-expression to captivate an audience. But there's something especially impressive when a group of performers band together, unselfishly sharing the spotlight for the greater good. Su ... More >>
Today is tax day. Normally it's April 15, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, Americans have an additional two days to get their shit together. If you're responsible and not scrambling a la the people of Springfield, then you have one more reason to be happy today: As usual, in honor of tax d ... More >>
At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!
Image viaWhiteout, and running mate RT-FaQ, will never be accused of not showing up. Literally, in that they can be found at as many St. Louis hip-hop shows as anyone, rapping along with their peers as fans. And on stage, where they come to work, to get people moving and shouting. It's Whi ... More >>
Darius MilesThe legal troubles continue for East St. Louis native Darius Miles. Miles, 29, was arrested yesterday at Lambert St. Louis International Airport for trying to bring a loaded gun onto a flight. The Post-Dispatch reports that Miles was booked into the St. Louis County jail in Clayton ar ... More >>
KTVIAshley Alford was awarded $95 million last week.Ashley Alford says her case was never about money. She just wanted to right a wrong and send a message that sexual harassment is not OK. Last week, a federal jury in East St. Louis awarded Alford $95-million in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff - ... More >>
Suddenly Michael Scott is looking like a hell'uva a good boss.A lawsuit filed in 2008 against national retailer Aaron Rents could leave a former employee of the company $95 million richer. Yesterday a federal jury in southern Illinois awarded the payout to Ashley Alford, who as a new employee of ... More >>
image viaIs this what lies ahead for Borders?Update February 16, 2 p.m.: Borders in Brentwood has been spared! But on the slated-to-close list are the stores at Central Plaza in Ballwin, Chesterfield Mall and Mid-Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Along with the Brentwood location, the Borders store ... More >>
Conaway loves Stevie Ray Vaughn and hates the government on Facebook.He dislikes Muslims but evidently admires the suicide bombs used by Islamic terrorists. His name is Roman Conaway and last night he held police and federal agents at bay for seven hours with threats that he'd blow up himself alo ... More >>
Image sourceIt's here! And if you don't know why you should be excited, you need to have a chat with a seventh grader right now.If the words "teen vampire" make you recoil, here is some comforting news: Vladimir Tod does not sparkle. Some less comforting news: the recent entry in the Chronicles o ... More >>
Professional basketball player and the pride of the East Side, Darius Miles is free on bond today after police in Fairview Heights found marijuana in his 1996 Chevrolet Impala. The 27-year-old Miles was alone in his vehicle last night when he was pulled over for allegedly failing to use a turn signa ... More >>
Sure sounds like it after reading this huge story in yesterday's Belleville News-Democrat:"A financially troubled charitable foundation headed by Olympic star Jackie Joyner-Kersee paid at least $457,000 in consulting fees to her husband's private foundation, which failed to file federal income state ... More >>
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Randall's Wine and Spirits, 1910 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-865-0199.
Last month Bill McClellan wrote a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about troubles George Randall was having opening a wine and spirits store in McKinley Heights. After he'd invested nearly $100,000 transforming an old warehouse into a retail destination at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Int ... More >>
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The Ska-O-Rama celebrates its fifth year with a multiband bash at the Casa Loma