St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, but when it comes to air guitar, we may just have to concede defeat. On August 9, our cross-state rival will host the national finals for U.S. Air Guitar, the official air-guitar association of the United St ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>
Musicians often deny it, but many dream about nailing a hit song and riding it straight to Endorsementland. Influencing the general public to buy shaving cream, mattresses and minivans is big business, and it's a level of stardom that the majority of musicians fail to achieve. Imagine, then, how th ... More >>
After persevering through a driving regimen of fourteen consecutive hours through the middle of nowhere (and barely winning a race with an Oklahoma tornado) we finally arrived in Texas for Chaos in Tejas. Grown-up humans from every sub-genre of punk rock culture started checking into motels and wand ... More >>
It's spring! It's sunny! It's raining! There's a tornado! It's cold! Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Whatever the weather may be this weekend during this typical questionable Midwestern season, the show must go on. Our "Out Every Night" post at the start of the week previewed some shows ... More >>
Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>
Image ViaWhat do the countries of Scandinavia have in common? For one thing, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are some of the happiest places on Earth. Every time a new study comes out attempting to quantify "life satisfaction," these countries hold court in the top ten, trading off the nu ... More >>
Just in time for Pridefest weekend, Tom of Finland brings his infamous and empowering erotic drawings to the phd gallery. As Tom himself puts it, "If gay men have historically been portrayed as weak, pathetic and sad individuals, then Tom's drawings blew this stereotype out of the water! His men wer ... More >>
image viaPeople with depression have some fancy designer genes.It's become a convention -- OK, a cliche -- to blame one's parents for one's failure to achieve fulfillment and self-actualization and all those other things that people go to therapy to attain. But a team of researchers at Washin ... More >>
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... More >>
Rubik, an eight-piece indie electro/pop group from Finland, will be playing with Rocky Votolato and mewithoutYou tonight at Off Broadway. Tickets are $15 ($17 if you're under 21). Rubik recently released a new digital EP, Dada Bandits, which you download from its site for free. The EP feature ... More >>
A pair of drum 'n bass record labels, Droidsong Recordings and UnitOvOne Recordings, have coalesced in recent months. Droidsong Recordings, which has its official launch party on Saturday, May 29, at the Gramophone, is an entirely new project fronted by Britton Clapp of St. Louis, who spins ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/amin_tabriziLane Wallace came to an astonishing revelation two weeks ago, which she very kindly shared in The Atlantic: It is better to be unemployed in New York, L.A. or Silicon Valley than anywhere else in this great nation of ours.Of course, if all those unemployed New Yorkers o ... More >>
Get jealous, teetotalers: the folks at the Stable (1821 Cherokee Street; Web site), federal permits in hand, will soon be slinging homemade booze and beer in Benton Park.Jesse Jones, chief operating officer of Amalgamated Brewing (which owns the Stable and the Rotten Apple in Grafton, Illinois) says ... More >>
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Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE A first at A to Z: Annie has nothing to say. Yet, she still manages to give us three paragraphs. On Gut Check, Ian sets his sights on food writer Michael Ruhlman. Was a Kirkwood woman assaulted by a human or a Demento ... More >>
Searching for truth at the best film festival in the Midwest.
Erik Molberg Hansen Filmmaker Eva Mulvad David Dunstedter and Alex Primm want me to look at a tree. Or, rather, a half-tree. Strike that: The tree they want me to see is a 300-pound sculpture, the front covered in rough bark, the back hollowed out. In the hollow is a microphone. St. Louis artis ... More >>
Columbia's True/False Festival is the coolest four-year-old in Missouri.
Spamalot roars into town.
Dennis Brown reviews Spamalot Last November Wicked was St. Louis' must-see musical. This month the Fox is hosting another wicked hit. Monty Python's Spamalot is a sly send-up of...well, just about everything. The evening is fraught with spoofs, parodies and puns. Have you always longed to see s ... More >>
Heartagrams and heavy living with H.I.M.'s Ville Valo
Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue)
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Vincent's Market, 2400 South 12th Street, 314-772-4710
We cave dive for beats and talk with Kip Winger and Sonia Dada
Cowboy crooners are putting some metro-sex into their rural images
Week of August 13, 2003
The St. Louis International Film Festival proves "indie" isn't a category but a way of life
Bulls, broncs and the blunt wisdom of Ray Cox challenge the cowboys and weekend warriors of the Lazy C Rodeo School
10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)
St. Louisans hope to cash in on their motorcycling skills -- if they live long enough
By Bertolt Brecht (University Theatre at SIU-Edwardsville)