The world continues to burn, propelling artists such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and La Bouche to the top of the charts. Meanwhile, some of the most brilliant artists sit silently in obscurity. Sometimes people discover them years later and bring them to light through covers, or a hip-hop artist i ... More >>
Happy freaky Friday, everybody! Get weird all weekend long. FarFetched hosts its annual showcase, Mangia Italiano celebrates its 30th birthday with an entire day's worth of entertainment and the Gringo Stage takes over a section of Cherokee Street for the neighborhood's Mexican Independence Day fest ... More >>
The underbelly of St. Louis scum-life has a new soundtrack. That sound isn't over-produced paper gangsters playing craps in an alley. It isn't GG Allin worship from habitual drunk tank occupants -- for the most part. It comes from some weird, perverted, chemical-partaking punks named Bath House Boys ... More >>
I'm like a lot of internet-addicted losers out there, meaning that I read a lot about serial killers. Despite admitting that, I'm still not sure where I came up with this concept. Maybe it's because I'm going to the Gathering of the Juggalos for RFT Music in just over a week and I'm trying to mental ... More >>
[Editor's note: Space constraints kept the prose version of our interview with Marilyn Manson out of the print edition, but here you can read the stuff that was left on the cutting room floor. Point your mouse here for the Q & A version in the paper this week.] Once, there was a subculture of peop ... More >>
Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves a ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! I am not the most active of local scenesters. I am not up on many of the year's crit ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, December 30. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
My word of the day calendar says today's word is "stymie," which is a word I was already plenty familiar with. Without the added push of new vocabulary, coming up with the introduction for this week's post has me in quite a stym...nah, nevermind, I'm not feeling it. It's too damned hot outside. The ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, February 23. Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
Zola Jesus is in a playground at midnight, and she's mucking in the darkest places, searching out tiny pains and feeding them blood and chocolate until they're large and capable of decimating cities. She's a conjurer, cloaking her voice in a strata of black magic and divined emotion. Zola Jesus is s ... More >>
The Lemonheads Old Rock House January 28, 2012 Between Evan Dando's Lemonheads set at Old Rock House on Saturday and the Ryan Adams show at the Peabody this Tuesday, St. Louis is being paid visits by two of the more mercurial personalities in alternative rock n'roll. Both have let fits of erratic b ... More >>
In this week's feature, Mike Appelstein explores the recent rethinking of punk pariah GG Allin. It begins: The song starts out simply enough with guitar, bass and drums all locked into a staccato three-chord pattern. Then the vocals come in. The singer can carry a tune well enough, with a hint of ... More >>