New York City is a wonderful place to live, but it can be hard to make ends meet if you want to focus on your art. Such was the dilemma that Matt Mason and Nan Turner faced in 2012. As Schwervon!, a guitar/drum duo, the two had recorded a few albums, toured the States a bit and made a few forays int ... More >>
There are two distinct eras to Jandek, an experimental-music project revolving around a Houston, Texas, musician and songwriter who — though it has never been officially confirmed — most people generally agree is named Sterling Smith. The enigmatic performer arrives in St. Louis on Frid ... More >>
Kip Berman doesn't think his band is any more important than any other group of artists. And this doesn't appear to be a statement born out of false modesty -- for every band that brushes with success, there are dozens of talented artists who go unnoticed. The brains behind the self-described indie- ... More >>
In case you missed it in this week's show announcements, Houston's Jandek is scheduled to play at St. Louis University's Billiken Club on March 21, 2014. "Rare" doesn't even begin to describe what an event this is.
We Are Scientists has just announced that it is canceling a series of upcoming tour dates -- including a scheduled set at LouFest -- due to lead singer Keith Murray's throat issues. The band's full statement can be found below. LouFest, meanwhile, took to its official Facebook page to say that an ... More >>
Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>
The death of a 50-year-old man with trauma to the face has been officially reclassified as a homicide, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.Vincent L. Gillespie's body was found in the 1400 block of Glasgow on the morning of July 3. His death was originally classified merely as ... More >>
From this weekend's St. Louis crime roundup (a special holiday edition!):* A 50-year-old black male was found dead yesterday morning around 7:30 at the 1400 block of Glasgow, just a few blocks from Vashon High School. The man had apparent trauma to his face; the case is being handled by homicide inv ... More >>
Some folks in Scotland aren't thrilled with Jaime Oliver. The Scotland Herald reports that the U.K.'s ever-present reminder to eat local food might not be staying true to his word in one of his restaurants. Jamie's Italian in Glasgow is using pasta sauce factory-made 400 miles away. Chefs at Oli ... More >>
Robert Rucker, 20, was shot dead last night at the intersection of Glasgow and Benton in north St. Louis. St. Louis police report that Rucker was driving a car northbound on Glasgow around 5:13 p.m. when a red sedan -- possibly a Pontiac -- pulled up along side his vehicle and began firing.
Not only are pesticides bad for bugs, there's more evidence showing how bad they are for humans. Reuters reports that the Harvard School of Public Health has released a study linking organophosphate pesticides to ADHD in kids. Over forty organophosphates are approved for pesticide use in the U.S. T ... More >>
Big Star's shadow is looming large at this year's SXSW.The text that Alex Chilton had died came through just before midnight on the first full day of South By Southwest 2010 in Austin. I was on my way to the sleeze-and-cheese-and-bathroom-cologne club Prague to see the anti-Alex, Billy Bragg, ... More >>
Understanding the ins and outs of concert promotion is a little like understanding quantum physics: There's sold out, and then there's beyond sold out. Rumor has it that last night's Camera Obscura show at Off Broadway was in the latter camp, but while the accommodations were certainly snug, the Sco ... More >>
For those who missed the poet Robert Burns's 250th birthday party last night at Schlafly Tap Room, this morning we give you a momento: original verse from corporate lawyer, brewpub owner and fly-by-night-poet Tom Schlafly himself. Schlafly the Scot (RFT's Best Citizen last year) and his partne ... More >>
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the local art scene.
Malcom Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene.
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
With a new four-CD retrospective, Rhino Records captures the agony and ecstasy of the golden age of Modern English rock.
Out of the gray, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters and peeks of sunshine.
Riddle of Steel checks in from Europe, Ghostface Killah gets all James Joyce on us, while the Download directs us to MP3 nirvana
The Life Pursuit (Matador)
Saturday, February 4; the Billiken Club (20 North Grand Boulevard)
We trace Franz Ferdinand's family tree, talk with Idlewild and dig the truth behind Brian Jonestown Massacre's St. Louis cancellation
We compare killers and Killers, look into The Source and learn about the final recordings of a rock legend
Good for what ales you
Week of January 5, 2005
Is An American Place worthy of its buzz? In a word: absolutely.
If you can't get laid at a science-fiction convention, you can't get laid!
Eleven Eleven Mississippi, 1111 Mississippi Avenue, 314-241-9999
Lone Scherfig yanks our chains with a darkly comic meditation on love and suicide
A local singer/songwriter survives cancer and tours the UK with the Handsome Family
Grant Morrison's the best writer in comics -- and maybe the oddest
Is he a writer, director, actor or...sex symbol? Um, yes -- and more.
Arrived Phoenix (Matador)
Ratcatcher tells the classic coming-of-age tale, Scottish-style