The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
You may have noticed over the weekend, starting on Thursday, that RFT Music was largely inaccessible. Users of Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and likely others were blocked by warnings of malware, looking very similar, if not identical, to the one you see above.
Barrack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as President of these United States this Monday -- a day that notably was also a national holiday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. I'd wager that Dr. King would have seen this as a "win" -- a victory for the equality the man fought his entire ... More >>
If you've turned on the TV or gone on the internet today, you might know that the Eastern Seaboard is being battered by a freak hurricane, obnoxiously aptly named "Frankenstorm". Meteorologists and TV newscasters are running out of terrifying things to say about this bad boy, Hurricane Sandy, as i ... More >>
"Does that make sense?" asks Vara Lyons. "I'm trying to not sound like a cerebral art historian." She can't help herself. Lyons is a legal assistant for the Community Affairs Bureau of City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. She's also a self-described art history nerd whose life has been shad ... More >>
It's true: Megaupload has been gone an entire week, and for the millions of people who used the site because they like their totally legal for-pay cloud storage to come equipped with fake download links and massive flash banner ads I'm sure things have been difficult. For copyright holders, massiv ... More >>
Image viaBeware pervy/prying SantaHow sweet!Little Johnny logs into a website. It allows him to write an e-mail to Santa Claus, explaining how good he's been this year. Or he finds a site that promises Santa will pen him a personal letter, if he just plunks in his mailing address. Um, time ... More >>
Memoryhouse. Canadian pop impressionists Memoryhouse bring their gauzy, pastel retreads to the Old Rock House on November 9. Allman Brother Gregg makes a stop at the Pageant on January 3, 2012, because apparently that's coming up quick. He'll be joined by (who else?) his son's band, Devon Al ... More >>
Adam Young returns to the Pageant on Monday, November 7th with his Owl City project. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 10th, at noon. General admission to the all-ages show will be $20 in advance, and for the first week, if you buy three tickets you get a fourth for free. Hint hint, ... More >>
Anyone who tried to go to the Pageant's website today has been greeted with an angry red screen and warnings that the site is a "Reported Attack Site!"ANGRY. SCARY. Yeah, things you don't like to see. However, do not worry -- the venue's site has not been hacked.
So, you know how sometimes you try to search for a certain recipe on Google -- say, tacos al pastor -- and because the results aren't restricted to recipes, instead of tacos, you're once again battling your crippling addiction to Internet porn?Maybe that's just me.At any rate, starting today, Goo ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, September 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
KK & BBQ.Free advice to all musicians driving from Nashville to St. Louis: Stick to the main roads, especially when in Kentucky.The King Khan & BBQ Show didn't show up for their nearly sold-out gig last night in St. Louis (original openers Those Darlins and Deer Tick's John McCa ... More >>
Yesterday Gmail went down for about two-and-a-half hours. The event caused so many people to go to Twitter to kvetch about it, that it nearly took down that site as well. To be accurate, people who use Gmail via an email client like Apple Mail or Microsoft Outlook had no problems getting their em ... More >>
Facebook announced yesterday that it is aquiring Friendfeed for "roughly $50 Million" acording to Techchrunch. This may or may not mean anything to you depending on if you are a current user of Friendfeed. Friendfeed has always been one of the secondary status update services that started shortl ... More >>
Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia Commons Robin Wheeler writes the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.While Gut Check is on ... More >>
Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar (222 South Bemiston Avenue; Web site) will hosts its monthly wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. This month's guest is Lucas Meeker, assistant winemaker at Meeker Vineyards. Executive Sous Chef will preparing the following menu to pair with Meeker wines: Cabrale ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMy review of Local Harvest Café & Catering is now available online. Local Harvest Café is located at 3137 Morganford Road; for more information, visit the Web site.In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg gives you a tour of the small, but impressive, ... More >>
Got word from Sarah Vickers, manager of the Market at Busch's Grove (9160 Clayton Road) that efforts are underway to proffer as many locally-produced wines and foods as possible at the upscale grocery. Tomorrow, in fact, the market is hosting a local food fair from noon-4 p.m. Shoppers can meet loca ... More >>
Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.Barb resembles Carol Channing: a tiny woman with a white bob and a voice so gravely ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsUnreal's new look.In this week's dead-tree edition of the RFT, Unreal had a review of a new "M/M" romance called Transgressions. M/M romances are historical tales of deep and abiding love between two men and Transgressions itself is the poignant tale of the star-crossed relationship ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMy review of Mattingly Brewing Company is now available online. Mattingly Brewing Company is located at 3000 South Jefferson Avenue; you can find the menu and more info at its Web site.In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Jennifer Silverberg shows you Mattingly ... More >>
Jake the crab isn't pleased with the bottom line.Interesting story from late last week: The upscale seafood chain McCormick & Schmick's, which just opened its first St. Louis-area location at West County Shopping Center in Des Peres, reported losses of $69.6 million for 2008. (Dayton Business Jo ... More >>
Gerard Craft (alone, right) cooks for Napa Valley winemakers. Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; Web site) is featured in the April issue of Food & Wine. In the article "Napa Cabernet Now," the magazine had Craft, one of its reigning Best New Chefs, cook lunch for seven of Napa Valley's ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergLa Dolce Via owner Marcia Sindel, once again the baker of the city's finest scones.Things to make St. Louisans happy this weekend: the (temporary) onset of spring, lovely warm weather (also temporary), waking up in the morning to the happy chirping of birds, the sight of Girl Scou ... More >>
bobcasemusican.comBob Case and others will do the "Mardi Gras" tonight in Carondelet. As I mentioned last week, the unofficial non-Mardi Grad Inc. version of "Fat Tuesday" takes place tonight in the south city hamlet of Carondelet. The festivities begin around 7 p.m. in and around Iron Barley and Th ... More >>
Are you a fan of Fat Tire, Blue Paddle, 1554 or any other beers from New Belgium Brewing? You can meet brewer Lauren Salazar from 6-8 p.m. this evening at deep-dish mecca Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; Web site).
Renovations continue at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (315 Chestnut Street). The $63 million project, scheduled for completion this summer, will feature three new restaurants, including the return of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to downtown. Here are the details, from the press release: Dining ... More >>
The Wine Merchant is closing its Creve Coeur location at 12669 Olive Boulevard. The Clayton location (20 South Hanley Road) will remain open. The details, from the retailer's newsletter: The world is coming to grips with the most serious economic downturn since the second World War and many economis ... More >>
The 7th annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience to benefit the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is being held this weekend at the Chase Park Plaza (212 North Kingshighway Boulevard). The main event takes place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sun. General-admission tickets are $45 advance and $ ... More >>
Wanna buy a barbecue joint? Smokin' Al's BBQ (1216 Hampton Avenue) is listed for sale at this Web site. The asking price is $59,000. The restaurant appears not to be open at this time, or at least not during its listed hours. The restaurant was dark this afternoon, and the phone number is "temporar ... More >>
Update (1/16/09 5:15 p.m.): The shooter has been identified and charged. According to the Post, Ryan H. Miller, 31, of the 3900 block of Jamieson Avenue in St. Louis, has been charged with felony discharge of a firearm at a building, felony first-degree property damage and misdemeanor property damag ... More >>
Maybe I need to take a break from fish and chips.
Opening soon at 1901 Withnell Avenue in Benton Park will be the Map Room, a café. The web site -- kudos to the owners for setting up a useful site before opening -- features a description:Whether you're looking for a great cup of coffee or an exceptional glass of wine, you will always find a warm ... More >>
The Sky Music Lounge
930 Kehrs Mill Road, Ballwin
Unreal shares our coffee with a posse of camels, finds out if a fitness guru is truly "lovin' it" and gets competitive with Howie Mandel
Internet hoops junkies fuel Shawn Siegel's Jerry Maguire-like dreams
If we don't eat meat, the terrorists win