Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
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The first weekend of Miami's Ultra Music Festival has come and gone. These bass junkies in tutus, dead starfish, Pokémon body suits and other various Halloween costumes offered words of fashion advice and reflection. Click on to uncover how to dress like a raver at Ultra. Also, be sure to check our ... More >>
As we reported on Tuesday, Fox News gave the University of Missouri some loving this week with a news report poking fun at Mizzou's religious diversity policy, specifically mocking its recognition of Pagan and Wiccan holidays. Mizzou, Fox said, is just allowing lazy students to take advantage of s ... More >>
Ours is a country divided -- almost precisely in half, it turns out -- between head-in-the-clouds idealists and stick-in-the-mud realists. Of course, we are referring to people who love Christmas music and others who could never again hear a bell jingle, jangle, or rock, and it would still be too so ... More >>
BREAKING! A gigantic spider has ascended the Gateway Arch and is holding the downtown riverfront district hostage.
[UPDATE: Police have cleared the building. The device found in the basement is part of a Halloween costume left behind by a former resident of the home and is not a bomb. There is no threat to the public. Original post follows.]Several reports are circulating that a bomb has been found in the baseme ... More >>
Image viaTo celebrate Thanksgiving, Gut Check has been running a series of posts celebrating our pumpkin-flavored treats. To which I say: Bah, humbug.The primary function of a pumpkin should be decoration, either as a Halloween jack-o'-lantern or as the centerpiece of a gourd-centric autumnal ... More >>
Knock. Knock. The laugh riot is here.Yesterday NPR ran a piece on St. Louis' somewhat unique custom of requiring tricker-or-treaters to tell jokes on Halloween. Yours truly was interviewed for the story as an expert -- of sorts. How was I chosen for the story? Because for the last couple years I' ... More >>
There is no shortage of concert-going options on this Halloween evening -- among them is funk revivalist Orgone at Old Rock House. Previewing the show in this week's print edition, Roy Kasten says, "Seven-or-more-piece LA band Orgone lays the percussion on rich as molé poblano and twice as t ... More >>
RFT photoIt wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>
It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsShape up, Fatty. Scientists are creating a lower-fat soybean.The march of the genetically modified Frankenfoods continues! And just in time for Halloween. Convenient. Because soybeans are so overloaded with fat (not really), Monstanto has come to the rescue yet again. The S ... More >>
Courtesy Cherokee PhotoboothCute Easter kids from last year.Looking for something adorable to put in Grandma's Easter basket? Hop on over to Cherokee Photobooth for their second free Easter photo session and get a portrait taken in front of a chalk mural by local artist Ryan Frank.You may recall ... More >>
So, perhaps you're someone who hates Halloween. No shame -- dressing up isn't really A to Z's bag, either, and we understand that it's hard to find costume-free events this weekend. And so below, here are some non-holiday happenings this weekend to enjoy: Jon GitchoffCory Chisel at LouFest.Fr ... More >>
Washington state's declared war on caffeinated alcoholic beverages after boozey energy drink Four Loko helped land nine underage drinkers in the hospital, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The kiddos love the buzzed booze. As the piece's author says, "An awake drunk is just as dangerous and ... More >>
image viaDon't be fooled: He's a candy vampire!Hey, kids! St. Louis dentist Dr. James Maxwell is secretly a goblin who wants to steal all your hard-won trick-or-treating loot. It gets worse than that: He's enlisting the help of your parents to snatch the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, fun-size ... More >>
Gut Check has only a mild interest in intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga, but our curiosity about her infamous meat dress is approaching the perverse. Why else would we sit through a two-minute news report from the Star-Ledger (via Eater) about possible meat dress Halloween costumes, ... More >>
In an era when advertisements are so easily evaded by consumers, a TV commercial going viral is an agency's dream: "Grocery Store Lady," Snickers' first-ever Halloween-themed ad, created by New York-based BBDO Worldwide, has spooked its way onto high-traffic websites including BuzzFeed, Huffi ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, November 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xmas_tree.svgWell, at least the 24-7 Christmas music didn't start in St. Louis this year until November 1. (Last year, if you remember, it started on October 10, after Movin' 101.1 prepared to flip to sports talk from upbeat music.) But yes, after hip-hop st ... More >>
Photo: Nick SchnelleThe Humanoids perform at the Halo Bar during the RFT music showcase back in June. Things may be a little quieter on the local punk scene in the next few weeks as the Humanoids, Suburban Smash and God Fodder all depart Saturday for tours. Suburban Smash and God Fodder pile in ... More >>
Don't be scared!
People will dig it, too!
The dead come alive!
(And the damned)
Week of October 26, 2005