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  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: July 2014

    The city is certainly heating up and so are our hip-hop lineups for July. This month's shows feature a healthy sampling of rap: the indie, underground and mainstream, all coming from the east, west and midwest. To spice things up even more, not one of St. Louis' venues are repeated twice, providing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 23 to 29

    This week, Swans and Travi$ Scott perform at the Ready Room, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis take on Off Broadway, the Whiskey War Festival makes its annual pilgrimage to a VFW outpost and more. Get the details in the fine print and stay tuned till Friday for more weekend picks. Plenty more options a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    "Indie" in 2014: Bullshit?

    Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From November 18 to 24

    This week, big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John visit town. In addition, hometown heroes the Urge and Jonathan Toth from Hoth release CDs. For info on these shows and more, including Beers & Cheers and Iris Dement, keep reading after the jump!

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Kanye West Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar Announced - St. Louis in December

    Kanye West is coming to St. Louis in support of his latest album, Yeezus and he's bringing Kendrick Lamar with him. The show will be at Scottrade Center on December 2. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 28 at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Mac Lethal Brings Texts From Bennett to Bookshelves

    Whether you first saw Mac Lethal serving sucker MCs at Scribble Jam, fiercely and independently touring with his Black Clover Records imprint or rapping while flipping pancakes, chances are some time in the past decade he's entranced and entertained you. Now, the Kansas City-based rapper has invaded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    St. Louis Has Nation's Third Worst "Moving Deficit" (More People Leaving Than Arriving)

    Metro St. Louis had more people moving out of the region than moving in this summer, according to data from St. Louis-based United Van Lines. The nation's largest moving firm, United has been tracking annual domestic migration for the past 36 years on a state-by-state basis. Over the past two years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    My Meth Addict Son Threw a Brick Through My Window

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! DRUG ADDICTED SON DIVIDING FAMILY Dear Willie D: I have to lock my bedroom door at night to feel somewhat safe with my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney at the Scottrade Center, 11/11/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    70-year-old Paul McCartney tripped and fell face-first from his piano riser onto the stage at the Scottrade Center. It was halfway through the 35th song of a three hour set. He sprang back up, struck a pose like a cartoon thief caught in a spotlight, strapped on his guitar and started trading solos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Old 97's Return to 1997 at the Pageant: Time Tripping at the Genesis of Alt-Country

    Old 97s, with The Travoltas and Rhett Miller (solo) The Pageant Oct. 16, 2012 Music is a funny thing. Like photos or scent, songs have a way of making us remember the past. Late relatives. Swim class. That road trip to Dollywood with a jerk you never should have dated in the first place. Chances ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Paul McCartney Tickets Are On Sale at 10 a.m. Today [Sold Out]

    Paul McCartney Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. today in St. Louis, Vancouver, Edmonton and Houston. He's appearing here on November 11 at the Scottrade Center. You can buy tickets for the St. Louis show here through Ticketmaster. They range from $27 (before fees) to $250. It looks to us at the mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    27 Hip-Hop Videos You Should Know from St. Louis and Beyond

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Have You Illegally Downloaded the Porno "Total Black Invasion 2"? Beware this Lawsuit!

    Yesterday, in our esteemed federal court, the Southern California-based company, West Coast Productions -- "Your Premier Source for Interracial Porn!" -- filed suit against 71 unnamed people living in eastern Missouri. The accusation? That they infringed copyright by downloading "Total Black Invasio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    What Makes a Hip-Hop Classic?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fun With Park Factors! (And College Draftees)

    I still haven't gotten my shit together enough (or found the multiple hours necessary), to complete the last part of my draft report for the Cardinals this year. I feel very bad about this state of affairs; I just thought you should all know. However, despite my inability to get the larger piec ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Blues: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Texas Eatery Holds Patrons Hostage Over Tip Dispute, We Grouse About Automatic Gratuity

    Working in the food service business is a two-way street. Sometimes patrons offend with rude behavior, tiresome substitution requests or by carting along their obnoxious children who cry, run amok and spoil everything for everyone. And then, sometimes, it's the restaurant, chef or waitstaff who disa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Bun B, 8Ball & MJG Promoter Jonathan Burns Talks About This Weekend's Show and His Past

    Big time, old school hip hop headlines a weekend of top tier rap acts with 8Ball & MJG and Bun B at the Ambassador in North County this Saturday night (6 p.m., $25-$40). Yo Gotti and his I Got That Sack tour is at the Ambassador on Friday (6 p.m., $35-$75), and Yung Joc is at Posh late on Saturday ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Madonna is Coming to the Scottrade Center: Pre-Sale and Ticket Information [Update]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Cardinals Finalize Coaching Staff for 2012

    commons.wikimedia.orgMark McGwire is one of five coaches from Tony La Russa's 2011 staff who will return next season under new manager Mike Matheny.​The Cardinals announced their full coaching staff for next season yesterday, putting to paper the group who will support Mike Matheny as he takes ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Curren$y, Method Man And Big K.R.I.T At The Pageant, 10/25/11

    Method Man: Show stealer​Curren$y | Method Man | Big K.R.I.T The Pageant October 25, 2011 The 2011 Smoker's Club tour hit St. Louis last night, leaving in its wake both fond memories and irreparably damaged brain cells. The all-ages crowd wasn't quite a sellout -- the balcony remained closed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Central Middle School Gets $30,000 To Restart Its Music Program

    Diana BenantiMr. Nowden's class shows off their $30,000 check from VH1 and Energizer. ​This morning, VH1's Save the Music program teamed up with Energizer and local strummer Javier Mendoza to gift a local middle school with $30,000 in musical instruments. Central Middle School, in the Bellefon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The Terrace View, Jonathan Olson Part Ways

    Robin WheelerChef Jonathan Olson​Jonathan Olson is no longer running the kitchen at The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street; 314-436-8855), the Jim Fiala restaurant inside the grounds of Citygarden.Neither Olson nor Fiala, in separate phone interviews, wished to delve into the details of the split." ... More >>

  • Film

    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    New Charter School South City Prep Granted $220,000

    Courtesy of Mike Malone​"Veni, vidi, vici" is not a phrase you see very often outside of Roman history, other than those T-shirts you get for free after stomaching a twenty-pound hamburger. The translation -- I came, I saw, I conquered -- is a pretty fearsome one for a charter school, but when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Reviewing the Cards' Draft -- Rounds 2-5

    ​Two down, one to go. The MLB draft proceeded on through round 20 yesterday, giving the Cardinals ample chance to add talent to their farm system, as well as frustrate and annoy fans and easily-baited internet columnists alike. The final 30 rounds will happen today, with very few of the players at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Winners and Losers On Day One Of the Draft

    ​The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, and there's plenty to talk about before round two starts up again tonight. Cam Newton was picked first overall and fellated unceasingly by pretty much everyone with a microphone for the rest of the night. The lockout scared a bunch of teams i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    More Bullpen Hijinks in Houston

    ​You know, it's beginning to feel like pretty much an everyday occurrence, writing something about the current state of the Cardinals' bullpen. I suppose it's understandable, though; the relief situation for the Cards this year is rapidly becoming the single biggest defining characteristic of this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    South Central Regional Barista Competition: And the Winner Is...

    The setup at one of the stations at the South Central Regional Barista Competition.​Several former baristas work here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and sometimes when we're really, really bored, we gather in someone's cubicle and compare war stories. Oddly enough, none of these stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Kaldi's Hosts South Central Regional Barista Competition This Weekend

    James HoffmannDream big: A participant in a past World Barista Championship. The South Central Regionals take place in St. Louis this weekend, April 1-3.​What's that buzz? It's the sound of baristas and coffee aficionados descending on the Chase Park Plaza today, April 1, through Sunday for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Interview: Ms. Bee of B.O.S. On Recording With Ginuwine and Being A Female Rapper in the Local Scene

    B.O.S. is a relatively new local hip-hop collective with an impressive repertoire. Rebecca Plasencia (a.k.a. Ms. Bee), Olivier Jean-Joseph (a.k.a. Oli) and Michael Naylor (a.k.a. $leepytime) joined forces as B.O.S. in 2009. In that short time, the group has already performed across the country, open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Because There's No News to Report in Kansas City, Royals Blogger Makes Some Up

    image viaYou can't tell, but there's a passage from Of Plymouth Plantation under the brim of Crawford's cap.​This is, to put it kindly, not an especially exciting time of year to be a journalist. Especially if you cover baseball. So naturally, it's the perfect time for Kansas City Royals blogg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Miami Doctor Sues Restaurant After Eating a Whole Artichoke

    Image viaDr. Arturo Carvajal didn't know what to do with these.​A ridiculous restaurant anecdote? Or the single best argument for tort reform I've ever seen?This article by Gus Garcia-Roberts from our sister paper Miami New Times just may be both: Arturo Carvajal, a doctor, is suing Houston's Rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Mizzou Loses Shutout Streak, Beats Texas A&M Handily

    ​The Tigers of Missouri headed into College Station Saturday as 3-point underdogs, preparing to play in perhaps the most intimidating environment in all of college football. They left with a 6-0 record, their first since 2006, and a budding national awareness of just how good this current Tigers s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Stone Temple Pilots' Family Arena Show is Canceled

    Family Arena just announced that Stone Temple Pilots' September 30 show is canceled. Says the venue: Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots today announced that they have re-routed a portion of their upcoming U.S. tour dates. Beginning September 21 in El Paso, TX the band will take a short br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    LouFest, Day Two: Alejandro Escovedo

    Jon GitchoffAlejandro Escovedo at LouFest. More photos from day two here.​Alejandro Escovedo, who had the unenviable task of playing before Jeff Tweedy, is cooler than all of us. That's a simple, unassailable fact - and not just because he sported a long-sleeved jacket, as if to spite the humi ... More >>

  • News

    June 30, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Dining

    October 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Accused Drug Dealer from Rural Missouri Lived Life Like Episode of Miami Vice

    Where were you guys?​The only characters missing from a drug case made public yesterday in federal court in St. Louis were detectives James Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs.  According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Daniel Bryan Webster, a car dealer from Stanton, Missouri, (approximately 60 miles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Local Punks the Humanoids, God Fodder, Suburban Smash Leavin' for Tours

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    St. Louis Needs Your Vote

    Is St. Louis your favorite city? Okay, let me rephrase that. Is St. Louis one of your favorite cities when considering towns such as Cleveland, Houston, Detroit, and Kansas City? Well, then get out of here and go vote for St. Louis at Travel Leisure's America's Favorite Cities competition. The trave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Phillies Announcer Harry Kalas, 73, Dies Afer Collapse in Broadcast Booth

    Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, was found unconscious earlier today in the Washington Nationals' broadcast booth, where he was preparing to work the Nats-Phillies game. He was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away. Cause of death is as yet unknown. The death of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    Welcome Back, Mark Mulder

    Welcome back, Mr. Mulder. It may have only been an inning. It may have come with a six-run lead. It may have only been a tease, yet another heartbreak just waiting to happen. Nonetheless, Mark Mulder took the mound on Monday night, and it was good.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Tom Brunansky

    Happy Friday, everyone. And since it's Friday, you know what that means. It's time again for our Baseball Card of the Week feature here on The Rundown. Today's card comes to us from Mr. Alex Fritz of St. Louis. It is a 1989 Topps Card featuring one of my personal least favorite players to ever d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    The Cardinals: Where Do They Go From Here?

    So, where do we go from here? (Vote on your changes here). Memorial Day has come and gone. The first real holiday of summer always provides a nice opportunity to look around and take stock of a baseball team; to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. So, what have we learned s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2006

    St. Louis Centre Changes Name, Moves South, Adds Buttload of Brick

    If you didn't already know that the RFT's Ballpark Village story was a parody, you found out during Thursday night's Game 4 Cardinals victory, when KTRS (550 AM) snuck into Mike Shannon and John Rooney's play-by-play to announce that the Cardinals and the city had reached an agreement on financing t ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    Letters

    Week of April 28, 2004

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