• Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Lambert Airport to Offer Free Wi-Fi Service!

    Something cool is happening at Lambert Airport, guys! It will soon offer free Wi-Fi! For twenty minutes, that is. Airport officials announced this week that it plans to "modify its Wi-Fi network" to enable passengers and visitors to connect to wireless Internet access for free for one daily logi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Joshua Clark Arrested for Facebook Post: "Hey Madison County Courthouse, Tick, Tick...Boom"

    It's never a good idea to post statements online that may look like bomb threats, but with the Boston Marathon tragedy this week, it's especially unwise. Alton, Illinois, resident Joshua Clark, 29, learned that lesson the hard way. The Madison County Sheriff's Office says that an anonymous tipst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Why Does Spotify Keep Ripping People Off?

    By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Reports: Rue Lafayette Closes

    The Lafayette Square café Rue Lafayette (2026 Lafayette Avenue; 314-772-2233) has closed, according to multiple reports. We first heard the news from the Twitter account of David Craig's Food Talk STL radio show: Something up with @ruelafayette. Facebook post says "to do divorce Rue had to close ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Amy Dunbar: Tardiness-Hating OB/GYN Now Most Reviled St. Louisan on Facebook

    Hey, guess what, Chris Higgins? You are no longer the most reviled St. Louisan on Facebook! Your reign was short, though intense, but the torch has now been passed to Dr. Amy Dunbar, an OB/GYN at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur (aka the Baby Factory), who had the sheer, unmitigated ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Photocopier Goof Raised $4,000 for St. Louis Food Outreach

    Atomicdust's Face Off Against Hunger Campaign was recently named Best Use of Social Media for a Civic Campaign in Riverfront Times 2013 Web Awards. For a full list of winners click here. A little more than a year ago, a few employees at St. Louis branding and marketing agency Atomicdust were work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    2013 RFT Web Awards Winners

    It's been said that employees engaging in social media while at work cost the U.S. economy $650 billion a year in lost productivity. That's $4,452 per company, and it doesn't even factor in the economic losses from plain, old Web surfing. Throw that into the mix, and good lordy: No wonder the econom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    For Christmas, What do you Get the Music-Loving Acquaintance who Already has Nothing?

    Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Kansas City Chiefs Tell Fan to "Get a Clue"

    To quote a newsroom colleague, sometimes it feels like there should be the equivalent of a driver's test in order to qualify for an account on Twitter. Whoever is running the account for the Kansas City Chiefs seriously wrecked himself before he checked himself yesterday after angrily responding to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    SwedLife Went From a Streetwear and Hip-Hop Blog to a Career For its Founders

    Ed. Musicians may get all the groupies, but there is more to a city's music world than people wielding instruments. To name a few: venue and studio owners, show promoters, assorted enthusiasts and -- the subject of this series -- bloggers. In Music Blogs of St. Louis, we'll talk to the humans behi ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    This Is A Real YouTube Genre: "Riding Turtles With Rap Music"

    Here's the great and terrible thing about YouTube: If you have an intensely specific desire to see something, like, say, animals riding very slow turtles with an overdubbed hip hop soundtrack, YouTube's seedy underbelly has probably already turned it into a genre of videos with its own playlist. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Student Suspended Over Threats to Kill "Midgets, Fags and Negro Bitches" Loses Appeal

    A sophomore in the Hannibal School District fantasized about killing classmates -- but later claimed he was just blowing off steam. ​In 2006, a sophomore in the Hannibal, Missouri, school district confided to a classmate in a series of instant messages that he was angry about (what else?) being sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Check out the Newest LGBT Corner of Cyberspace

    ​With social media like Facebook and Twitter taking over the world, your social life is probably all about your online connections these days. It's that very connectivity, though, that's making traditional blogs lose out. As we reported back in May, the switch to social media as the preferred onli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Missouri Latest State to Push for Online Sales Tax

    Local retailers want to wipe that smug smile off those boxes. ​Two state representatives held a press conference today in the University City Loop, calling attention to legislation that would add sales tax to purchases Missouri residents make over the Internet. State representativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Easy-Bake Oven Undergoing Energy-Conserving Makeover

    For anyone who ever baked a package of dry brownies over a 100-watt light bulb, it's a sad realization, indeed. Next year, a federal ban on the manufacture of energy-gobbling incandescent light bulbs means an end to the Easy-Bake Oven as we've known it for almost 50 years. Hasbro, the oven's manuf ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    YouTube Removes Pro-Palestinian/Anti-Motorola Video

    Two weeks ago, we told you about the local activists who busted out an anti-Motorola song-and-dance routine at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwood -- and we posted a video of the performance. That video quickly drew more than 35,000 hits.Last week, however, YouTube unceremoniousl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Nominate Your Favorite Food Blogger for RFT's Web Awards

    Is there a local food blog that makes your mouth water?​Do you sit by your iPhone, eagerly awaiting the next Tweet from @RobustWineBar?Are you Facebook friends with Gerard Craft -- and save screen grabs of the renowned restaurateur's most scintillating status updates?Even if you only dabble in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Gut Check Modifies Commenting System

    And now for a brief peek behind the scenes at Gut Check International Headquarters: Beginning today, Gut Check and the other Riverfront Times blogs require readers to complete a "Captcha" field when leaving a comment. You have probably encountered this system on other websites. If not, all you have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Digg, Digging, Dugg

    If you're a social media person, then you probably know that the popular social bookmarking website Digg recently relaunched. Branded Digg Version 4, this new incarnation unleashed some radical changes on its users. Unfortunately, this transformation was not greeted with open arms. Many of Digg's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Payment of $2,500 at Center of Latest Dana Loesch Pissing Match

    Dana Loesch: Tea'd off, again.​There's some interesting bickering underway in the G.O.P. primary race for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. And contrary to what you might expect, it doesn't involve the candidates hurling insults at each other -- at least not directly.The controversy surrounds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    16 Cardinal Sins Food Bloggers Commit

    If he were a food blogger, all the entries would be about 'triple chicken nibbler Jack Daniel's poppers at Fridays'​In the past half-decade or so, food writing has opened up to anyone with an appetite and the compulsion to over-share through blogging. It's even hit Hollywood. With that in mind, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    SBNation St. Louis Launches

    Hey, sports fans! As of yesterday, you officially have a new online destination where you can fritter away your working hours. SBNation, a national community of sports blogs, launched its St. Louis site Tuesday, a one-stop repository of news and opinions -- for what value is a conversation about spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Vintage Video: David Letterman's Special Version of the Late Show for St. Louis

    Bring on the St. Louis jokes!​A video has surfaced on YouTube of David Letterman's monologue from a 1997 episode of the Late Show featuring an exclusively St. Louis audience. In the video, posted by St. Louis TV and radio personality JC Corcoran, Letterman sings praise for the city, even busting o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    St. Louis Blogger Adam Shriver Gets National Nod for Online Battles vs. Dana Loesch

    Da' blogger: Adam Shriver​One of the Riverfront Times' favorite local bloggers, Adam Shriver of St. Louis Activist Hub recently received props from national political blog Media Matters for America. The left-of-center site used the contents of one of Shriver's recent posts to pick apart the "jour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    NPR Pays Tribute to Local Flack Who Coined the Term 'Blogosphere'

    www.bradlands.comHe coined the term 'blogosphere.'​Blogasm...blogarrific...blogviate. Good God, who'd have thought we'd now have some 300 terms of argot employing one of the worst-sounding words ever. It all started with St. Louisan Brad Graham.Graham, the erstwhile publicist for the Reportory The ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Is MySpace Dead Yet?

    Even with fewer and fewer people using it, MySpace is still a behemoth. The social media company has over 125 million users and is still clocking about 70 million page views a month. Revenue averages $250 million a year. But none of this really means anything without some context, and the announceme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Random Links: Beacon Takes on Blogging, Placebo's Brian Molko Talks, New Local Music Blog, Barry Mazor Interview

    I'm swamped doing a story this week, so here are things written elsewhere to keep you occupied.*The STL Beacon did a great piece on music blogs and blogging (with an interview from yours truly and RFT contributor Todd McKenzie). It's really well done, and explores the conundrum between promotion/pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Not To Be Outdone, St. Louis County Police Launch Twitter, Facebook Profiles

    Yesterday we told you how the Chesterfield Police Department recently launched a Twitter account. Now the St. Louis County Police Department has followed suit. Apparently new police chief Tim Fitch (promoted to the position just last week) is more of a techie than predecessor Jerry Lee. In a press r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    St. Louis Video: Left Arm, "Rock N Roll Stereo" and "Black and Bluetooth"

    More YouTube fun: Left Arm at the Kemper Art Museum last Friday, playing "Rock N Roll Stereo" and "Black and Bluetooth." I love posting these local live videos I see on YouTube, so if you played a gig and filmed some -- or discovered a few random ones via searches -- send 'em my way!

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Andre the Dodger Has a Food Blog

    Sometimes it seems like everyone on the freakin' planet has a food blog. Still, when someone you really don't expect to have a food blog -- like, say, a baseball player who casual fans of the might have trouble placing -- and it's pretty entertaining, it's worth noting.So it is with Los Angeles Dodg ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2009

    The Virtualous Life

    Live's better with a reset button

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008
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    December 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Ian Froeb takes a drive-by look at Three Monkeys. Annie Zaleski gears up for a lengthy essay on Stereogum's tribute to R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People. All the Blogger blogs we were going to link aren't loading today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007
  • Music

    June 13, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    Digital music just gets better. See ya later, major labels.

  • Music

    May 30, 2007

    The Re-Entroducer

    Oliver Wangs shares his soul-sides.

  • News

    May 9, 2007

    Download Mozart

    The Saint Louis Symphony is ready to hit the high-tech notes.

  • News

    February 28, 2007

    Wired 4 Wireless

    How did AT&T manage to be the only company bidding on the contract to bring Wi-Fi to St. Louis?

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    YouTube: Anyone Else Feeling Anything Right Now?

    In the days since the recovery of Shawn Hornbeck and William "Ben" Ownby, reporters, television personalities and law-enforcement experts have attempted to put into words exactly what they themselves felt upon hearing the boys were rescued. It's an awkward moment every time, as people struggle to di ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2006

    Local Motion: DJ Mike Gow

    Thursday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton)

  • Culture

    April 10, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have -- and could have? -- saved the music biz

  • Music

    January 9, 2002

    For the Record

    Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers

  • Music

    March 14, 2001

    Digital Dilemma

    Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact

  • Culture

    November 8, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

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