[Editor's Note: In this new column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes because your socks are about to be blown off.] History: Katy Perry was born in 1984, except back then people called her ... More >>
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 >>
Hang in there, fiends. Springtime looms visibly in the horizon, and there's plenty to be excited about when the seasons of the sun finally return (not to mention, Black Hole Sun). Check out handy local event guides for comedy and EDM to get yourself through March, and consider paying a visit to a tr ... More >>
St. Louis is nothing if not prolific in 2013. Last week's show announcements boasted an impressive seven releases-to-be across the board. This week, add three more sets of brand new local tracks to your music collection. DinoFight!, Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, and Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs all ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Tenacious D The Pageant July 23, 2012 Tenacious D has the biggest dick in rock and roll. Not that I've seen too many rock band dicks -- I can't think of any offhand, actually -- but still I think it's safe to say Tenacious D's looming twenty foot dick easily towers above them all. Allow me to exp ... More >>
On Saturday the world's foremost Woody Guthrie scholars gathered at the University of Tulsa to discuss how Guthrie's Oklahoma roots shaped his music and the Sooner State musicians who've followed in his footsteps. "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100" is the fir ... More >>
In the business model of the one hit wonder, the commercially unsuccessful follow-up album is essential to the tag. Had the second album not flopped, the artist would be at least a two-hit wonder. Many folks assume that these artists are only worthy of a single dose of limelight, but some have prove ... More >>
Image viaSay what you will about the Catholic faith: It has inspired, over the centuries, some haunting and beautiful Christmas melodies, and our city's faithful know how to do them justice. Here are four masses for tasting the tradition: St. Margaret of Scotland [map]Best mass for m ... More >>
Nope, wrong J.C. Though, I suppose there's a fairly good chance at some point during the 2012 season we'll all be screaming, "Jesus Christ, Romero!" after he walks the one and only hitter he was brought in to face. It looks like the Cardinals are close to bringing in a second left-handed reliever ... More >>
Image via.A plethora of compelling music has come from indie rock's complicated relationship with Christianity: Sufjan Stevens' folk hymns, David Bazan's tormented crises, the Thermals' blasphemous pop punk. These are the polar opposite of today's contemporary Christian rock, with its overt p ... More >>
Infected MushroomBrooklyn punks with the name so dumb it might be brilliant, Cerebral Ballzy, are back at Fubar on October 7. Cue the resounding chorus: "Isn't that kid's dad the CEO of Kinko's or some shit?" Grab your glowsticks: 2720 Cherokee snagged Infected Mushroom for a Thanksgiving ext ... More >>
DJ Shadow.It's funny--spend a few minutes in the sun surrounded by 18,000 of your closest friends, and suddenly Maslow's hierarchy of needs takes on new significance, ie: We need sunscreen. I gotta pee. Someone needs water or they're going to faint. Dudes, I'm hungry. Beeeeeer. We need beeeee ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsTime to steal the doughnuts.Three not-too-bright robbers in Hyannis, Massachusetts, attempted to rob a Dunkin' Donuts last week. They demanded a paper bag an employee was carrying in her purse and ran. Because so many paper bags at Dunkin' Donuts are filled with cash instea ... More >>
Clownvis Presley presents: Christmas in Hollywood! Clownvis is a lot of things: a clown, an Elvis impersonator, a wedding officiator, a burlesque emcee, a controversial television show contestant, a nice dude. If there's one thing he's not, however, it's traditional. Thus, the Clownvis Pres ... More >>
Roy KastenMagic City at Big Star Tribute.It's been a tough year for Big Star fans. In March, guitarist/singer Alex Chilton died - ironically, several days before he was to perform at South by Southwest with original members Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens. Then, four months later, Hummel died t ... More >>
To conclude: Susan Cowsill and the Watson Twins sang "September Gurls," with the remains of Big Star playing loose and beautiful all around them. It shouldn't have happened; most of what happens shouldn't. In life, as with music, we only get so much say. Alex Chilton's passing just days before Big S ... 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 >>
photos by Keegan HamiltonChris Ballew of PUSANo self-respecting St. Louis music fan went to see the Presidents of the United States of America at Taste of St. Louis last night. Between Sea Wolf, Michael Franti, the Big Muddy Records rooftop party, Darker My Love, and the Cardinals game there was ... More >>
This week I visit Ranoush, the Syrian restaurant that opened in the former Saleem's space in the Delmar Loop. The Delmar Loop has no shortage of colorful characters busking, begging, dressing up as clowns to hand out balloons and the Word of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, administering stress tes ... More >>
photo: Jennifer SilverbergLaurell K. HamiltonFew authors serve their fans as devotedly as Laurell K. Hamilton: She produces not one but two new books a year, alternating between her two series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry, fairy princess. She's also responsible for a collection of A ... More >>
Kansas City’s NBC affiliate took hidden cameras into Milestone Christian Academy, the new school that hoped to become a hoops powerhouse, and which drew from KC and St. Louis schools. Regina Taylor Gilbert, mother of former Career Academy and Vashon High School player Marcel Taylor-Smith, sent me ... More >>
Unreal considers becoming an ass-vertizer and wonders what's up with Dunc's junk.
Unreal learns how to keep young, bright St. Louisans in town and alive. Plus: Blog o' the Week, advice for the apocalypse and a chat with Bill the Thrill.
Week of October 26, 2006
Lock up your family pictures, here come the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players!
Ten great discs that were, ahem, underserved by the media this year
We sip java with Alanis, investigate podcasting and figure out what those concert tickets are really worth
Unreal stands up for stooping and encounters a local blogger who only has eyes for the Tampon Fairy. Plus, in a shocking move not seen since the Mesozoic era, the Mississippi River leaves St. Louis!
Week of April 20, 2005
We chat with Professor Skank and one part of Bettie Serveert
Mr. Night and Ms. Day gawk at Hill Nativity scenes and then go eat sandwiches. You can, too!
And your love of punk-pop may be forgiven
The belated holiday anime Tokyo Godfathers is a genre-bending offer you shouldn't refuse
Week of November 12, 2003
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Rich Balducci takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'
From her small-town Baptist roots to her run for public office, Jeanette Mott Oxford has relied on her religious convictions to overcome fear and prejudice -- including her own.
Written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Father James Carney left St. Louis to work with the poor in Honduras, putting him at odds with both church and state. Fifteen years after his mysterious death, a new CIA report raises more questions than answers.