Way to go, bookworms. Your fervent page-flipping and e-book ingesting has put St. Louis high on Amazon.com's list of the most well-read cities in America. St. Louis comes in at No. 11 on the list, between No. 12 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and No. 10 Columbia, South Carolina. Alexandria, Virginia, to ... More >>
Gut Check's ears rarely prick up during the TV news. Some stuff, though, gets our attention. Like this ongoing saga out of Knoxville, and, more specifically, the University of Tennessee, whose Dreamsicle-like school colors strike a Proustian chord whenever they catch our eye. We are hearing more to ... 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 >>
Springtime in St. Louis -- the season your car turns a pale green regardless of its paint color. Yep, there's a lot of pollen in the air. Worse, it's in your nose and eyes, producing bucketloads of snot and phlegm and making you weep harder than a guest on Dr. Phil. But here's the good news ... More >>
The good news? The St. Louis online community is alive and well. The bad news? There's so much great content out there, it's extremely difficult to come up with a list of the best of the best. But, hey, this is the Internet. People love them some lists. We'd hate to disappoint. So, then, the ... More >>
Eat this, Portland!Finally! An explanation for the sneezing attacks, sinus congestion and itchy eyes you've been experiencing the past couple weeks. They're all perfectly normal symptoms for people living in the 9th worst city in America for fall allergies! Yep, it's official. The Asthma and Alle ... More >>
Corey WoodruffAlthough the duo isn't originially from St. Louis, Sleepy Kitty still manages to serve as an ancillary conduit that helps keep the city's arts and music scene buzzing. Utilizing "all of the advantages of 1980s-style land line," as drummer/singer Evan Sult aptly quipped, both Su ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Photo: Ted Barron"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" is the title of a beloved Hank Williams Sr. song. It's also the title of Steve Earle's new novel, as well as his newest album, and if it's not the motto tacked to his New York City apartment door it damn well should be. We reached Ea ... More >>
New York Post"Hand over the bearclaws or I'll make another crappy sequel!"This week researchers at Bristol University released a study claiming that kids who consume junk food before age three are more likely to have lower IQs in the future. While nutritional research should always be taken w ... More >>
The life cycle of a local music community goes something like this: Bands form, play out, record music, play out more and (eventually) break up. There's plenty of variation in this sequence of events, of course, but in St. Louis, the local-band turnover tends to be rather high. Keeping track ... More >>
Post-election, the outlook for the stalled school nutrition bill was pretty bleak. But it's looking better, thanks to Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts opting to back the bill. According to the Associated Press, the upcoming changes in the House of Represe ... More >>
The Chicago Public School System has over 40 school gardens and greenhouses tended by teachers, students and volunteers. The problem, according to the Los Angeles Times, is none of gardens' goods are allowed in the school systems' lunch rooms. School district rules and contracts with food distributo ... More >>
Image courtesy the Cupcakery/CupCentral West End cupcake mecca the Cupcakery (28 South Maryland Plaza; 314-367-6111) will change its name to the Cup at the end of this month. Owner Ericka Robertson Frank explains, via email, "Several cupcake shops with the word 'cupcakery' in their name have popp ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/ryangladstonephoto Stuff like this happens in Columbia every day! That's what makes it one of the most romantic cities in America.Some shocking news from Amazon.com: The most romantic city in Missouri is...Columbia. Yep. The home of the University of Missouri ranks 17th i ... More >>
Shannon Howard, creator of nocostl.comThe good news is that there's now someone out there on the Internets making an effort to find good news about an area that's known for bad news.The dedicated soul is Shannon Howard, a Florissant native who left the area, lived in Los Angeles and Knoxvil ... More >>
I'm ordinarily not a huge fan of selling naming rights. Selling the rights to the name of a stadium is how we end up with things like Qualcomm Stadium and 3Com Park at Candlestick Point and Great American Ballpark. Of course, that last one sounds okay until you realize Great American is the ... More >>
Weathering the road since February, Samantha Crain played the penultimate show of her latest tour at Off Broadway last night--and she wrapped it up as the boss. The Boss, that is--donning a folded red bandana around her forehead, the diminutive musician, vocalist and band leader opened her set sayin ... More >>
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently came out with its annual ranking of worst cities for asthma. Leading the list is St. Louis. The study, funded by drug company AstraZeneca, took into consideration factors such as a city's air quality, pollen score, poverty rate, and smoking laws. ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue
Grad students in Wash. U.'s art school contend with a rainout.
Corey Smith challenges ideas about "country" music.
B-Sides chats with the immortal soul-punk Graham Parker, and boogies down with the NYC power-trio Earl Greyhound.
Week of August 31, 2005
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
In which Radar Station ponders the issue of the day
Carla Bozulich has the balls to remake a classic
He scaled an intellectual Everest at age twelve. What's he like at sixteen? Meet George Thampy.
That titanic contradiction Dolly Parton is a whore, a saint, a poet and a preacher disguised as a dumb blond country girl
Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?
Eclectic percussionist Matt Wilson brings his Arts and Crafts project to town
A Wash. U. grad, a legend and some Missouri shitkickers team up to form a great little label
Wednesday, Nov. 15; Galaxy
Lindenwood University's president may be a genius, a savior and a visionary. He may also be higher ed's worst nightmare.
The Internet is changing distance learning -- and higher education