• Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Amazon Names St. Louis the 11th Most Well-Read City in America

    Way to go, bookworms. Your fervent page-flipping and e-book ingesting has put St. Louis high on'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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    9 Great Wines for Butt-Chugging

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Lessons I Learned From Nelly

    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

    March 22, 2012

    St. Louis Ranked High on List of Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Introducing the 2012 RFT Web Awards Finalists

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    St. Louis Named a Top 10 Autumn Allergy Capital

    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 >>

  • News

    August 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Sleepy Kitty: Meet Your RFT Showcase Main Stage Headliners

    Corey Woodruff​Although 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 >>

  • Culture

    May 26, 2011

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    "You can't drink when you're dead": An interview with Steve Earle

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    10 Crimes That Prove Junk Food Makes People Stupid

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Eleven Local Artists You Need to Know in 2011

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    School Nutrition Bill Gets Post-Election Boost

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Chicago's School Kids Not Allowed to Eat Foods They've Grown

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    The Cupcakery to Become the Cup

    Image courtesy the Cupcakery/Cup​Central 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 >>

  • Dining

    June 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Columbia Named 17th Most Romantic City in America 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 The most romantic city in Missouri is...Columbia. Yep. The home of the University of Missouri ranks 17th i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Have You Heard The Good News in North County?

    Shannon Howard, creator of​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Finally, a Naming Rights Story That Really Works

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Review: Samantha Crain and Theodore at Off Broadway, Sunday, October 25

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Breathe Uneasy: St. Louis Ranked Worst City for Asthma

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008
  • Music

    April 2, 2008

    The Everybodyfields

    8 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue

  • Music

    November 7, 2007
  • News

    October 31, 2007

    Wet Painters

    Grad students in Wash. U.'s art school contend with a rainout.

  • Music

    June 20, 2007

    Songs of the South

    Corey Smith challenges ideas about "country" music.

  • Music

    June 6, 2007

    Squeezing Out Larks

    B-Sides chats with the immortal soul-punk Graham Parker, and boogies down with the NYC power-trio Earl Greyhound.

  • Music

    August 31, 2005

    Beat Happenings

    Week of August 31, 2005

  • Music

    July 28, 2004

    Rebel Yell

    The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending

  • Music

    February 11, 2004

    Ms. Jackson, If You're Nasty...

    In which Radar Station ponders the issue of the day

  • Music

    October 29, 2003

    Stranger Than Fiction

    Carla Bozulich has the balls to remake a classic

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Breakfast of Champions

    He scaled an intellectual Everest at age twelve. What's he like at sixteen? Meet George Thampy.

  • Music

    August 21, 2002

    Blond Ambition

    That titanic contradiction Dolly Parton is a whore, a saint, a poet and a preacher disguised as a dumb blond country girl

  • Music

    March 27, 2002

    STL by Southwest

    Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2002

    Different Drummer

    Eclectic percussionist Matt Wilson brings his Arts and Crafts project to town

  • Music

    September 5, 2001

    Slew's Next

    A Wash. U. grad, a legend and some Missouri shitkickers team up to form a great little label

  • Music

    November 8, 2000
  • News

    September 6, 2000

    The Talented Mr. Spellmann

    Lindenwood University's president may be a genius, a savior and a visionary. He may also be higher ed's worst nightmare.

  • News

    April 21, 1999
  • News

    March 17, 1999

    Going the Distance

    The Internet is changing distance learning -- and higher education