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    May 2, 2014

    10 Memorable Posthumous Film Performances of the Past Decade

    By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Podcast: Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel Is Surprisingly Great

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson admits her surprise at actually enjoying Wes Anderson's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and discusses her recent longform piece on the death of the romantic comedy.

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    November 19, 2013

    Rare, Unreleased Bottle Rockets Track Featuring Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy: Listen

    In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meant ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
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    November 7, 2013
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    October 31, 2013
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    October 22, 2013

    For Photojournalist Andrew Youssef, Life Was Music. Then Came Cancer

    [Editor's note: This article was orginally printed by our sister paper, OC Weekly, where Andrew Youssef is based. Youssef is the author of the Last Shot column that we have been running, which chronicles his struggle against cancer in his own words.] Sneakers squeaking on white tiles, Andrew Yousse ... More >>

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    October 19, 2013
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    October 3, 2013
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    May 16, 2013

    Why Are Old-School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

    Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Hottest Dancing Girls at Coachella, as GIFs

    The following is a report from Coachella Music Festival, from our sister paper, the LA Weekly.We've spent a lot of time this Coachella talking about the magnificent bros in attendance, but how about the fair and talented ladies? Per usual, they were everywhere, doing their thing like it wasn't a chi ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

    Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the best of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

    Editor's Note: Coachella Music Festival split into two weekends for 2013. Read on for the worst of Weekend One, from writers at our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Becaus ... More >>

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    April 14, 2013

    Brochella! Here Are the Best T-Shirts the Dudes Are Wearing

    The following post comes from the RFT's sister paper, the LA Weekly.As we mentioned earlier, the bros are freaking bringing it this year! Sure, we all know about the women who wear just about nothing, but the guys are getting exceedingly creative, particularly when it comes to their funny t-shirts. ... More >>

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    April 13, 2013

    A Tale of Two Coachella Bros

    Editor's Note: The following is a dispatch from Coachella Music Festival, courtesy of our sister paper, the LA Weekly, and former RFT staff writer Ben Westhoff.It may be a bit early, but Coachella 2013 seems to be the Year of the Bro. For the ladies, it's business as usual, but the bros are really ... More >>

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    April 13, 2013

    No, Seriously, Is Daft Punk Playing Coachella?

    Editor's Note: While the Daft Punk tribute went off last night at 2720 Cherokee, the real deal is rumored to play Coachella Music Festival this year. Here's a report from Kai Flanders of the RFT's sister paper, the LA Weekly.This is, so far, the burning question of this Coachella, being asked everyw ... More >>

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    April 13, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirt - Coachella - April 12, 2013

    Editor's Note: The following is a review of Earl Sweatshirt's set last night at Coachella, via our sister paper, the LA Weekly.Earl Sweatshirt Coachella April 12, 2013 It was past midnight in Coachella's Gobi Tent when Tyler, the Creator climbed the scaffolding like a gargoyle. He clung to the meta ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    5 Best April Fools' Day Food and Drink Pranks

    Oh April's Fools' Day. We meet yet again. This year the best food and drink pranks perpetrated on these here Internets ranged from the disgusting to the sci-fi, but our favorite came via one St. Louis brewery poking fun at another St. Louis brewery. Submitted for your sense of humor, here are Gut ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Riverfront Times Has Been Sold; We're No Longer Connected to Backpage.com

    The RFT has a new corporate owner, dear readers: Voice Media Group (a.k.a., VMG National). And that means we've severed our ties with Backpage.com, a classifieds site with a controversial "adult" section.  But our content shall remain unchanged! Last night, the move was explained by our former ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    The Night After Cancellation, EDC Closes Fest With Massive Turnout

    See also: EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds Organizers of the second annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas declared the three-day party a success , despite high-winds that cut its marquee night short on Saturday. Promoters say a whopping 115,000 people were in attendance on the ... More >>

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    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

    In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Five Signs You're an Aging Hipster from Coachella

    By Lilledeshan Bos Aging hipsters--the very same people Coachella targeted when it began holding the music fest in Indio--are usually easy to spot on the Empire Polo Fields. They're the ones who can't be bothered to walk over to Gobi and check out a new band because "It's too hot!" (or, in Friday's ... More >>

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    April 14, 2012

    Best of Coachella Day One

    Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: this year there was rain. The festival held in the Southern California desert is known for scorching, sometime ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Rockwell Knuckles' "Silly Human" is NPR's Song of the Day

    Jennifer Silverberg​Rockwell Knuckles steady takeover got a boost today from NPR, which has his "Silly Human" as its track of the day. The blurb was written by Ben Westhoff, a former RFT staffer and recently named the new music editor at our sister paper, LA Weekly. The subhead on the article ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians Who Don't Act Their Age

    Last weekend, Chuck Berry gave fans in Chicago a scare: A New Year's Day concert ended prematurely after the 84-year-old fell ill. This gig aside, however, Berry remains a workhorse: Without fail, he plays monthly at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and he told Rolling Stone last year that he's working o ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    The Twelve Best Halloween-Themed Cupcakes

    With Halloween right around the corner, we've had horror movies on the brain. And then we started coming across some awesome Halloween-themed cupcakes. What could be better, we thought, than a double-barreled approach: the best Halloween cupcakes paired with the best movies to watch while eating the ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Top Ten Memorable Quotes: Fame, Sex, Music, Motherhood and the Tao of Gaga

    Timothy Norris/LA Weekly​Lady Gaga's wit shines through on her Twitter account -- at least judging by our list of top Lady Gaga tweets. When she's not limited to 140 characters, the former Stefani Germanotta is even more articulate. In interview after interview, she tosses off quotable quip af ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Muse Cancels Its St. Louis Show

    Timothy Norris / LA WeeklyMuse at Coachella music festival in April.​Here's a bummer email to wake up to: Muse has re-routed its fall 2010 tour due to the fact that "bassist Chris Wolstenholme is expecting a child with wife Kelly in November of 2010," according to a press release. It goes on t ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010
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    May 12, 2010
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    April 22, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.22

    It's Earth Day. Bon Appetit has the ultimate guide to all enviro-friendly food-related goodies, from grocery bags made from recycled t-shirts, direct trade coffee, a primer on CSAs, and three pages of everything a food-loving Earth-dweller will love. The Food Network prepares to debut The Cooking ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Report: John Oates Shaved His Mustache Immediately Following St. Louis Appearance

    Photo: Chad GarrisonOates with 'stache last October in St. Louis. ​Last October, legendary rock 'n soul singer John Oates was in St. Louis serving as honorary chair of the American Mustache Institute's "Stache Bash". Oates regrew his famous lip hair for the event. The second half of Hall & Oa ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    A to Z Gets a Cease-and-Desist Letter for...Linking to a Blog?

    Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLady Gaga in LA, 12/23/09​​Last Thursday, to preview Lady Gaga's show at the Fox that night, I posted about a Nirvana-Lady Gaga mashup floating around the Internet. In that post, I embedded the YouTube video and a link to the where the mashup originated: a blog post on th ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Protesters Will Get Gaga for Lady Gaga Before Her January 7 St. Louis Concert at the Fox Theatre

    Human lightning rod Lady Gaga and her handlers aren't letting many press photographers into her show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on January 7, but there could be more news cameras outside the venue when her tour hits St. Louis.Timothy Norris / LA WeeklyLady Gaga at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles o ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Top Ten St. Louis Concerts of 2009

    We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Leonard Cohen at the Fox Theatre and Son Volt at the Pageant

    A great weekend to be outside and that's what how many of us spent it -- but on Friday and Saturday night there were two great shows to check out, if you could get a ticket. Here's a recap of our weekend coverage:Son Volt at the PageantSun Volt played the Pageant on Friday night. Read the concert re ... More >>

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    November 8, 2009

    Show Review Setlist: Leonard Cohen at the Fabulous Fox, November 7

    Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLeonard Cohen at this year's Coachella music festival.​At the Fox Theatre on Saturday night, in the middle of "Tower of Song," Leonard Cohen intoned, "I was born with the gift of a golden voice." The audience applauded enthusiastically, even though the line was not strictly ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow me @gutcheckstl. Here's some of what you missed this week:When I heard about the "zombie attack" at an Iowa City restaurant, I thought, "Must've been Pancheros." And, yup, it was. #iowacity9:56 AM Oct 27thFor non #iowacity types, in ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Tonight! Sea Wolf, Sara Lov and Port O'Brien at the Billiken Club; Darker My Love at the Firebird

    Dangerbird labelmates Sea Wolf and Darker My Love are in town tonight, albeit at two different venues. The latter -- a dark, psych-pop/shoegaze act from California -- is at the Firebird with Troubadour Dali and Fractured Army, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. (To hear a DmL tune, check out this he ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    St. Louis Concert Announcements: Week Of July 28

    Pop's *Born of Osiris/All Shall Perish, Friday, September 11 *Social Distortion, Sunday, September 27 *The Alternative Press "Fall Ball," Tuesday, September 29 *Secondhand Serenade, Wednesday, September 30 *Gojira, Tuesday, October 6Timothy Norris/LA Weekly​Fox Theatre *Leonard Cohen, Saturday, No ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Leonard Cohen at the Fabulous Fox: Confirmed, With Ticket Info!

    Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyCohen at Coachella Music Festival this year.​Leonard Cohen at the Fabulous Fox on Saturday, November 7, is absolutely confirmed, according to an email from the venue. The Fox press release also gives ticket on-sale info: Next Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $39.50, ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.16

    Controversy about the sustainability of seafood sold at Trader Joe's. (LA Weekly)Love meat but worried about its carbon footprint? Grass-fed might be the way to go. (UTNE Reader)Italian winemakers cut production to improve quality. (Reuters)

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    June 9, 2009

    Twitter, Schmitter -- Tony La Russa Sues Unreal!

    Unreal has spent all of June breathlessly tracking the Tony La Russa v. Twitter brouhaha. OK, so we've actually just quickly spent the past few minutes skimming our columnist colleague Bill Streeter's two dispatches about the lawsuit, and also the one by Kristen Hinman. And even though those two are ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Photos: Pillow Fights Around the Country

    If you forgot to mark it on your calendar, Saturday was World Pillow Fight Day. St. Louis had its own version, under the Gateway Arch (photos here). About 80 kids -- most seemed to be of high school age --  showed up around 2 p.m. and let the smacking commenced. National park rangers asked them ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    Lori Drew Pleads Not Guilty in Los Angeles

    St. Charles resident Lori Drew on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of "conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization" in Los Angeles, where the offices of MySpace.com are located. Steven Mikulan / LA Weekly Media Village of the Damned: Press waiting for Lori Drew LA We ... More >>

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    November 19, 2007
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    July 18, 2007

    Homesick?

    Randy Roberts, who takes over on Monday as music editor at LA Weekly, sent us this link to a NASA site: Planets over Pony Express Lake / Dan Bush (Missouri Skies) "Explanation: Beautiful sunset sky colors are reflected in Pony Express Lake in this twilight skyview from northern Missouri, USA, plan ... More >>

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    July 2, 2007
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