In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. Zagk Gibb ... More >>
You know how this works: a snarky writer starts off with a few high-minded paragraphs about subcultures and having an open mind and cultural anthropology. The goal is to make it seem like they started watching whatever video they're about to tear apart with the best intentions, instead of admitting ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship This weekend, the Site/Sound exhibition opens at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Local electronic sensei Eric Hal ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending August 5, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. At numbers 5 and 6 on this week's local bestseller list are deb ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
One hundred years ago last Friday, the Central Library downtown opened its doors for the first time. They closed them again a year and a half ago for a massive $70 million renovation project that would bring the library into the twenty-first century. The project is still only two-thirds done, but s ... More >>
Albert SamahaThe mangled wreckage of a red car illustrates the tornado's merciless power. The vehicle's other half was found nearly fifty yards away. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Riverfront Times' Albert Samaha traveled to Joplin this weekend, three weeks after the southwestern Missouri city was struck ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Pretty Little Empire.Local Americana mainstays Pretty Little Empire recently returned from a few weeks on the road. Its stops included Chicago, Asheville, North Carolina, Lee's Summit and Austin for SXSW. The band comprises Justin Johnson on acoustic guitar and vocals; Wil ... More >>
theweeklyvice.comMcDonald's seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis. On one hand, they're phasing out scary as fuck kid-friendly mascot Ronald McDonald in favor of ads appealing to older, latte-swilling customers. On the other, they've plastered their logo all over a kiddie drive-thru ... More >>
(H/T to Twitter follower @tone_wolf for the link) A few years ago, we brought you some fun videos of Lego people miming to songs by System of a Down, Metallica, U2 and others. It was only a matter of time before Playmobil -- the preppier, square version of Lego -- got in on the action. The video bel ... More >>
image viaThe revolution isn't here yet, but rest assured, it's coming. The St. Louis Regional FIRST Tech Challenge qualifiers take place this Saturday at St. Louis Community College's Florissant campus. That means the best and brightest 14-to-18-year-olds will be showcasing the rob ... More >>
Jack Butler Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- the rootsier side project of the Foo Fighters guitarist -- will be at the Old Rock House tonight. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. We chatted with Shiflett in this week's paper. Read on below for some outtakes in which he discusses h ... More >>
LEGOKings of LeonKings of Leon canceled its St. Louis show tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater after playing just three songs. We've not officially confirmed why -- although the prevailing rumor at the moment is that bird shit is the culprit. RFT online intern Steve Hardy, who was ... More >>
We've got kids games and space rock and Japanese movies, Artwork and DJs and rock very bluesy,Prizes and park tours and pictures so pretty,My, what a fine week to live in this city!
I suppose many of you figured this out a long time ago. Turns out that ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is a huge fan of Elvis Presley, which goes a long way in explaining the disgraced politician's outrageous coiffure. (Personally, I always thought Blago's hair was an homage to Lego man. ... More >>
It may not be the Olympics or even the All-Star Game, but St. Louis will get a chance to bask in the international spotlight for three consecutive Aprils starting in 2011 when the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) finals will come to the Edward Jones Dome.flickr.com/photos/silkegbWell, OK, it's a ... More >>
Okay, so it wasn't quite the start the Cardinals were hoping for. Okay, so maybe that isn't quite strong enough. Going into last night's game, the Cardinals should have been confident. Hell, even I was confident, and I am never, ever, ever confident when it comes to October baseball. Th ... More >>
Unreal explores the sociology of the well-timed wedgie. Plus: Praying for pets, bargaining for Pez dispensers and sticking up for independent business in Rock Hill.
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
The beer-drinking, the game-watching, the east-side partying: We took it all in so you wouldn't have to
That's how St. Louis rolls
Some people can juggle with one hand tied behind their back. Thirteen-year-old Book Kennison can do it with one foot tied behind his head.
Behold! In Belleville, the glory of the Lord shines 'round about...lots of blocks.
Support li'l entrepreneurs this Sunday at the Magic House's annual Kids' Flea Market
St. Louis Art Fair is #1
Week of August 20, 2003
Everybody wants Hazelwood Central's Kalen Grimes and St. Louis' junior class of hoopsters. But recruiting in the city is a courtship dance and a high-maintenance affair.
Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success
Like Bartleby, you'll prefer not to see this missed Melville opportunity.
Week of May 22, 2002
Hip-hop legend Prince Paul is responsible for some of the music's most transcendent moments
Clayton welcomes the St. Louis Art Fair
For two decades, psychoanalysts have held fast to their slow, deep exploration of the psyche, reaping only scorn from the science-driven psychiatrists at Washington University. Good thing they didn't listen.
Sunday, May 27; Washington Avenue, downtown.
Week of May 16, 2001
Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation leaves audiences screaming with laughter even as they recoil in horror
Acoustic Internote brews St. Louis music fans a heady, exotic blend
Ten years ago, Grand Center Inc. set out to create the region's "premier arts, entertainment and education district." They fixed the sidewalks and brought in the lights. It's a nice place to visit, but nobody stays.