George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
Kip Berman doesn't think his band is any more important than any other group of artists. And this doesn't appear to be a statement born out of false modesty -- for every band that brushes with success, there are dozens of talented artists who go unnoticed. The brains behind the self-described indie- ... More >>
When St. Louis deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained Thursday, he'll become the first married Maronite Catholic priest in the U.S. At first glance, this feels like huge news for the church, especially for a town as Catholic as St. Louis. And it sort of is. After all, Pope Francis made a special, one-time ... More >>
Missouri. Missuruh. Mizurah. Standard pronunciation is hard to come by in the Show-Me State. But that's nothing compared to cities and towns in Missouri that use faux-French, hick or just plain made-up pronunciations. If you've ever been laughed at by someone for referring to Nevada, Versailles or ... More >>
If you want to lead a secession movement and form your own country, the first thing you need to do is buy a billboard. That's what somebody has done on a stretch of Interstate 44 between Lebanon and Springfield. The billboard, which sports a hippy, tye-dye-like background, asks readers to "consider ... More >>
In honor of our 2013 Best of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. This week's category: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned). Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. The wine list at Elaia (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is ... More >>
This week, look forward to stops in town from touring bands including No Age, Typhoon, Against Me!, Billy Bragg and Black Prairie. An Undercover Weekend 7 takes over the stage at the Firebird, too! Get details on these shows and more in our show recommendations.
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 >>
Thirtysomething years ago, Beshid Bahrami was a successful geologist, working on some of the biggest construction projects in the St. Louis area when the recession hit. "I had been working nonstop for the last few years. Business was booming. I had more work than I could handle," he says. Then, on t ... More >>
Happy Monday, everybody! We like to think of the start of each week as a new slate. Which shows will you go see? Some options include Canadian Rifle, Lord Huron and Kittypalooza. Read about these recommendations and more after the jump, and make this week a good one.
Senior federal judge Dean Whipple of the Western District of Missouri doesn't seem to like where all this is going. The AP reports him getting a wee bit squirmy Thursday at the pre-trial hearing in Kansas City for the criminal case against Ed "Master Ed" Bagley of Lebanon. (Recall that Bagley has be ... More >>
See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.
Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
Today's your 200th birthday, and we salute you. It's true you died way back in 1870, so you're probably not aware that we are saluting you. But how amazing is it that people actually remember your birthday -- nay, make a thing of it -- even without friendly reminders from Facebook, because you're no ... More >>
Bradley Cook: Here's betting his prison name will be "PutHim2GoodUse."Bradley Cook of Kirkwood pleaded guilty today in federal court in Kansas City to commercial sex trafficking of a young, mentally deficient woman who prosecutors says was coerced into being a sex slave for several years while sh ... More >>
The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>
Joe AppleMeet Volcanoes, the drum and bass duo whose shitkicking noise rock has taken seismic toll on the eardrums of St. Louis' underground enthusiasts. Jon Ryan and Eric Peters are probably the most badass act to come out of St. Charles in quite some time, and definitely the most badass thi ... More >>
Beirut came to the Pageant to string lights from the ceiling and play lots of horns. And, by all accounts, to deliver a truly singular performance. After four years without a new full-length, the Sante Fe band returned with this year's The Rip Tide proved its particular blend of Eastern-Bloc-flavore ... More >>
Beirut. A spate of new concerts for your future listening pleasure: Beirut is coming to the Pageant on October 9, and the band's newest, The Rip Tide, is out on August 30. Ramshackle garage rockers the Smith Westerns are back at the Firebird in September. Everyone knows the best hardcore com ... More >>
thewrap.comAlleged slave master, Ed Bagley Sr.A Springfield man pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a sordid sex slave case in which a Missouri woman was allegedly tortured and kept against her will for seven years. James Noel, 45, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Kansas City to o ... More >>
Officer Lloyd Blake tells Daily RFT he had no idea what to expect when he arrived Saturday night at the Forest Manor Motel in Lebanon, Missouri -- 150 miles southwest of St. Louis. "Someone from the hotel had dialed 911 and then hung up the phone and wouldn't answer a return call," says Blake, a ... More >>
A standing ovation from an enthusiastic (though under capacity) audience greeted Anthony Bourdain as the chef turned author and TV host strolled onto the Fox Theatre stage on Friday evening. For the next two hours, Bourdain demonstrated the force of personality that has made him one of the bigges ... More >>
One of the devices used to torture the victim was an "Erostek" electrical charge.The torture is almost too twisted to imagine. The "owner" of a former teenage runaway turned "sex slave" tortured the woman by allegedly sewing her urinary opening and vagina shut to "show what he expected of her." A ... More >>
Driskill: Can now add a couple more teardrop tattoos.Authorities in southern Missouri have arrested 30-year-old Jesse Driskill with the rape and murder of a 76-year-old woman and the killing of her 82-year-old husband in Laclede County. According to reports, Driskill shot to death Johnnie and Col ... More >>
Image viaLadies and gentlemen, we have a wiener!When historians write the final chapter on May 2010, what will be the top story? The horrendous oil spill still spreading in the Gulf of Mexico? The looming threat of war on the Korean peninsula?How about a sausage longer than 24 football fields?Tha ... More >>
Food poisoning claims three lives at Louisiana mental hospital and sickens 40 others. The Associated Press reports that patients at Central State Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana, were served chicken salad for dinner on Thursday. Patients started falling ill the next morning, with the three deaths ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/cindy47452What is a redneck limousine, you ask? Well, it's anything looking remotely like the vehicle pictured above. or...It's when you have your friends and their dog pile into the backseat of your auto while you throw the kids in the trunk. That's what a duo from Lebanon, Missou ... More >>
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