This week, big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John visit town. In addition, hometown heroes the Urge and Jonathan Toth from Hoth release CDs. For info on these shows and more, including Beers & Cheers and Iris Dement, keep reading after the jump!
This week, lots of acts stop through St. Louis to grace many of its great stages. Check out Talib Kweli, Steve Aoki, Lee Fields & the Expressions and many more. Click through for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned. We'll have plenty more picks for you for the weekend.
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 in the Blank. The Si ... More >>
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 in the Blank. On a c ... More >>
HaikuLou, the fun-loving local music blog that efficiently recaps shows in just three concise lines of Japanese poetry, has written hundreds of snarky show reviews since the spring of 2011. To celebrate hitting 500 reviews on the mile-marker -- that's 8,500 syllables worth of haiku gold, people -- H ... 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. The topic of this conversation: Best Cupcakes. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. Last week, Kaylen Wissinger singlehandedly whipped up more than 1,000 cupcak ... 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. The topic of this conversation: Best Bakery. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. La Patisserie Chouquette's (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) Best Bake ... More >>
In July, Gut Check reported on the opening of a new bakeshop for the Grove: Amy's Corner Bakeshop (4476 Chouteau Avenue; 314-371-2253), located in a building previously occupied by a Joe Bacardi's space used primarily for catering. A month later, Amy Verkamp-McArthy has lots of exciting news to shar ... More >>
Third Fridays mean an open house with Third Degree Glass Factory, an Around the World Wine Dinner at Missouri Botanical Garden and German Night at the Bevo Mill. Learn more about these monthly events and more in our weekend recommendations.
It's nearly upon us, that carefree cycling event that takes nude (and a few never-nudes) bike riders through the city of St. Louis. All that nakedness might leave you hungry -- or in need of a strong cocktail. Either way, follow Gut Check's guide to the best places along this year's route to grab a ... More >>
Happy Monday, everyone! We hope your weekends were filled with tons of show-going fun. Plenty more madness continues to fill our concert calendar for the week, including visits from Ken Mode, Masked Intruder, and Handsome Family Band. Get some recommendations for a show or two every night of the wee ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The tony Central West End offers one ... More >>
Skin Graft Records pushed math-rock and noise in the early '90s, an era when those terms weren't so faux pas and hardcore tended to leak into other genres without fear of scuffing up some favored tradition. The label's roster grew through the next decade, hoisting up the Dazzling Killmen, Melt-Banan ... More >>
Perhaps you were one of the estimated 60,000 or so who saw Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of Twelfth Night in forest park over the past few weeks. If so, you probably noticed that on-stage music played a much larger role than in years past -- in the play's fictional Illyria, we learn ear ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
We hope you enjoyed that extra day of rest as much as we did. Besides, you're going to need it if you intend on spending an entire day basking in local sounds with us this weekend. The RFT Music Showcase 2013 is this Saturday -- get the exhaustive coverage of all the nominees and come see 50 of the ... More >>
Luminary Center for the Arts makes a comeback on the show scene this summer -- well, not at its pending new physical space on Cherokee Street, but with the return of the Post Performance Series, featuring live music and one-day-only art installations at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust s ... More >>
Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>
Geez. I leave town for a few days, and everything at Gut Check International Headquarters goes bonkers. Specifically, Gut Check might have given you a malware warning when you visited late last week. If so, 1) our sincere apologies; 2) you missed some good stories, including the news that Piccione P ... More >>
Chikamorachi: Chris Corsano & Darin Gray Saturday, April 20 FOAM at 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 8 PM, $10 Record Store Day attracts the collector and show goer alike as area stores pile live bands on top of limited releases. The whole affair recalls a certain holiday spirit fueled by feedback and wax. T ... More >>
Art and life cohabitate, informing, imitating and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Two months ago, my wife and I began renting a building in Edwardsville, Illinois, and moved our home studio ... More >>
The Firebird. 2/6/2013. "Yo, this is fucked up. Listen." Blowfly shuffled on stage last night to spit his piece on pussy hell, incredible fucks and the real first rap. In a world with justice, it would have been shoulder-to-shoulder and cramped, but the Firebird was only half full, with enough roo ... More >>
The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaimed music. In additio ... More >>
This is my last day as music editor of the Riverfront Times. It's been 21 months and two weeks since I moved to St. Louis from Denver, and there has not been a more dynamic stretch in my life. My predecessor, Annie Zaleski, offered me some tips when I started, just as her predecessor had. Daniel Hi ... More >>
Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719), the new Midwestern tasting-menu concept from Mike Randolph, will open on Tuesday, September 18, according to the restaurant's Twitter feed.
The Melvins w/ UnsaneThe Firebird May 3, 2012 The Melvins beckons a special brand of music worship. The band pushes otherwise psychedelic sounds through sludgy down-trodden songs that confuse rock with metal. This April 2012 tour kicks off a prolific year for the group, and promotes its new EP, Th ... More >>
A brand-new restaurant has joined the Delmar Loop's league of lunch and dinner destinations just in time for this year's early spring, readily equipped with an outdoor patio, plenty of elegant indoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the yo ... More >>
Mabel SuenThe "Carolina" burger, topped with pulled pork, at Baileys' RangeThis week, I visit Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121), Dave Baileys' downtown burger joint. Follow me after the jump for a sneak peek at my review.
Back in October, RFT Music reported that Plush would be opening "next month," which is new-club code for "we'll let you know when we know." Owner Maebelle Reed has been laboring to get the club off the ground for more than two years, but renovating the 40,000 square foot behemoth hasn't been a walk ... More >>
Mabel SuenTrauma Harness dismisses the stage and performs on the floor at Illegal Tone in Belleville. The Wicked Witch of Belleville likes to throw musicians into a dirty black cauldron. She vigorously stirs the pot, concocting odd bands that creep and slither their way into nearby cities. T ... More >>
Courtesy of Tiffany Glasco and Mercado on the GoMercado on the Go is a new online grocery delivery business that serves the St. Louis area.St. Louis native Tiffany Glasco keeps exceedingly busy with her new business, even throughout the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Her service, however, ... More >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Mabel SuenCopies of Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins now available at Left Bank Books.Last week, Gut Check spoke with St. Louis native Ellen Sweets about her new book, Stirring it Up with Molly Ivins. The memoir celebrates Ivins' life by taking a deep look into her joyous domestic side. As a t ... More >>
If Gut Check told you that a baked good existed in the world that had no sugar, salt, butter, artificial flavors or additional processed ingredients and still tasted delightful, would you believe it? Well, free-thinking friends, meet Princess Ezenwa and her company Princess Delights Bakery, which of ... More >>
Maude's Market offers locally raised heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving this year in addition to a plethora of seasonal items. Read on to see how Maude Bauschard makes the most of the season's harvest with her recipe for apple stuffed acorn squash.Mabel SuenA selection of squash from Maude's Market.T ... More >>
Mabel SuenAmanda Doyle with a croissant and cappuccino from Rue Lafayette, a destination in her guidebook.Sometimes it's fun to be a tourist in your own town. And now, local writer Amanda Doyle makes it easier than ever to enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes of St. Louis with her brand-ne ... More >>
Mabel SuenOctober was a crazy month in St. Louis. While the activity in the restaurant scene paled in comparison to what happened at Busch Stadium, this was still one of the busiest stretches of restaurant openings that I've experienced over the past few years.Notable openings included Baileys' R ... More >>
Photo by Stephen HouldsworthMelt-BananaMelt Banana | Spelling Bee | Yowie Cicero's October 17, 2011 Upon hearing that Melt-Banana was coming back to St. Louis, and specifically Cicero's, fans were a bit confused. Cicero's? Seriously? Isn't that where sappy singer-songwriters and Widespread P ... More >>
This is part one of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Hippchen, will be posted on Thursday.Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen in The Crow's Nest's "prep dungeon."Jimmy Hippchen started hi ... More >>
This is part three of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Todd Lough of Bixby's. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Lough, is published here. Chef Todd Lough's cooking is likened to the overall setting at Bixby's. Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with a ser ... More >>
Photo by Mabel SuenNoise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>
Mabel SuenManaging partners Tamika Moore and Jonathan Weinberg in the kitchenDough to Door opened on Friday, August 5, at 567A Melville Avenue, just off Delmar Boulevard in University City. As Gut Check learned during a preview visit last month, Dough to Door offers made-to-order cookies, b ... More >>
Mabel SuenWhile local franchisees busily plan to open Dunkin' Donuts locations across the greater St. Louis area, Dunkin' Donuts employees in New Jersey and Boston have been hard at work tweaking the menu. While one employee decided to add a special ingredient to the infamous DD coffee, anoth ... More >>
Mabel SuenAn assorted dozen from Dunkin' DonutsOver a decade ago, the last remaining Dunkin' Donuts in the area closed down, leaving a giant donut-shaped hole in St. Louis' donut-hole-loving soul. Still with us? All faith was restored in March of 2010 when the east-coast branded donuts return ... More >>
Mabel SuenKerry Soraci, owner of I Scream CakesThis weekend, treat yourself to some cheap thrills by attending a free burlesque show at Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, tuning into a free concert at Tower Grove Farmers' Market's Harvest Sessions or grabbing some from-scratch ice cream and ... More >>
It's FRIDAY, FRIDAY! Gotta get down on FRIDAY! Here's where you can find this weekend's FUN, FUN, FUN and partyin', partyin' (yeah), starting with locals Bikini Acid at Floating Laboratories and ending with Lil' Wayne and a few of his famous friends.
This weekend? Busy. Very, very busy. Check out some of our critic's picks on the RFT's music page -- and read on below for much, much more to do. Friday: Taste of St. Louis -- Downtown There's a little something for everyone at this annual event: Soul-funk (JJ Grey & Mofro), rock (Sister Hazel) and ... More >>
Liz DeichmannZach Hill is so fast, the camera cannot capture his drumming skillsHella drummer Zach Hill performed at the Billiken Club last night with Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart. Under the name Bygones, the pair released an album last year on Sargent House titled By-. As the duo star ... More >>