When reached by phone, Matt Holmen immediately tells RFT Music that he's super busy. "I'm here for 36 hours. I'm trying to put my life in a box," he says. The PHOX guitarist is in his adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, gearing up for the band's biggest tour "by a long shot" to date. Riding ... More >>
This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and ... More >>
St. Louis' newest ride-sharing app Lyft may attract a distinctly hipster and "progressive" clientele, but its business model is as damaging to middle-class workers as big-box stores and fast food restaurants, says one St. Louis taxi driver. Umar Lee, who has been a cabbie for nearly ten years, penn ... More >>
LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore. "I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else." Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Lou ... More >>
Every year, Food & Wine names ten chefs from across the country as the best up-and-comers in the culinary world. There are ten nominees from the Midwest region, and two of them are from right here in St. Louis. See also: Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists
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 >>
Long-time St. Louis hip-hop heads may have noticed a familiar face manning the decks at Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels show last night. DJ Trackstar, who spent his first ten years as a DJ in St. Louis, is backing up the whole tour in his capacity as Killer Mike's touring DJ. See Also: - Kil ... More >>
A quick search of the Blind Eyes artist page on Facebook will reveal a barely hidden genre-proclamation of "Architecture Rock." The inside joke almost certainly takes a jab at the pool of adjective-genres floating around, but "architecture" feels apt for music that sounds so thoughtfully built. Pop ... More >>
Madison, Wisconsin alt-rockers Garbage played the Pageant last night to a packed house, at a concert sponsored by 105.7 the Point. Front-woman Shirley Manson spoke with her thick Scottish accent between songs, and the band played the hits with vigor, belying the fact that the group has now been toge ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation this morning announced the semifinalists for its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards (link PDF). This year, two St. Louis chefs made the cut of twenty in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category: Gerard Craft of Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755) and Kevin Nashan ... More >>
If anyone reading this happened to get their home broken into or any of their belongings stolen last night -- especially in the Delmar Loop area -- please contact me. I may have an idea of who was responsible.
The James Beard Foundation has opened the nominations for its 2013 awards. Through December 31, anyone -- me, you, even your dog (if he has his own email address) -- can nominate up to two candidates in each category. The main category for which St. Louis restaurants are eligible is "Best Chef: Mid ... More >>
Oh, it's so ON! Matt Gaines of Smithville (between Kansas City and St. Joseph) did not take kindly to the billboard recently erected by 1090 AM, a Catholic radio station in his hometown.
Our good friends at the Daily Beast have decided to torment us with another set of rankings, this time a list of the 25 smartest cities in this fine nation of ours. Last time they did this, St. Louis came in 32nd. But this time, instead of using statistics, they're relying on science! Stats can be c ... More >>
Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik have just announced a co-headlining fall 2012 tour, and it will stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on October 28. Expect the loudness and riffage to have your ears ringing right through Halloween. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m., unless you head over to the ... More >>
It's been observed that the only way to really understand a poem is to hear it read aloud by its author. It's also been observed, mostly by people who have spent a lot of time listening to poetry read aloud, that poets tend to assume a "poet voice," majestic and mystical, as though they were reveali ... More >>
At a black-tie gala in New York City this evening, the James Beard Foundation will announce the winners of its annual awards for restaurants and chefs. You can watch the ceremony on the James Beard Foundation's website or track each announced winner via Twitter. For the third time in the past four ... More >>
For the third time in the past four years, Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: Midwest" award. For the third time, Craft didn't win. Supporters of Missouri chefs hoping to take solace in a win by Colby Garrelts of Blue ... More >>
Gerard Craft of Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) is one of five finalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in the category "Best Chef: Midwest." This is the third time that Craft has been a finalist for the award, following nominations in 2009 and 2010. Craft was in a meeting when ... More >>
Mabel SuenJohn Doelling and Andi Smith, co-owners of NeighborGood Foods.Imagine getting a big lush box of fresh, local fruits and vegetables each week without even having to set foot outside of the house. NeighborGood Foods, a brand-new company operated out of Maplewood by couple Andi Smith a ... More >>
The Charter Center Stage Battle Of The Bands has entered its final stage, where eleven bands from around the country will compete for a chance to win a prize package anchored by an opening spot in Madison, Wisconsin on October 15th for Panic! At The Disco, Fitz and the Tantrums and Plain Whit ... More >>
Image viaHotdogger Brian Keefe.If you're in need of a Wiener Whistle (aren't we all?), this weekend is your chance to get one. The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be making a pit stop in St. Louis for two appearances: Friday, September 9, at the Wal-Mart in Fenton, and Saturday, Septembe ... More >>
Two Midwestern governors from different political parties are in hot water over food-related issues. Missouri governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, took a lashing on Twitter from Kansas City Republican state representative Ryan Silvey over the recent firing of the Governor's Mansion chef: .bbpBox749977 ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2011 awards this afternoon. St. Louis boasted three semifinalists in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest" -- Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus -- but none of the three were named fin ... More >>
This weekend kicks off the drunkest time of the year in St. Louis -- yes, it's Mardi Gras, the precursor to the days-long St. Patrick's Day celebration. All of the Mardi Gras listings and action is here. Some of the shows coming to town are here. And below, ten more events at which you won't ... More >>
Of course it's a given that the Gnostics have the coolest-sounding name of any fringe group in the history of Christianity (though they just narrowly beat out the Albigensians). Back in the early, early days, around the second century CE, they did close readings of Jesus's teachings, looking for ... More >>
On his new blog, former Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis broke some interesting news: Lollapalooza's sponsor, C3 Presents, and their partners are being investigated by the office of the Illinois Attorney General for what DeRogatis terms "anti-trust issues stemming from the radius clauses that th ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, January 27. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
Florida citrus-growers fight to save crops from cold. (Bloomberg)The throwback to cane sugar-sweetened soda doesn't make much health difference. (Los Angeles Times)Frozen pizza sales rise. (Minneapolis St. Paul Star-Tribune)Coffee shops are incognito Starbucks. (CNN.com)Potatoes sporting h ... More >>
Last month was one for the record books with St. Louis experiencing its sixth -- or was it seventh? -- coolest July in history. As it turns out, we were not alone. While our friends in the Pacific Northwest were suffering some bizarre, surface-of-the-sun type heat, the Midwest and Northeast ... More >>
Men's Health and Women's Health magazines have come out with their ranking of the 100 best -- and worst -- cities in America for healthy living. St. Louis ranks as the second-worst city in both Men's Health and Women's Health, with only Bakersfield, California, and Charleston, West Virginia, respect ... More >>
A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... Please welcome our newest blogger, Rachel. Her blog Sugar, Spice & More Things Nice is about her love of food in light of the fact that she has Type 1 Diabetes. Go say hi. Show Me Vegan has a recipe perfect for the current harvest: ... More >>
And B-Sides catches up with Richard Marx.
Ben Weasel gets digi with it.
8 p.m. Saturday, February 17. Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street).
Week of September 7, 2006
Catastrophe does indeed bring Rainer Maria closer together.
It's a bike thing
The Schlafly Tap Room plays host to the RFT Music Awards presentation
Wednesday, Dec. 13; Creepy Crawl
A schedule and capsule reviews of the fest's offerings