There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." Attending / eating at the Gathering of the Juggalos essentially ruined my metabolism, which now runs off of warm beer and chocolate-covered waffles. As a result, I've been compensating ... More >>
America's two biggest shock-rockers, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, are on the "Masters Of Madness/Shock Therapy Tour 2013" this summer through the country, bringing two generations of eyeliner-wearing hard-rock fans together. Last night, they were in St. Charles at the Family Arena. (You can se ... More >>
[Editor's note: Space constraints kept the prose version of our interview with Marilyn Manson out of the print edition, but here you can read the stuff that was left on the cutting room floor. Point your mouse here for the Q & A version in the paper this week.] Once, there was a subculture of peop ... More >>
Recently we spoke with Alice Cooper. That same day British newspaper The Guardian posted an archived article from 40 years ago highlighting efforts of high-ranking government officials to ban his shock-rock stage shows from entering the United Kingdom. Needless to say, it just helped build his legen ... More >>
Richard Kern is one of the most celebrated photographers of the past 50 years. Along with his peers Annie Leibovitz, Bob Gruen and Mick Rock, Kern shot iconic images that helped to shape the way that we perceive rock stars and celebrity culture.
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson joins forces with shock rocker Alice Cooper on what might be the most obvious pairing ever seen on a bill together; that show is at the Family Arena on June 25. Mysterious Mad Decent EDM artist UZ will perform at 2720 Cherokee on May 22. Florida stone-metal kings Torche b ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of thei ... More >>
Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... By Jason Roche See ... More >>
It's supernatural season, and last night, St. Louis got into the holiday spirit with the Twins of Evil Tour. Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson brought their doom, gloom, colored contacts and rock & roll to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. We'll have more coverage later. Meanwhile, however, photographe ... More >>
Richard GuatyAnna Wintour eyeballing Nicki's tights. Oh, to peek inside the mind of the Vogue editrix in chief in this moment.Thank science Fashion Week is over. Isn't it just torture? If there's something worse than not being in New York City for the circus that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ... More >>
Jeff Tweedy as the Queen of RageMichelle Bachmann's Newsweek cover, on which she stares out icily over the headline The Queen Of Rage, has provoked intense reaction, mostly because of Bachmann's rapidly ballooning public caricature, but at least partly because the look in her eyes is somethin ... More >>
Is National Wine Appreciation Week wearing you out? Maybe all you need is a change of pace. Lucky you! Today's National Margarita Day! At least, according to Jimmy Buffett, who will be opening Verizon Wireless Amphitheater's season on May 3. And who could doubt the word of a 64-year-old man ... More >>
Want to feel better about your current relationship status? Whether you're steadfastly single or smugly settled, you can visit the Museum of Broken Relationships and just be glad you aren't one of the anonymous donors who had to get rid of their ex's crap. The exhibit is just one of this weekend's a ... More >>
Joseph Cultice/courtesy of S. Carmody PhotographyGary Numan, London, 10/1997, by Joseph CulticeYou've seen photographer Joseph Cultice's work before. Marilyn Manson's iconic Mechanical Animals album cover? That's him. Jonas Brothers' retro Times Square scene on the cover of its 2008 disc, A L ... More >>
So yesterday, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival again rolled through St. Louis, and much like last year, the day-into-night metal festival drew out the area's die-hard metalheads. Photographer Kenny Williamson was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to document the scene there (full photo set here.) Photo ... More >>
Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage and a ton of other bands are at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater today as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In last week's paper, Phil Freeman spoke with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, in part discussing the band's forthcoming album, World P ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Family Affair's Mr. RepIt's been awhile since we've written about Family Affair (other than adding their name to the nominees for Best Hip-hop Duo in the RFT music awards) but twin brothers Mr. Rep and Q.B. The Classic have a new album coming out tonight that could quite possibly reinvent the defini ... More >>
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