• Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Memphis Goner Records Quartet Nots Works Hard to Keep Punk Weird

    Even as punk rock inches toward the half-century mark, it still retains some of its old disruptive power. Last month, for instance, the band Nots appeared on Local Memphis Live!, a newsmagazine-type show on Memphis' ABC affiliate. Against a typically cheerful soundstage (complete with fake city view ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Folk: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013
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    May 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    From Sun Studios to Greg Ginn to Parliament: Meet Jay Brook Lipe

    On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013
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    September 6, 2012


    8 p.m. Sunday, September 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Band to Watch: Letter to Memphis

    Sometimes blues and folk duos get lost in the bustle of rowdy drinkers in neighborhood bars, but this was never the case for Letter to Memphis. The dominating smokey vocals of Devon Cahill quickly caught the attention of every shot-slinger in the place, even though they were only playing cover songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Wine on the Haus: Lunching at 3500 Winehaus

    The Place: 3500 Winehaus (3500 Watson Road; 314-353-9463) The Lunch: The "Memphis Blues" sandwich, with a side of fruit and a glass of pinot grigio ($9) 3500 Winehaus has been open for about a year and a half in Lindenwood Park. It offers something different from the nearby corner bars and neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    SLU Moves On; Mizzou Goes Home

    ​Okay, so who had St. Louis U advancing and the Missouri Tigers going out in the opening round? Show of hands, please. Alright, everyone look around. See those people with their hands up? Those people are liars. Do not trust them, no matter what they tell you. You do, and you'll end up with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Amy Lavere Talks About Sadness, MTV and St. Louis

    Memphis-based singer, songwriter, and upright bass player, Amy LaVere comes to the Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th St. 314-588-0505 ) this Thursday (8 p.m., $15), opening for former Black Crowes guitarist, Rich Robinson, on tour with a new solo album, his second since 2004, Through A Crooked Sun (Circle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prophetic Last Speech

    Below: The ending to the speech Martin Luther King Jr. made in Memphis on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated. King was in Tennessee to support striking sanitation workers and talked during the speech about the possibility of his early death. 

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Raccoon Barbecue Leads Cops to Meth Lab

    ​Memphis, Tennessee, is famous for its barbecue. Usually, it's dry-rubbed pork. Today, it's raccoon.WMC (via KSDK) reports that police were summoned to the parking lot of a Memphis apartment complex to find a man cooking a raccoon.Investigators called in the department's meth task force to help af ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011


    3 p.m. Friday, July 15. Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Watch Out, South! Megabus Now Careening Off to Memphis

    image viaJust make sure your Megabus trip doesn't end in quicksand as this one between Chicago and Minneapolis apparently did.​Love it or hate it, the Megabus remains one of the cheapest rides out of town (though its rival, Greyhound Express, does provide better free entertainment). Now it's e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Memphis Chef Kelly English Follows the Fleurs-de-Lis to St. Louis

    Courtesy: Harrah's CasinoKelly English, owner of Restaurant Iris in Memphis, will open a steakhouse at Harrah's Casino.​Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100) announced last month that it will open Kelly English Steakhouse this fall in the location now occupied b ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2011

    White Denim

    8:30 p.m. Friday, July 1. Mojo's, 1013 Park Avenue, Columbia.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Beale Street Music Festival: Lessons Learned By An Unwitting Music Writer (Part One)

    From Beale Street in an equally wet previous year. Photo by theogeo​Be prepared. Every festival-goer should take to heart this bit of Boy Scout zen. But when a pair of multi-day passes for the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee fell into my lap on Friday afternoon, I had too lit ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    Magic Kids/Bosco Delrey

    9 p.m. Wednesday, November 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2010

    Show Review: First Night of Beat 'n' Soul Gets Down at Off Broadway, Friday, November 5

    Marie ArsenaultThe Bo-Keys at Off Broadway​The concept behind Beat 'n' Soul is straightforward enough: two nights of veteran and revivalist garage rock and soul at one club in St. Louis. Think of it as a mini Ponderosa Stomp for the River City. In terms of quality, the lineup for the maiden vo ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2010

    Memphis Pencils

    9 p.m. Friday, July 30. Foam, 3359 South Jefferson Avenue.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Study: Region Unprepared for Massive Quake from New Madrid Fault

    ​A University of Illinois study released last week reports that St. Louis, Memphis and other towns near the New Madrid fault line are ill-prepared for a possible 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The study commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that such a temblor could leave 3,500 ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2009

    Star & Micey

    Tuesday, December 29. MoKaBe's, 3606 Arsenal Street. 314-865-2009. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.4

    ​ Ethical questions about meat get literary treatment. (The Austin American-Statesman)Want to be a culinary entrepreneur? Here's how. (The New York Times)What your beer says about you. (Advertising Age)A glimpse at "Whining and Dining" with kids. (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)Not a fan of choco ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2009
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    July 29, 2009

    Sax for Stax Tour

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    FoodWire: Celebrate "Memphis in May" at Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que

    Want to celebrate Memphis in May but can't make it to the actual city of Memphis? The new Downtown West barbecue restaurant Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que (1901 Washington Avenue) is hosting a Memphis in May celebration this Friday from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and Saturday from noon-1 a.m.The celebration, co-sponso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    St. Louis More Welcoming Than Memphis!

    Finally!Our river city might play second fiddle to Memphis when it comes to barbecue, and the Delmar Loop might not offer the bluesy, boozy embrace of Beale Street, but when it comes to God-friendliness, St. Louis is now entitled to bragging rights.COGIC and the STL Convention & Visitors Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Friday, March 27: Morning's Newz

    Oh, baby! How 'bout those Mizzou Tigers?! My grad-school alma mater (thank you!) heads to the Elite 8 after knocking off No. 2 seed Memphis in a thrilling victory last night in Arizona. Up 24 points early in the second half, the MU Tigers held off a late rally by those other Tigers, Memphis, to win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    The Seven Brightest St. Louis Cardinals Prospects

    I don't want to jump all over a guy when he hits a walk-off anything, but honestly, could that have been a more pathetic swing? I'm pretty sure the commissioner's office is reviewing tape of Cesar Izturis' at-bat right now, trying to decide whether or not they can actually let a game be won on a hit ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008
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    February 4, 2008
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    January 10, 2007
  • Dining

    December 20, 2006

    Cruise Control

    Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is the real deal.

  • Film

    November 15, 2006

    Dance of the Penguin

    That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006

    Small Plates, Thursday, 10/5

    This week St. Louis says hello to two new dinner options -- and goodbye (for now) to an old favorite. The Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen opens for dinner today at 4:30 p.m. It's located at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue in Webster Groves, the space that once housed Ellie Forcella's. The menu offers ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2005

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of September 14, 2005

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • News

    October 22, 2003

    Genome Whiz!

    Learn fun things about the humble mole rat, getting busted in East St. Louis and why our city wants to have the blues

  • Music

    September 17, 2003

    My Morning Jacket

    It Still Moves (ATO Records)

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2003


    Blind Mississippi Morris breathes new life into the blues

  • News

    August 28, 2002


    Downtown Memphis is already where downtown St. Louis hopes to go

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    Maybe in Memphis

    Jim Green, ex-con and government snitch, says he and his buddies from the Bootheel took part in the plot to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Trouble is, Green's been lying all his life -- so why should anybody believe him now?

  • Music

    September 13, 2000

    Irma Thomas

    My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn (Rounder Records)

  • Dining

    July 12, 2000

    'Cue, Part II

    Following the smoke signals to more of this town's best barbecue

  • Music

    June 16, 1999
  • Music

    March 10, 1999
  • Music

    February 17, 1999

    Rhythm Regatta

    Isaac Hayes performs in the hallowed halls of Powell as part of the Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans Festival

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