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 the Blank. The term ... More >>
Local band Foxing officially is on the national -- nay, international -- radar. The band's album The Albatross landed on the U.K. site of the Huffington Post as part of a writer's list of "The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)." Placing The Albatross at number five in a l ... More >>
A missing Milwaukee woman may have been kidnapped and taken to St. Louis, according to family and friends desperately looking for her.
The five doe-eyed boys of Foxing lock interweaving rhythms and personal lyrics to impart heartfelt tunes throughout the Midwest. Foxing's recent self-booked tour brought the band up and down the Central Time Zone, garnering much fanfare for its careful but fearless take on melodic post-rock.
Anodes lives and breathes post-hardcore, bringing together throaty screams with lush songwriting to create beautiful, hard-hitting results. After hitting the streets a little under one year ago, the band immediately traveled outward and spread its screamo seed through consistent DIY touring. Anodes ... More >>
For the second consecutive Super Bowl, residents of a very, very, very select number of far-flung towns across America saw a surreal, low-budget commercial for Old Milwaukee beer starring Will Ferrell. It was even more surreal than last year's -- and, yes, even more surreal than the Old Milwaukee ad ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
As you might recall, last year Will Ferrell shot a series of low-budget ads for Old Milwaukee beer. Each ad tended to air only in the market where it was filmed. So, for example, you had this gem in Terre Haute, Indiana:
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 >>
ACAB? ACAF? What about city cops? These questions and more (or less) plagued the minds of the members of Totally Gay Cop, forming the impetus that brought the band into existence in the fall of 2011. Featuring former members of Leeches, Sayonara, Dude Nukem and about a million more, Totally Gay Cop ... More >>
In the past year, Will Ferrell has made a series of low-budget (to be generous) ads for Old Milwaukee, which aired in very, very few, very small markets. Last night, Deadspin reports, during the Super Bowl, North Platte, Nebraska, was treated to the following: If nothing else, it's more succinct ... More >>
Frankie Flowers has a story to tell. In January 2008, Frankie Flowers could either put the little money he had toward rent or studio time. He had moved down to Los Angeles from his hometown Milwaukee a few months before to pursue his hip-hop career. He lived with his uncle, who worked at Univ ... More >>
In case you were wondering, no, that's not me. I have much better legs. Yesterday morning I was a guest on the ESPN affiliate in Quincy, Illinois, with Josh Houchins, the host of their morning drive program. WGEM has some of their audio files archived now, so you can go back and listen if you lik ... More >>
Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Summerfest in Milwaukee is more like an epic feel-good concert series. The festival has the same good-natured and down-to-earth vibe of a city fair, packed with tens of thousands of people proud of their city. Make the half-day drive not for a t ... 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 >>
8 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Let's just say you don't turn to FOX -- or to Joe Buck, who recited this graphic word for word last night -- for the facts.
image viaReally, there's no defense for spaghetti tacos, a creation that outraged the food blogosphere recently with rants from the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Atlantic and yes, even Gut Check. Spaghetti tacos were introduced on the Nickelodeon show iCarly, where they even got th ... More >>
For the 25th year, Farm Aid combined music, agriculture and food, this time in Milwaukee. USA Today covered the festival, emphasizing its support of family farms. Performer Jason Mraz said, "This is the one concert (and) cause that affects everybody. This is about our food. Farm Aid reminds us that ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The Senate's reached a "tentative agreement" on the food safety bill. The Hill reports, "'It's a clear signal that this is going to happen when they come back in September,' said Sandra Eskin, director of the Pew Health Group's Food Safety Campaign." The House passed their version of food safety leg ... More >>
J.W. LawsonThe Milwaukee based psychedelic-folk sextet Decibully, which is usually known for its solemn and melodic album tracks, shook the Firebird's foundation this Thursday with a sound that was both disproportionate and disappointing. The small crowd came expecting contemporary rock-psy ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Things are quite busy in camp Spelling Bee as of late. The clattering noisedream duo just released a free live album featuring performances captured at three radio stations (KDHX in St. Louis, WMSE in Milwaukee, WNUR in Chicago). Download: Spelling Bee's Live Album Spelling Bee recorded t ... More >>
'Tis the season.In case you've somehow missed it, the 2010 MLB season begins in earnest today. The Cardinals are in Cincinnati and get underway at 12:10 this afternoon. Chris Carpenter 2.24 ERA (2009) faces Aaron Harang 4.21 ERA (2009). From Cinncy the Cards travel to Milwaukee before landing in ... More >>
Just in time for April Fool's Day, food fraud is on the rise. Some less-than-scrupulous food producers have recently been busted labeling cow milk as sheep milk and Mississippi paddlefish eggs as sturgeon caviar. Purposeful mislabeling effects five to seven percent of the American food supply, but ... More >>
Is it racism -- or just lunch? (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)Fruit wasted from Sacramento-owned citrus trees. (Sacramento Bee)American winemaker suing over misrepresented grapes. (The Independent)Don't be a Valentine's Day amateur; keep your dinner reservations. (Detroit Free Press)Concerned ... More >>
courtesy of Hope and Therapy (Welcome to In the Studio, a section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email me, with the phrase "In the Studio" in th ... More >>
What's not fun about all this stuff? Several branches of the federal government have revised their travel policies so as not to appear as though they're misusing tax dollars during these tough economic times. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Agriculture and Department of ... More >>
Homicides in St. Louis jumped from 138 in 2007 to 167 last year, making 2008 the deadliest year in the 'Lou since 204 people lost their lives in 1995.Across the state, Kansas City also saw a surge in murders with homicides increasing from 94 in 2007 to 126 last yea ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, February 23. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.
St. Louis is way behind the recycling curve. Don't expect that to change.
Thursday, October 6; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
A paean to the big bad bottle
The Tin Can Tavern & Grille, 3157 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-3003
Week of July 7, 2004
An upstart film festival in Tiger Town is generating big buzz
Washington University underground station celebrates its birthday during KWUR Week
Dedicated artists shake their cans at Paint Louis