• Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Meet Con Trails, Rock Duo With A Raw Shoegaze Bent

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Foxing Releases New Video, Lands on Huffington Post's "Best Albums" List

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Family Fears Missing Wisconsin Woman Kidnapped, Brought to St. Louis to Repay Debt

    A missing Milwaukee woman may have been kidnapped and taken to St. Louis, according to family and friends desperately looking for her.

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013
  • Culture

    June 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Foxing Returns From Tour, Signs Deal With Count Your Lucky Stars

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Anodes Returns From Life on the Road In One Piece, Shares Wisdom

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Will Ferrell's Guerrilla Old Milwaukee Ad Campaign Strikes Again

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2012


    7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Video: Will Ferrell Shills for Old Milwaukee in Sweden Because Why Not

    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:

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik Are Coming to the Pageant: Presale and Gift Card Giveaway Happening Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Totally Gay Cop Has a New Totally Gay Seven-Inch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Will Ferrell in the Best Super Bowl Ad You Didn't See

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Midwest Rapper Frankie Flowers Turns Struggles Into Stories

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Schafer's Talking Pujols on WGEM

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Summerfest 2011: What to Expect, What to See and 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Shut Out of James Beard Award Finalists, Feast Magazine Nominated

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011


    8 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    What Is Wrong with This Picture? Special World Series Edition!

    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. ​

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    In Defense of Spaghetti Tacos

    image via​Really, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Farm Aid Marks 25 Years of Supporting Farmers

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2010
  • Music

    August 18, 2010

    O'Brother/Felix Culpa

    7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Food Safety Bill Inches Closer to Law

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Show Review: Psych-Folk Sextet Decibully Quakes the Firebird, Thursday, April 29

    J.W. Lawson​The 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 >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2010


    9 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Snag a Free Spelling Bee Live Album, See 'Em Live Next Week. A Lot.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Batter Up: The Cardinals' 2010 Season Begins Today

    '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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.1

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.10

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    In the Studio: Hope and Therapy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    St. Louis Labeled as "Not Fun City" Approved for Government Travel

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Spike in Murders in St. Louis Contradicts Drops in Other "Dangerous" Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Cards Blog: Wainwright should have received the 'W'

    Hell of a game last night, fellows. Great job bouncing back after a rough go of it against the Giants. Wainwright I realize that wins and losses for pitchers are really kind of a meaningless stat, but I also happen to be in the minority who thinks it sucks. Last night, Adam Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Cards Blog: Wainwright should have received the 'W'

    Hell of a game last night, fellows. Great job bouncing back after a rough go of it against the Giants. Wainwright I realize that wins and losses for pitchers are really kind of a meaningless stat, but I also happen to be in the minority who thinks it sucks. Last night, Adam Wa ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
  • Music

    February 20, 2008

    The Box Social

    9 p.m. Saturday, February 23. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 3/19

    What's new on South Grand? Wat's new on South Grand! Add Ethiopian to South Grand's impressive roster of ethnic cuisines. Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant opened on Friday, March 9, at 3210 South Grand Boulevard, the space formerly occupied by Jasoom Mexican Revolutionary Restaurant & Cantina. Meske ... More >>

  • News

    February 22, 2006

    Trash Talk

    St. Louis is way behind the recycling curve. Don't expect that to change.

  • Music

    October 5, 2005

    The BoDeans

    Thursday, October 6; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

  • News

    June 8, 2005

    Behold the Forty

    A paean to the big bad bottle

  • Dining

    April 13, 2005


    The Tin Can Tavern & Grille, 3157 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-3003

  • News

    July 7, 2004
  • Film

    February 11, 2004

    Bowling for Columbia

    An upstart film festival in Tiger Town is generating big buzz

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2001

    Station Break

    Washington University underground station celebrates its birthday during KWUR Week

  • Culture

    September 20, 2000

    Spray Tell

    Dedicated artists shake their cans at Paint Louis

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