By Sam Blum There's no denying the rock & roll reunion tour. The tired tradition cuts across the generational divide. Your parents remember when the Eagles re-formed. Your older brother looks at scattered reunions of Black Flag with some consternation. An army of confused souls await Limp Bizkits' 2 ... More >>
Stopped clocks are right twice a day. Geoffrey Arend is married to Christina Hendricks. Performance artists get federal funding. Canada is south of Detroit. People wear Google Glass and think they look awesome. Some things you just can't explain, like how really shitty bands occasionally luck into r ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. 3:20 p.m.: Today I am chaperoning our school's Valentine's Day dance. A line of about 100 kids is ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on my GTFOH chart. I don't remember the first time I hear ... More >>
The St. Louis Cardinals aren't just the best-looking team in all of Major League Baseball -- they've got the No. 1 greatest uniforms out of any team in all four major professional sports leagues! So says ESPN's Paul Lukas in his 2013 Uni Watch Power Rankings released this month. It's a nice rankin ... More >>
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is the song of the summer, and it helps continue the Thicke family's run of pop-culture ubiquity. After all, Robin's father Alan played Kirk Cameron's father on Growing Pains, penned the theme songs for The Facts of Life and What's Happening, and will get a star on Can ... More >>
The first hardy soul arrived around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Dressed against the frigid weather in a black North Face jacket and a black watch cap emblazoned with the Los Angeles Lakers logo, the man who would introduce himself to Gut Check simply as Doug positioned himself outside the entrance of P ... More >>
Last minute, very important update! It's here! Happy day, everyone. And ho buddy do we have just the celebratory update to this here official RFT recommended Halloween show list: A bunch of punks and rock & rollers are going to do cover sets on the second floor of 2720 Cherokee. To wit, from the Fac ... More >>
This week thousands of international athletes will descend upon London to compete in 2012 Summer Olympic games. Some of the dozens of contests that make up the games are as old as ancient Greece; others are relative newcomers; and others are so incredibly inane that the International Olympic Committ ... More >>
The team: six 40-year-old men, leaving behind six fairly respectable jobs, five wives and 14.9 children for four days. The tools: a 32-foot RV, VIP tickets, comfortable shoes and enough beer to take down a small fraternity. The task: to do and see as much as physically and logistically possible at ... More >>
Wale is Grandmaster of the sports reference. No musical artist brings as much wit, depth and knowledge to the craft. For instance, in the recently released ode to the former St. Louis baseball hero, "Albert Pujols," Wale slangs this gem: "John Rocker, Atlanta Bravest knows that I'm awesome/ Bett ... More >>
The Rams could leave the Edward Jones Dome if the stadium isn't a top-tier facility come 2015.Neil Demause, author of the book Field of Schemes, penned an article last week on his favorite subject: stadium-financing. The story, which originally ran in The Nation and was re-purposed on NPR, begins ... More >>
Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Double D Lounge bartender Tanner Scott. Below is a Q&A with Scott, followed by a video of him mixing a Creamsicle cocktail. Alissa NelsonJell-O shots, anyone? Jel ... More >>
image viaThis kind of devotion is only worth a number 10 ranking?It had to happen. They've already ranked everything else (and by "they" we mean The Media), so why not sports fans? Is it really possible to give an objective rating to a city's sports fans? Can you say that the citizens of one ... More >>
Image sourcePlatz, spelling. Speller 134 has reason to look so pissy; she made the semifinals and he did not.Updated June 7: For those of you who missed the Spelling Bee finals (and you are absolved; the Stanley Cup Finals are providing some fabulous entertainment this year): Platz tied for s ... More >>
Let the Madness begin! Mizzou is dancing (despite their stumble in the Big 12 tournament) but unfortunately the slipper did not fit for the SLU Billikens, who were pummeled by Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 tournament and left out of even the lowly NIT, where they could have faced an Illinois te ... More >>
Photo: Nick LucchesiThe entire press conference was filmed to be included in the television series.To hype his upcoming reality show Shaq VS., Shaquille O'Neal, the 17-year NBA icon, mixed friendly smack-talk and humble sentiments at the opportunity to face Albert Pujols in a home run derby Thurs ... More >>
So I was looking around yesterday at all the teams still left in the NHL playoffs, and I have to admit to being more than a little shocked when I realized that there isn't a single Canadian team left in the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup. In fact, not only was I shocked by the absence, I was pretty di ... More >>
Professional basketball player and the pride of the East Side, Darius Miles is free on bond today after police in Fairview Heights found marijuana in his 1996 Chevrolet Impala. The 27-year-old Miles was alone in his vehicle last night when he was pulled over for allegedly failing to use a turn signa ... More >>
So apparently Daryl Strawberry had himself some sex, huh? See, the Straw Man, now all grown up, Christitized, and living right here in the 'Lou, is coming out with a book that details his sex-and-drugs-and-rock-and-roll (probably minus the rock and roll, to be completely honest), lifestyle in t ... More >>
I hate the NBA pretty much unequivocally, and the college game is only marginally better.While it can certainly be a beautiful game at its best, when the execution is just right, most of the time modern basketball consists of a hulking giant who would be under investigation for massive steroid use i ... More >>
On slow news days, Unreal enjoys making lists of all the current movies we'd like to go and see, if only we had the time. These lists tend to be brief, for two reasons. The first: Unreal was born lacking the major motion picture enjoying gene, despite the fact that this gene is so common among human ... More >>
Wednesday I wrote about the strange case of Mizzou freshman guard Miguel Paul and his supposed relationship to Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. Miguel has claimed that he and Chris are cousins and that his older relative (and NBA All-Star) visited him a few years back after a high-school ... More >>
There's been much ado in the land of SLU about the youth of the Billikens. When the season started, there were seven true freshmen on the roster and, thus far, freshman have played about half of the team's minutes. With an average player age of just older than 19 years old, they are the fourth young ... More >>
More openings and closings — and Ian's a cat person, dammit!
A local music fan starts Broke & Hungry Records, Matador Records gets its videogame on and the debut of "Yo! RFT Raps"
Introducing the best movies of 2005 you probably didn't see
Unreal seeks divine inspiration at the Pulpit Masters audition and laments the pending prohibition of the SLU Billiken. Plus, our newest feature: Somebody Buy my Crap!
Week of July 20, 2005
Earl Austin Jr.
This Classic Weekend has it all -- even LL Cool J!
The bold history of David Allan Coe; plus, we talk with the Walkmen and compare Lunatic spending
On top of old Fairmount: Collinsville's humble racecourse is home to one of the nation's winningest Thoroughbred owners
NASCAR returns with the Charter Pipeline 250
The truth about SheBron: There isn't any.
Scorpion is fun if familiar, one of Allen's typical Manhattan riffs
The local NHL team wants to put the city's amusement tax on ice