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    September 12, 2014

    Why Ferguson City Officials Still Haven't Met with the Family of Michael Brown

    On Wednesday night, Daily RFT had an opportunity to speak with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles about the previous evening's city council meeting and a raft of changes to the city's municipal code. At the meeting, he was asked dozens of questions which he could not -- according to standard council opera ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Mike Anderson -- Newly Freed from Prison -- and Family Take New York City

    It's been a whirlwind week for the Anderson family. On Monday a Mississippi County judge ordered Cornealious "Mike" Anderson be freed from prison. Within hours he was back home in Webster Groves, and hours after that he and his family were on a plane to New York City to do a flurry of media appearan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 25 to 27

    Hello, music fans! Here's our weekly rundown of what's happening this weekend. Some notable performances include the subject of our music feature this week, Angel Olsen, as well as the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. For details on these shows and more, read on. As always, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
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    March 3, 2014

    Former NPR Producer Brings Three "Crazy Talented" Young French Filmmakers To STL

    Seán Collins is a consummate veteran radio producer. The St. Louisan spent twenty years producing for NPR on national shows like All Things Considered, Morning Edition and This American Life. But Collins never produced a film. Until now. In 2009, he became enamored with the talent of a 16-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    STL Up Late's Hilarious New Video Making Fun of Homophobia in the NFL is Perfect

    On Sunday, Mizzou defensive lineman Michael Sam announced to the NFL and the world that he is gay, meaning that if drafted he will be the first openly homosexual player in the league. If it's news to you that sexual orientation has no impact on how good or bad a defensive lineman you are, you have s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Upcoming This American Life Episode Features Riverfront Times Story

    This week...on This American Life...the Riverfront Times. St. Louis fans of the popular radio show (heard on NPR) and podcast should be sure to tune in this weekend. The upcoming episode, entitled "Except for That One Thing," features a story that some may recall from the September 12, 2013, issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Middle Class Fashion Featured on NPR's This American Life

    Congratulations to local favorites Middle Class Fashion, whose "Stuck" found its way into this week's episode of the prestigious radio program This American Life. "Stuck" appears at the very end of episode #516, appropriately enough titled "Stuck In The Middle."

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Jordan Ward Finder, St. Louis' 16 & Pregnant Star: MTV Show is Birth Control for Teens

    Jordan Ward Finder admits she's no expert on birth control. The 20-year-old mother of two was jettisoned to fame on 16 and Pregnant, the popular MTV show about teen moms in their last weeks of pregnancy and first weeks of parenthood. One episode follows Finder, who grew up in south county and drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Album is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

    By Michael Corcoran "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Meet Laurie Radake, the City Diner Waitress Who Got a $500 Tip

           Seth Collins surprised Laurie Radake at City Diner. | Aaron's Last Wish Laurie Radake wasn't fazed when three customers seated themselves in her section in the back of City Diner (3139 South Grand Boulevard; 314-772-6100). She didn't even think it was weird ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Here's Tef Poe on KMOV Talking About His RFT Column on Paula Deen

    Last week Tef Poe wrote a powerful piece on Paula Deen's recent fall from grace, in which he made the argument that racist people should own up to their racism and stand by it, thereby setting up an honest platform for discussion of the subject. "I actually respect and admire real-life full-blown ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    One Lucky St. Louis Restaurant Server to Get $500 Tip This Week

    One lucky server is about to get a huge tip. Seth Collins is in St. Louis, and he's looking for a place to eat. The Kentuckian has been on a cross-country road trip to honor his late brother, Aaron, and his last wish: to leave an awesome tip. See also: -Peyton Manning Tips Well, But Lucky Waiter Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: May 31-June 2

    Things have been crazy around here, to say the least. I can't say for sure, but I have a theory that music editor Daniel Hill hasn't left the office in days and has only stopped working on the RFT Music Showcase for an occasional George Costanza-style under-the-desk nap. See the fruits of our labor ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013
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    May 6, 2013

    Released Today: New Budweiser Can Shaped Like a Bow Tie

    Let it be known that Gut Check is always on the cutting edge of technology. Especially when said technology involves beer. Today, St. Louis' own classic American lager, Budweiser, is loosing upon humanity a new beer can -- not simply an updated label or artwork, but quite literally an entirely new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    The Six Indie Rock Songs That Sound Most Like Ska Songs

    Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    New and Self-Improving: This Week's Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 13, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books. Just as January is the time for eating brown rice and kale and going back to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    No MO Money For a Former Bellwether

    Once upon a time, Missouri was the bellwether of the Presidential elections. You could always count on us to pick the winner. Remember 2008 when Barack Obama rallied beneath the Arch and even John McCain paid a few visits here? Oh, those glorious days. But then, by just .1 percent of the popular vot ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
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    August 2, 2012

    Music Is Not A Sport

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is kicking ass in the Olympics, and doing it efficiently as to minimize drag i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Illegal Downloading Is Wrong, But I Do It Anyway

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Question: If you were in the middle of a riot, streets overrun with people freaking out, smashing windows ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    April 26, 2012
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    April 24, 2012

    Six Best Bands Named Black _____

    The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Jack White Featuring Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three: Listen Now

    Jack White's solo record, Blunderbuss, comes out next week, but it's streaming on iTunes right now. It's his first as a "solo" artist, though he is backed by a litany of past collaborators and friends, including St. Louis' own Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, who act as White's backing band on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Heartless Bastards at the Firebird, 2/8/12: Photos

    Heartless Bastards has moved from Dayton to Austin in the course of a career making dusty rock. Its newest release, Arrow, is its most refined work to date. You can listen to it now a week ahead of its proper release through NPR's First Listen series. The band stopped by the Firebird last night, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Introducing the 2012 RFT Web Awards Finalists

    ​The good news? The St. Louis online community is alive and well. The bad news? There's so much great content out there, it's extremely difficult to come up with a list of the best of the best. But, hey, this is the Internet. People love them some lists. We'd hate to disappoint. So, then, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    40 Best St. Louis Releases of 2011: Part Eight

    ​Part One: The Union Electric, Sweet Tooth, King Kong Magnetics, Warm Jets USA Part Two: Glass Teeth, Ryan Spearman, the Breaks and Adult Fur Part Three: Rum Drum Ramblers, Humanoids, Old Lights and Volcanoes Part Four: Bo & the Locomotive, Rockwell Knuckles, Dubb Nubb and Palace Part Five: S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 24, 2011
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    November 9, 2011

    Educators Go on TV to Discuss Dropout Crisis

    ​Not much has changed since Riverfront Times reported on the school dropout crisis back in January of 2009. Since 2004, the high-school graduation rate in the St. Louis public schools has slid from 61 percent to 45 percent, 30 percentage points below the average for the state of Missouri. Nobo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    LouFest Interviews: Lost In The Trees' Ari Picker On Classical Music And More

    ​ Ari Picker is as genuine and unfailingly heartfelt as his music would have you believe. His folk orchestra project Lost in the Trees is winsome and soft, but imbued with wrenching emotion and cathartic release. Picker composes symphonic ballads out of pure necessity, to deal with the tragedi ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Dems Demand Explanation from Peter Kinder

    The Lt. Gov is allegedly so bad, Werner Herzog should make a movie about him!​Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder still hasn't gotten back to us with any sort of denial, rebuttal or explanation for the allegations coming from ex-stripper Tammy Chapman, who told Daily RFT that the Republican offered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    How the Rams "Snookered" St. Louis: Details of the "Most Scandalous" Stadium Deal in History

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Hear The New Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three Album On NPR's First Listen

    Jo Mccaughey ​In case this was still unclear: The world, and NPR in particular, has officially embraced Pokey LaFarge. Just a couple months after posting a Tiny Desk Concert featuring LaFarge & the South City Three, everyone's favorite dulcet-toned public news outlet has posted the band's upco ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Governor Jay Nixon Gets Subtly Mocked on This American Life

    Image viaMissouri Governor Jay Nixon, kinda laughed at by Ira Glass​Politicians love love love talking about job creation, reported Ira Glass over the weekend on NPR's This American Life. In fact, some pols are so crazy about new jobs, they'll hold a press conference when a government program crea ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Dengue Fever and tUnE-yArDs Highlight the Post-Record Store Day New Releases

    Steve Pick with some of today's releases. Photo by Chrissy Wilmes.​Every week, we'll ask your local record store clerks to advise you on which new releases are worth your hard-earned pennies. Today, Euclid Records clerk (and KDHX DJ) Steve Pick fills us in on the post-Record Store Day crop. He ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Review Setlist Photos: Eli "Paperboy" Reed Delivers at Off Broadway, Tuesday, March 22

    Katie Moulton​Did Eli "Paperboy" Reed strike a deal with the devil? How else could this 27-year-old Massachusetts native sing like a soulman's screamin' dream, with all the sexy swagger of Wilson Pickett? Last night's performance at Off Broadway demolished all doubt: If you want music of the h ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know Coming to SIU Carbondale

    Michael Feldman is bringing his shtick to southern Illinois.​One of NPR's funniest shows is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a live broadcast next Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m.Whad'Ya Know, hosted by the very dry and very funny Michael Feldman, last broadcast from Carbondale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine, Part 2

    This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine ( Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Muscroft, will be published tomorrow. Deborah Hyland​Did your family cook when you were a child? Oh yes. My mum cooked dinner eve ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    St. Louis Public Radio Sued For Racial Discrimination

    stlpublicradio.orgSuit claims station manager Tim Eby didn't follow up on promotion promise of his predecessor.​A longtime employee of St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU 90.7) has sued the station's general manager and the curators of the University of Missouri on charges that she was passed over for pr ... More >>

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    February 13, 2011

    The Ten Best Moments of the 2011 Grammy Awards

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010
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    November 3, 2010

    Bring on the Sad Meals - San Francisco Outlaws Fast Food Toy Giveaways

    Sorry kids, but San Francisco has outlawed fast-food toy giveaways. Reuters reports that the city's Board of Supervisors passed the law on Tuesday, making them the first U.S. city to pass a law - not just an ordinance - banning the toys. Toy giveaways stop on December 1. NPR visits with Lisa Johan ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    New Release Highlights for November 2: Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Devin the Dude and More

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) The Autumn Defense's Once Around​*The Autumn Defense, Once Around Consequence of Sound claims Once Around is "very much worth your time." "There seems to be ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    KWMU Booster Group Organizes Under Name Ripped from RFT Headline

    I thought I was dreaming this morning when the alarm clock woke me to KWMU (90.7 FM) and the first thing I heard was a promo for a new friends group for the station called "Radio Active."Could that be "Radio Active" as in the headline of a May 2008 RFT investigation into KWMU that ultimately led to ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    KWMU (90.7 FM) Hires New GM to Replace Patty Wente

    University of Missouri - St. Louis announced today the hiring of Tim Eby as general manager of its public radio station, KWMU (90.7 FM). A veteran manager with WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, Eby will begin his new job January 20. Eby takes over for KWMU's longtime general manager Patty Wente, ... More >>

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    May 14, 2008
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    June 8, 2005

    Live a Little

    Feel rich and happy at Sofia Bistro

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