This week, catch the return of Thor Axe along with Bit Brigade at the Luminary, or check out some other great shows in town. Choose from options including Stanley Clarke at the Pageant, Jon Mueller at Foam, Ryan Adams at Peabody Opera House and more. Read on for this week's recommendations, and stay ... More >>
Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>
This past Sunday, MTV aired the highly anticipated 31st installment of its Video Music Awards. Always an unpredictable and raucous night, there was unfortunately a black cloud looming over the entire telecast owing to the complete and total snubbing of Florida rapper Stitches.
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 >>
Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still stirs ... More >>
I didn't grow up a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. In my early video game days, Pitfall Harry represented my family's Atari allegiance, and Mario and Link later led us to Nintendo heaven. I knew about Sega only through visiting friends, with "the hedgehog game" being something we played before dinner at the ... More >>
Is the ability to create your own video game worth $100,000? Robin Rath is betting that you'll think so. Rath, a St. Louis web designer and serial entrepreneur, is the mad scientist behind Pixel Press, a mobile app that lets you draw, play and share your own video game. Through his software company ... More >>
This Saturday and Sunday, a few dozen local and regional bands perform at InFest STL, a two-day indie festival at 2720 Cherokee. The event is totally free. This is not a battle of the bands, and the acts are in no way competing with each other, but that's no reason not to pit twenty-five confirmed a ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, June 1. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue.
Summer is upon us! The pools are open, the temperatures are high, and my stomach is still recovering from the barrage of barbecue it was assaulted with over the three-day weekend. Another sign of the season is the increasing number of great shows coming to town; summer tours and outdoor festivals ab ... More >>
It took a while, but local hip-hop trio 12 to 6 Movement finally unleashed their new collaboration-heavy album, Titties Out. Since our last interview with the group, they added songs with Joe Budden, Opio and A-Plus from Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and Psycho Les from The Beatnuts to a tracklist ... More >>
Last week, via Facebook, the electronic-based hip-hop duo, Safety Words announced that it will be on an indefinite hiatus. Safety Words is the long-time collaboration between Ian Jones (DJ Parisian) and Sean Price (Doctor Phelonius). Known for their ability to craft hyperactive hip-hop out of ... More >>
Bennett Christofferson is a five-year-old who only eats cheese and wants to be a chef when he grows up. Holly FannMeet Bennett, the kid who only eats cheese.His mom, Jenn, wrote about her son's persnickety eating habits for a contest sponsored by Sara Lee Deli. The prize: a visit to their B ... 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.) Flying Lotus' latest Pattern & Grid World*Flying Lotus, Pattern Grid World Just months after releasing the full-length Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus returns wit ... More >>
Image viaThis Saturday, May 1, is Free Comic Book Day. Star Clipper in the Loop has assembled a full day of entertainment for the occasion. Music-wise, Sleepy Kitty will be performing twice -- from 10:15-10:50 a.m. for those waiting in line for the store to open at 11, and again at noon insid ... More >>
Photo: Todd OwyoungAFI last night at the Pageant. See more photos from last night's show.It's too easy to take AFI for granted. The Bay Area hardcore-turned-take-your-pick-of-genres band is such a strong live act -- and makes such smart music -- that it's easy to forget that nobody else out t ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviewed Spark1Duh?'s CD, My Life With Dusty Wallets. He had this to say:Spark1duh? is the hip-hop alter ego of Jason Karr, the rare white rapper who doesn't waste time apologizing for or making fun of his skin color. Instead, Karr employs a mish-mash of cul ... More >>
My Life with Dusty Wallets
B-Sides takes a pull of Earthworms' Burbon and rocks out to...Tetris?
A small community of pinball wizards keeps the game alive in St. Louis.
All the beer in the world can't save Mario Party 8.
Super Paper Mario is flat-out fun.
Justin Timberlake kisses his pop roots adios
Unreal looks into the future and sees... debt and tennis shoes. Plus: a bat house for sale and a Benz full of beer.
New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas.
Get ready for the summer of Ruka Puff
B-Sides crafts a mix CD for the dumped, reviews a ringtone blowing up our cells and explores the beef between MF Doom and MF Grimm
The Beeps (Quake Trap)
Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.
Robert Rodriguez and his kids conjure up a charming 3-D fantasy
Joe Herbert documents the skate scene
The Year in Review: A Quiz
With the Cards in the playoffs, there's always music in the air
Here are ten hot, not-to-miss local acts
SpongeBob SquarePants is just getting started
Treasure Planet reveals an embarrassment of riches
Fear not, noise-dorks: The mighty Oops! tour returns from the past to deliver the future.
The volunteer jurists running a truancy court for St. Louis get an up-close view of wayward kids, don't-care parents and war-zone schools. It's worse than they thought.
If you didn't like this year's movies, you didn't look hard enough. The RFT's film critics weigh in on their faves of the year.
Ronald Reagan was president, Michael Jackson and Phil Collins ruled the charts and a bunch of little rock bands were changing lives
A jury gives a mother an earful -- and its sympathy
The Rev. Pigg takes a poke at the satanic influences of kid favorites Pokémon and the Teletubbies
Waxing nostalgic and enthusiastic over the offerings of the Sheldon's "Folk Music in the Melting Pot" series
Given the cold shoulder by other basketball leagues, city middle schools try to go it alone