It's Sunday in Austin, I'm on South Congress at Jo's Coffee Shop, trying to write as the 5000th (at least) performance of the week takes place on yet another parking lot made into a venue. There's much to say about my final three days at SXSW 2014 (read about the first two days here), and only so ma ... More >>
Bob Dylan is being sued. For supposedly being racist. Could the harmonica enthusiast born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- the man whose ejaculate created national treasure Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers -- truly be a bigot? Sure, he could be. Or maybe his comment likening Croatians to Nazis was misinterpr ... More >>
This week, check out Alexis Gideon, Bill Callahan and Gateway to the West Fest to start things off. After that, gear up for a crazy weekend including one of the busiest Sundays we've seen in some time. Read on for multiple picks from our critics, and as always, stay tuned to our weekend post for eve ... More >>
It's spring! It's sunny! It's raining! There's a tornado! It's cold! Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Whatever the weather may be this weekend during this typical questionable Midwestern season, the show must go on. Our "Out Every Night" post at the start of the week previewed some shows ... More >>
Sometimes, it's good to unplug the headphones and take a break from music for a minute simply to absorb the sounds from immediate surroundings. Take the Riverfront Times office soundtrack lately, for instance. Above my head, some intense industrial power sanding or something rattles the mug of tepid ... More >>
Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians have used it as a springboard for creatively disparate songs. Here are the six best non-metal songs ab ... More >>
While reflecting on the difference between what he thinks his latest album is about and what his audience thinks it's about -- namely, all the surprisingly wrong perceptions -- Alex Scally references the Bible. "It's the tower of Babel and all that," he says. "Humans can't understand each other." B ... More >>
Askinosie Chocolate based in Springfield, Missouri, was recently awarded its fifth silver Sofi Award in the category of "Outstanding Chocolate" by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) for its new dark milk chocolate and black licorice bar. It's also a finalist for the organizati ... More >>
There was much rejoicing last fall when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on sexually-transmitted diseases ranking the prevalence of the disease in U.S. cities and St. Louis came in at number 12. Yes, 12! All the way down from number 1 from the 2007 report. The ... More >>
Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>
Julia GabbertRalph Lindner puts it in park at his O'Fallon Christmas tree farm.Ralph Lindner passes the small lake on his property as the sun starts to descend behind the hills lined with conifers. Lindner, 73, has trouble walking far. Instead, he's utilizing his "wheelchair" -- a red Snapper ... More >>
Right or Left? Depends on which way the hot air blows.St. Louis Tea Party co-founder and political pundit Dana Loesch thinks hard-line conservatives such as herself are being smeared by media accounts referring to Norway's Anders Behring Breivik as a "right-wing extremist." As you surely know, Br ... More >>
If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>
Lee HarrisOf Montreal | Yip Deciever Luminary Center for the Arts July 4th, 2011 It seems as though Athens, Georgia's Of Montreal and Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie) shouldn't jive. July 4th is brimming with conservative values, and the band's transgender obsessed schizo-disco ... More >>
Image viaCaptains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand with Sig HansenThe Deadliest Catch has quickly become one of television's most watched shows. Known for the drama, action and, of course, the rick of injury or death, millions of followers have gotten hooked [ahem] to Discovery Channel's hit fis ... More >>
courtesy 109th Airlift WingSmith (right) in flight.When Riverfront Times last checked in with Ronnie Smith, the Air Force colonel and poet was working on several projects relating to Antarctica, where he had served for twelve years. (See "Poetry in a Cold Climate", January 20.) Among them was ... More >>
President Barack Obama was briefly in Oslo, Norway today to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. He gave a speech (transcript here). Below is an infographic that gives prominence to the words he used the most during his remarks.After the jump is the same graphic, only comprised of the president's Decemb ... More >>
Socialist. Nazi. Fascist. President Barack Obama has another title to add to his resume: Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yes, this morning the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, announced the selection of Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between p ... More >>
Stand-up comic Doug Stanhope tends to forgo television for the credits that really count, from self-booking, promoting and selling out underground venues across the states, to leaving his own special stain on comedy festivals around the world. Photo from Stanhope's MySpace photo album, labeled "drun ... More >>
B-Sides takes a pull of Earthworms' Burbon and rocks out to...Tetris?
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Echo Theatre breaks out the heavy artillery with Hedda Gabler.
A new installation does justice to the functional beauty of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
It's the tears of a clown for the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey.
Vinson v. Vinson: It'll be a cold day in Hades before you see another divorce trial this bizarre
We've picked our favorites -- let the debates begin
Classroom films have come a long way from those cheesy old duck-and-cover flicks. Or have they?
Jay Farrar calls Terroir Blues a "back to basics" album. It's not.
The St. Louis Art Museum's Gentileschi exhibition captures the artistic relationship between a father and his daughter
A sleep-deprived Al Pacino tangles with a psycho Robin Williams in Christopher Nolan's Insomnia
Week of April 10, 2002
The fifth annual Twangfest offers the best in alt-country (whatever that means)
At 28, Spuds has become a cybersage for the young and the reckless. Now he's gone straight.
The River des Peres tells the history of St. Louis -- our relationship to nature, to this place, to our own waste. Now there's talk of "beautifying" the river we never got around to cleaning.