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Temperatures dropped drastically earlier this week, and during our morning walk to the office (not to mention the subsequent walk back to our cars when it's already dark outside), we can't quite feel our toes. Luckily, plenty of opportunities to resuscitate those little piggies via dancing exist ove ... More >>
This week, check out performances from touring groups including Vintage Trouble, Daniel Francis Doyle and the Dreamers, Parasites and many more. Some recommendations for shows to check out this week await right after the jump!
The summer festival season is winding down, with a few more major festivals left on the horizon for 2013. This just means more club dates with your favorite producers. August is a good warm up for what's on tap the rest of the year, so lets jump in and see what is in store.
Sam Bradford, quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, is trying to help draw attention to the devastation and difficult relief effort in Oklahoma City after an incredibly powerful tornado hit on Monday, killing dozens, including children, destroying homes and schools and more. Oklahoma City is, after ... More >>
Corporate America is taking an interest more and more in local-level music these days. At present, Chevy is in the midst of its second season of the Chevy Music Showcase, a mini documentary series highlighting eight local bands. Perhaps it's just a way to get into the minds of the music-loving youth ... More >>
Early Friday morning, a baby was found abandoned. Little Donavan Prom was not injured. He'd been left tucked in a car seat in a heated hallway of an apartment complex located in Breckenridge Hills (a small north county municipality). Police soon learned that he and his mother, 30-year-old Ebony Jack ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>
Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
Old 97s, with The Travoltas and Rhett Miller (solo) The Pageant Oct. 16, 2012 Music is a funny thing. Like photos or scent, songs have a way of making us remember the past. Late relatives. Swim class. That road trip to Dollywood with a jerk you never should have dated in the first place. Chances ar ... More >>
What constitutes manliness? Is it merely the presence of certain genitalia and a Y chromosome and the ability to manufacture large quantities of testosterone? Or is it something more complex and metaphysical like, say, knowing how to knot a necktie or possessing an understanding of certain complexit ... More >>
Even in Hopeville, there were pets. The stray cats who wandered in found homes, of sorts, with the stray human who had set up camp there. "There aren't any feral cats," says Dawn Blaloch, a volunteer with the St. Louis Area Community Cat Coalition. "They're better socialized than my cats. They're t ... More >>
Since late 2011, the members of Anodes haved pulled their time and energy, and this week the group will lay their efforts bare for all to see. Anodes identifies itself as both post-hardcore and emo, two genres that often share similar musical cues and ethics. The group made its debut in St. Louis at ... More >>
With the recession still in full swing and likely to continue for several more years, it seems like it would be a foolhardy proposition to start up a small business. But there is something infinitely appealing in working for yourself -- particularly since that makes you immune to layoffs. And accord ... More >>
After teasing fans about it for five months on the band's facebook page, power trio Riddle of Steel finally confirmed that it will be playing a reunion show at the Firebird on February 18. The show, which is being held in honor of bassist Jimmy Vavak's 40th birthday, will be the group's first ... More >>
We should have seen this coming, honestly. Earlier this year, the Flaming Lips released an EP on a flash drive embedded in a life size gummy human skull. The band even hand-delivered a few to St. Louis. Then, a couple weeks ago, the Lips released a six-hour song, which you can stream if you've got a ... More >>
Greetings from metro St. Louis!A new study is out comparing St. Louis to 34 other metro areas in the U.S. in everything from cost of living to crime to migration and health. So, how does the St. Louis region stack up? You might compare us to Walmart with it's "Save Money; Live Better" slogan. (We ... More >>
Anna Moffatt and Eric Sargent in Tulsa. Courtesy of the Dive Poets.Roughly half of St. Louis' finnest fiddlin' folk/Americana outfit, the Dive Poets, took to the road recently -- Jeff York and Renato Durante stayed home with new babies, and Eric Sargent, Karl Eggers and Anna Moffatt comprised ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Image viaPi is about to embrace that hottest of hot food trends, the food truck. The truck, pictured in the Twitter feed above, is en route to St. Louis from Oklahoma City as we speak. Owner Chris Sommers tells me via email that the truck is still several weeks away from being operational. Stay t ... More >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a report suggesting that the number of extremist groups operating in the U.S. grew by 244 percent last year. According to the report, the number of these anti-government movements went from 149 in 2008 to 512 in 2009 -- an addition of 363 new groups in ... More >>
After reuniting for a show in 2005 - and playing the occasional gig since then -- '90s electro-industrial-rock darlings Gravity Kills are working on new music. According to vocalist Jeff Scheel, who currently lives in Oklahoma City, the studio collaboration came about after the dissolution of his ... More >>
Photo: Nick SchnelleThe Humanoids perform at the Halo Bar during the RFT music showcase back in June. Things may be a little quieter on the local punk scene in the next few weeks as the Humanoids, Suburban Smash and God Fodder all depart Saturday for tours. Suburban Smash and God Fodder pile in ... More >>
www.combos.comCombos, the pretzel-and-processed-cheese food that comprised an unhealthy proportion of my adolescent snacking, has released a new study revealing the 50 "manliest" cities in the country, and St. Louis ranks sixth! It trails only (in order) Nashville, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Cincinna ... More >>
www.combos.comCross-posted at Gut Check.Combos, the pretzel-and-processed-cheese food that comprised an unhealthy proportion of my adolescent snacking, has released a new study revealing the 50 "manliest" cities in the country, and St. Louis ranks sixth! It trails only (in order) Nashville, Charlot ... More >>
Better get a big can of Raid
7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
La Pizza is the marvelous neighborhood pizza place we've all been waiting for
The Starlight Mints want to be more than just that other band from Oklahoma
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail
Steven Drozd talks about a decade's worth of weirdness with the Flaming Lips
As much a cultural as a theatrical phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues arrives to examine the power and meaning of a word
Sqwires proves just how cosmopolitan St. Louis can be
With a distant war, a vague enemy and no access, local media are left waving the flag
When terrorists breed hatred among us, they've already won the war
Rilla Askew penetrates the decades of silence surrounding the Tulsa race riot of 1921 in her novel Fire in Beulah
Steeling a moment with Overland country-music legend DeWitt Scott Sr.
By John Logan (New Jewish Theatre)