By Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen Patrons of Apop Records found a wide range of intriguing things to peruse and amuse the years, from half-naked no wave bands to Beryl the grouchy-yet-lovable store cat. When Tiffany Minx opened the store in 2004, she planned on running the operation for maybe five year ... More >>
Martin Toft IV laughs when he recalls his first foray into making beer. "It was awful. Technically, I suppose it was beer. I don't know why I kept going with it, but it eventually got better," he says. See Also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement
With exceptional seafood options like this, it's hard to believe St. Louis is hundreds of miles from the sea. These ten restaurants offer land-locked seafood lovers the variety of fresh and flavorful dishes one often associates with coastal towns just steps away from an ocean full of fish. No need t ... More >>
All hail the mighty hop plant, whose flowers produce lupulin -- the substance that imparts flavor and aroma to beer and also acts as a preservative. To celebrate this botanical gem, 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eight Street; 314-436-1559) staged the third annual Lupulin Carnival on Saturday. ... More >>
A weekly beer recommendation from Gut Check contributor Zach Garrison. This is the beer that brings all the hopheads to the yard. The reviews for "Hopslam Ale" on Beer Advocate read like love letters. There's so much hype every year surrounding this release that you have to wonder if this is really ... More >>
Congratulations to St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Michael Wacha, who won more than 40 percent of the votes in the battle for the title of 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year.
They're literally vanishing before our eyes -- the elaborate painted advertisements that once blanketed our city of brick. And while most of us give these fading "ghost" signs little to any thought, they've become something of an obsession for St. Louis author William Stage.
Blitzen Trapper is coming to town next Wednesday, September 18, and we have two tickets to give away! The Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk band will perform at the Old Rock House (1200 South Seventh Street, 314-588-0505).
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View DeMun in a larger map DeMun i ... More >>
Our beer mugs runneth over here in St. Louis. Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, the nation's fifth-largest craft brewery, is set to commence Base Camp for Fanatics, its week-long campaign to introduce new and specialty beers through tasting events, food pairings and a chance to engage with Woody ... More >>
In this week's print feature, Widowspeak lead singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton spoke both about Almanac, her band's excellent new album, and the band's Pacific Northwest roots. Hamilton is from Tacoma, as is current bassist Dylan Treleven. Original Widowspeak drummer Michael Stasiak grew up in Lakew ... More >>
Russia isn't generally known for breeding wine connoisseurs, but Russian-born Andrey Ivanov is making sure St. Louis is. The 27-year-old general manager and beverage director of Elaia and Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is the Midwest Regional Winner in the national "2013 Best Young S ... More >>
On Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) celebrated its annual Stout and Oyster Festival, flying in 30,000 live oysters from both coasts, along with a team of all-star shuckers. The stout they already had on hand -- pints and pints (and pints) of i ... More >>
This weekend, get your fish fry on, feast your eyes during a collaborative Contemporary Art Museum tasting event and prepare for St. Patty's with Bixby's Irish-themed brunch specials. There's plenty more to sip and munch after the jump. Friday (Mar. 1): Smitten Kitchen Book Tour @ Left Bank Books ... More >>
I didn't expect this game to be close. I really didn't. In fact, I said as much yesterday when I gave out what I saw as the three keys to a Rams win. I thought Seattle was too hot, and too good, and the Rams were going to end a promising, rewarding campaign with an ugly afternoon in the Pacific Nort ... More >>
The final game of the regular season is here, as the Rams make the long trek to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this year, currently sporting a nifty 10-5 record and one of the most physical, dominating defenses in ... More >>
For all of Aimee Mann's readily apparent songwriting gifts - lyrical turns of phrase, sophisticated melodies, compelling character sketches - humor would not be at the top of the list. A droll wit, certainly, but Mann's catalogue of recalcitrant sinners, bruised lovers and reckless addicts does not ... More >>
Should med students practice tracheal intubation by sticking a plastic tube down a kitten's windpipe? Washington University's School of Medicine is one of the last pediatrics programs in the country that says "yes." This morning animal rights activists -- in town for a national convention -- stood ... More >>
With militant animal-rights activists converging on St. Louis for a national conference this weekend, security personnel at Washington University are warning staffers at the Medical Center "to be on high alert for potential terrorist activity," according to a campus memo obtained by the Riverfront T ... More >>
This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimming pool; in Do Not Dis ... More >>
Friday (Aug. 17): Third Friday @ Third Degree Glass Factory This month's theme is "vroom-vroom." Enjoy samples from Frostbite Gourmet Ice Cream, sip on watermelon martinis, and snack on small plates such as orzo pasta salad, spedini skewered chicken and hummus with pita over the usual live enterta ... More >>
The trade deadline is just a few days off now, and the Cardinals are in a dogfight for the NL Central. Whether or not that ultimately translates into actual movement for the Cards on the trade market remains to be seen, but the conditions are certainly right. It's been a fairly robust trade mar ... More >>
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
Blind Pilot | Cataldo Plush March 2, 2012 The crowd had gathered in Midtown to see Blind Pilot, the charming, affable and endlessly melodic folk band from Portland, Oregon whose star has been steadily rising since 2009. But the concert was as much a rock show as it was a proving ground for Plush, t ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
WidowspeakWidowspeak Billiken Club September 14, 2011 As if to make up for lost time, NYC's Vivian Girls made a return trip to St. Louis last night -- the band's second in six months. As last time, their set was fun and frenetic. However, I was just as interested in Widowspeak, a fellow Br ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, August 24. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Wikimedia CommonsStrawberries tended by a person of legal working age. E. coli isn't the only problem plaguing strawberry farms in the Pacific Northwest. Last week three Washington State strawberry farms were fined for employing children as young as six years old to work in their fields. Be ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Wednesday October 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Other than chilly winters and an unquenchable thirst for malted hops, St. Louis doesn’t have a whole lot in common with its neighbor to the frosty north. Still, the turnout last night for the all-Canadian bill at Wash U’s Gargoyle Club, featuring Montreal’s Wolf Parade and Listening Party from ... More >>
You know, most "news" items are barely news at all; you usually get something that's all promise and no real substance. Every once in a while, though, something really interesting streaks across the sky, and you just have to stop and pay attention. It may still turn out to be nothing, it may burn up ... More >>
As a native Seattlite (recently transplanted to St. Louis) I've felt quite at home thus far in Chicago. Not only am I at a music festival (it seems like Seattle has about one every other week nowadays), but it's raining -- and a nice soggy Pacific Northwest drizzle at that. Adding to the familiar ... More >>