Let's clear up a matter of some confusion. Black Prairie is not a bluegrass band. Neither are Mumford and Sons or the Lumineers or any other group that just happens to have a banjo and just happens to play songs that echo folk melodies and images. What Black Prairie is is a collaborative off-shoot o ... More >>
Word arrived this morning that Drake's St. Louis concert with Miguel has been pushed back to Wednesday, December 11 at the Scottrade Center, "due to an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show." The show was originally scheduled for October 8. ... More >>
Metro St. Louis had more people moving out of the region than moving in this summer, according to data from St. Louis-based United Van Lines. The nation's largest moving firm, United has been tracking annual domestic migration for the past 36 years on a state-by-state basis. Over the past two years ... More >>
Vital information for your Monday morning, St. Louis. According to a recent study put out by the website Condomania, the average penis size in Missouri is "microscopic." It's one step above "subatomic," but still. Microscopic?! Luckily, there is better news here locally: St. Louis is one of the be ... More >>
Monday mornings are funny, especially because for most of us here at RFT, Monday sort of begins on Sunday. In fact, all the days lately just sort of run together. These posts help us remember what month it is -- we hope it can help you in some way, too. This week's recommendations spotlight everythi ... 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 >>
St. Louis beer lovers, rejoice! Having entered the local brewing scene a scant two years ago, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) announced a major expansion earlier this week that, when completed, will make the craft brewery the second-largest overall beer produc ... More >>
"One of these days, you're going to face the meat...one, two, fuck you!" This is fucking punk. It's creepy, in your face, and not smart enough to be a real metaphor. It's just getting screamed at you. Brainchild of former Sweet Tooth drummer Martin "Lumpy" Meyer, Lumpy and the Dumpers is a local sup ... More >>
Today, Tuesday, February 5, is National Pancake Day -- and no, it's not a fake holiday engineered by IHOP, though it does market the hell out of its celebratory free pancakes special. Nope, gulping down pancakes in February has much older roots. Next Tuesday, February 12, marks Shrove Tuesday, a med ... More >>
I am a chronic ranker of things, a lister. You give me a category - movies, music, vegetables, just about anything besides my children - and I'll give you a nice, neat list of my favorites. For my summary of the year 2012, a single Top Ten List didn't seem sufficient, so instead I submit my Top Five ... More >>
Opinionated About Dining strikes again. In March, the restaurant website's annual survey, which draws from 70,000 reviews by 3,000 users, ranked Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) one of the nation's top 100 restaurants. In April, it released the survey results by region, and six St. Louis re ... More >>
This week brings us not one but TWO members of the Wu-Tang Clan (unfortunately on separate nights), Japanese punk-weirdos Peelander-Z, and the first visit ever from Seattle's raw Ramones-y punk band the Spits in its entire ten years of existence. Continuing with the punk rock / hip-hop aesthetic is ... More >>
As its title suggests, The True/False Film Festival is focused around a cavalcade of non-fiction motion pictures. In its ninth year, the scope of the festival has widened to feature prevalent artists in independent music such as Dark Dark Dark and Bramble. Based out of Columbia, True/False has becom ... More >>
Julia GabbertHowie Sher stands with his new snack food, What-A-Ya Nuts?! Sher was pleased to see that a Schnucks location had almost sold out of the product after Labor Day weekend.In the fall of 2009, Howie Sher stood before his pantry looking at the different varieties of bland nuts and tra ... More >>
It's inevitable. Someday all this technology we love so much will turn on us and enslave us, and all sorts of badness will ensue. Author Daniel H. Wilson has thought about this a lot: The man has a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and once wrote a book called How to Survive a ... More >>
Decemberists. Photo by Jason StoffThe Decemberists/Justin Townes Earle The Pageant April 27, 2011 Last night Colin Meloy of the Decemberists upended his reputation as a proggy prig with a (mostly) straightforward set of hyper-literate country-rock. Like the band's most recent album The King ... More >>
Jo MccaugheyPokey LaFarge(Editor's note: This weekend, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three is celebrating the release of a seven-inch, "Pack It Up" b/w "Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County." The record is being released by Third Man Records, the label founded by Jack White. In fact, ... More >>
Sorry Chicago, but your craft beer star now belongs to St. Louis. Well, technically, it belongs to Belgium. It was announced this morning that Anheuser-Busch is buying Goose Island, the 23-year-old Chicago miccrobrew stalwart. (A-B has distributed Goose Island since 2006.) After the jump: ... More >>
We had vowed never to ever pay attention to those silly lists at the Daily Beast again -- but then we saw one that actually made us kinda happy about ourselves. Never mind that whole Most Dangerous City designation; it turns out we're actually the Fifteenth Most Charitable City in the country!If we ... More >>
Jess LutherJason IsbellThe Paste Tour brought together a hodge-podge of big talent to Off Broadway last night, and despite a disconnect in pacing between the first and second halves, the show was a solid showcase of guitar-heavy up-and-comers.
Jason StoffIsaac Brock of Modest Mouse at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, July 16. More photos coming tomorrow.The Scottrade Center may have hosted a bigger light show last night, but everyone left the Pageant satisfied after Modest Mouse performed with fervor and nuance before a sold-o ... More >>
It's that time of week again -- you're hopefully left with at least a few hours of free time where you can decide to do whatever you feel like: No time-sucking birthday lunches, Saturday morning soccer games or shift-covering for your slacker of a coworker. ("How has he not been fired yet?" you may ... More >>
Click image for larger view of route.This blogger hadn't. That is, not until I called Mayor Francis Slay's office (on a different matter) and ended up talking to Helen Yane. Yane serves as the coordinator for the mayor's Open Streets initiative that plans to temporarily close several large St. Lo ... More >>
You don't need to be a sociologist to know when a Happening is taking place. A line of concert-goers snaking outside Off Broadway's door is a good sign. A sold-out show on an unusually busy Tuesday is another one. On a night that featured concerts by Green Day, Diane Birch and Los Campesinos! (and, ... More >>
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.In last week's arti ... More >>
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Tobacco smoke, cara ... More >>
Esperanza Spalding helps polish some of this city's bright young stars.
Menomena's manager is a bitch. No, really.
Does it matter who's doing the cat-calling? Should it?
Sparks fly as So Many Dynamos generates indie buzz.
Maryland Yards, 2033 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights; 314-579-9273.
Unreal gets tipsy on premium cocktails, then asks a bunch of questions about beer bellies and white weddings.
B-Sides explores the van woes of Cars Can Be Blue, talks to Split Lip Rayfield's Kirk Rundstrom about conquering cancer for one last tour and downloads some screaming Sleater-Kinney.
Waterloo plays a CD release party for Out of the Woods; plus, a sneak peek at the new and improved Creepy Crawl
The fantastic, the majestic...the Decemberists
Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
Week of December 3, 2003
Local labels keep their eyes on the prize
Will Aussie exports the Vines survive the "saviors of rock" hype?
These Sub Pop recording artists may hail from Albuquerque, but musically they're all over the map
Architect Brad Cloepfil comes to town for a test of his Forum for Contemporary Art design
Forum for Contemporary Art
Tim Dreste's journey from Christian missionary to anti-abortion racketeer cost him a $6 million federal fine for his role in threatening to "kill, assault or do bodily harm" to abortion providers. But he isn't about to stop his crusade.