When considering the life and music of Preston Hubbard, the tales sometime seem too tall to be believed. The back-story threatens to overwhelm the front-story, or maybe it's impossible to say which is which. Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1953, Hubbard became one of the hottest bass players on ... More >>
Joey Bada$$ and Ab-Soul, two of the rappers hitting St. Louis tonight as part of the "Smokers Club" tour, were handcuffed and detained by police last night while walking through their hotel's parking lot to their tour bus. Early reports suggested the two had been arrested (presumably for marijuana), ... More >>
It's a busy week for St. Louis music. Read on to catch a piece of the action. With Halloween celebratory activities well under way, local bands get ready go dress up with special covers-only sets. Besides that, Bug Chaser drops its latest, Noisefest celebrates its tenth anniversary and Tef Poe perfo ... More >>
Not everyone gets the joke at first, admits Patrick Connolly, the executive chef of Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7820), the new gastropub inside the renovated Cheshire hotel. The "Emo Cover Band" is just another of the pizzas on the restaurant's menu -- the last one listed, in fact, after the ... More >>
Last month we featured a first look of the Restaurant at the Cheshire (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-647-7300) on the heels of its November 5 opening. Its sister restaurant, the lower-level gastropub Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7820), opens today. Basso's robust Italian menu features sharable pl ... More >>
Odd Future has just announced a show on September 14 at the Pageant. The members of the rambunctious skate-rap collective that will be in the house are Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Earl Sweatshirt and Taco. Tickets are $25 in advance or $27.50 day of show -- the ... More >>
Photo by Mabel SuenNoise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>
This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of confectioner Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake bar. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Shiller, will be posted on Thursday. Emily WassermanDid your family cook together when you were a child? Yes. My parents are ... More >>
Ghost Ice. Photo by Stephen Hirsch.Angels In America | Mark Lord | Ghost Ice | Half Gay Apop Records August 2, 2011 Last night welcomed the summer's most exciting line-up for St. Louis' experimental community. Apop Records opened its doors to an eager crowd of roughly 30-40 people for New Y ... More >>
In an unfortunate twist of fate, the inaugural Float Yr Face music festival is happening the same weekend as the annual RFT Music Showcase. Don't despair yet--you can catch the first night of the experimental festival tomorrow, starting at 7:30pm. It's a collaboration between Kevin Harris, th ... More >>
Lightning Bolt/Parts & Labor/Spelling Bee Luminary Center for the Arts April 23, 2011 If you see Lightning Bolt, you will hurt afterwards. Your ears, obviously, will be sore, for the Providence, Rhode Island duo is famously deafening. I took proper precautions for last night's sold-out show, ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
The Luminary Center for the Arts has very quietly booked some killer shows this spring -- first, Destroyer and the War on Drugs and, earlier this week, electro-doom project Cold Cave. And now comes word that the two-man wrecking crew Lightning Bolt is playing at the venue on Saturday, April 23. Let' ... More >>
Joe Deal, a landscape photographer who played an influential role in the development of the "New Topographics" movement, which showed the influence of humans upon the natural world, died last Friday in Providence, Rhode Island, of bladder cancer. He was 62. From 1989 to 1999, he served as dean of wh ... More >>
SXSW is the Kentucky Derby of American music festivals. It's a quick race to the finish for up-and-coming bands to test their might and merit against their fellow musicians and friends -- all while enjoying as much free beer as possible. Here's a look at five of the favorites who have a chance of br ... More >>
Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch finished up a short U.S. tour in St. Louis last night with openers Howl of Providence, Rhode Island. Although on previous tours both bands have played warehouses and basements, this time around they're filling clubs such as Fubar. Locals Everything Went Black, who opened ... More >>
*Tonight at Apop Records, Providence, Rhode Island, screamagers the Body are performing. Ghost Ice and Catholic Guilt are also on the bill. The show's just $5. *Congratulations to Stace England, who recently appeared on NPR to talk about The Amazing Oscar Micheaux, his album of music about the lif ... More >>
Marvin Barnes as an ABA playerLooking back on his time playing for the Spirits of St. Louis in the 1970s, Marvin Barnes says he was one of the top five basketball players on the planet. He may well have been: As a player in the American Basketball Association, he earned Rookie of the Year honors ... More >>
King Khan & BBQ.UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: The Pitch Our sister paper in Kansas City, reports on the situation: "The booking agent confirmed that the band was arrested yesterday in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The tour manager remains in jail, but everyone else is out on bail. No word of the charges yet, but ... More >>
Twangfest 13 closed out on Saturday, June 13 at the Duck Room, but you could consider the Pageant debut for Jenny Lewis (supported by indie twang-blues rockers Deer Tick and the droll and self-consciously eclectic Farmer Dave) an unofficial fifth night. And yet the vast majority of the capacity crow ... More >>
Is St. Louis your favorite city? Okay, let me rephrase that. Is St. Louis one of your favorite cities when considering towns such as Cleveland, Houston, Detroit, and Kansas City? Well, then get out of here and go vote for St. Louis at Travel Leisure's America's Favorite Cities competition. The trave ... More >>
The crew of the Chilly Willy Wagon, which Unreal interviewed last month, returned last week from the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Providence, Rhode Island, not exactly covered in victory, but not in ignominy, either. The penguin-shaped Chilly Willy Wagon finished a very respectable seventh in a fiel ... More >>
Norman Rockwell's stolen oil painting Russian Schoolroom was missing for 33 years before it turned up this past February in the private collection of movie mogul Steven Spielberg. It might take another 33 years for the courts to determine the painting's rightful owner. In May, Jack Solomon -- who ... More >>
Unreal catches up with the winner of the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, wrestles with Bruiser Brody's legacy and cheers on Chilly Willie.
7 p.m. Tuesday, December 19. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 10. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Who says cover bands are unoriginal?
Clinical drug trials offer good money, comfy dorms -- and sometimes even a free buzz. But beware: They're gonna suck your blood like Dracula.
Spruill's plays host to the Slam America poetry tour