The RFT Best of St. Louis party is a little less than a week away -- it's Thursday, November 8. For better or worse, by then we will have picked the next President of the United States. Pretty crazy to think about, isn't it? Anyway, you should come hang out with us at Plush. It starts at 7 p.m. and ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are" - Felix Baumgartner Where were you Sunday, October 14? Like seven million of my closest Internet friends, I was watching Felix Baumgartner's historic parachute dive online and chatting about the #livejump on Twitter.
Man has ingested all manner of disgusting things hoping they might put the gusto back in his thrust-o: Tiger penis, dead chicken embryos, ambergris (an intestinal secretion of sperm whales). Why not an energy drink, which some consider the equivalent of drinking sweetened battery acid? Sex Drive En ... More >>
There's gonna be a rumble next week on June 28 at Big Daddy's ( 118 Morgan St.). No Socs, Greasers or boxers will be involved. Only those with decks. A slew of talented DJS -- including D Mega, Kue, Uptown, Chulo, Who and more -- are bringing their best to the Sixty-Two Battleground. Produced by Alo ... More >>
Not everyone at Gut Check is a fan of energy drinks, but for those of us who have made peace with destroying our livers, they remain a shameless addiction. We know they can't be good for us, but either is a diet rich in cheese and sugar, so it doesn't totally assault our food-based worldview. While ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
The post-New Year's lull has finally subsided. Get out and enjoy some winter-worthy events to either embrace the snow or warm up that cold nose. Take for instance, the Loop Ice Carnival featuring everything from ice carving and thousands of chocolate coins in ice cubes as an example of the former. F ... More >>
Gut Check will do anything to get smarter. From eating the recommended amount of fish to keeping our gray matter's precious fatty tissue lubricated to challenging our brainsicles with crossword puzzles and chess, we'll jump at the chance to gain (or, more likely in our case, attempt to preserve) eve ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Red BullSkaters grinding their way down Old Man River.At this very moment (9:09 a.m. on September 15) a 195-foot-long barge is making its way south on the Mississippi River toward St. Louis. Plugging along at around 10 mph, the vessel has drawn more than a few blank stares duri ... More >>
Alicia LohmarFirst, a quick retraction. We wrote in this very column, just a little over a year ago, "...don't sully the time-honored occupation of respectable drinking by concocting all sorts of foolishness that ends in '-tini' and isn't 'gin martini' or that contains the words 'nipple' or 'bomb ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, August 26. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Kelsey Whipple profiles Bar Napoli's Han Tran. Below is a Q&A with Tran, followed by the recipe for the Summer Breeze.Kelsey WhippleHan Tran is a welcome rarity. He's a spiritual ... More >>
Mary ManganYou won't find bacon in HotShots' Hob Bombs.You've probably heard the term "McJob," or, even more likely, "GenX," both of which were coined by Douglas Coupland in his 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. We're going to borrow a couple more: Nutritional Slummi ... More >>
An Applebee's in suburban Detroit accidentally gave a two-year-old a margarita in a sippy cup instead of the apple juice his mom ordered, a mistake that wasn't discovered until the kid's blood alcohol level was .10 -- beyond the legal limit for drivers. The kid was okay, after a trip to the d ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Chrissy Wilmes profiles HandleBar bartender Keeley McGrew. Below is a Q&A with McGrew, followed by the recipe for a Hot Taty, her reimagined vesion of the classic Hot Toddy. Chrissy Wil ... More >>
courtesy of TrifecktaA photo of all the Red Bull Big Tune finalistsIn October, local producer Trifeckta won the regional heat of the Red Bull Big Tune contest. This earned him a spot in the finals of the competition, which took place on November 18 in Chicago. How did Trifeckta fare? Well, we ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Charlie Myers of McGurk's Public House in O'Fallon. Below is a Q&A with Walters, followed by a video of him and special guest Ronnie Walters of McGurk's Soulard mi ... More >>
(Last weekend, Earthworms member DJ Mahf competed in the national finals of the Red Bull Thre3style DJ competition. In June, he took top honors at the St. Louis regional event at the Old Rock House. Mahf was kind enough to keep a diary of his Denver experience for A to Z. Read on below! For more cov ... More >>
Twelve producers went head to head last night in front of a packed house at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget for the Red Bull Big Tune nationwide competition. Now in its fourth year, Red Bull Big Tune is the hunt for the one producer that can wow the crowd. Red Bull Photo Files/Carlos CruzThe final two p ... More >>
courtesy of TrifecktaA regional bracket of the Red Bull Big Tune "Head to Head Producer Battle" takes place tonight at Pop's. The event is "inspired by the spirit of the Jamaican reggae/dancehall culture," specifically the soundclashes which pitted talented DJs against each other. In Red Bull ... More >>
image viaThe taste of dark rum brings to mind sailors and pirates, swarthy, profane men and exotic island ports, ship decks and ocean as far as the eye can see. Rum was birthed on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean, allegedly on the island of Barbados, in the 17nth century. To this da ... More >>
Waldo Jaquith, Wikimedia CommonsGut Check is thrilled to welcome back one of Riverfront Times' most popular columns, Drink of the Week -- and to introduce its new author, Alicia Lohmar.I had my first cocktail on a trip to Paris with my dad when I was sixteen. We were at a restaurant he called Po ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/dee_lightfulUnreal doesn't consider ourself a likely candidate for salvation, but we happened to hear Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" on the radio the other day and decided that if it ever does happen, it will be on a dance floor. Of course, our Patti-inspired vision involves v ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. G ... More >>
Unreal catches up with the winner of the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, wrestles with Bruiser Brody's legacy and cheers on Chilly Willie.
Available at Walgreens locations throughout the St. Louis area
Thursday, December 15; Voo Doo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (Maryland Heights)
Jo Capo's new Noize City Entertainment -- and flagship artist Ajule -- take St. Louis music by storm
Plush, 1820 Market Street (in Union Station); 314-436-7578
Our handy guide to this year's Music Showcase
Sunday, April 3; VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights)
Unreal sneaks a peek at golfing strippers, learns the health advantages of Pimp Juice and laments fallen fowl; plus, do women who marry Jesus get wedding gifts?
Van Helsing explodes monster-movie legends with hip upgrades
Fillmore Street Brewing Company, 1835 Beltway Drive, 314-640-2455
Famous Bar, 5213 Chippewa, 314-832-2211
Chris' Pancake and Dining