Rob Ruzicka

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    July 14, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From July 14 to 20

    This week, re-live your '90s obsessions by catching big names like Beck and Jack White. Some other notable happenings include the two-year anniversary of Blank Space DJ spin the Bump & Hustle, Cardiac Arrest's record release pub crawl, and monthly installments of local experimental series NOiSE and ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Making Lemmonade: Locals Remember South Side Dive Bar

    by Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen "Like anything, there are ups and downs. When there are more downs, it's time to get out. I'm just exhausted," says Michael Gross, former owner of Lemmons, beloved south-city spot for punk rock and pizza. The dive bar closed last week to the surprise, and dismay, of ma ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Cardiac Arrest to Host Record Release Pub Crawl July 19

    St. Louis' long-running hardcore favorite Cardiac Arrest will be releasing its first new material in seven years (and first ever full-length) on Saturday, July 19. Those familiar with frontman Rob Ruzicka -- a longtime booker of punk and hardcore in St. Louis -- know to expect the unexpected, and Ru ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    St. Louis Hits the Road: Tips From the Many Local Bands that Toured in 2012

    Hard times, high gas prices and an ill economy did little to derail local artists from expanding outward in 2012. As a musician, I've never seen so many of my peers crawl out from these red brick buildings to push their River City sounds than in the past 12 months. Many return with invaluable advice ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: December 4 to 6

    It's my byline; we're doing what I want this week. And I want to bring back the word of the day, which just happens to be Bollix. Seriously! That's how you spell "bullshit" in British. So here we here, a Bollix fill-in weekend post from your esteemed music editor. Shouldn't it be "Bollocks"? Ah, who ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Band Lotto Show

    8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8. Maurizio's Pizza. 220 North Tucker Boulevard.

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    December 3, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From December 3 to December 9

    Noted R&B heartthrob Trey Songz will be at the Fox this Sunday, but the show will absolutely not be worth killing a person and then yourself over. I just wanted to make that clear from the get-go since I suppose there has been some very heartbreaking confusion lately. Just to be clear, again: Trey ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Ten Best Shows This Weekend: March 9 to 11

    An already great week of music shows no signs of slowing. Tonight, the Spits come to St. Louis for the first time ever on the event of Rob Ruzicka's birthday. The Gramophone's having a birthday tonight as well -- the Grove venue turns four and will celebrate with Honey Island Swamp Band. Minneapolis ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    The Spits

    8 p.m. Friday, March 9. The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.

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    March 5, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From March 5 to 11

    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 >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Madonna, the Spits Lead This Week's Show Annoucements

    Madonna is taking time out of her taxing virgin-blood-drinking schedule long enough to fit in a lil' world tour. She'll bring all the hits and her terrifying biceps to the Scottrade Center on November 1. Teflon Don, The Boss Rick Ross is at the Ambassador on February 19. Rob Ruzicka is throwing hims ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Top Ten Concerts During Thanksgiving Weekend in St. Louis: November 24 to 28

    Wikimedia Commons​It's the biggest bar night of the year. Go big -- or go home. (Or, you know, just stay home.) More music here. Have a great holiday! Wednesday Tight Pants Syndrome @ Mangia Dubbed the "First Annual Night Before Thanksgiving Rock Pantstacular," this show features the power-po ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    The 2 Keys Reunion: Rob Ruzicka on St. Louis Punk Rock's Legendary Community -- And Why It's Still Important Today

    courtesy ofRob Ruzicka​Nestled in the corner of a dead-end block in Richmond Heights remains the 2 Keys House. Possibly unknown to its current residents, the house's basement walls continue to hold a strong historical significance for St. Louisans of a certain music generation. The short-liv ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Photos: The Abused, Career Suicide, Formaldehyde Junkies at Fubar, April 10, 2010

    In this week's print issue we previewed hardcore scene member Rob Ruzicka's 30th birthday show, wherein the St. Louisan planned to fly in New York City's The Abused, Canada's Career Suicide and Minneapolis' Formaldehyde Junkies to play at Fubar in Midtown. On Saturday, The Abused played only its sec ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Rob Ruzicka's 30th Birthday Show

    9 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.

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    December 28, 2009

    Photos: God Fodder at the Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy, 12/26/09

    St. Louis punk bands came together the day after Christmas at the Fox Hole, the new music venue at the Atomic Cowboy, to raise money for Nick Mardanes, a former St. Louis resident who's fighting cancer and Brad Cassidy, another former St. Louis resident who died last year. The benefit concert, expla ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Punk/Hardcore Benefit

    9 p.m. Saturday, December 26. The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.

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    December 21, 2009

    Saturday: The Punk and Hardcore Scenes Gather for a Benefit/Celebration

    ​ On Saturday, the Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy will be hosting a benefit-cum-celebration for two supporters of the local hardcore/punk scene: Brad Cassidy and Nick Mardanes. The former, a Chicago native and a member of bands such as Saw Is Family, Episiotomy and Eating Rats, passed away last yea ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Review: A7 Reunion Show in New York City

    (Last weekend, local hardcore band Cardiac Arrest played the A7 reunion show in NYC. CA singer/songwriter Rob Ruzicka was kind enough to write about his experiences below. More video can be found here, photos over here.) After stopping for some real slices of pizza, we got to the Knitting Factory a ... More >>

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    July 24, 2002

    Basement Banned

    The Man be damned: 2 Keys proves the kids can do for themselves