Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on their news page and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-me ... More >>
What happens when you lock part of Shaved Women and the vile mind behind Black Panties in a room together? A fisticuff hurricane? No. A hate-bang orgy? Maybe. One of the snottiest, catchiest bands to roam the streets of the south St. Louis? Duh.
Recently we spoke with Alice Cooper. That same day British newspaper The Guardian posted an archived article from 40 years ago highlighting efforts of high-ranking government officials to ban his shock-rock stage shows from entering the United Kingdom. Needless to say, it just helped build his legen ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
I'm rereading the first 40 or so issues of The Walking Dead comics, since The Walking Dead TV show returns to AMC this Sunday, October 14. I'm super-psyched about the third season -- my friends are developing a drinking game around how many times Carl gets lost, and I'm more than ready to see Rick G ... More >>
It's supernatural season, and last night, St. Louis got into the holiday spirit with the Twins of Evil Tour. Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson brought their doom, gloom, colored contacts and rock & roll to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. We'll have more coverage later. Meanwhile, however, photographe ... More >>
Ah, Pointfest. It's the time every summer when rock enthusiasts from all around the St. Louis area can gather at beautiful Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to watch a seemingly endless stream of bands. With groups spanning all areas of the mainstream rock spectrum, it's not too much of a stretch to say ... More >>
When metal demigod Dave Mustaine isn't raising eyebrows with his kind words about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, he's usually melting faces as the frontman for Megadeth. With so many years of rocking under his proverbial belt, Mustaine is entitled to some of the finer things in life. But a ... More >>
Image viaWould you like a danish from a Supreme Court Justice?Sometimes at Gut Check International Headquarters, we get tired of eating gourmet meals day in and day out. We admit it: We like a little kitsch once and a while. Today, this story from the HuffPost Food about outrageous themed res ... More >>
Todd OwyoungAlice Cooper at the Family Arena.As might be expected, the Alice Cooper/Rob Zombie "Gruesome Twosome" double bill at the Family Arena was a somewhat surreal experience. Between the fans aping Cooper's look, those dressed to the goth nines and the setting - a faceless concrete aren ... More >>
With Halloween right around the corner, we've had horror movies on the brain. And then we started coming across some awesome Halloween-themed cupcakes. What could be better, we thought, than a double-barreled approach: the best Halloween cupcakes paired with the best movies to watch while eating the ... More >>
Canadian near-supergroup Wolf Parade play The Pageant on November 20. Billiken Club *Anais Mitchell, September 9 *Callers, October 25 *Field Music, October 2 *Light Pollution, October 4 *Sarah Jaffe, September 2 *Times New Viking, October 14 Cicero's *Dirt Daubers, September 9 Family Are ... More >>
BY MATTHEW JACKSON Expect a lot from the next sentence. Among its other virtues, Tool's sold-out concert at The Family Arena last night answered one of life's Big Questions: Can an art-metal band that thrives on obscurity still get 11,000 people to stand and shout without pause in one place for two ... More >>
Euclid Records is switching computer systems this week, so we only have Vintage Vinyl's top sellers. Behold! An asterisk denotes the band is coming to town. Look at all of those St. Louis acts in the top 25, too! Who says people don't sell records anymore? 1. GOV'T MULE---By A Thread 2. LIL' WAYNE- ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, December 13. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
It didn't take long to realize that Rob Zombie was cranky last night. By the third time or so he admonished the media ecology of cameras and cell phones snapping pictures and recording videos, he appeared almost stupefied. "This is not Miley Cyrus," he growled. "You're supposed to be animals!" Had h ... More >>
Ugh. Monday has reared its ugly head once more. And sadly, it looks to be a soaking wet week. (Again.) Hopefully our weekend coverage will brighten your day a bit. Here's the recap.Old School Tattoo ExpoPhoto: Jason StoffThis tattoo needs more... Cowbell! See more photos from the Old School Tattoo E ... More >>
Friday, November 13 *Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Boys Like Girls/Cobra Starship/Versa Emerge, etc., the Pageant -- SOLD OUT *So Many Dynamos/The Lake/Cold Bear Scout, Off Broadway *Person L/John Nolan (Straylight Run)/Brian Bonz, Firebird *Peter Bjorn and John/El Perro d ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, November 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The 24th annual Farm Aid started with the old-school gospel quartet harmonies of the Blackwood Brothers and enough warm sunshine to persuade all the family farms in Missouri -- the Show Me State has the second highest number of farms in the Union -- that their summer work is far from over. What Will ... More >>
Photo: Steve TruesdellIt's the beginning of October, and that means it's the season to stand in line outside a building blasting pulsating, industrial music and then paying to have for some creep come up behind you and scream bloody murder. But enough about downtown St. Louis! It's haunted house ... More >>
Unreal plays superhero matchmaker, takes a trip down Zombie Road with some ghost busters, checks in with a parachuting local blogger and talks back to "Town Talk."
10 p.m. Friday, June 2. The Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)
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June 30 - July 1, 1999
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