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    November 18, 2014

    Charles Manson and His St. Louis-Area Bride Apply For Marriage License

    Cue the wedding bells and chill the champagne. Charles Manson is getting married. Afton Elaine Burton is the 80-year-old mass murderer's fiancee, as Daily RFT reported a year ago. Burton, a 26-year-old Susan Atkins look-alike who now goes by the name Star, grew up 40 miles north of St. Louis in Bun ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't me ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: October 2014

    October is far and away the most comedy-heavy month we've had to date. Between open mics, local showcases, independent shows and Dave Chappelle, there's a show every night of the week. Fingers crossed it doesn't get baseball-ed too badly because there may not be another month like this ever. For th ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Kurt Cobain's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

    Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, twenty years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the '90s. Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Jon Gitchoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten folks. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Skrillex's Haircut is Coming to St. Louis

    According to these tour dates posted yesterday on Rolling Stone's website, Skrillex's haircut will be making a stop in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 17 at Chaifetz Arena. Performing with the stylish coif will be Dillon Francis, What So Not, and Milo & Otis.

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    November 21, 2013

    Charles Manson's Fiancee is From St. Louis

    Wedding bells are ringing for the most infamous convicted killer of all time, and his bride-to-be is a hometown girl. She goes by Star, a name given her by Charles Manson, the cult leader serving a life sentence in California. Star -- a 25-year-old Susan Atkins-lookalike who moved from St. Louis to ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev The Terrorist Coloring Book on Sale in St. Louis: "It Tells Kids The Truth"

    Wayne Bell was not a fan of the now infamous Rolling Stone cover of the Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Which is why he created a coloring book for children that parodies the controversial image. "He's a very, very horrible individual," Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Why Is My Obscure, Vinyl-Only Band So Obscure?

    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 s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Does Free Streaming Help Album Sales? It Worked for Daft Punk, At Least.

    On Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of its eagerly awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper dug into the number of Spotify spin ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Jon Hamm is Sick of Everyone Talking About His Huge Penis (Sorry, Jon!)

    Poor Jon Hamm. How can the St. Louis native celeb get everyone to stop talking about his gigantic penis? Unfortunately, Mr. Hamm, telling Rolling Stone that you are really sick of everyone talking about your private parts may not be the best way to stop the Jon-Hamm-Big-Penis headlines. (Case in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Six Best Shitty-Sounding Records

    Before we begin, let us clarify that "shitty" and "bad" are not the same. Bad-sounding records aim for a certain result and fall short. Shitty-sounding records result from conscious decisions consciously executed. Here are the six best shitty-sounding records. If your favorite entry is missing from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2012

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival, 8/10/12

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>

  • Film

    June 14, 2012
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    June 11, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012: Highlights from A to Z

    The team: six 40-year-old men, leaving behind six fairly respectable jobs, five wives and 14.9 children for four days. The tools: a 32-foot RV, VIP tickets, comfortable shoes and enough beer to take down a small fraternity. The task: to do and see as much as physically and logistically possible at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    The Glee Treatment: "Fuck That Shit" and Five Other Rejections From Bands

    Regardless of what anybody thinks about the actual program, there's no disputing that Glee has become an absolute juggernaut in the music industry. As of October 2011, songs from the show have been downloaded 36 million times. And during that same time period, 11 million physical albums that have be ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012
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    January 6, 2012

    Seven St. Louis Bands to Watch in 2012: What Are Your Picks?

    Ed. In this week's print edition, we talk a bit about seven bands we're think will be worth watching in 2012. They're listed here -- please let us know what you're excited about in the comments below. Karate Bikini Though Karate Bikini has been in existence in some fashion for a few years, it has ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    November 10, 2011

    Pruitt-Igoe Featured in Next American City

    Image viaAll that's left of this enormous housing project are weeds and forest. ​The handsome national mag Next American City (which is kinda like the Rolling Stone of urban studies) has just published some reflections on Pruitt-Igoe by Michael Allen, director of Preservation Research Office. Chec ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011

    The Sheepdogs

    8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    CBGB's Final Show With Patti Smith (A.K.A. The Day I Got Covered in Brian Eno's Sweat)

    ​Legendary punk club CBGB closed five years ago tomorrow. In its final week, the venue hosted a string of shows paying tribute its storied thirty year run, and it all culminated with a headlining set from Patti Smith. There were only a couple hundred people lucky enough to get tickets to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Joe Edwards on the Value of Collecting, Conversation and Chuck Berry

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​Many St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    If Harry Potter Characters Had Bands: Twelve We'd Like To See

    ​If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Is God The New Black?

    Terry Richardson/Rolling Stone​A span of three weeks separated their respective Rolling Stone covers--apart from the quality of the writing and the, howyousay, dynamism of each subject, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's profiles in the formerly legendary mag offered the same startling conclusion--for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Santana is Coming to the Fabulous Fox

    ​Carlos Santana is coming to St. Louis on September 6th. Michael Franti & Spearhead will open. Rolling Stone thinks Santana is the fifteenth best guitarist in history, in case you were in need of some sort of introduction. He played Scottrade in 2008, so it's fair to say his upcoming appearanc ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Billy Brown on Sonic Youth, Record Store Day, and Drunk Reggae Fans

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​In early January, Rolling Stone reported that vinyl sales had increased fourteen percent over the previous year with around 2.8 million units sold, making 2010 the best year for vinyl in recent memory. DJ Billy Brown is part of a new generation of music fans choosing rec ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Philip Gounis on Poetry, Youtube and Bob Dylan

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​Though records are most commonly thought of as a way to listen to music, they were also the first medium to document the majesty and mystery of the spoken human voice. Local poet and former Streetside Records employee Philip Gounis is a lifelong collector of spoken-word r ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Read the Janet Jackson Press Photography Release, Which We Didn't Sign

    Todd OwyoungLady Gaga at the Scottrade Center, July 2010​Last week, when A to Z reviewed Janet Jackson's sold-out show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, we did not have a slideshow to go along with it. That's because the paper (and photographer) declined to sign the press photography release for th ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Someone in St. Louis Bought Elton John's Record Collection. Who Was It?

    ​Elton John is on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone. Haven't had a chance to read the whole article yet, but so far it reads great -- the performing legend talks about playing piano at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, about encouraging Billy Joel to write music again and of course, fatherhood. On ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Last Collector Standing: Cliff Hardesty, Owner of CD Reunion, on BBQing with Ozzy and the Who's Iconic Album Covers

    Jon Scorfina​Sometimes the best reason to collect records is for the unabashed love of the music. Picking up from a short winter hiatus, Last Collector Standing met up with Cliff Hardesty, who, above anything else, is a genuine music lover. He is also the owner of multiple record stores, inclu ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    New Release Highlights for January 11, 2011: Cake is back with a Showroom of Compassion

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) British Sea Power's Valhalla Dancehall​*British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall Prefix said of Dancehall, "Regarding this record, the band spoke of making musi ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians Who Don't Act Their Age

    Last weekend, Chuck Berry gave fans in Chicago a scare: A New Year's Day concert ended prematurely after the 84-year-old fell ill. This gig aside, however, Berry remains a workhorse: Without fail, he plays monthly at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and he told Rolling Stone last year that he's working o ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    New Release Highlights For November 22: A Special Monday Edition

    (New releases come out on Monday this week. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on? Find out below.) The Alchemist and Oh No join forces as Gangrene​*Gangrene, Gutter Water Gangrene is a collaboration between the Alchemist and Oh No. Pitchfork gave Gangrene a 6.7, saying "the rapping ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Show Review Setlist: Bob Dylan Alive and Kicking at the Chaifetz Arena, Thursday, October 21

    ​What can one say of the man about whom everything has been said? What new and reverent nickname can a music writer ascribe to Obi-Bob Kenobi? How many synonyms are there for "raspy"? The answers, my friends, are irrelevant. Let's start here: Promptly at 8 p.m. last night, Bob Dylan emerged ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Happy 84th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

    Chuck Berry -- who performed at the Pageant on Saturday night, to celebrate the venue's tenth anniversary -- turns 84 years young today. Happy birthday, Chuck! He's not slowing down at all -- in the last few months, he's performed at a DNC benefit downtown, continued to do his monthly gig at Blueber ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    The Ramsey Curse? A Second Reality TV Chef Commits Suicide

    A second chef featured on Gordon Ramsey's shows has committed suicide. The New York Post reports that Joseph Cerniglia, owner/chef of Campania in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. His restaurant appeared on the first season of the U.S. version of "Kitchen ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    New Release Highlights for September 7: Interpol, Helmet, the Thermals, Jerry Lee Lewis and more

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Acorn's No Ghost​*The Acorn, No Ghost Drowned In Sound's review of the album explains, "Cynics might argue about the familiar sounds on No Ghost and may per ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Top Ten Memorable Quotes: Fame, Sex, Music, Motherhood and the Tao of Gaga

    Timothy Norris/LA Weekly​Lady Gaga's wit shines through on her Twitter account -- at least judging by our list of top Lady Gaga tweets. When she's not limited to 140 characters, the former Stefani Germanotta is even more articulate. In interview after interview, she tosses off quotable quip af ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    Smokin’: Mark Fischer and Rolling Stone

    Hell hath no fury like an indie rocker whose cred is threatened. But if you’re the proprietor of a small indie label, any advertising is good advertising. Or so says Mark Fischer, the man behind Skin Graft Records, the label that put out local band Yowie’s first record, as well as albums by Dazz ... More >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2005

    Get Your Acts Together

    Our handy guide to this year's Music Showcase

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    November 24, 2004

    Like a What?

    We check out some "important" songs, mourn ODB and read some, um, crap

  • Music

    January 28, 2004


    Soundtrack to the Apocalypse (American)

  • Music

    December 4, 2002

    Mag Hags

    What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it

  • Music

    October 9, 2002

    Division of Laura Lee

    Black City (Burning Heart/Epitaph)

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2002

    Sidesaddle Rebel

    A Missouri native hits the trail to make sure her Civil War novel is authentic in all details

  • Culture

    September 13, 2000

    A Fan's Notes

    After Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe comes of age...finally

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    June 2, 1999
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    March 24, 1999
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