Steve Truesdell

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    November 12, 2014

    Tour Van Break-Ins Have St. Louis in Music-Industry Crosshairs

    The Districts, a four-man, indie-rock group from Pennsylvania, had just finished playing the Old Rock House on October 15 when its tour manager called the band over to share some bad news. Sometime during its 40-minute gig that evening, a thief (or possibly thieves) busted the driver's side lock on ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From October 27 to November 2

    Cover bands might be shunned outside of their native bar gigs and tribute nights, but Halloween gives us all a chance to be something we're not. On Friday, Melt hosts a full line-up of local punk and psych bands covering a huge range of genres while We Bite! A Tribute to the Misfits hits the Firebir ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    77 Things I'd Rather Do Than Listen to a 77-Song Wilco Rarities Box Set

    I have an issue with Wilco. It's a personal beef. My problem is this: Wilco is considered a Chicago band and the band members encourage this bullshit fallacy. Wilco is from St. Louis, goddamnit. See also: Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist

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    October 20, 2014

    Weezer Sprints Through Hits-Heavy Set at Plush: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Ok, so maybe when it comes to music, length really doesn't matter. In stark contrast to Pearl Jam's recent three-hour show, Weezer sprinted through its headlining set at Plush in just over an hour. Then again, perhaps this was appropriate, with the band's performance being the grace note of the Roc ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Sharon Carpenter's Strange Fight for the Recorder of Deeds Office

    Dressed in tuxedos and glittering bow ties, Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett ascended St. Louis City Hall's marble staircase to the second floor prepared to do something illegal — a secret operation months in the making. Garrett, a 51-year-old archivist for the city's Recorder of Deeds offic ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 2 to 7

    It's a big week for music in St. Louis. LouFest brings a barrage of artists to Forest Park while Pü Fest simultaneously congregates bands from near and far at Empire Hall. Besides that, there's plenty to look forward to all week, including the Breeders, Inspectah Deck and more. Read on for our crit ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    The Most Patriotic People at Fair St. Louis (PHOTOS)

    The people of St. Louis proved once again that America is the land of the free this weekend at the city's relocated Fourth of July celebration.

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    July 3, 2014

    World Naked Bike Ride 2014 Rolls Through St. Louis July 26 (NSFW)

    The Fourth of July may be around the corner, but if it's freedom from clothing you want, then the World Naked Bike Ride is the celebration for you. This marks the seventh year that St. Louis has had its own parade of nude cyclists as part of the worldwide effort to build a cleaner, safer and more a ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend

    Happy pride, St. Louis! Now in its 35th year, PrideFest St. Louis kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the official wreath laying ceremony on the steps of Soldiers Memorial. The gay pride festival also honors LGBT troops with an official military entry in the Wells Fargo Grand Pride Parade, the city' ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The 8 Best Picnic Spots in St. Louis (And Where to Grab a Pre-Made Meal Beforehand)

    During the summer months, life seems to happen more outside than in, and thankfully, St. Louis has a wealth of urban parks. Yeah, they're great for exercising, but Gut Check especially loves to enjoy them camped out on a large picnic blanket with a bottle of wine and a basket full of treats. There ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Jason Stoff: 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. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite con ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Five St. Louis-Based Music Festivals that Draw Out-of-Towners

    Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    How to Party All Week at St. Louis Mardis Gras 2014 And End Up Looking Like This

    Laissez les bon temps rouler! It's time to show off our French heritage, St. Louis. Mardis Gras is almost upon us!

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    January 31, 2014

    Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Super Bowl

    It's that time of year: the biggest game in football. This year, the Denver Broncos will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks. The great thing about the Super Bowl, though, is that it brings people who really don't even care about football together. It's like Thanksgiving, really. A national holiday. W ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Why Don't We Hang at the Arch More? 5 Amazing Ideas to Get St. Louis to the Gateway

    A particularly tech-savvy park ranger is behind a growing online conversation over attracting more people to the riverfront for events at the Gateway Arch. "National Park Service wants you to come hang out at the park," posts law enforcement ranger Coty Stief on Reddit. "What kind of programs would ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Photos: Chuck Berry Last Night at Blueberry Hill, 10/9/13

    The godfather of rock &, Chuck Berry, played his monthly show at Blueberry Hill last night to a packed house of loyal fans.

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    October 7, 2013

    The Precinct Hopes to Transform Former Steakhouse into Cop Hangout

    The Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899), Jim Edmonds' and Mark Winfield's re-branding of their former restaurant, Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse is set to open October 14. As we reported in August, the change was made in part because the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters is mo ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    The Ten Best St. Louis Punk Bands

    This year's Best of St. Louis issue has hit the streets and this year like previous years (last year, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, etc.), we chose a winner for best punk band of 2013. But there's more than just one punk band worth your time, and many of these bands were winners in previous years. S ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    These Photos of LouFest's Nosh Pit Prove Music Festival Eats Can Be Great

    LouFest is all about the music, but still, girl's gotta eat. The food options at music festivals are sometimes pretty lackluster -- luckily, there were plenty of local restaurants on hand to satiate the music masses. See also: What's Cooking at a Rams Tailgate

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    September 9, 2013

    LouFest: Fun for the Whole Family? A Study

    Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    A Look at Luc Michalski's Black Panties

    Meet Black Panties, the snot-nosed rock & roll brat of south city. Luc Michalski, an otherwise mild-mannered fella, dons a leather jacket and transforms into a foul-mouthed, politically incorrect caricature of adolescent angst. To put it simple, he spits what some are truly thinking, but are too afr ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    St. Louis Pride: Catholics Promote Inclusion, Alternative To Archdiocese Marriage Stance

    Last week, the St. Louis Archdiocese was quick to condemn the United States Supreme Court for favoring gay marriage, issuing a harshly worded statement that marriage must be between one man and one woman. Others in the city praised the decision allowing same-sex couples to access federal benefits -- ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Rebuttal: 10 Reasons St. Louis Hates Outsiders

    Yesterday, we published a list of the top ten most common complaints from St. Louis transplants inspired by a New York Times op-ed from an outsider who says she slowly grew to love the Midwest. That writer touched on some of the frequent criticisms from non-natives: It's hard to make friends. Provel ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Photos: The Costumes and Chaos of Dropkick Murhpys' Halloween Show at the Pageant

    Dropkick Murphys' vaguely annual trip to St. Louis happened to fall on that holiest of days for getting weird, Halloween. There were kilts (as you can see), there was face paint, there was dancing and oh lord was there drinking. In short, the Pageant was a pretty damn good party last night. RFT Musi ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    The RFT Music Award Winners Will Be Announced Tomorrow, June 5 at Old Rock House

    Well that was fun. Last weekend, the 2012 RFT Music Showcase brought 80-some bands and thousands of fans to Washington Avenue. And we're not quite finished: Tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 5), we'll be announcing the winners of the 2012 RFT Music Awards in all 25 categories. The party starts at 7 p. ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Photos: 2010 PrideFest Parade on South Grand, June 27, 2010

    ​It was a hot day for a PrideFest Parade, even for those stripped down to their Speedos, tighty-whiteys, or leather gimps' skirts. But the heat did not deter the colorful revelers on South Grand yesterday marching in the annual Pride Parade. RFT photographer Steve Truesdell was on hand and off ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    The 2010 RFT Music Awards Nominees: The List

    The 2010 RFT Music showcase takes place on Saturday, June 5, 2010, on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. On and before that day, fans can vote for their favorite local musicians in the following categories. For more information on where and how to vote - and for up-to-the-minute details about ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Review Preview: Molly's in Soulard

    This week I visit Molly's in Soulard (808 Geyer Avenue), the new bistro opened by the original Molly's in the former Norton's space. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.Steve TruesdellInside the new Molly's in Soulard​

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    June 17, 2009

    Show Review Setlist Photos: Phish at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Tuesday, June 16

    Better than: Streaming last night's show via the Internet, as a friend was doing. Photo: Stew Smith Phish on June 16, 2009 at the Fox. View concert slideshow. It took about three hours for Phish's show last night at the Fabulous Fox Theatre to reach transcendence. This occurred at the precis ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Tony La Russa Concert, Ladies of Lumiere, Kurt Warner, Cheech and Chong

    What a weekend we just had. Decent weather, little precipitation, about 30 concerts around town and lots of football and pot-culture on Sunday. A big weekend all around, which might be why this weekend wrap-up is coming a little after noon. Forgive me.In case you missed it, here's what went down ove ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, The Darkness

    Good morning St. Louis. Here's what went on over the weekend... Robert Pollard at the Bluebird Slide Show On Friday night, Robert Pollard and the Boston Spaceships played a marathon, two-hour set at the Bluebird (41 songs and a thousand beers). Writer Todd McKenzie has a thorough recap of the sho ... More >>

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    October 5, 2008