In this week's RFT Music feature, we lock children in our conference room for an experimental musical adventure. Would they like terrible "Kidz Bop" covers? Would Raffi appeal to them? Is there any way we could make them sing along to The Clash?
Dancing: It's not just for weekends or home alone in your underwear anymore! Now, St. Louisans can feel unashamed to let their freak flags fly during the daytime with Lunch Beat, a new, free hump-day lunchtime dance party that kicks off at noon on Wednesday, June 19, at HandleBar (4127 Manchester Av ... 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 spring! It's sunny! It's raining! There's a tornado! It's cold! Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Whatever the weather may be this weekend during this typical questionable Midwestern season, the show must go on. Our "Out Every Night" post at the start of the week previewed some shows ... More >>
For the second consecutive Super Bowl, residents of a very, very, very select number of far-flung towns across America saw a surreal, low-budget commercial for Old Milwaukee beer starring Will Ferrell. It was even more surreal than last year's -- and, yes, even more surreal than the Old Milwaukee ad ... More >>
Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows ... More >>
You know those Where Are They Now specials they have on VH1 from time to time, where they pick a bunch of has-been celebrities and tell you what they've been up to since the last time you cared? (Spoiler: It's usually cocaine.) Well, this isn't one of those specials. Actually, that's not true. ... More >>
As you might recall, last year Will Ferrell shot a series of low-budget ads for Old Milwaukee beer. Each ad tended to air only in the market where it was filmed. So, for example, you had this gem in Terre Haute, Indiana:
Uh....I got nothin'. This little mouse cursor icon has been blinking at me for a couple minutes now while I've been just staring vacantly at my keyboard, unable to think of anything amusing to write in this little show-post introductory paragraph. It's not my fault. When I came in this morning I cam ... More >>
This week thousands of international athletes will descend upon London to compete in 2012 Summer Olympic games. Some of the dozens of contests that make up the games are as old as ancient Greece; others are relative newcomers; and others are so incredibly inane that the International Olympic Committ ... More >>
Askinosie Chocolate based in Springfield, Missouri, was recently awarded its fifth silver Sofi Award in the category of "Outstanding Chocolate" by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) for its new dark milk chocolate and black licorice bar. It's also a finalist for the organizati ... More >>
Update: Thanks everyone for playing. We have our two winners. They were the first to name the Czech Republic, which has two Blues players on the roster in Roman Polak and Vladimir Sobotka. Sweden, Russia and Slovakia are the other countries from which Blues players hail from besides Canada and the U ... More >>
Life. Danton can't quite taketh, but, man, can he giveth.â€‹Whoever says the U.S. prison system fails to reform its inmates needs to check out this tale. In 2004 Mike Danton, a hockey player for the St. Louis Blues, was convicted of orchestrating a bizarre murder-for-hire plot and sentenced to 7.5 y ... More >>
Image ViaWhat do the countries of Scandinavia have in common? For one thing, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are some of the happiest places on Earth. Every time a new study comes out attempting to quantify "life satisfaction," these countries hold court in the top ten, trading off the nu ... More >>
Somewhere out there, a fan of U.S. Women's Soccer is displeased with KMOV Channel 4 -- to the point that he or she posted the video below earlier this week:
Freddy was noticeably absent at Contamination 2011 (jerk), but the weekend saw other key players. Check out our slideshow for photos that might even haunt your dreams.This weekend's science fiction/horror/generally strange aesthetic festival, Contamination 2011, had its unfair share of prize ... More >>
Steve GullickJohnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit will be in town on Monday at the Duck Room. We talked to Flynn from the UK, where he lives. For more from our interview, read on as Flynn talks about American folk music and being the only kid at his school who liked Bob Dylan. Katie Moulton: Are ... More >>
Reuters released a special report last week about how post-Cold War diplomats were put to work advocating for U.S. business interests abroad, at times straddling the line between being diplomats and hucksters. Case in point: American company Lockheed Martin wanted to unload some F-16 fighte ... More >>
image viaIt's still unclear why several thousand birds fell from the sky over Beebe, Arkansas, on New Year's Eve and whether this is, indeed, an early sign of the impending apocalypse. Mysterious bird deaths have now been reported in Sweden and Louisiana and, adding to the sense of doom, mill ... More >>
The Food Safety Bill finally gets its Senate vote today. The San Francisco Chronicle rehashes the details of the legislation that was introduced nearly two years ago, and reports that a procedural vote last week indicates the bill's likely to pass.Brent Cunningham of the Washington Post opines on fo ... More >>
In this week's paper, Ryan Wasoba interviewed Tom Hamilton about Saturday's performance of Separate Checks at the Kranzberg Arts Center and the double-album reissue of Pieces For Kohn / Formal And Informal Music on the local avant-garde label, Kvist Records. John Tamm-Buckle of Kvist also chi ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/amin_tabriziLane Wallace came to an astonishing revelation two weeks ago, which she very kindly shared in The Atlantic: It is better to be unemployed in New York, L.A. or Silicon Valley than anywhere else in this great nation of ours.Of course, if all those unemployed New Yorkers o ... More >>
If you were one of the 100 or so people who made it to the Wedge in South City last night to see Sweden's Masshysteri, count yourself lucky. The band worked through its set of melodic punk with no setlist, and intended to finish off with a cover of "Johnny B. Goode" by our own Chuck Berry, ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The Wedge, 442 Bates Street.
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Black and White Album
The Swedish indie-pop trio Peter Björn and John write tales of sweetness and heartbreak on its breakthrough album.
Tio Bitar (Kemado)
Welcome, Willkommen, Bienvenue, Aloha, Shalom, Howdy!
Thursday, December 15; Radio Cherokee (3227 Cherokee Street)
Sunday, November 6; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Ta Det Lugnt (Kemado)
Saturday, July 16; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)
This Past Week (Labrador)
Kiss & Tell (RCA)
Soul Rush (Lakeshore)
A quick surf turns up quite a catch
10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)