I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>
Here is the biggest bombshell to emerge from Saturday's regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC): Rick Santorum was the hippest, most media-savvy speaker in the room. This was not at all obvious during his 2012 Presidential campaign. But, speaking in St. Charles at a conference who ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. Hey, remember when Mad ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. In our previous edit ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. An issue of worldwid ... More >>
It's beautiful out -- what more do ya need? Get out there and see some stuff. There are plenty of excuses to hang out outside including Harvest Sessions and the Webster Grooves Festival. Check out our Out Every Night post from earlier this week to read about great shows over the next few days includ ... More >>
The ol' Casio keyboard sound effects never get a workout quite like they do around Halloween, when nearly every spooky song comes punctuated with a howl or a squeak. Or a half-dozen of them, as in the case of the maddeningly catchy kids' song "Pumpkin Jack." (Click here to listen, and don't say we d ... More >>
When discussing animals in song, it is important to distinguish between a track that uses an animal as a metaphor - for freedom or wildness, usually - and a song that is actually about an animal. We will be exploring the latter in this month's animal-style Nitpick Six series. Here are the six best s ... More >>
This might come as a shock to you, but Ted Nugent did not become famous for making jokes in St. Louis about assassinating political figures. Before that lucrative career opportunity opened up, he was a famous guitar player who rarely, if ever, talked about assassinating anybody. It's gotten to the ... More >>
While reporting our current feature on the 2012 NRA Conference, I happened to be walking past right when Ted Nugent made these remarks: As you've probably heard, the Secret Service has arranged a meeting today with The Nuge in order to do "appropriate follow-up," but Nugent ain't concerned.
Next weekend, more than 60,000 people are flocking to downtown St. Louis for the 2012 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits! This is a huge deal because, first of all, I will have a tougher time finding a parking spot. Secondly, an important national figure will be present: Ted Nug ... More >>
Erin KinsellaPre-pigeon gate: Kings of Leon at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 23, 2010.The day has come. A little more than a year ago, Kings of Leon aborted its concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater after just three songs, claiming, in an incident forever to be mocked as "p ... More >>
Sure, you could go to Rib America early this weekend and get in free, but you still have to buy drink and food tickets and jockey for position in front of stages. OR: You could record yourself singing 30 seconds worth of a song by any of the participating bands, and if your rendition is our ... More >>
Christian SchaefferThe Fleshtones atop Off Broadway's barThe promise of rock & roll has always been the promise of being forever young, and last night the patrons at Off Broadway got a good argument for music's gift of eternal youth. The inaugural weekend of the (hopefully) annual Beat 'n' So ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, November 7. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
This one's for you, dear readers. In honor of this year's Best of St. Louis issue, which hits the street today (woohoo!), we at RFT wanted to honor a different kind of "best" -- the best contributions from you, our readers. In the last year, your comments have made us laugh. They've made us cry ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsTomorrow night, Kings of Leon returns to the scene of the bird-poop crime, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The concert is a make-up date for the band's abbreviated July 23 show, during which pooping pigeons sent them offstage after three tunes. To ensure that tomorrow's co ... More >>
November was all about Thanksgiving -- though not in the traditional sense. No, our Thanksgiving was all about booze. (Or maybe that is traditional.) Anyway: The Beertender told you what beers to drink with Thanksgiving dinner, the Noble Writ discussed how to pair wines with your feast, and we ... More >>
Robin WheelerIn my months of writing the Dive Bomber, I've only had one instance (I know of) in which I've actively pissed off someone: an octogenarian bar owner who made some angry calls after my otherwise-glowing review of her tavern. No, I'm not stupid enough to link to the piece in question. ... More >>
ozarkmusicfestivalexhibit.comThe Ozark Music Festival kicked off 35 years ago last Saturday, July 18, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Concert promoters had assured Sedalians that they would be hosting a "soft rock" festival with 50,000 spectators.Instead, 160,000 people (and that's a c ... More >>
The annual Restaurant Magazine list of the world's 50 best restaurants finds Spain's El Bulli at the top once again. Per Se and Alinea were the only American restaurants in the top ten. (AFP)Kellogg's settles with the FTC over misleading health claims used to advertise Frosted Mini-Wheats. (AP)The b ... More >>
Have you seen the curious local home for sale on eBay? The property is built inside one of the old sand mines that run along the Mississippi River south of St. Louis in Jefferson County.According to the description on eBay, the owners are behind on the balloon note they used to finance the project a ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, July 31. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Prey should be called Dances With Tedium.
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
We duel with Gretchen Wilson and Kelly Clarkson, get home-cooking tips from the stars and delve into Omarion's psyche
Saturday, July 30; S.O.K.A. Fest at Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles)
Monday, July 4; Fair Saint Louis (Gateway Arch grounds)
Mr. Night and Ms. Day know Fair Saint Louis inside and out. Just please don't feed funnel cakes to their dog.
Week of February 2, 2005
We talk with the Old 97's, turn up the freedom rock and marvel at Wilco's PR machine
Thursday, May 1; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Wednesday, April 2; Galaxy
Avenue B (Virgin Records)
Riverport Amphitheatre; Sunday, Aug. 22
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes