By Melinda Cooper LouFest is finally happening! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans have plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout the weekend. RFT Music has several operatives in the field, watching and listening and cat ... More >>
A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.
If your mother kept a job (or three) while she raised you, she deserves a heck of a Mother's Day present this year. A new study from the personal finance site WalletHub says Missouri is the ninth-worst state in America for working mothers, according to metrics including day care quality, gender pay ... More >>
A Maryland Heights traffic stop unraveled a five-state, eleven-year counterfeit receipt fraud scheme and sent the five New Yorkers responsible to jail for as long as seven years. Ishaan Davis, 37, and Ingrid Millsaps, 44, confessed to using stolen clothes, fake receipts and counterfeit identificati ... More >>
In response to class action lawsuits in three states against the McDonald's Corporation that involves wage theft, St. Louis-area fast food workers will protest the hamburger chain in solidarity with their colleagues on Tuesday. The lawsuits involve 27 plaintiffs and include several allegations, inc ... More >>
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip. But now that IKEA see ... More >>
No, it's not snowing yet, but we've got plenty of events to keep you warm, busy and full this weekend. Take one for the team and eat a cupcake for St. Louis Children's Hospital, or enjoy two of the greatest things ever (beer and barbecue) at Capitalist Pig's Hop and Hog Festival. Check out our food- ... More >>
Guitarist/vocalist Adam Watkins and bassist Matty Coonfield have been the anchors in the member-shifting Tone Rodent, a band that swerves from psych to shoegaze to no-wave without losing a thumbprint of foreboding ambiance. The current six-piece lineup locks in nicely on this four-song EP, with Ashl ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
Tom Kavanaugh realizes his documentary on sweatshops in the clothing industry won't be an easy one to make. For starters, the companies he plans to profile -- Walmart and Nike, to name a few -- aren't likely to cooperate. Then there are the language barriers and other logistical challenges of shooti ... More >>
Babel, the second release by the English folk quartet Mumford and Sons, is in its third week atop the Billboard Album chart. This surely makes their parents and accountants happy, but the fact that such luminaries as Matchbox Twenty, Linkin Park and the Zac Brown Band have recently held this spot de ... More >>
The Avett Brothers Fox Theater September 29, 2012 "It's nice to release a new album and have all the hoop-la, but it's nice to be connecting with a crowd. This is what feels real for us," Seth Avett says. It's a reassuring message for fans after the Avett Brothers' recent success on the new album T ... More >>
Kanye West is rich. You might think it's easy being rich, but in fact it is often very hard to be rich; sometimes you manipulate people, and other times they manipulate you. Also, rich people have terrible taste in consumer goods, and hang out with each other to talk about how they were the only peo ... More >>
Tomorrow, April 26, participating St. Louis restaurants will donate a portion of their daily earnings to Dining Out For Life, a national event that benefits and raises awareness for AIDS service organizations. With a heart full of compassion and tactlessness, Gut Check wondered which restaurants wer ... More >>
On Friday we thought Applebee's killed the food truck trend dead. But it was only the beginning. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydishThe Gap puts tacos in jeans. Meet Pico de Gap, a taco truck operated by The Gap in Los Angeles. Because having a trillion brick and mortar stores isn ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, April 25. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
New York Fashion Week has been in full swing since last Friday and three of the "It" girls featured in this week’s cover story have been making the modeling rounds. We've also posted a slide show from the session used for our cover.
Cardwell's on the Plaza, featuring some of the city's most inspired cooking, is the one place in Plaza Frontenac where debt and energy are devoted to the sustenance of the internal self