Theo Welling

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    November 17, 2014

    The Best Body Art at the Old School Tattoo Expo

    One of the most colorful events in the city, the St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo gathers thousands of ink lovers annually for a celebration of body art and the latest techniques. From a tiny star near the ankle to a sleeve of thorny vines to museum-quality color on the back, tattoos of all types ar ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Band Names In St. Louis

    Coming up with a good name for your band is crucial. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but it's hard to imagine Coldplay becoming the vanilla-rock powerhouse it is today as Pectoralz. That said, if one of the world's most famous bands started out with a name that godawful, then there's ho ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Candy-Coated Fans at Primus' "Willy Wonka" Concert: Photos

    Surely Les Claypool of Primus has had dreams about jumping into the chocolate river seen in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or finding the golden ticket. Or getting a golden egg-laying goose nooooow, Daddy. Claypool's obsession with Willy Wonka is on display in Primus & the Chocolate Factory, ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    The Best Music Photos from October 2014

    Plenty of concerts and music-related events happen in St. Louis every night, and we try to photograph as many of them as we can. Each month, we'll look back at photos from the previous month's batch of concert photography and hook you up with a bunch of shots you may have missed. Below, check out ou ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 3 to November 9

    This week we bring you sweaty garage rock, theatrical jams and plenty of kitsch (Pizza Underground anybody?). Although there's plenty of shows out there with a party vibe, heady acts like Mincemeat or Tenspeed come through to provide focused experiments in sound. If you're a music nerd or just looki ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Here's How St. Louis Band We Bite Becomes the Misfits: Photos

    True tribute bands have it rough. In their quest to bring an authentic experience to die-hard fans, they attempt to recreate everything perfectly, from the music to the costumes to the makeup. It's not an easy thing to pull off, especially if you're celebrating one of the most influential artists in ... 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 3, 2014

    Six Reasons To Always Stagedive

    Recently, extremely dangerous pop-punk band Joyce Manor ignited controversy among true rockers everywhere after its members stopped one of their fans from stagediving on some small women. The band even later took to Facebook to condemn the practice. Although the move is likely motivated by positiv ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    The Food of the 2014 Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

    For the first time, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival was held in Soulard this year. That didn't slow anyone down, though -- there was plenty of Mexican, Dominican, Colombian, Panamanian and more activities and food to go around. Plus, a camel! Continue on for all the yummy food. See also: Th ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014
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    August 12, 2014

    NAACP Leader Calls for Restraint in Ferguson, Demands "Unfiltered" Truth in Teen's Shooting

    The Murchison Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Normandy was built to sit 600, and it overflowed yesterday evening during an NAACP-led press conference that seemed to alternate between righteous hope and fever-pitch anger. "We're talking about somebody's son, we're talking about th ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 30 to July 6

    This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Andrew Jackson Jihad at the Firebird 6/22/14: Photos

    Andrew Jackson Jihad, leaders of the folk-punk revolution, returned to St. Louis last night with openers Cheap Girls and Dogbreth. An enthusiastic audience greeted the bands at the Firebird, and we sent photographer Theo Welling to the show to capture the highlights.

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    June 6, 2014

    Time is the Relentless and Cruel Enemy of the Monkees

    It comes for us all, robbing us of our youth and pushing us closer and closer to the end. It never sleeps or pauses, always relentlessly pressing against us, destroying muscle and shattering bone. A grim and powerful force, it causes us to count our own mortality in a quantifiable way, as if somehow ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music made our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, so that ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Riff Raff at the Ready Room: Photos

    Walking Internet meme/rapper Riff Raff stopped by the Ready Room on Friday, bringing giant cardboard cutouts of his face, venue-shaking trap beats and ratchet babes with him. We sent photographer Theo Welling to the show to capture the madness -- here are our favorite photos from a wild night.

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    May 21, 2014

    6 Ways to Spend Summer Making St. Louis a Better Place

    All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. If you want to spend the summer getting drunk and watching baseball, that is your St. ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Psych: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Photos: Can Melvin White Save Dr. Martin Luther King Drive?

    This week's Riverfront Times feature story focuses on efforts to revive Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in north city St. Louis. The street is a bleak seven mile stretch of shuttered businesses, trash-strewn vacant lots and rampant poverty, but one man -- a maverick postal worker named Melvin White -- ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 21 to 27

    This week, Lil Boosie takes on the Ambassador, Arcade Fire returns to play at Chaifetz Arena, local rapper Nato Caliph presents a showcase at Blank Space and the Faint performs at the Ready Room. From country and indie-pop to psych rock and hip-hop, here are our critics' picks for this week's best c ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Get Your Passes for the 2014 RFT Music Showcase Now Through Our Exclusive Presale

    The RFT Music Showcase returns on Saturday, June 7, a celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. Roughly 50 local bands -- all nominees for RFT Music Awards -- will converge on the Grove area of Manchester Avenue, performing at different venues all up and down the str ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Five Tips Guaranteed to Help You Have More Fun At a Show, According to Peat Henry

    Feeling nervous at nightclubs? Are you tired of standing around at shows with your hands in your pockets? In this week's music feature, "For Peat's Sake: St. Louis Rallies to Benefit a Friend," we talk at length about local punk and bike scene personality Peat Henry and the fundraiser show happening ... 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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    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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    January 14, 2014

    Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

    News broke just yesterday that Big Boi and Andre 3000, best-known for their work as the dynamic Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, will be doing a festival tour this year. The outing is said to consist of over 40 dates this spring/summer, starting in mid-April at Indio, California's esteemed Coachella mus ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 6 to 12

    Due to Snowpocalypse 2014, RFT Music will go ahead and assume that Monday evening's shows will take the night off for safety's sake. If for some reason, there's something going on tonight, feel free to let us know in the comments, you brave, brave souls. Take some time defrosting today, and keep fin ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

    Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From October 28 to November 3

    It's a busy week for St. Louis music. Read on to catch a piece of the action. With Halloween celebratory activities well under way, local bands get ready go dress up with special covers-only sets. Besides that, Bug Chaser drops its latest, Noisefest celebrates its tenth anniversary and Tef Poe perfo ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Gateway to the West Fest Proves Itself a Destination Festival for Hardcore Fans

    On Saturday night, at approximately 11 p.m., the Red Sox bested the Detroit Tigers and secured a spot in the World Series, facing off against our beloved Cardinals. At that moment, onstage at Fubar on Locust Street, Brendan Radigan of Boston's Rival Mob made the announcement between songs, with a de ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Next Year's LouFest Will Be September 6-7, 2014 In Forest Park

    The dust has only just settled on this year's installment of LouFest and already its organizers are looking to next year's event. LouFest 2014 will take place September 6 and 7, again in Forest Park. Here's the announcement from the mailing list e-mail: LouFest 2013 is officially in the books! Than ... 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 3, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 3 to September 8

    You're probably all still hungover from partying too hard this weekend, so we'll spare you the prolonged intro this week. When you're ready to get out of bed again, consider checking out some concerts! Calvin Johnson, Amanda Shires and Dread Zeppelin are but a few of the touring acts making stops in ... 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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    August 30, 2013

    Label Day Debuts At Off Broadway This Sunday

    On Sunday, September 1, Off Broadway hosts what RFT Music hopes will become a Labor Day weekend tradition: Label Day! The inaugural event features sixteen local bands across two stages and a merchandise bazaar made up of goods from at least nine St. Louis-based record labels. See also: Tower Groove ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Food at the Festival of Nations [PHOTOS]

    Last weekend the International Institute of St. Louis' Festival of Nations came to Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; 314-771-2679) for its annual multicultural celebration. There were several performances from groups like the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago and monks from the Drepun ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Sonic Boom in St. Louis: Inside The Nerd Convention for The World Famous Hedgehog

    I didn't grow up a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. In my early video game days, Pitfall Harry represented my family's Atari allegiance, and Mario and Link later led us to Nintendo heaven. I knew about Sega only through visiting friends, with "the hedgehog game" being something we played before dinner at the ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Photos: Firkin Fest Draws a Thirsty Crew of Beer Drinkers to iTap Soulard on Saturday

    Cask-aged beers were tapped on Saturday afternoon at the International Tap House in Soulard (1711 South Ninth Street; 314-621-4333), as part of the third-annual Firkin Fest. (Firkin being the term used to describe a cask of beer). In total, thirteen casks were tapped -- five casks were tapped at noo ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    S.L.U.M Fest 2013 at the Demo 6/15/13

    The St. Louis Underground Music Festival (a.k.a. S.L.U.M. Fest) took place at the Demo / Atomic Cowboy this year, featuring dozens of St. Louis artists. The festivities took place all day, from 2 p.m. until the bar closed its doors at 3 a.m. RFT Music's Theo Welling was on the scene; here are some o ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    RFT Music Showcase 2013: Recap and Photos

    Whew! Well that was fun. The rain dried up just in time, the temperatures hovered in the seventies, the people came out in droves, and the bands -- oh the bands. Washington Avenue's regulars didn't know what hit them, as over fifty of our city's finest musical acts brought down house after house for ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Rock: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Indie Rock: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Spelling Bee Outs "Joe Sly," Alleged Undercover Cop Posing as Punk Fan

    We here at RFT Music can barely breathe this is so awesome. St. Louis's own Spelling Bee has apparently outed an undercover police operation in Boston. The cops' goal: Breaking up DIY punk shows by posing as fans. "Basically I think the cops should have something better to do," says drummer and vo ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Bunnygrunt's Twentieth Anniversary Show: Review and Photos

    In case you forgot: I gave myself the brain-crushing mission to make a show diary for every weekend in March. This is the third installment in my four-part project. Like the rest of us, my party time was cut short this weekend by twelve inches of snow. I'll have to cover JC Brooks and the Uptown So ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Foxing Returns From Tour, Signs Deal With Count Your Lucky Stars

    The five doe-eyed boys of Foxing lock interweaving rhythms and personal lyrics to impart heartfelt tunes throughout the Midwest. Foxing's recent self-booked tour brought the band up and down the Central Time Zone, garnering much fanfare for its careful but fearless take on melodic post-rock.

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    February 21, 2013

    Mayor Francis Slay Labor Dispute: City Won't Require Hires To Sign Controversial Form

    The city has officially withdrawn a labor agreement form that critics earlier this week slammed as the most draconian, anti-employee policy in the history of St. Louis. Union leaders and opponents of Mayor Francis Slay say this is a significant retraction that will save future employees from signi ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    50 Photos from January 2013: Seized Cash, Sexy Plumbers, Craft Beer and More

    Pics, pics, pics, pics: They make the Internet run. Here are some our favorite photos from the month of January, published within the pages, deadtree and digital, of the RFT.

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    January 28, 2013

    Mac Lethal at 2720 Cherokee, 1/25/13: Photos

    Kansas City's motor-mouthed, self-proclaimed "Nerdy White Kid" Mac Lethal played 2720 Cherokee over the weekend to a good-sized crowd of hip-hop lovers. A video of his nonchalant re-imagining of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Know," in which he raps at ludicrous speed while flipping pancakes ("Cook with ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Chuck Berry Given Lifetime Achievement Award: "It's Beyond My Dreams to be Here this Long, Really."

    UPDATE: The Arts Council just uploaded the video that was played last night in Chuck Berry's honor. See it on the second page of this post. Last night the Arts and Education Council kicked off its 50th anniversary year with a ceremony to honor various contributors to arts and culture in St. Louis. ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 19, 2012

    What Were Your 2012 St. Louis Music Highlights?

    Our annual Year in Music issue hits a newsstand near you today or tomorrow. For 2012, we've compiled a timeline of some of the shows, events and milestones that mattered most to us. And we'd like to hear from you -- do you agree? Do you have additions you'd like to see memorialized? Let us know in t ... More >>

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