In the past, the greatest film parodies were crafted by professionals. This is Spinal Tap, Airplane and The Naked Gun offered the highest-quality mockery money could buy, while sketch-comedy shows like SNL married production values with the funniest comedians in the world. Then the Internet came alo ... More >>
George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
Not to make you feel old, but This Is Spinal Tap turned 30 this month. Spinal Tap is unarguably the most popular rockumentary/mockumentary film of all time. The cult classic proves two things: Rockstars are predictable, and Rob Reiner is a genius. Truth in humor is what makes this film so enjoyabl ... More >>
The Missouri Tigers are capping off an impressive, exciting season at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next month. If you're planning to drive to Big D to watch Mizzou take on Oklahoma State, be warned: the quickest route is alternately tricky and borning.
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 >>
Let this week be a week for hairspray, black pleather, and boobs. Sunset Strip hair metal hooligans will let loose on St. Louis with a sweaty, balls out show at the Pageant on Wednesday. It's almost too easy to dismiss Steel Panther as a one-joke band that never realized Spinal Tap had been there ... More >>
For many, the parable of Jars Of Clay begins and ends with its 1995 hit "Flood," the moody acoustic folk tune that crossed over from contemporary Christian radio to mainstream rock stations. The story is far less simple, as keyboardist Charlie Lowell explains. Jars Of Clay performs tonight at the Ol ... More >>
From Spinal Tap to The Lonely Island, nearly every type of music has an act with purposeful comedic overtones. Country music is the elder statesman of this trend, as evidenced by a Missouri native that blended a down-home sound with a big dose of humor. Gilbert "Speck" Rhodes made a name for himsel ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
Nolan ConwayVivian Girls with Black Lips Vintage Vinyl/The Firebird Thursday, April 21 Live music patrons of St. Louis, you had a choice last night: You could have gone to see Arcade Fire and The National play Scottrade Center (and if my Twitter feed is any indication, most people I know did ... More >>
Last week, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler announced he's ready to reconvene his band GZR. The latest lineup, he said, will "probably" feature Chad Smith -- the veteran St. Louis drummer, not the Red Hot Chili Peppers percussionist of the same name. Smith has been all over the local scen ... More >>
Oh, Weezer. Why would you name your upcoming album Hurley, and feature the namesake Lost character on the cover? Have you run out of colors? Or is this just the next in your trend piggy-backing, like last year's "I Can Haz Cheezburger"-inspired cover for Raditude? There was a time when your music ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
The parking lot of Pop's Nighclub and Concert Venue in hardscrabble Sauget, Illinois is desolate. And that's putting it nicely. The gray spread of gravel seems like the setting for a midnight knifing. But the rough-and-tumble appearance (to be fair, the place has cops buzzing around the parking lot ... More >>