National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind. The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to ke ... More >>
Another school year has passed, and now all that's left for departing students to cherish are the sweet memories of Friday-night football, prom and the loin-burning, unrequited, forbidden lust for their smoking-hot teachers. I know, it sounds kind of creepy. But admit it: You once had a fantasy tea ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best karaoke bars ... More >>
The Mars Volta was a rock band from California, which a place where rock bands are frequently formed. Other rock bands formed in California include Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the band that spawned the Mars Volta, At The Drive-In. At The Drive-In is best known for once having a song ... More >>
It's been another steller year for live music in St. Louis, whether you were looking for the most legendary living pop artist or the quiet birth of a powerful local band. We've racked our brans and come up with our twenty favorite shows (they're listed below), but what tops your list? Was it The Ur ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
Ed. Van Halen came to the Scottrade Center on April 29, 2012 with Kool and the Gang in tow. The band, in its fifth decade, is back to its David Lee Roth roots. But his onetime replacement, Sammy Hagar, is not without his supporters. To settle the debate, Michael Dauphin spent some time with the true ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. There is no surer way ... More >>
It's a time-honored tradition: A candidate for political office starts walking out for stump speeches to the strains of a hit by a band that doesn't agree with his views. Cease-and-desist letters follow. This week's episode stars one Newt Leroy Gingrich, who has been using "Eye of the Tiger" dating ... More >>
The DVD cover, not the book...Sammy Hagar's autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (published earlier this week) has been a long time coming, but then again, Van Halen fans are very accustomed to waiting. (See also: a new Van Halen album - there hasn't been one of those since 1998!) As co- ... More >>
Last July, filmmaker Murray Wasylnuk traveled to St. Louis from his native Canada to conduct interviews and grab film footage for his forthcoming fan documentary on Sammy Hagar's followers, called United States of Cabo. His trip was extremely successful: According to a Van Halen news site, Wasylnuk ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe cultural sea change of downloading has not stopped Michael Allen's quest for vinyl LPs. A collector since childhood, Allen showed an early interest in this column and emailed us to be profiled. Though he is a self-proclaimed vinyl "junkie," it hasn't stopped him from taking ad ... More >>
Nichole TorpheaIslands at Off Broadway in March 2008. More photos.The last time Islands played in St. Louis, at Off Broadway in March 2008, the Canadian kaleidoscopic pop-weirdos "showcased their diverse influences and tastes," said Keegan Hamilton. From that review: The set opened with a ha ... More >>
If you somehow haven't heard yet, the Rams yesterday picked Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford as the team's first pick (and No. 1 overall pick) in the NFL draft. Mizzou linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also went in the first round yesterday as the No. 19 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons. Cong ... More >>
If you're not going home for Thanksgiving tomorrow, you have a lot to be thankful for. Go find that perfect holiday dive bar and count your blessings. For the rest of you: Thanksgiving can be an extremely uncomfortable time spent with family and old friends. Here, in no specific order, are ten of th ... More >>
Matt Becker, Wikimedia CommonsThis week, I visit Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill, Sammy Hagar's joint.There are restaurants I review because everyone is talking about them, and there are restaurants I review because almost no one has heard of them, and there are -- rarely -- restaurants I review beca ... More >>
Better than: A crowded dorm-room party with cheap beer and cheap vodka drank out of red plastic cups, awkward grinding and an iTunes playlist full of cheesy dance hits. Actually, wait - that was kind of what the show was. Slide ShowThere's no easy way to review last night's Girl Talk show, mainly ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 19.
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.
The Hi-Pointe shuts its doors, even as the RFT Music Awards lineup shines the spotlight on St. Louis' best.
B-Sides analyzes the mathematics of Don Caballero's existence, calls out Bon Jovi for cliches and points you to some hot Futureheads action in the Download.
CD Baby's weird and wacky Missouri musicians, "Yo! RFT Raps" talks to inBox magazine's svengali, and the Raconteurs star in this week's Download
Magnolia Summer explores the weightier side of life
Who'll replace Howard Stern in the STL?
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A band with some redacted words for Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Near Miss drives through walls of fire to play for you
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"
With the rich, says Igby, always a little pity