St. Louis is the ninth most literate city in America, between No. 8 Boston and No. 10 San Francisco, according to a new study from Central Connecticut State University. River City has ranked in the top fifteen since 2005, usually hovering around eighth or ninth place. We reached our peak at No. 6 i ... More >>
This week, check out our critics' recommendations, including Desaparecidos, M. Doughty and Death Angel. Read about these performers and more after the jump, and stay tuned to our weekend best bets post for more shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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 >>
Mark your calendars, cyclists/ environmentalists/ people who enjoy getting nude in public! The folks behind the 2013 World Naked Bike Ride have just announced that the annual ride is set for Saturday, July 27 in St. Louis. With favorable weather -- although, once your naked, a little rain never hurt ... More >>
Time to cross another chain off the don't-have-yet list. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a Wichita, Kansas-based chain, will open its first area location at 1365 Jungerman Road in in St. Peters. Though Freddy's is new to St. Louis and its exurbs, the chain already boasts locations throughou ... More >>
It's no stretch at all to think of BDR Records as St. Louis' very own Numero Group. That Chicago-based imprint quickly became the king of archival reissues, resurrecting long-forgotten and barely remembered sides from music scenes in Cleveland, Wichita and, on the Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples ... More >>
It's one of the perks of this gig that, sometimes, Record Store Day comes a little bit early. The Vinyl Fairy has been making stops at my doorstep and leaving advances of this weekend's local wax offerings, which are every bit as exciting as, oh, the 1,000-quantity Todd Rundgren picture discs (or wh ... More >>
The classical music of 75-year-old Philip Glass occupies an unlikely place in pop culture. It still attracts the same age group it did when the composer first performed his minimalist works more than 40 years ago. This audience is ever present for the renowned artist's recent performance at the Ka ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
Roy KastenGlen Campbell The Bezemes Family Theater at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts September 9, 2011 The sound sailed out across the theatre. It was the last note of the last song of the last encore for the last show in St. Louis (St. Charles to be exact). That was it for Glen Camp ... More >>
image viaLast week, as they do once a year, fans of Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse converged on Cave-in-Rock, Illinois (160 miles southeast of St. Louis) for the Gathering of the Juggalos. It's a time when fans of the band and their Psychopathic Records label mates convene for music, ... More >>
Gut Check is constantly working to bring the latest food news to our readers. As a result, we do a lot of blogging. In an effort to draw attention to great posts that may have otherwise been lost in the blogosphere (and to recognize our hard-working writers), we present Post of the Month. Katie M ... More >>
Dana PlonkaLa Sera at Waterloo RecordsAt the end of the final night at South By Southwest 2011, I walked down 6th Street, a scene you can surely picture without my assistance. But I have this press badge to earn, so: By 1 a.m. on Saturday night / Sunday morning, downtown Austin was a zombie m ... More >>
For several days now, Gut Check International Headquarters has been grooving to the beat of "So St. Louis" by Corle 2 Da. A (NSFW!) lyrical celebration of everything St. Louis -- including Riverfront Times! -- it's pretty much the best thing ever this week.What makes the video especially awesome are ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaScott Phillips is the national best-selling author of the novels The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway; his newest book is the Western-tinged, black comedy Cottonwood. He's also a vinyl collector who has recurring dreams of shifting through bin after bin of lost music in an imaginary r ... More >>
Chris CarrollFreedy JohnstonWhat becomes of the one-hit wonder? In the case of Freedy Johnston, whose 1994 song "Bad Reputation" was a bittersweet slice of acoustic alternative rock back when that was a viable genre, it appears that you simply keep writing good, catchy, heartfelt songs regard ... More >>
Despite E. coli outbreaks, meat companies aren't required to test ground beef. (The Atlantic)Wichita loves its salad. (Wichita Eagle)Iowa might ban Everclear. (KCCI - Des Moines)A rendition of Bach's Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, the cantata about coffee, nuptials and dirty deals. It's a ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/chrism70Wichita, a true metropolis.The U.S. Census Bureau today released its population estimates for 2008. According to the estimate, the population of St. Louis declined for the first time in four years with the bureau estimating that 354,361 people lived in the city in 2008 -- d ... More >>
Where to begin? I should start with the ornamental comb, like three white gleaming stakes from some Gnostic purification ritual, holding a jet-black stack of hair atop the fiery head of Polly Jean Harvey. She's never wanted for making an impression. Wrapped in white, backed by a hard avant-garde blu ... More >>
(And please don't call 'em "honky-tonk.")
Feel-good football tale scores with charm and sincerity.
B-Sides explores the van woes of Cars Can Be Blue, talks to Split Lip Rayfield's Kirk Rundstrom about conquering cancer for one last tour and downloads some screaming Sleater-Kinney.
Harold Ramis' Ice Harvest is just a reheated Christmas caper
We ban rock cliches, fatwa Eric Clapton and read up on music nerds
If you can't get laid at a science-fiction convention, you can't get laid!
In which Radar Station meets some folks who kinda like Bob Dylan
Don't let the Lou become the sole property of Bloosiers; plus, we try to go on a wholesome date (to Mel's new movie, perhaps?), visit one of the few remaining typewriter stores, learn a thing or two about balls and make some super suggestions for Lambert
Tight melodies, true grit, a love of hair metal: The Doxies have it all
Week of July 31, 2002
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Week of July 17, 2002
The women screwed by Rent-A-Center are threatening to take the company to the cleaners. But Ernie Talley and the rest of his Texas bubbas are trying to have the last laugh.
Neophyte novelist Scott Phillips raises holiday hell
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Unhappy customers say a dealer's arbitration clause turned into a license to steal
Directed by John Swanbeck
Tim Dreste's journey from Christian missionary to anti-abortion racketeer cost him a $6 million federal fine for his role in threatening to "kill, assault or do bodily harm" to abortion providers. But he isn't about to stop his crusade.