When I'm not raking in the millions writing for music blogs, I, much like many of my fellow artsy-fartsies and anti-professionals, have to earn my dough in the service industry. Working directly with customers in any job can be a trying and frustrating experience, and especially in the bar industry ... More >>
Cardinal fans and Cub fans. Democrats and Republicans. Those who keep up with the Kardashians and those who should be allowed to vote. Country music fans and country music haters. While no end is in sight to the strife between the first three aforementioned warring factions, there may be hope for t ... More >>
Willie Nelson and Family | The Pernikoff Brothers April 17, 2012 The Pageant Halfway through last night's Willie Nelson show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161), with the obligatory Texas flag backdrop flying on stage and Willie about to launch into "Good Hearted Woman," a man asks ... More >>
Ok folks, this week is insane -- the number of excellent shows that did not make the cut for this post could easily fill another, if not for the nagging reality that time is finite. We don't want to short-change you though, so here's the runner-up rundown: Crowbar at Fubar on Monday, Cursive at Off ... More >>
Gut Check didn't watch the Grammys, but we certainly noticed when those live-snarking the event on Twitter started talking about Chiptole...and Willie Nelson? and...Coldplay? That rang a bell.
The soon to be collaborating Voices. Courtesy of NBCOh great. The judges/coaches from NBC's hit karaoke tournament vocal competition "The Voice" are going to collaborate. Specifically, Maroon 5, led by slightly soulful popster Adam Levine will be joined by Christina Aguilera to perform their ... More >>
wikimedia commonsHope you're well rested: It's a hell of a weekend in the 'Lou. David Bazan is at Old Rock House and Twangfest goes for two more nights at the Duck Room. The Blind Eyes and Yowie are both playing big shows on Saturday, and two very different pot enthusiasts headline gigantic ... More >>
3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. World Shooting & Recreational Complex, One Main Event Lane, Suite 510, Sparta, Illinois.
Is National Wine Appreciation Week wearing you out? Maybe all you need is a change of pace. Lucky you! Today's National Margarita Day! At least, according to Jimmy Buffett, who will be opening Verizon Wireless Amphitheater's season on May 3. And who could doubt the word of a 64-year-old man ... More >>
Last weekend, Chuck Berry gave fans in Chicago a scare: A New Year's Day concert ended prematurely after the 84-year-old fell ill. This gig aside, however, Berry remains a workhorse: Without fail, he plays monthly at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and he told Rolling Stone last year that he's working o ... More >>
TLR, Bob Schneider and the Twitter bird. Don't ask me, but the image works.Tony La Russa is driving home. Rather than flying home after the season, he's taking his time heading back to the Bay Area this year and recreating a trip he took in 1996, which you all may recall was the year he took over ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, September 4. Laclede's Landing Main Stage, North First Street and Lucas Avenue.
EyehategodUnderground sludge legends Eyehategod have pulled it together for what could be a breakout tour. The New Orleans band has been grinding it out since 1988, and it's been a rough, broken road. As documented in the group's lyrics, things such as addiction, incarceration and probation h ... More >>
Todd OwyoungWillie Nelson at Farm Aid, 10/4/09, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Read that review.Before Willie Nelson and Family took the stage last night at the Pageant, one integral member of the band sat alone, illuminated by a single spotlight. It was Trigger, Willie's stalwart 1969 Ma ... More >>
Willie Nelson, by many accounts, is on several people's "people I'd like to meet/smoke pot with/sing a song with/have a whiskey with" lists. To extend their reverence from the country outlaw, many fans just plain dress like the 76-year-old songwriter.Willie Nelson: pretty awesome.Last night, we s ... More >>
September is a very special month here not only at Gut Check International Headquarters but at the RFT as a whole: We release our annual Best of St. Louis issue. Check out our winners in the Restaurants and Food & Drink categories. The rest of the month, after the jump.
This has been noted before, but Dave Matthews fans are a funny bunch. Funny, but dedicated. Upon arriving at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater parking lot, I traipsed by several tail-gaters blaring DMB tunes and drinking beer a good six hours before Dave's set. Did they realize that his set would be ... More >>
As he took the stage for the festival-closing set, Willie Nelson was introduced over the loudspeaker as the "President of Farm Aid." Sure enough, he is the president of the board of directors. But if Farm Aid (either the concert or the non-profit) were run like a Willie Nelson concert, we wouldn't b ... More >>
farmaid.orgFor the past several days it has not been a matter of if Farm Aid would play in St. Louis this year. The question has been where in town organizers planned to stage the concert. That's because the organization has been dropping hints like crazy this month on its Twitter account pointing t ... More >>
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, center, with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, left, Missouri farmer Rhonda Perry, far right, and Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar, near right, on Thursday at Soulard Farmer's Market.My colleague Chad Garrison (via the P-D) reported this morning that F ... More >>
Everything looked bad but the weather. I crawled through traffic in parts of Cahokia and Sauget that will never make a John Mellencamp small town video. I stared at the lines snaking around the GCS Ballpark half an hour before show time. I forked out $10 for the pleasure of later waiting an hour to ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2. GCS Ballpark, 2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois.
8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, Friday, June 12, Saturday, June 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
4171 Lindell Boulevard
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 22. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights).
(Fish Fry, Maplewood)
Saturday, September 17; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Friday, September 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
It's hard not to be happy at Caribbean Sun
Here are ten hot, not-to-miss local acts
No Depression: What It Sounds Like (Vol. 1) (Dualtone)
True Love (V2)
Carla Bozulich has the balls to remake a classic
Friday, September 12; Pageant
Week of November 13, 2002
The St. Louis International Film Festival proves "indie" isn't a category but a way of life
Saturday, Dec. 15; Incahoots