The 10 Best Places to Eat and Drink After Midnight in St. Louis

Categories: List-O-Rama

Laura Miller
City Diner at the Fox, one of the city's best spots for late-night dining and drinking.
Home to one of the nation's largest breweries for over a century and a half, St. Louis has long held a reputation as a city of drinkers, regularly showing up in annual round-ups of the nation's drunkest cities. With the a seemingly ever-expanding cast of quality craft breweries, the booze-soaked element of our city's identity shows no signs of drying up anytime soon.

More recently, our hometown has gained recognition for its burgeoning culinary scene thanks to an explosion of new eateries offering world-class cuisine, ranging from down-home fried chicken and barbecued ribs to innovative New England-style seafood and Asian fusion.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 6 to 12

Categories: Out Every Night

Photo by Jon Gitchoff
Raekwon returns to St. Louis alongside Ghostface Killah this Saturday at the Ready Room. See more photos from his 2011 show in RFT Slideshows.

St. Louis still stinks of fresh firecrackers, but who's complaining? Between a jam-packed Fair at Forest Park and the upcoming LouFest in September, now is the best time to be a music fan in St. Louis. The week ahead brings a stellar showcase via local label Boxing Clever Records, another installment of the Fresh Produce Beat Battle and two members of the Wu-Tang Clan -- and we're just getting started.

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Foxing's Trailer Stolen in Austin, Texas with $30,000 Worth of Gear Inside

Categories: News

Courtesy of Foxing
Members of the band stand where their trailer once sat.

Last week, we reported on the recently returned trend of thieves targeting touring bands in the St. Louis area. As local group Foxing just proved, bands are no safer outside of city limits. Yesterday morning, the group discovered its trailer was stolen overnight in a residential neighborhood in Austin, Texas.

See also: Tour Van Break-Ins Return to St. Louis After Brief Reprieve

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 3 to 5

Photo by Theo Welling
Catch Lo-Fi Cherokee's big multi-screen experience at the Public Media Commons this Friday. See more photos from opening night at the PMC in RFT Slideshows.

Between catching CaveofswordS on the roof of the City Museum or seeing Blondie on Art Hill, this holiday brings an experience well above the typical show. Of special note is the one item on our list that does not technically qualify as a concert: Lo-Fi Cherokee at the Public Media Commons. Bill Streeter's video series basks in the many screens at PMC, showcasing a snapshot of St. Louis music. Those wanting a more low-key vibe should look elsewhere -- this list is all party, all the time.

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Steve Earle and 8 More Musicians Who Unexpectedly Dabbled in Acting

Courtesy of HBO's The Wire
Steve Earle as Walon on HBO's The Wire.
Many varied and unique paths splinter from Steve Earle's main road as a musician. Over the last 40 years, Earle has been a political activist, a prisoner and a novelist in addition to leading his band, the Dukes, with whom he will be appearing at the Old Rock House this Friday, July 3.

Those unfamiliar with his music and biography may see a picture of the bearded Earle and recognize him as Walon, a recovering addict on HBO's The Wire. Possibly based in part on Earle's own struggles with heroin, his character would serve as the support system that series junkie Bubbs finally uses to get clean. (Earle's cover of the show's theme -- Tom Waits' "Down in the Hole" -- would also play under the credits in the show's final season.)

From the film careers of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Ice-T's hilarious turn as a streetwise detective whose lines are clearly written by white people on Law and Order: SVU, many musicians have found second careers in the world of acting. But for others such as Earle, the dalliance is brief -- a one-night stand briefly interrupting a committed relationship to music. Here are some of the more interesting musicians that had a brief fling with the world of television and film.

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Music Record Shop Purchases Massive Vinyl Collection From Private Owner

Categories: Local History

Derek Schwartz
Just some of the massive collection of records purchased by Music Record Shop last week.
Late last week, Mark Carter, owner of the Music Record Shop in the Grove, received the kind of phone call that record collectors dream of.

It came from a woman in south St. Louis county, who years earlier had inherited a massive collection of vinyl from a family member who had been a DJ. The woman was preparing to move, but before she could, she had to find a home for the thousands of records in her garage.

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Subtle Aggression Monopoly's Perennial Complex: Review and Stream

Categories: Homespun

Perennial Complex.
The idea that we live in a post-racial -- or, God help us, a post-racist -- society has been pretty thoroughly put to bed in the past year as events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and more have underlined the deep divisions and biases across our country. But if overt acts of racism and discrimination have somewhat receded, we've heard more and more about "microaggressions" -- those coded acts and phrases that undermine a non-dominant culture. The distance between macro and micro could be seen in the gap between, say, a burning cross on someone's lawn and a Confederate flag sticker on someone's car.

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Newly Announced: 7 Seconds, Joell Ortiz, Juvenile, Keke Wyatt, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and More

Categories: This Just In

David Robert
7 Seconds will perform at the Demo on August 27.
Here, again, is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention.

Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones you are excited about. Click through, and start planning ahead.

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Blondie's Chris Stein Still Making Waves 40 Years Later

Categories: Interviews

photo by Danielle St. Laurent
Blondie with Chris Stein (second from right)

For Chris Stein, music and photography have always been married. When he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York during the late '60s, he made it his mission to document downtown culture. As luck would have it, that culture just happened to include a music scene that was on the brink of an international explosion.

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STL Vernacular Aims to Be St. Louis' Go-To Spot for Podcasts

Categories: Interviews

Patrick Lanham
Adam Frick, the man behind STL Vernacular.
In a small, glass-encased room at Shock City Studios, Em Piro, director of the St. Louis Fringe Festival, is discussing her event with host Martin Casas on his STL Swap Meet podcast. "It's an open market for creative work," says Piro, summarizing the two-week festival.

On the other side of the glass, Adam Frick -- the man producing the interview -- is attempting to set up the same kind of market for podcasts.

STL Vernacular, Frick's podcast network, launched on April 13. In addition to the three podcasts he manages -- STL Swap Meet, the comedy-based Would You Watch This and Married to Music -- Frick says he hopes the network will serve as a landing pad for all podcasts in the St. Louis area.

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