Jack White Goes To the Cardinals Game With Pokey LaFarge, Is Bored

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Mary Ellen Matthews
Rock star Jack White, a.k.a. "the most culturally relevant Zorro-looking mofo of our time," apparently saw fit to take in a Cards game with his ol' pal Pokey LaFarge before his performance at the Fox Theatre this Sunday. Though from the looks of things, he hardly enjoyed it.

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Taylor Swift Is a Cyborg

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Image of Taylor Swift inside the Matrix courtesy of Big Machine Records
I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and, certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital-image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24-year-old pop-country darling. Something about Swift's perfection almost seems a little too...well, perfect.

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Weezer's "Burning Sun" Finally Leaked After Fourteen Years

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Monica McGivern
Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which the group went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 the band demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds like. At some point every word in the Blue Album and Pinkerton liner notes was used in an angst-ridden away message.

Even Rivers Cuomo spent an inordinate amount of time chatting with people on AIM -- which is exactly how a long-lost Weezer song fans have been waiting for for fourteen years leaked a little more than a week ago.

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Who Will "Have the Balls" to Host The Air Guitar Competition in St. Louis Next Year?

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Harvey Brown
Kansas City's own Mean Melin, Air Guitar World Champion

St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, but when it comes to air guitar, we may just have to concede defeat.

On August 9, our cross-state rival will host the national finals for U.S. Air Guitar, the official air-guitar association of the United States. After months of competing in roughly twenty qualifying rounds and semi-finals nationwide, the upper echelon of air talent will converge at the Midland in Kansas City to duke it out for a chance to represent the country at the Air Guitar World Championship in Finland. For die-hard air-heads, theatrically shredding on an invisible instrument to Slayer or the Darkness in front of legions of pumped-up fans is a dream come true, and St. Louis' qualifying event played a teensy part in that.

Wait, no -- St. Louis didn't do jack.

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Née Frontwoman Throws Dumpster Pool Party Outside Fortune Teller Bar

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Image captured at last year's Dumpster Pool Party

Kristin Dennis of electro-pop outfit Née slides a Stiegel Radler across the Fortune Teller Bar's wood rail and recounts, "Sam Coffey and I were just walking down the neighborhood alleys, really hot and wanting to swim really bad. We had no pool. And no money." It's an introduction that mirrors an urban take on a Steinbeck landscape. "We thought we could dig a hole, turn that into a pool." She angles her head from left-to-right as she narrates several pool ideas inspected for potential backyard ponds. Then the idea struck.

"Let's turn a dumpster into a pool!" says Dennis, who operates the bar. "It was kind of thrown together because it was so last minute. We made punch and we had the fire department fill up the dumpster and we just waited to see what happened. It was the most fun thing we did all year."

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Does Sugar Ray Actually Suck?

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By Art Tavana

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast writes sunny indie-pop that traditionally has drawn from bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys. Right now, however, she's feeling inspiration from a more unlikely source.

"As cool as I want everybody to think I am, I don't care: I think Sugar Ray has written some really great songs," said Cosentino, in a recent interview with Spin.

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Tok Presents "Tongs of the Day," Skewers Louie 103.7 FM's Daily Thong Feature

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By now you have surely heard of Louie 103.7 FM, the new station in St. Louis where you can finally hear music from the likes of Metallica, Green Day, Aerosmith, Local H and more -- you know, all of those hidden gems that simply can't be found anywhere else on the FM dial. And of course you have been visiting the station's website and frequenting its "Thong of the Day" feature -- after all, what better place on the web is there to find softcore porn than a Clearchannel-owned frat-rock station with the tagline "Man up, St. Louis"?

It looks a little something like this:

See also: New 103.7 FM Says "Man Up," Forgets Women Who Don't Wear Bikinis Exist

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Ryan Carpenter Tours Europe with Ian Fisher, Talks of Muny Magic

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St. Louis multi-instrumentalist Ryan Carpenter has just returned from Vienna to God's favorite country, America. He slurps a gin and tonic as it stains the table with perspiration. He leans back and speaks.

"You know, I've never been much of a writer. I arrange a lot," he muses. "I have written songs. And I wrote songs for this Evangelical Christian band I was in -- Harlot Bride. Super good name. I wrote a few songs, but not many. I am more into taking songs other people have written and reworking those."

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Here Are Some Terrible Pickup Lines From Hilarious Comedians

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Chris Neff: If I could rearrange the alphabet I'd stick my dick in your mouth.
Smooth talking the opposite sex is a mysterious art form deserving of a master class. Still, any idiot knows that cheesy pick-up lines are never the way to go. We've all heard them, laughed at them, and if one of them actually worked for you, well...more power to your genitals.

The general rule when it comes to the "pick-up line" is to actually treat it as an icebreaker that will make the other person smile which, if you're lucky, will lead to conversation. And if you are really, really lucky, it'll lead to you sealing the deal.

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SLU Grad Performs National Anthem During Kansas City Royals Game

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Maurice Roper belts out "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a Kansas City Royals game.

If Pitch Perfect has shown us anything, it's that a cappella can open up doors for talented singers. A recent Saint Louis University graduate experienced that firsthand this weekend when he performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Kansas City Royals game.

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