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Tag: Allison Babka

Concert Review: Reel Big Fish & Friends Rock the Pageant. Yes, Again.

by allison / Published: July 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm   /   Concerts, Local, Music

Ska-punk stalwarts Reel Big Fish conquered The Pageant July 12. They played “Sell Out,” “Beer” and their version of A-Ha’s “Take On Me” while telling corny jokes and encouraging circle pits. Blah, blah, blah. None of this is news. I started putting together a review, but then I realized that I really had nothing left […]

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Watch Linkin Park Concert Live in Movie Theatres

by allison / Published: June 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm   /   Local, Movie News, Music News

You like the idea of concerts, but minus the burly, sweaty douchebags who stand in front of you. You like listening to music while sitting down.  You like being secure in the knowledge that no one will spill their $9 beer down your back. In other words, you are not me. But you are you, […]

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Concert Review: Storm Kills Social Distortion’s True Power at Pop’s

by allison / Published: May 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm   /   Concerts, Local, Music

Not even Biblical hail, rain and wind could keep fans from Social Distortion’s show at Pop’s last weekend. Area concert-goers obviously wanted to impress lead singer Mike Ness with just how hardcore they were, but someone forgot to tell Ness that he should dish out the same. On Saturday, April 28, people in the St. […]

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Social Distortion Returns to STL This Saturday

by allison / Published: April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm   /   Concerts, Local, Music

Prepare for mayhem coupled with a healthy dose of life lessons – Social Distortion returns to Pop’s this Saturday, April 28. Mike Ness and his band of gentle ruffians have been touring to support the 2011 album Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes. A combination of driving guitars, rockabilly storytelling and punk sensibilities, Hard Times takes […]

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Movie Review: ‘Extremely Loud’ Is Pretty Quiet

by allison / Published: January 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm   /   Featured, Local, Movie Reviews

I’ve had a hard time writing my review of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – or even beginning it. I worked on a draft, realized it was all wrong, started another draft, pitched that, repeated five more times. I kept feeling like something was missing, but from me, not from the movie. And then I […]

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Movie Review: ‘Joyful Noise’ Should Be Called ‘Disappointing Cacophony’

by allison / Published: January 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm   /   Film, Local, Movie Reviews

Most people know that a flick featuring sassy women, spontaneous songs and plenty of jazz hands is my idea of fine cheesy heaven. So why did Joyful Noise make me feel like I ate off-brand Cheez Whiz instead? Because the characters were cardboard. Because the plot was predictable. Because the story meandered. Because there were […]

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Nerd Alert: ‘Dark Vador’ Burger Invades France for ‘Phantom Menace 3D’

by allison / Published: January 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm   /   Interesting, Local, Movie News

Your immediate response to the headline and ad above should be as follows: Who the hell is “Dark Vador?” Why is there a Star Wars-themed burger? Someone invading France is old news. Seriously? Phantom Menace in 3D? For frick’s sake… The silliest Star Wars film of all time, The Phantom Menace, will be re-released in […]

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Concert Review: Brian Setzer Puts His Cat Clothes on for STL

by allison / Published: December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm   /   Concerts, Featured, Local, Music

I have a confession: I used to think Brian Setzer was a cat. I’m not crazy, I promise. But with his band being named the Stray Cats and all the songs they wrote about felines, my five-year-old self just naturally assumed that Setzer had whiskers and a fluffy tail. Ahhh, fun times in 1982. I’ll […]

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Movie Review: ‘Footloose’ Dances to Same Beats from 1984

by allison / Published: October 14, 2011 at 10:53 am   /   Featured, Film, Local, Movie Reviews

As a woman, I’m inclined to bestow immediate praise on the new version of Footloose. I mean, the only way this movie could appeal to my nostalgic ladyparts even more would be to randomly include neon Lisa Frank art and unicorns. And then that realization kind of scared me, so I had a frank talk […]

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A Flood of Support: Concert, BBQ to Benefit Joplin

by allison / Published: September 16, 2011 at 6:09 am   /   Concerts, Featured, Local, Music

A Songs for #Joplin benefit will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Luna Lounge, 4561 Gravois Road, St. Louis, 63116. An all-you-can-eat barbecue begins at 5 p.m. and features traditional and veggie burgers, brats, hot dogs, wings, potatoes, corn, baked beans, hummus, chips and cookies. Controlled Fires will perform its new album All Bets […]

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