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September 9, 2018

At roughly 2 a.m. on September 5, music-lovers in St. Louis and beyond learned via Twitter that LouFest -- an annual home-grown festival featuring big-name acts, local bands and comedians and dozens of vendors -- would not happen this year.

The really bad thing: the per...

August 18, 2018

Digital feature, Riverfront Times, May 14, 2015

I've been writing for the Riverfront Times for many years now, and I'm blessed and grateful that they let me cover pretty much whatever I want at this point. They trust me to use my news judgement to look into stories that...

August 18, 2018

Digital story, BrainJet, December 2015

Photo by Erik Drost via Flickr Creative Commons

In 2015 and 2016, I was an editor at a local content startup, overseeing two websites and making sure that our stories and slideshows about history, "Star Wars," pets, geography, caree...

August 9, 2018

The Riverfront Times' music issue has been published in many forms, but the essence of the guide -- helping readers discover the amazing performers that have reignited the region's notoriety for music -- has remained steadfast year after year. 

The items below are...

July 23, 2018


Ghostblogging, SPACE Architecture + Design, July 7, 2016

Communications agencies, businesses, civic organizations and nonprofits often tap me to put their brands into words that will entice readers to share and act. With plenty of research and client interviews,...

July 23, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 11, 2016

Photos by Allison Babka

In 2016, I was laid off for the first time in my life. It was just as confusing, demoralizing and frightening as I'd heard it would be from others.

I'd been an editor at Gateway Media, assigning and writi...

July 23, 2018

Digital opinion piece, BrainJet, December 2015

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The 2016 class that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced, and many rock music lovers are livid.

During a ceremony in April 2016, Cheap Trick, Chicago, D...

July 18, 2018

Concert recap, ReviewSTL, July 13, 2011

Photo by Stephanie Young Merzel via Flickr Creative Commons

I’ve finally forgiven Bono one year after he threw his back out and canceled my 2010 Chicago show.  And all it took was U2 playing a rare song live and completely blowing...

July 9, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, August 20, 2014

By Allison Babka

Photo by Bryan Sutter

Billy Bragg stood at the microphone toward the end of his set at the Royale, thoughtfully looking up into the night sky as he tried to put words to what's happening in Ferguson.

"The tr...

July 9, 2018

Digital story, NerdBastards, October 28, 2010

Remember when The Walking Dead television show was new and didn't suck? Remember when it went with storylines from the comics and made sense? Remember when you didn't hate every single character? 

LOL, not anymore.

Back in 201...

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