Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
Did you know that Michael Bolton's real last name is 'Bolotin'? (Pronounced 'below-tin'). Or that he is a major Scrabble nerd? These are important things to know. Bolton's talent supersedes any genre. He has worked with an eclectic array of musicians, including: Pavarotti, Cher, Barbra Streisand, B ... More >>
Soft-rock seems to be making a comeback. Just recently Phil Collins announced his glorious return to music, and now Michael Bolton has been plastered all over our TV screens. That's right, Michael Bolton. That balding dude your mom used to listen to. It's tough defending Bolton, but hey, I'm up to ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
It's a common cliché by now: Some snobby, balding guy with glasses in every bar across America rants and raves about how he only likes "the old stuff" by every band. "I liked the first record," is his creed. This character floats around, bumming everyone out and sucking all the fun out of a karaoke ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
In the last couple of weeks St. Louis has had somewhat of an influx of '90s nostalgia acts coming through town. Sponge played Cicero's, Soul Asylum made an appearance at the Old Rock House and Reel Big Fish just played the Pageant. This got us to thinking.... The '80s are remembered musically for t ... More >>
Michael Bolton will be at the Family Arena next Thursday, and we would like to send you to the show. He's touring in support of this year's Gems -- The Duets Collection, or possibly a somewhat unexpected revival of interest in his career marked most clearly by his appearance on SNL dressed as a pira ... More >>
Kelsey WhippleThere's good news and bad news here: Depending on how you feel about the literature giant, the July 18 news that Borders is closing its doors and liquidating all of its merchandise comes with heavy hearts and lighter wallets. Well, we have more news for you: It has been one mont ... More >>
We weren't at the wedding of Kurt and Brenda Warner, though we assume the couple had a first dance.From that we can deduce that Warner has twirled before an audience before, but does he have what it takes to shimmy in front of millions of viewers? We're about to find when Warner competes on ABC's ... More >>
We're not sure why Nelly is so dead-set on playing Branson, seeing how the town is an oasis for the dead-end acts of yesteryear. (Then again, Country Grammar did just celebrate its 10-year anniversary.) Anyway, it seems the St. Louis rapper will finally realize his dream of playing in the "Hillbi ... More >>
Artist: Michael Bolton Album: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1988 Label: CBS Records What it sounds like: Sacrilege: The classic Otis Redding song redone "When a Man Loves a Woman"-style.
The Big Muddy Blues Festival is back and bigger than ever, while B-Sides finds out that Michael Bolton isn't an assclown and spotlights photography superstar Tammy Leahy,
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
Why is everyone out to get Randy Wichman?
Is Steven Soderbergh getting the total package?
Unreal enjoys seasonal cocktails with lovely divorcees, learns of a new no-tolerance policy at a local elementary school and shares a make-out queen's Blog o' the Week; plus, how does Bryan Burwell really feel?
In his final term, Dick Gephardt goes AWOL
Team America takes no prisoners and spares no swear words
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
It isn't just for losers anymore
We feel our age at St. Charles' new skate park, bare our guilty soul to the Recording Industry Association of America and pay our last respects to another victim of asbestos
There's fresh meat for the Reaper in Final Destination 2
From a suburban roller rink, identical twins David and Darren Stith gamble on future hip-hop stars. Getting paid is everyone's preoccupation.
Week of January 30, 2002
Once again, Disney turns a good book into steaming mush
The pundits scoff, but the little girls understand
Homeboy superstar Nelly tops the list of readers' favorite local musicians
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame