Michael Williams

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Nickelback, Cowboy Mouth, Moon Taxi and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    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, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Locked-Up in "High Security Unit" and Not Told Why, Prisoners Hunger Strike for Answer

    Inmates at an Illinois prison say they don't know why they are being held in a new high-security unit that is infested with mice, filth, and freezing cold temperatures, so they've decided to go on a hunger strike to protest the conditions. But the prison denies the poor conditions and says the inmat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: June 21 to 23

    Decisions are hard. Last night, I fell asleep to a TED Talk about "the art of choosing" ironically while trying to turn my brain off about a decision I had to make. How many decisions do we make each day? Hundreds, some say. Thousands, say others. Should I wear pants today? Nah. Should I drink that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Gobble Stop Smokehouse: Review Slideshow

    If chicken and turkey are your go-to 'cue, you need to go to Gobble Stop Smokehouse (1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza, Creve Coeur; 314-878-5586). My review of Gobble Stop Smokehouse is now available online.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Ghastly New Allegations About the Music Teacher/Rapist at Wentzville East School

    Image viaThe most recent to come forward was 11 at time of the rape.​These numbers are stomach-wrenching:As we write, former Wentzville East Elementary music teacher Michael D. Williams is rotting in jail on a 25-year sentence. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to eighteen counts of statutory sodomy and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Interview: Guitarist Charlie Hunter, Playing at Jazz at the Bistro This Weekend

    Charlie Hunter​"My attitude is, whatever other aesthetic thing you want to put on the music is great, but it's got to groove," said guitarist Charlie Hunter. The comment came in reply to a query about drummer Eric Kalb, who will be playing with Hunter tonight through Saturday at Jazz at the Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Five More Dogfighters Plead Guilty in Southern Illinois

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer​The largest dogfighting bust in U.S. history just got a little bigger, at least in terms of the number of defendants who have pleaded guilty in connection with the case -- which was the subject of an RFT feature story earlier this month.The southern Illinois U.S. Att ... More >>

  • News

    July 17, 2002

    How Do You Envision God?

    Week of July 17, 2002

  • Music

    June 6, 2001


    10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)

  • News

    September 20, 2000

    Down the Drain

    For 14 years, Tom Sullivan has been smelling a rat at the Metropolitan Sewer District. It may not be just his imagination.

  • Culture

    March 8, 2000

    Closet Case

    University City's newest art gallery is not for the pretentious -- or the claustrophobic

  • Film

    July 28, 1999


    Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez