Rick Astley is a freaking tease. All this week, 103.7 FM, a Clear Channel radio station in the St. Louis metro region, has been playing Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" nonstop in a stunt to drive interest in the launch of the station's new format. And honestly, it seemed to have worked. We saw S ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
What is happening here? Something's going on that's not quite clear. -- Lionel Richie Venture down to Grand Center this weekend, and you might find yourself mouthing the lyrics to a certain 1986 pop tune. For good reason. What is happening this Saturday along the side of the 22-story Continental ... More >>
On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
[Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country.] By Mike Seely With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the n ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
Award season has been very, very good for T-Bone Burnett. The musical impresario has won just about every conceivable honor over his decades-long career, from a Golden Globe to a BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award. Heck, Burnett is only one Rugrats sequel away from capturing a coveted Nickelodeon Kids' Cho ... More >>
Rocky SchenckToday is Frances Bean Cobain's 19th birthday. Time flies, right? In celebration of Miss Frannie, we've compiled a list of hot rock 'n' roll spawn. These people have at least one rock star parent and their moms are frequently models. (Figures.) They are all totally bangable, and m ... More >>
By now you've probably heard about Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan's grandson's aspiring rap career, which, if you're like us, probably made you cringe, especially if you've listened to any tracks from his mixtape, 10 Minutes. After we wiped the blood from our ears, we started to think about other o ... More >>
Randy Osborne?Street art, internet meme, or both? That is the question.But let me start by saying ... I love you. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about art. Specifically, street art. As Exit Through the Gift Shop so poignantly illuminated, street art has in recent years become qui ... More >>
This has been making the rounds of Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr all day. Fitting that the original source appears to be a Tumblr called Future Classics of the Internet -- because yes, this is exactly what this is. Cross a photo of Lionel Richie with the lyrics/premise of his song "Hello," and you get com ... More >>
On Friday, Radiohead released its new album, The King of Limbs. Along with the eight-song set, the band unveiled a video for the song "Lotus Flower." The stark black-and-white clip focuses on singer Thom Yorke and his wiggly, lithe, devil-possessed dance moves. Naturally, the Internet responded to t ... More >>
The billing for Sunday's party at Sugar Lounge.So, it now comes out that Travis Parker, the 20-year-old man gunned down on Washington Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Monday, had just left Sugar Lounge after he had reportedly gotten into an argument with the gunman over a woman -- the dispute allegedly oc ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.
Found this video on a random blog. How epic would a Lionel Richie show here be? Can anyone make this happen? Man.
I'm not easily scared. There have only been two bars I've visited in the past six months that have made me uneasy. While Frank's 1st Alarm Bar and Grill isn't what I consider a scary bar, I was quite alarmed during my visit.Biker's don't scare me, but I don't like taking my husband to bars where b ... More >>
The Singers: Formed in the late '60s when the members were school mates at the Tuskegee Institute, the Commodores are best known for two things: having fostered a young Lionel Richie, and the funk jam "Brick House". The group's hits were split between "Brick House"-like funk songs ("Machine Gun" and ... More >>
What a weekend. Here's what you missed: The Alice Rose of Austin, Texas played Friday night at Lemmons in South St. Louis. Click over to A to Z to read more. On Friday night, the wind was whipping down Washington Avenue, but that didn't stop the club crowd from heading out. Here's a recap from Jo ... More >>
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10. Finale Music & Dining (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton).
Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever.
from www.artnomad.com/bbd Bell Biv DeVoe The long-dormant booties of many white-bread St. Louisians were recently reignited when local bland-rock station the River (WVRV 101.1 FM) ditched its flaccid adult-contemporary format in favor of the cold, semi-hard funk. At precisely 11 a.m. September 8, s ... More >>
INXS' Garry Beers weighs in on all things Rock Star, Karl Sanders of Nile expounds on Egypt, and B-Sides shakes our Groovethang
Week of July 20, 2005
A critical fatwa of Live 8
A simpleton's guide to Twangfest
A great hip-hop station switches format and leaves St. Louis a little poorer
Is the soul balladeer Burt Bacharach or Michael Bolton?
The Garbageman and the Prostitute (GSL)
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
Lionel Richie / Dancing on the Ceiling / Can't Slow Down, 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Universal)
Pure 80's Love, the #1 Hits: 18 Classic Love Songs from the Decade of Excess (Universal Music Group)
A book report on the best tomes to consult before buying tunes