Lionel Richie

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Behold the Triumphant Return of Thor Axe

    Rejoice, ye unwashed peasants, for your kings have returned. The mighty Thor Axe, once named "Best Side Project" by this publication, will be gracing the stage of the Luminary Arts Center this upcoming Monday, October 13. The band will be joined by Athens, Georgia's Bit Brigade, a group known for li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    New 103.7 FM Says 'Man Up,' Forgets Women Who Don't Wear Bikinis Exist

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Why the Grammys Don't Matter

    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 >>

  • Film

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Aerial Dancers Returning to St. Louis to Perform on Facade of Skyscraper

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    From Sun Studios to Greg Ginn to Parliament: Meet Jay Brook Lipe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Here are Five Charity Songs that Sucked for the 28th Anniversary of "We Are the World"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    The Ten Black Pop Stars Who Should Go Country

    [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 >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012
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    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    T-Bone Burnett is Good at Winning Awards

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Frances Bean Cobain And The Other Nine Hottest Offspring Of Musicians

    Rocky Schenck​Today 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Kids These Days: The Six Least Impressive Music Careers Of Respected Musicians' Children

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Who Made That Lionel Richie Missing Person Poster? Randy Osborne, Ex-RFT Staffer, Knows

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Lionel Richie Missing Person Poster = Internet Win

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    The Seven Best Dancing Thom Yorke Videos

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Sugar Lounge Apparently 18 on Night Travis Parker Was Murdered

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 2, 2010

    Diana Ross

    7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    I Really Wish Lionel Richie Would Play St. Louis

    Found this video on a random blog. How epic would a Lionel Richie show here be? Can anyone make this happen? Man.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    The Dive Bomber: Alarming Things at Frank's 1st Alarm Bar and Grill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Hump Day Slow Jam of the Week: The Commodores, "Nightshift"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008
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    April 13, 2008

    St. Louis Weekend Recap: Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Fest, Dan Deacon, Feist, Alice Rose, Wash Ave. Club Pics, Flamenco Dancing

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2007
  • Music

    February 7, 2007

    Local Motion: All Night Long: Arvell Sings Lionel Richie

    7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10. Finale Music & Dining (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton).

  • Home Entertainment

    January 3, 2007

    A Legendary Outing

    Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    The River Runs Dry

    from 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 >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2006

    Shabooh Shoobah

    INXS' Garry Beers weighs in on all things Rock Star, Karl Sanders of Nile expounds on Egypt, and B-Sides shakes our Groovethang

  • News

    July 20, 2005

    Ask a Negro Leaguer

    Week of July 20, 2005

  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    We Aren't the World

    A critical fatwa of Live 8

  • Music

    June 8, 2005

    Wang Dang Sweet Ol' Twang

    A simpleton's guide to Twangfest

  • Music

    December 22, 2004

    And Then There Was One

    A great hip-hop station switches format and leaves St. Louis a little poorer

  • Music

    April 28, 2004

    Abundance of Richies

    Is the soul balladeer Burt Bacharach or Michael Bolton?

  • Music

    March 17, 2004

    Kill Me Tomorrow

    The Garbageman and the Prostitute (GSL)

  • Music

    June 4, 2003

    Lust Highway

    The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore

  • Music

    May 21, 2003

    Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie / Dancing on the Ceiling / Can't Slow Down, 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Universal)

  • Music

    March 5, 2003

    Various Artists

    Pure 80's Love, the #1 Hits: 18 Classic Love Songs from the Decade of Excess (Universal Music Group)

  • Music

    July 21, 1999


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