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2011 Stories by Ryan Wasoba

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  • King Arthur

    published July 28, 2011

    Murfreesboro, Tennessee's King Arthur is the reincarnation of the Lake, a group that found soul mates in local Pavement enthusiasts... More >>

  • Styx/Yes

    published July 21, 2011

    Styx vs. Yes: Both progressive rock bands excel at expanding pop songs with an operatic scope. While Yes penned... More >>

  • The Get Up Kids at the Firebird, 7/15/11

    published Jul 16, 2011

    The Get Up Kids The Firebird July 15, 2011 "Remember when we used to play here all the time?" asked Get Up Kids guitarist Jim Suptic before the band moseyed into "Overdue." Its closing line "You're ... More >>

  • The Get Up Kids Return

    published July 14, 2011

    If you took an essay that you wrote in English class when you were seventeen years old and read it ten years later, you'd probably cringe,"... More >>

  • Free Energy

    published July 14, 2011

    Various music press outlets have touted everyone from Ted Leo to the Darkness to Kings of Leon as the saviors of rock. Free Energy is... More >>

  • Of Montreal at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 7/4/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

    Of Montreal at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 7/4/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

    published Jul 05, 2011

    Of Montreal | Yip Deciever Luminary Center for the Arts July 4th, 2011 It seems as though Athens, Georgia's Of Montreal and Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie) shouldn't jive. July 4th is b... More >>

  • "Free Bird" is Actually, Seriously a Great Song

    published Jun 23, 2011

    The extraneous requesting of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is one of the longest running jokes in rock and roll history. It also ranks among the least funny. Each time a lazy heckler yells "Free Bird" ... More >>

  • 2011 RFT Music Awards Winners: Best Americana (Rock): Pretty Little Empire

    published June 23, 2011

    Sounds Like: Driving Americana with a sentimental streak Recommended If You Like: Tom Petty, Gaslight Anthem, Gin... More >>

  • David Bazan settles into a solo career

    published June 9, 2011

    David Bazan is not Pedro the Lion. The Seattle songsmith initially made waves as the figurehead of the influential Christian indie-rock group,... More >>

  • CJ Boyd

    published June 2, 2011

    As countless episodes of VH1 Storytellers have proven, the standard format for an intimate performance is one musician playing one... More >>

  • Bright Eyes

    published June 2, 2011

    Is Conor Oberst the Bob Dylan of emo? His early lo-fi works under the Bright Eyes moniker were teeming with subversive lyrics,... More >>

  • Collective Soul won't be challenging Kansas to a rib-eating contest

    published May 26, 2011

    Collective Soul's body of work includes megahits like "The World I Know" and buzz-bin gems like "Gel," but most associate the band with the... More >>

  • The Gorge is more than metal

    published May 26, 2011

    "Metal is not the first word that comes to my mind when describing our band," says the Gorge drummer Jerry Mazzuca. Those who simply skim the... More >>

  • Guitar sensei Bill Frisell is always in tune

    published May 12, 2011

    Bill Frisell talks about music the way Stephen Hawking talks about time; the guitarist is enamored of the smallest details and fascinated with... More >>

  • Deftones at the Pageant, 4/26/11: Review

    Deftones at the Pageant, 4/26/11: Review

    published Apr 27, 2011

    Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan/Funeral Party The Pageant April 26, 2011 Check out a full slideshow of Deftones at the Pageant The Deftones crowd favorite "My Own Summer (Shove It)" has a false endin... More >>

  • Deftones' Frank Delgado on Changing Perceptions and Chi's Current Health

    published Apr 25, 2011

    A scant seven months after serving as the meat in an Alice In Chains/Mastodon sandwich at Scottrade Center, the Deftones will be headlining a very sold-out show at the Pageant with the Dillinger Escap... More >>

  • Lightning Bolt at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 4/23/11: Review

    published Apr 24, 2011

    Lightning Bolt/Parts & Labor/Spelling Bee Luminary Center for the Arts April 23, 2011 If you see Lightning Bolt, you will hurt afterwards. Your ears, obviously, will be sore, for the Providence, Rhod... More >>

  • Deftones

    published April 21, 2011

    Deftones has two platinum and two gold albums to its name. Still, it's easy to feel sorry for the band, which never deserved its... More >>

  • Lightning Bolt/Parts & Labor/Spelling Bee

    published April 21, 2011

    Luminary Center for the Arts patrons be advised: Chronic hearing loss is a serious condition known to be caused by old age, ear infections and... More >>

  • Memories of Danny McClain from Friends and Family

    Memories of Danny McClain from Friends and Family

    published Apr 15, 2011

    In this week's RFT, we profiled Danny McClain, the mind-blowing local musician who passed away on March 28 at the age of 31. To further honor his memory, we invited some of his friends and family to s... More >>

  • Danny McClain, Grand Ulena's relentless drummer, played hard and died young

    published April 14, 2011

    Danny McClain died March 28 at the too-damn-young age of 31. He had been a relentless drummer, an engaging personality and a musician of... More >>

  • Menomena/Maps & Atlases

    published March 10, 2011

    Nine haikus inspired by Menomena. Oh, Menomena / So singular, so unique / From Portland you hail. Each record reflects / Years in... More >>

  • The Toasters

    published February 17, 2011

    Ska in 2011 is a genre of defiance, and no band sums up its resilience better than the Toasters. After thirty years and several dozen... More >>

  • Eight Songs Less Than Jake Should Cover

    Eight Songs Less Than Jake Should Cover

    published Feb 09, 2011

    Less Than Jake's upcoming February 11 show at Pop's has inspired A to Z to reminisce over the lost art of the ska/punk cover. The beauty is in its simplicity: It's the same song you know and love, jus... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club

    published February 3, 2011

    Reports that Tokyo Police Club has dramatically altered its speed-of-light post-punk between its 2006 debut EP, A Lesson in... More >>

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