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  • Finding Yourself In The Used CD Bin

    published Dec 28, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. I... More >>

  • The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs Of 2012
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    The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs Of 2012

    published Dec 27, 2012

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in som... More >>

  • Japandroids: How A Just Okay Record Became The Best Album of 2012
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    Japandroids: How A Just Okay Record Became The Best Album of 2012

    published Dec 26, 2012

    Japandroids' Celebration Rock is my favorite record of 2012 because I'm tired of albums that want to change my life. This is the simplest conclusion I can come to in my search for a deeper reasoning o... More >>

  • Please Don't Write A Song About Sandy Hook
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    Please Don't Write A Song About Sandy Hook

    published Dec 20, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. No... More >>

  • The Six Best Beats By St. Louis Artists In 2012

    published Dec 18, 2012

    In this unprecedented edition of Nitpick Six, we narrow the scope and focus on the stellar work of local musicians this year. Here are the six best beats by local artists in 2012. Let us know your fav... More >>

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    The Cuban Missiles CD Release Show

    published December 20, 2012

    For the better part of a decade, the local operative known as the Cuban Missiles has been stealthily honing its freewheeling rock & roll with... More >>

  • Ravi Shankar, Dave Brubeck, and The Politics Of Westernizing Music
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    Ravi Shankar, Dave Brubeck, and The Politics Of Westernizing Music

    published Dec 14, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Ra... More >>

  • Every Time I Die

    published December 13, 2012

    Since Every Time I Die originally stepped out of the metalcore herd by infusing its tracks with Dimebag Darrell fretwork, no description of the... More >>

  • The Six Best Boring Albums Of 2012
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    The Six Best Boring Albums Of 2012

    published Dec 11, 2012

    If "best" and "boring" seem contradictory, please know there's no irony or negativity intended in this list. Maybe some irony, as I am poking some fun at the perception that any song over four minutes... More >>

  • Why You Should Listen to Music Outside Your Wheelhouse: The Jazz and Metal Connection

    published Dec 06, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Eve... More >>

  • High On Fire

    published December 6, 2012

    2012 has been an eventful year for Matt Pike. Dopesmoker, the one-track, hourlong 1996 masterwork by his defunct band Sleep finally saw... More >>

  • The Six Sweetest Riffs Of 2012
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    The Six Sweetest Riffs Of 2012

    published Dec 04, 2012

    It's the most wonderful time of the year: list season. Before we open up all our presents from the past 12 months, let us gather around the fireplace and reminisce on the gifts from the guitar gods. H... More >>

  • Why People Hate Christmas Music
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    Why People Hate Christmas Music

    published Nov 29, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. I d... More >>

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    Gaslight Anthem

    published November 29, 2012

    At this point in Gaslight Anthem's life, the band has graced magazine covers, landed on year-end best-albums lists, shared the stage with Bruce... More >>

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    It’s All Here: Stan Chisholm doesn't need beats

    published November 29, 2012

    Stan Chisholm is a St. Louis native with no plans of relocating, but he has harsh words for those whose lack of support has driven away many of... More >>

  • The Six Best Apologetic Songs
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    The Six Best Apologetic Songs

    published Nov 27, 2012

    Holidays are a tense time. Whether feelings were hurt during Thanksgiving or you anticipate a blowout come Christmas time, chances are an apology lies somewhere in the future. Why not let a song do th... More >>

  • How To Give Thanks To Your Music Community
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    How To Give Thanks To Your Music Community

    published Nov 21, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship Tha... More >>

  • The Six Best Songs About Manifest Destiny For Thanksgiving

    published Nov 20, 2012

    Let us reminisce about the first Thanksgiving, when the Native Americans said to the pilgrims, "In exchange for this bountiful feast, you have the rights to all the land and resources of this great c... More >>

  • See Japandroids Tonight, Because The Band Might Break Up Tomorrow: An Interview With Guitarist Brian King
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    See Japandroids Tonight, Because The Band Might Break Up Tomorrow: An Interview With Guitarist Brian King

    published Nov 20, 2012

    Vancouver duo Japandroids brings its forever-young punk rave-ups to The Firebird this evening for its first show in St. Louis since dropping the beyond awesome full length Celebration Rock earlier th... More >>

  • R Kelly Got His Crotch Grabbed 26 Times and Performed 50 Songs At The Fox Theatre
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    R Kelly Got His Crotch Grabbed 26 Times and Performed 50 Songs At The Fox Theatre

    published Nov 16, 2012

    In fairness to the above title, two of those instances of fondling were perpetrated by his own hand. The other 24 gropes were extensions of the intense fandom R. Kelly inspires, an adoration that bord... More >>

  • The Art of Background Sounds: Writing Music for Movies

    published Nov 15, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship The... More >>

  • The Six Worst Songs in Movies

    published Nov 13, 2012

    Last week, RFT Music editor Kiernan Maletsky pointed out many great film and music cohabitations at this year's St. Louis Internationally Film Festival. But not every insertion of music into movies is... More >>

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    Japandroids

    published November 15, 2012

    This June, Vancouver power duo Japandroids released the official summer album of 2012, the aptly titled Celebration Rock. The weather... More >>

  • The Power Of Profanity

    published Nov 09, 2012

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I w... More >>

  • The Six Best Songs About Ohio

    published Nov 06, 2012

    If you are a human with access to the news, you are probably sick of hearing about Ohio, the swing state that will likely determine the shape of today's Presidential election. Luckily, Ohio sounds bet... More >>

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