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  • Jazz Is Dead. Long Live Jazz.
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    Jazz Is Dead. Long Live Jazz.

    published Nov 01, 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 Whe... More >>

  • Enabler

    published November 1, 2012

    Milwaukee outfit Enabler occupies a familiar space on the metallic fringe of hardcore, combining Kill Em All riffs with Black Flag... More >>

  • The Six Strangest Crossover Attempts By Jazz Musicians

    published Oct 30, 2012

    About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar scho... More >>

  • Gig Musicians Vs. Show Musicians
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    Gig Musicians Vs. Show Musicians

    published Oct 26, 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 This ... More >>

  • The Six Best Songs That Are At Least 50% Guitar Solo

    published Oct 24, 2012

    Most rock songs use guitar solos as icing. In some rare cases, the solo is an essential element incorporated into the batter of the proverbial song-cake. Here are the six best songs that are at least ... More >>

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    Minus the Bear and Cursive

    published October 25, 2012

    Minus the Bear and Cursive: the best tour of 2002 in 2012. But this double bill is hardly nostalgic. In the years since their initial... More >>

  • The Zen of Enjoying "Bad" Music

    published Oct 18, 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 When ... More >>

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    Dysrhythmia

    published October 18, 2012

    The members of Dysrhythmia have ridiculous pedigrees in the Brooklyn hipster metal scene (which, if you didn't know, totally exists), ranging... More >>

  • The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal
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    The Six Best Non-Metal Songs About Heavy Metal

    published Oct 16, 2012

    Songwriters love riffing on folklore, be it nursery rhymes or Biblical parables. Over the years, heavy metal has developed its own brand of legend, so much so that stylistically disparate musicians h... More >>

  • The Class War Between Food Culture and Music Culture

    published Oct 11, 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'm a s... More >>

  • The Six Best Diss Tracks
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    The Six Best Diss Tracks

    published Oct 09, 2012

    This month, you won't be able to watch an episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" without seeing a half-dozen attack ads. The music world doesn't have attack ads, it has diss tracks. In honor of the ons... More >>

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    The Octopus Project

    published October 11, 2012

    We live in an age where electronic musicians commonly tour in the same circuit as rock bands. In other words, EDM artists are finally catching... More >>

  • 72 St. Louis Musicians Record the Soundtrack for Laumeier Sculpture Park
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    72 St. Louis Musicians Record the Soundtrack for Laumeier Sculpture Park

    published Oct 04, 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 This w... More >>

  • Six Best Bass Solos In Rock
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    Six Best Bass Solos In Rock

    published Oct 02, 2012

    First, a joke: A man visits an Indian reservation. The tribe's chief leads him on a tour, and the man hears drums in the distance. "What are those drums?" he asks. The chief replies, "When the drums s... More >>

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    Zammuto

    published October 4, 2012

    Some musicians' last names work well as band monikers. Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Santana and now Zammuto. Prior to his April-released, self-titled... More >>

  • Best Vs. Favorite

    published Sep 27, 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 RFT an... More >>

  • John Scofield

    published September 27, 2012

    John Scofield Trio's titular guitarist might look like a less crazy John Malkovich, but he plays like nobody else on the planet. After 30-plus... More >>

  • The Six Best Greatest Hits Albums

    published Sep 25, 2012

    This week, RFT announces the winners of this year's Best Of St. Louis issue. To celebrate - and give a break from the local overload to ensue - here are the six best "Best Of" albums, plus a few bonus... More >>

  • Amanda Palmer Didn't Do Anything Wrong
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    Amanda Palmer Didn't Do Anything Wrong

    published Sep 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 Amanda... More >>

  • The Six Best YEAHs in Rock & Roll

    published Sep 18, 2012

    A well placed, well delivered "yeah" can mean so much more than just a lazy "yes." Here are the six best YEAAAHs in rock and roll. Let us know your favorites in our comments, yeah? See also: -Six Mo... More >>

  • Terry Riley and Gyan Riley at The Sheldon Concert Hall, 9/17/12: Review

    published Sep 18, 2012

    The Sheldon Concert Hall is best utilized by music that overwhelms. With a simple piano and guitar setup, Terry Riley and Gyan Riley, performing as the Rileys, made the room glow last night. The fathe... More >>

  • The New Sound of St. Louis Metal: The Gorge Changes Its Lineup and White Fire Exists

    published Sep 17, 2012

    Rugged sludge metal group Big Business headlined a healthily attended show at the Firebird last Friday. Those who arrived early enough caught sets from the Gorge and White Fire, two local groups which... More >>

  • Tributes and Tribulations

    published Sep 13, 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 Last w... More >>

  • The Six Most Tasteless References To 9/11 In Song

    published Sep 11, 2012

    It has been eleven years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and while the feelings brought up by the events are still complicated, we can view its aftermath with some clarity. With over a de... More >>

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    Pioneering composer Terry Riley Gets spiritual with his son, Gyan

    published September 14, 2012

    In 1964, Terry Riley and a group of twelve musicians in San Francisco premiered "In C," a deceivingly simple work that uses repetition as a... More >>

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