I, Ryan James Wasoba, hereby announce that, after over a year and a half of weekly contributions, the end of my Nitpick Six column is upon us. As such, it's bucket list time. This space is usually reserved for microscopic aspects of music, but now let's go big. These are the six sweetest riffs of ... More >>
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 CALM Act was enacted two months ago, causing television commercials to maintain the same or lower vol ... More >>
METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying ... More >>
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 was thrilled five-ish years ago when I found out about Last.fm, the music recommendation service that d ... More >>
If there was ever an example a good musical soldier, it would be Nigel Godrich. The British producer has been an essential behind-the-scenes figure with Radiohead for years and years and years, so much so that he's colliquolly referred to as a sixth member of the band. Radiohead's titanic sound sh ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, November 13. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Happy Halloween! Let's celebrate with a list of the six best cameos from creepy children in song. 6. Michael Jackson - "Little Susie" The inclusion of Michael Jackson on this list has nothing to do with any accusations of inappropriate behavior with children, of which I will always give the man th ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, December 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
recordstoreday.comApril's annual Record Store Day has been such a rousing success, a semi-sequel is happening on Black Friday. Indie record stores all around the country will have exclusives, special releases, deluxe editions and other rare, limited-run goodies for sale. Vintage Vinyl and Euc ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJames Hetfield in St. Louis in 2008. More photos here.Tickets are on sale now for what's being dubbed The Big Four Live -- a.k.a. the June 22 movie-theater simulcast of the Sonisphere Festival appearances of thrash legends Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. (Now I can't stop ... More >>
If Rush's August show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater won't have enough air-drumming dudes and epic prog breakdowns for you, fear not: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary on the band directed by the men behind Iron Maiden: Flight 666, is screening in St. Louis on June 10. Says a press ... More >>
The Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of... series is self-explanatory. Each release focuses on making tunes from one rock band palatable enough for the naptime set. Past volumes have featured Metallica, Tool, Beach Boys, Coldplay, the Pixies and the Beatles. However, the latest one to cross my des ... More >>
7 p.m. Tuesday January 12. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
8 p.m. Friday, October 30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Hard to believe it's been twenty-five years since Twisted Sister asserted is independence with the LP Stay Hungry and the tune "We're Not Gonna Take It." But yes, a quarter-century passed since mainstream America became aware of Dee Snider and the rest of his glam-metal compatriots. (Fun fact: Metal ... More >>
Andrew McIntosh and Declan Patton, a pair of academics at the University of New South Wales (they come from the land down under) are worried about the dizziness, disorientation and, well, that pain in the neck you felt walking out of the recent Metallica concert. And they've done what any good ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. G ... More >>
(Welcome to Hello? Is It Me You're Looking For? Each Monday, we'll scour the local Missed Connections section of Craigslist, in search of the best posts. Here are some that caught our eye this week.) Pop's rocks. 'Cept in this case: "To the girl caning onstage at Pops (Pops)" The girl dancing ... More >>
Well. That was fucking glorious. Not content with merely revitalizing their sound on record – Death Magnetic, go buy it already – Metallica decided to kick their stage show in the ass and get back to the business of being the best live band in the world. But of course, I'm biased -- I've bel ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Ten reasons Ween's better than your favorite band.
8 p.m. Sunday, September 9. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
Friday, November 25; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue)
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