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 >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
St. Louis' favorite Led Zeppelin tribute band, Celebration Day, is playing back-to-back shows at the Pageant this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Somehow, I wound up with four tickets to each night -- and you can win them!
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 stop, bad things happen." They continue the tour, but the man keeps getting distracted. "Excuse me, w ... More >>
I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or focus are still coming slowly and proving difficult. In other words, I can't think of anything to write here, ... 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.
When Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, he pok ... More >>
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 >>
Anna M CambellMerrill Garbus, a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs, is coming to Off Broadway on November 8th. Pat Jordache will open.
Update: Tickets are now on sale -- buy them online through Eleven Productions or at Off Broadway.
whokill, tUnE-yArDs second full-length, is among the best-reviewed records o ... More >>
In part one of our interview with Joel Selvin, co-author of Sammy Hagar's new autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, we talked about the early years of Sammy's career and one memorable incident in which Selvin's home phone number became very public. Here's the second part o ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What
can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.)
The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow*The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
Paste gave the album an 8.0 rating: "Barton Hollow, the name of a nonexistent place, is largely ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local
1. LIL WAYNE---I Am Not A Human Being
2. TREY SONGZ---Passion, Pain & Pleasure
3. WAKA FLOCKA FLAME---Flockavelli
4. BLACK ANGELS---Phosphene Dream
5. CHUCK BERRY---Definitive Collection
Jon GitchoffBlonde Redhead at the PageantThere's a certain paradox that comes with being a fan of a band: You either have to put your faith in its efforts without questioning its all-important artistic vision, or you become one of those people who eschews the new and whines that "it's just no ... More >>
* = coming to town, = local
1. ICE CUBE---I Am The West
2. GUCCI MANE---The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
3. TREY SONGZ---Passion, Pain & Pleasure
4. BAD RELIGION---Dissent Of Man
5. JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS---Wake Up!
Better Than: Sitting at home, curled up on the couch reading Proust and listening to NPR.
The Decemberists have asked a lot of their fans on this tour. Anyone who doesn't like its new album, The Hazards of Love, is out of luck: The first part of the show is a front-to-back performance of the sprawl ... More >>