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Ryan Wasoba

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    September 3, 2014

    Early Worm's Debut LP, Truck: Listen Now

    If Collinsville-based band Early Worm was content with being a snotty, smirking, neo-emo band, that would be good enough for its first full-length release. But perhaps owing to the members' music-school background (and confirmed jazzbo extracurriculars), the trio stretches the guitar-bass-drums form ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    May 29, 2014

    Metal: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Emo/Post-Hardcore: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Hip-Hop (Solo): Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Folk: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Americana: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Ryan Wasoba Writes Music for Dogs Now, Seriously

    It is difficult to begin writing about Ryan Wasoba. Where does his story begin? Maybe with his last band. Eleven years ago Wasoba, Aaron Stovall, Griffin Kay and Clayton "Norm" Kunstel recorded as the massively influential So Many Dynamos. Ask any musician around town -- they know So Many Dynamos ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Review: An Under Cover Weekend 7 Delivers Two Nights of Memorable Music

    Here we are again. The weekend has succeeded in melting into Monday, and An Under Cover Weekend is embedded in lore until next September. The annual event, which draws sold-out crowds to the Firebird each year has left us until next September. An Under Cover Weekend 7 showcased the technical prowess ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Why Do Musicians Bother Playing Music?

    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 worst question any musician can ask is, "Why?" As soon as any aspect of playing music transfers from ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    The Six Best Anti-Ryan Wasoba Comments in RFT History

    This week, I bid adieu to the Nitpick Six column I have written weekly for nearly two years. I am very grateful to RFT for this platform and to every person who has read any entries -- even those who would have clicked a "dislike" Facebook icon on them if given the option. Let's go out in flames by ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Hard Rock: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Jazz: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013
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    May 23, 2013

    Metal: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Here is the Difference Between "Good" Music and "Cool" Music

    The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Better Living: When Music Doesn't Fit

    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 night, I did not attend the greatest concert of my life. Alarm Will Sound, the New York miniature o ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Undead Format: Dissecting The Cassette Revival

    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. My first musical memory involved a cassette tape of Michael Jackson's Thriller. I was in the backseat of ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    The Illusion Of Volume: Understanding Compression

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    InFest STL Tournament Of Champions: Round One, FIGHT!

    This Saturday and Sunday, a few dozen local and regional bands perform at InFest STL, a two-day indie festival at 2720 Cherokee. The event is totally free. This is not a battle of the bands, and the acts are in no way competing with each other, but that's no reason not to pit twenty-five confirmed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Nostalgia Is The Enemy Of Critique

    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. In order to review music, one must judge the song/album/artist subjectively, only associating it wi ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Nelly's 7th Annual Black & White Ball: A Diary of Our Crash Course in County Grammar

    Nelly's 7th Annual Black & White ball was this weekend at the St. Louis Science Center. The charity event brought out some of the city's best and brightest, all dressed in finery for an evening of music, food, drinks and hobnobbery. Also in attendance were a couple Stag-swilling chumps with absolute ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From December 10 to 16

    And now a Public Service Announcement from RFT Music: It's wintertime, folks, and you know what that means: It's cold! And as we all know, in the cold, everything dies. The trees, the bugs, at least one ill-prepared bird I found in my side yard -- and most important for the purposes of this post: t ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Gig Musicians Vs. Show Musicians

    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 weekend, I am playing guitar at a wedding. I do not know the bride nor the groom beyond email formal ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 8 to 14

    Before we get into it: I am sure you are all already aware that White Rabbits is playing in town this week. And I am sure you've all seen this ubiquitous press photo, wherein all the members of the band are sprawled lazily on the floor, haphazardly surrounded by their hopelessly-tangled instrument c ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

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

    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 weekend, the Site/Sound exhibition opens at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Local electronic sensei Eric Hal ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 22, 2012

    Ryan Wasoba's Music for No Reason: Read the Homespun Review and Listen

    It probably comes as no surprise that about half of your music critic friends here at Riverfront Times have, at one time or another, performed in working bands themselves. The same drive that leads to critical analysis or championing/deriding new music dovetails with a desire to write and play music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Listen Like You Mean It

    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. If I could pick one attitude of mine that would look sweet on a T-shirt or tattoo, possibly in metal font ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 21 to May 27

    We'll start this post off by recognizing the fact that yes, Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing in town on Friday (Scottrade Center); as is Local H (Firebird), but Friday is already well-represented below with another what-is-this-1996 artist, Snoop Dogg, playing at Pop's and roots-reggae pioneer Might ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    February 15, 2012

    Name This Band: The Artist Formerly Known As Stinkfoot

    At RFT Music, we know that deciding on a band name is not easy. We're here to help. In our series Name This Band, we invite local musicians to answer some questions about their startup groups. Using this information, we will suggest three names. You can vote on your favorite in the comments or sugge ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012
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    December 29, 2011

    Biggest St. Louis Music News Stories of 2011: Part Two

    Tower Groove Records Formed Tower Groove Records aims to bring bands out of dingy south-city basements and into, well, other dingy south-city basements. The collective won't be funding the release of records but hopes to utilize the cumulative talents and experience of its members to make it easier ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    The Gorge's Prehistoric Relapse: Listen

    ​The Gorge is here: its full-length debut, Prehistoric Relapse, gets an official release tomorrow night at the Firebird at a show the band will headline. In this week's feature, Ryan Wasoba examines the band, its disparate influences (Coltrane, Stravinsky and Refused, to name three), and its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Interview Outtakes: Ultimate Fakebook Drummer Eric Melina on Returning to Touring

    ​In this week's paper, Ryan Wasoba chatted with Ultimate Fakebook drummer Eric Melin, to mark the occasion of the band playing at the Firebird on Sunday, December 19. (The Orbz, Dead Girls and the Highway, Companion are also on the bill.) The power-pop cult heroes released a new album, Daydrea ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    The Riverfront Times' Music Lesson Number One: How to Use a Vibraslap Like Cake

    ​Tonight, Cake is returning to St. Louis with a sold-out show at the Pageant. Last week, we printed an interview with multi-instrumentalist Vince DiFiore, in which writer Ryan Wasoba discussed the band's frequent use of an instrument called the vibraslap. What is that, exactly? Well, the inaug ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Interview Outtakes: Firebrand Recording Co-Owner Brian Scheffer on the Studio's Origins

    courtesy of the Blind EyesThe Blind Eyes chilling at Firebrand​Tomorrow night, Off Broadway is hosting the Firebrand Recording Showcase, which features the Blind Eyes, Kentucky Knife Fight and the Humanoids. Tickets are $10 for those over 21, $13 for those under, and the show starts at 9 p.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Recap: "The State of the Music Scene" Discussion at the Luminary Center for the Arts

    Diana BenantiMike Cracchiolo, Annie Zaleski, Ryan Wasoba and Matt Strom were the panelists at last night's State of the Music Scene discussionvThursday at the Luminary Center for the Arts.​ Some admitted music nerds talked shop, St. Louis and "the scene" last Thursday at The Luminary Center f ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2009

    Homespun: HUMDRUM

    Individual Man
    (self-released)

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    October 14, 2009

    Not Waving But Drowning Reunion Show, This Friday at Fubar

    In case you haven't perused the paper yet this week, don't miss out on the fact that Not Waving But Drowning is doing a reunion show this Friday night at Fubar. They were before my time, but Ryan Wasoba says:  ...the tragedy of Not Waving But Drowning has more to do with timing than geogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Today! Warped Tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Crabcore.

    The Warped Tour starts today at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. I'm heading out there in a bit to survey the scene, but if you're stuck at work, Ryan Wasoba's piece on the bands there pretty much covers it.One amusing thing that's been making the rounds of message boards, though: There's a band ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Rock Math: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Greatest Hits

    (Welcome to Rock Math, where each week Ryan Wasoba will explain a newly released album with the aid of a mathematical equation.) Band: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Album: Greatest Hits Label: Columbia (available exclusively at Wal-Mart) Equation: Equation of an Ellipse ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Rock Math: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion

    (Welcome to Rock Math, where each week Ryan Wasoba will explain a newly released album with the aid of a mathematical equation.) Band: Animal Collective Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion Label: Domino (vinyl out now, CD release on 1/20) Equation: Quadratic Formula

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