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 >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>
It's that time of year again! Each year RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase on Washington Avenue provides St. Louisans a chance to see over 80 of these bands and musicians in action ... More >>
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 favorites in the comments, and we'll sample them, chop them up and throw down some 808 drops. See also ... 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. RFT's Daniel Hill wrote an article last week about Stlpunk, a localized proto-social networking site that ... More >>
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 >>
This weekend, the St. Louis Arts Project will hold its second annual conference. Its aim is to reach the far-flung corners of the art world, regional or not, for an exchange of ideas and expression. There is a suggested $10 donation for entry -- check in starts tonight at 6 p.m. at the Contemporary ... More >>
And this officially ends the 2012 RFT Music Awards and Showcase. Look in this week's print edition for the complete list of winners and a few thoughts on the whole thing from me, but in the meantime you can see who won each of the 25 categories below. They've been bolded.
Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things I saw at the skatepark burlesque show. The whole event was huge, weird, fun and extremely exhausting, but ther ... More >>
That's right, sports fans, it's once again time for the big ol' love letter to St. Louis music known as the RFT Music Awards and Showcase. The nominating committee has made its arguments and to show for it we have five of the best bands and artists in 25 categories. Many of these fine musicians wil ... More >>
LouFest 2012 has a few announcements coming down the pike, and $50 presale passes are already sold out. The festival, entering its third year, will be looking to once again expand slightly, and hopefully the lineup will continue its trend of evolution. We'll be bringing you our 2012 LouFest lineup ... More >>
Save for a few live shows here and there, So Many Dynamos has kept a low profile in the past year or so. The quartet's been focusing on writing new music and experimenting with new instruments and styles, which has resulted in a marked expansion in its sound. That was evident right away on Friday n ... More >>
Photographer Ryan Russell has probably shot one of your favorite musicians. (His client list is too long to print, but some of this notable subjects include Tegan and Sara, Underoath, Ben Gibbard and Paramore.) Russell has also worked with locals So Many Dynamos; in fact, he shot the cover fo ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergCongrats to Theodore, which appeared on the Rock Island, Illinois-based live-music site Daytrotter over the weekend. joining Gentleman Auction House, So Many Dynamos and Pokey LaFarge as locals who have been featured on the website. The band covered "Engine Number Nine," tw ... More >>
The 2010 RFT Music showcase takes place on Saturday, June 5, 2010, on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. On and before that day, fans can vote for their favorite local musicians in the following categories. For more information on where and how to vote - and for up-to-the-minute details about ... More >>
Now that the holidays are behind us, the show announcements just keep rolling in. *Japanese spazz-rockers Polysics just announced a U.S. tour, which includes show at the Firebird on February 9. Fans of Enon, So Many Dynamos and other keyboard crazies should be stoked. *Not to be outdone, the P ... More >>
Remain non-broke all the way through Monday with the following suggestions for having fun on a budget this weekend. Looking for live music? We have that for you too, with our weekend concert calendar. It's also one of the best weekends all year long to see a movie in St. Louis.Everything is Terri ... More >>
Excuse me while I change shirts. Since starting this blog entry 30 seconds ago, I've sweated through one. There, all better. OK, we've pulled together a list of ten events, cheap or free, going on this weekend. It's been a weird week (celebrity deaths), and since many of you have a four-day work wee ... More >>
A bit late, but below the jump you'll find links to as many blogposts we've run with MP3s -- and the occasional MySpace page and embedded tune -- of each nominated band. Whew. Chime in with any URLs that have tunes in the comments, of course. I think I have everyone. The music showcase blurbs/infor ... More >>
So Many Dynamos' Vagrant debut, The Loud Wars is still coming out in April, as we reported late last year. But it's coming out a few weeks later -- April 28, to be exact. Here's the album cover! (Kudos to punknews.org for letting the cat out of the bag.) Preview single "New Bones" right over here.Th ... More >>
Here's a pairing you might not have expected: Magnolia Summer remixed by the RAC. The song totally sounds like the type of dreamcloud music found in an 8-bit Nintendo game. Like the Super Mario Brothers sky worlds or Zelda's prairie moments when Link is wandering around stabbing bad guys.MP3: Magnol ... More >>
Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the Top 10 can't-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Looking for live music? Here's your complete St. Louis weekend concert calendar in A to Z.
January 30*So Many Dynamos/The Pragmatic/Corvidae, Off Broadway*The Virgins/Anya Marina/Lissy Trullie, Gargoyle (Virgins/Anya Marina also at Vintage Vinyl, 6 p.m.)*That's My Daughter/Tok/Black for a Second, Schlafly Tap Room*The Subjects/the Jack and Jills/Grabadores/Royal Roy, Cicero's*The Werks, G ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, July 6. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
8 p.m. Friday, August 17. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street
Week of May 31, 2007
Check out the Music Awards Showcase schedule!
It's the 2007 RFT Music Awards ballot.
The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts