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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. They have the records: When I Explode, Flashlights, Loud Wars. St. Louis grimaced when Wasoba left the band in 2009. Where was he going next?More »
After being upstaged in October by the St. Louis Cardinals, "folk humorist" Mary Mack is making a second attempt at performing in our fair city. A former music teacher who now splits her time between LA and Minneapolis, Mack is a veteran comedian who has appeared on the Bob & Tom Show, the Vancouver Comedy Fest, HBO's Andy Kaufman Awards and the Just For Laughs Festival. She also made a very notable appearance on Marc Maron's popular WTF podcast.More »
Jon Gitchoff Ed Robertson's fans are a bunch of animals.
As RFT Music approached the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson backstage during the Beggin' Pet Parade on Sunday, a Purina media agent informed him that we had a few questions. "Oh, I've got all the answers," Robertson asserted.
Unprompted, Robertson launched into a litany of tips for dog owners. "Positive reinforcement is the thing. Choke collars aren't big anymore. You certainly don't want electrical collars," Robertson advised. "Do you want to talk about dog training?"More »
It's not hard to find musicians who stress the importance of "supporting the scene," but few back up that talk quite as well as Langen Neubacher. After providing a nurturing environment to up-and-coming artists as a co-host for Foam's open mic, Neubacher took her hosting skills to various venues in her monthly "Mic the People for the People" open mic event. Here she raised money for different charities while showcasing new talent.
Allan Crain Langen Neubacher, center, with her band, the Defeated County.
As the leader of folk-pop group the Defeated County, Neubacher continues to spread her love for St. Louis music. A recurring post on their facebook account will read "The Defeated County <3 (insert tagged St. Louis band here)" with a link to a song or video by the mentioned artist [full disclosure: the author once filled in on drums for the Defeated County, for one show].0>More »
Photo courtesy of Loren Mueller From Left to Right: Bobby Stevens, Danny Blaies, Josh Eaker, Jared Dickinson, and Dylan Doughty
Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals make the kind of music dads perform dashboard percussion to. En route to the nearest golf course, on the way to work, dragging an unwilling son or daughter along for what will eventually be called "some of my favorite moments with Dad." Anywhere, really.
Except it isn't going to be just any dad zooming up I-40 all hollers and hysterical finger piano pyrotechnics. It will be one who burrows in the basement to meet friends late into the night. He already reeks of dope and brought the bourbon. That cat that never gives a shit, but somehow keeps a job. He goes to local shows and touts the badassery of bands like Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals. And that child in the front seat of his future will be mortified.More »
Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw.
Photo by Amanda Rhoades/Flickr Commons Indie, or not Indie? That is the question
Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed with loads of talent, from sweet-voiced singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson to the weirdly wonderful Jeffrey Lewis. I'm quite enamored of Screaming Females, one of the label's bands and arguably its best-known.More »
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But her retirement from the Wheel at the beginning of this year hasn't meant retirement from music -- though raising a family when your husband is the drummer in a touring machine isn't a waltz across the sawdust floor. McQueen, one of Austin's finest and most versatile voices, is already working on a new a solo album and continuing her collaboration with St. Louis' Brothers Lazaroff on a recently-released project: The Laziest Remix for her last solo album The Laziest Girl in Town.
No one would have blamed the young musician if he'd fled all of that history, and while his music is distinctly indebted to country and pop forms -- the lush arrangements of his most recent album, Bella, being the must striking case in point -- Teddy Thompson knows how good family-fueled music can be, how it really sounds and feels like nothing else. At the age of 38, he's truly made the most of his inheritance.
Teddy Thompson begins a winter tour with his father this Wednesday night at the Pageant (the first show on the tour, in fact). I caught up with him by phone in Los Angeles, where he was in the studio working on the first true Thompson family album.More »
TJ Miller is a standup comedian versed in the styles of sketch, improv and absurdist comedy. His most recent cinematic venture, Transformers: Age of Distinction, just wrapped and he has three more in post-production. In 2011 he released The Extended Play E.P. demonstrating that laughter, while a one-way street, can be approached from many different angles. A true entertainment busybody, he may be most recognized as the voice of Cloverfield, Jimmy of The Goodwin Games or maybe from one of his numerous standup specials. In the past year his television interviews have proved farcical, but lucky for us, Miller was willing to dial it back a notch and genuinely discuss what it means to laugh and why doing so is the best escape to the tragic nature of our lives.
On Saturday, February 15, Miller will appear at the Firebird performing his true-to-self, chaotic yet finely tuned form of standup comedy. We talked with him about why he doesn't stick to just one medium, the many genres of comedy and where it all began.More »