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Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.

Unifyah -- a local powerhouse of a band that combines elements of ska, reggae, rock, dub and hip-hop with a touch of soul and funk -- has finally released its first full-length album, "HEAVYASSTONE."

Now in its 13th year, Forecastle Festival has grown from a small neighborhood event into one of the larger summer music festivals, with tens of thousands of music lovers from all over assembling in Louisville, Kentucky's Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River for three days of live music spread across four large stages.

With their newly released and highly anticipated second album, "Sound and Color," Alabama Shakes have proven they are no one-trick-pony, following up their acclaimed debut, "Boys and Girls" with a new collection of songs that are at once a departure from and a further exploration of the roots rock and throwback soul sound they exploded onto the scene with just a few years ago -- driven by the force of lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard's vocals, which range from achingly soulful crooning to hardcore belting.

Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."

Powerful in both sound and numbers, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) brought its special blend of hard driving Southern blues-rock to Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. Helmed by the über-talented husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and backed by nine incredible musicians and vocalists, TTB is simply one of the most dynamic touring bands playing today.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:20

'Kinky Boots' dazzles in sparkling stilettos

When music legend and style icon Cyndi Lauper partners with award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein to score a Broadway musical, it's sure to be wild fun. 

When two of the top acts in contemporary blues join forces for an album and a tour, it's not to be missed. N.M.O., or "North Mississippi Osborne," is the marriage of North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne. The Southern blues-rock mainstays brought their new collaboration to the Old Rock House Saturday night for a three-hour show that provided some of the finest blues guitar work to be seen on any stage.

Pink Floyd Tribute El Monstero kicked off its annual, six-show holiday run at the Pageant on Friday night to a sold-out crowd. Adding large, outdoor shows during the summer doesn't seem to have affected winter attendance for one of St. Louis' favorite tribute band. And what a band it is -- made up of some of the areas finest and most beloved musicians.

At the close of an intense and emotionally-charged week in St. Louis, Jay Farrar – one of the city's most lauded musicians and prolific songwriters – provided respite with an intimate solo show at the Old Rock House.

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