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.
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.
Tribute bands have become a big deal -- and a big draw -- particularly when they are comprised of talented musicians from some of the most popular local bands. Rolling Stones tribute act Street Fighting Band is one of the latest incarnations of the trend that spawned tributes El Monstero and Celebration Day -- all of which share common members.
After a successful year on Broadway (and four Tony Award nominations), Motown the Musical launched its first national tour last spring, premiering in St. Louis on Tuesday evening at the Fabulous Fox to a packed house.
New Orleans rockers the Revivalists brought their unique sound back to Old Rock House on Wednesday night for a full-force, nearly two-hour set; and the fairly packed house of loyal fans ate up every second.
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