Neko Case left the Boyfriends and Pornographers at the doorstep when she paid a special visit to our studios ahead of her show at the Pageant.
The sum of Ransom Note's sound is much bigger than its five musical parts.
Once upon a time, Bruce Willis' famous line in "Die Hard" was changed for a TV broadcast to "Yippee ki yay, mother falcon!" Somewhere in the creative wilds of Austin, Texas a group of musicians adopted this inventive TV edit as its name and Mother Falcon was born.
In front of heavy beats and a spartan stage graced only with a few lone microphone stands and a table reserved for the ubiquitous laptop, five rappers filled the remaining empty space with their quick-fire poetry. In the words of one of the headliners, Killer Mike, this was church. So we paid attention and exalted.
The Staves -- this must be loud and heavy music played by guys wearing black and banging heads, right? To your ears' delight, this couldn't be further from the truth. The sweet, light tones of this trio of sisters will swirl around your head and make you smile just as sweetly.
Outside the windows that illuminate stage left of the Old Rock House, a train rolled forward with slow determination over the dark Mississippi to a destination unknown. The Arch rose up in the background as the Royal Southern Brotherhood took the stage and the crowd gave them a warm, enthusiastic welcome.
Indie band Rah Rah just keeps growing, picking up ever-more-talented musicians as they sing, strum and write their way across the country in support of their latest album, "The Poet's Dead."
Braced against the chilly night, standing under the glow of neon lights, we waited for the doors at the Gramophone to open. In front of me stood a devoted fan with a "Ghost" -- as in the newest album from headliner Yellow Ostrich -- held nonchalantly in his hands.
Under dim yellow lights an expectant yet sedate crowd stood waiting. Cans of cold beer and cups of hot tea were set carefully aside as the quartet quietly took the stage and the audience came closer. After a quick and humble hello, the Sea and Cake began to play.
Imagine a perfect sunny day: No schedule, no clock, no alerts telling you to be this place or that place. Now imagine what you would hear while you spent that sunny day with great friends or your great love. Chances are that whatever you've just heard in your mind with your eyes closed sounds a lot like Night Beds.