The genre "dream pop" is frequently thrown around, but it perhaps applies to no one better than Pure Bathing Culture.
Thomas Dolby may have taken some time off from music, but he's been anything but absent.
During "You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional," early in the Lone Bellow's set on Sunday night at the Old Rock House, frontman Zach Williams passionately sang, "We can dance around what happened / Play the music and soft and low / But you can be all kinds of emotional."
For the past few months, M.I.A. has been just that. She first began teasing her fourth album, "Matangi," in November 2011, released the track listing in August 2012, and in August 2013, threatened to leak the album if Interscope took any longer to negotiate a release date.
Beacon's members studied sculpture and painting, respectively, and the music they make is both sculptural and painted with layers of delicate electronic beats, rhythm and blues melodies and dark, elegant lyrics.
Growing up in central Illinois, Ryan Heinz relied on magazine subscriptions, MTV and an occasional road trip to a concert for exposure to music. He still learns from those things, but now also takes tips from blogs and his fellow KDHX DJs when crafting the playlists for his show, "Coin-Operated Radio," which can be heard on Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. Central.
When I asked the members of Middle Class Fashion how involved they felt they were in the St. Louis music scene, most were hesitant to answer. "I guess we're pretty involved," bassist Brian McClelland said apprehensively. "Yeah, I guess so," singer Jenn Malzone added.
Okkervil River started late and stayed late, taking the Off Broadway stage about 45 minutes after opener Will Johnson sang his final notes. But the band managed to pack in 20 songs into its nearly two-hour set.
When I think of my favorite Arcade Fire songs, with "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Rebellion (Lies)" sitting at the top of the list, I find a common thread links them: compared to other Arcade Fire songs, they're the more danceable, more full cuts. I'm a sucker for synths, and Arcade Fire knows how to use them.