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Erin Chapman

An intimate crowd of 100 or so gathered at the Billiken Club on the campus of St. Louis University for a free show headlined by Vivian Girls. The band commanded the stage for a 90-minute set of songs old and new, including selections from their recent release "Share the Joy."

David Beeman, of St. Louis band Old Lights, likes pop hits and the fact that his band's name is not rooted in meaning.

Friday, 22 July 2011 10:48

Scattered Trees 7/22/11

Scattered Trees, a young, five-piece band hailing from the outskirts of Chicago, delivers easy-to-listen-to indie folk pop on piano, bass, guitar and drums.

Take a break from your train of thought to find out about Nick Cowan’s show on 88.1 KDHX. Train of Thought airs Thursday night / Friday morning (depending on your lifestyle) from 3 a.m. – 5 a.m. Central.

A crowd of 100-120 music lovers gathered at the Firebird last night and surprisingly none that I saw wore Mardi Gras wigs or costumes. This gathering came for the divergent sounds of a range of musicians, the headliner being Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea.

The calm before the storm made for an easy ride to the Firebird on Sunday night, off Olive in downtown St. Louis. The opening band, Santah, five musicians who met in Champaign, Ill., delayed its start time, hoping for more bodies to populate the venue.

Saturday, 04 December 2010 22:56

Switchback 12/4/10

The hard-working team of Brian Fitzgerald and Martin McCormack has been making Celtic and country influenced folk rock for 2 decades. Not only does Switchback deliver gorgeous vocals backed with mandolin, guitar and bass, but the band also gives back to the communities where it entertains.

A 3 p.m. show on a Sunday afternoon at Off Broadway drew a pint-sized crowd of 0-7 year olds and their parents. Families arrived to participate in Ralph’s World, led by veteran, Chicago-based, singer-song writer Ralph Covert and band. Off Broadway transformed from its late night bar feel into a child-friendly establishment with a bright cloth sign behind the stage proclaiming the name of this 4-piece popular children’s band.

Bettie Serveert, pioneer indie-rockers from Amsterdam, played the Duck Room on Friday night to an enthusiastic crowd of around 200. Kicking off the set with probably one of their most familiar songs, “Palomine,” the 4-piece band, including Carol van Dyke on vocals and guitar, Peter Visser on lead guitar, Herman Bunskoeke on bass, and newest member, Joppe Molenaar on drums, delivered top form performances. Van Dyk’s vocals came across crystal clear and Molenaar added a vigorous, powerful element to the band. He pounded tempos both speedy and slow, as van Dyk ripped her unmistakable voice over enthralling chord progressions that climb around noise and gorgeous melodies.

Friday, 22 October 2010 18:55

Bettie Serveert 10/22/10

Say hello to veteran Dutch indie rockers, Bettie Serveert. This four-piece ensemble from Amsterdam first hit the music scene in the early '90s and continues to offer gorgeous, poetic tunes with Carol van Dyk's quirky vocals front and center.

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