For anyone who was fortunate enough to see British folk-pop band Mumford & Sons play at Off Broadway last year, their second pass through town was also an adrenaline-inducing performance, but on a grander scale. The Grammy-nominated group played to a packed and demographically more diverse audience this go-round at the Pageant.
She's 11 albums and 32 years into a career built on the things country and blues are made of: personal heartache, loss, betrayal. With the release of Blessed on March 1, 2011, country and blues singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams remains shroud in solemnity, but the inspiration behind the 3-time Grammy winner's songwriting no longer comes exclusively from within.
Call it bluegrass or newgrass, Chatham County Line transcends mainstream labels to deliver an honest American folk experience.
It isn’t surprising that the Walkmen played to a sold-out audience at Off Broadway last night. The band hasn’t come through St. Louis in years, so they could reasonably expect — with the success of their latest album Lisbon — that their fan base would garner more of a following than their usual garage-rock era fans, or those who tag along because they love to hear “Rat” played live.
The Walkmen exemplify contrasts that work. The band innovates with vintage instruments, plays indie rock in prep school attire and sings of heartbreak and lament to beachy guitars and killer drum beats.
Each successive track on Frazey Ford's Obadiah plays out like kindling added to a slow-burning fire. The British Columbia-based singer-songwriter, a founding member of folk trio the Be Good Tanyas, remains true to her roots while expanding on her sound in her solo debut album. Obadiah, released in July 2010, is 13 tracks of introspection on Frazey Ford, the artist.
Trying to pigeonhole Shannon McNally’s sound into any one particular music genre is like trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole. The singer-songwriter has touched on an Americana sound that’s altogether country, blues, roots and rock.
With a rock anthem-style that is both catchy and head-bang worthy, the Whigs have rocketed from college band-next door to overnight stardom.
Slip into a dreamlike trance to the eerily methodical rhythm of St. Louis artist Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine. The duo showcased its distinctive sound and songs from the new album Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes during a live session at KDHX.
In the midst of winter's gloom, Laura Veirs' 2010 release July Flame awakens the senses and warms the soul. Her poetic skill and sense of wonder lend themselves to songs of vulnerability, searching and discovery.