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Some two years in the making, "Let’s Love," the new album from Scarlet Tanager, finds the St. Louis band enriching its chamber-pop sound with ever-maturing emotional and instrumental textures, notably on the haunting, call-and-response vocals of "Place That I Come From."

Celebrating 10 years as one of indie rock's most consistently enjoyable and subtly adventurous bands, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah returned this spring with the album "Only Run," featuring the track "As Always," a showcase for leader Alec Ounsworth's grand powers of arrangement.

A previously unreleased track from the 2013 "Ski Mask" album sessions, "Aloe Hills Are Blooming" has everything fans of Islands expect: fine harmonies and finer guitar and keyboard textures, and a sense of romance that's perfectly suited for the summer.

Led by New York-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding turns its cinematic, post-rock sights on glittering vistas for the new instrumental track "Kaleidocycle II."

Monday, 16 June 2014 09:18

Song of the Day: 'Flag' by Canto

"Can I be real for a minute? And let you know my heart's still in it." So begins "Flag" by California-based band Canto -- made up of three young brothers Seamus, Aidan and David Blackwell -- a hyper-romantic declaration that draws a straight line between love for another and love of country, and somehow does sound real for much more than a minute.

Grounded in her expressive voice and piano playing, "Falling Like Fools" by St. Louis musician Lizzie Weber glides upward on a rich string arrangement and vulnerable emotions.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:50

Song of the Day: 'Way Out' by Dream Boat

Anchored by Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, the Athens, Georgia band Dream Boat glides through the sun-broken, psychedelic haze for new vistas on the aptly titled "Way Out."

Neulore has defined its sound as "modern folk music from Nashville, Tennessee," and that's modest enough to be appealing, but it doesn't go quite far enough to capture the slightly psychedelic undertones and purely joyous pop overtones of the new single "Shadow of a Man."

Co-written with the San Francisco-based poet klipschutz, "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" tells the story of the Mitchell brothers, porn kings of the seedy side of San Francisco, whose rise to power ultimately ended in fratricide. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express make that tale unforgettable in this recording from the KDHX studios.

One of the most respected and, in its own way, influential bands on the Americana/rock scene in St. Louis, Magnolia Summer is at its melodic best on the new track "Needles and Pins." The band will join KDHX for Twangfest 18, opening up the final night at Off Broadway on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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