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The members of Denton, Texas band Centro-matic are the very definition of indie-rock survivors. The nearly 20-year friendship of Will Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom and Mark Hedman fuels the sound of its new album, "Take Pride in Your Long Odds," and the band has never rocked harder or more imaginatively. KDHX is proud to welcome Centro-matic to Off Broadway in St. Louis on Friday, June 6, 2014 for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.

Shannon McNally originally hails from New York, but her love for the music of the American South, especially Louisiana and New Orleans, runs deep. Her most recent release is a tribute to her friend Bobby Charles, and on this Live at KDHX recording of Charles' "I Don't Want to Know," she lets her smokey voice unfurl around the pure country melody.

Rodney Crowell has had one of the great careers in American music -- and it ain't over yet. With his latest album, "Tarpaper Sky," he reunites with the core members of his classic '80s band, and threads together all of his musical loves: rockabilly, blues, gospel, country and folk. He's also back out on the road again, and on Thursday, June 5, 2014, KDHX will welcome Crowell to Off Broadway in St. Louis for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Twangfest 18 kicks off at Plush in St. Louis with a night of soul and funk featuring Cody ChesnuTT, DeRobert & the Half-Truths and St. Louis' own Theresa Payne. Considered one of the most powerful singers on the St. Louis neo-soul scene, Payne recently released the single "Bye Fear," her boldest, most confident recording to date.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:50

Song of the Day: 'Gold Star' by Tristen

KDHX is proud to welcome Nashville, Tennessee via Chicago musician Tristen to Twangest 18 on June 6, 2014 at Off Broadway. Her most recent album, "CAVES," finds the songwriter making a convincing turn towards evocative synth-pop, while retaining the lyrical core of her previous work. The exhilarating "Gold Star" deserves a gold star in any contemporary indie-rock songbook.

On the track "Doesn't Shine," San Francisco-based musician Terese Taylor plunges into the post-modern blues river for a lowdown and angst-scorched sound that should win over fans of both the Black Keys and PJ Harvey.

If you're looking for the latest in misty, jangly indie pop, the last place you'd probably look is Instanbul, Turkey, but should you make that trip, the Away Days would be more than worth it. The new track "Your Colour" evokes echoes of the Ocean Blue and the Macabees (Brighton producer Jag Jago, who has worked with the Maccabees, has recorded the band's new album), with plenty of guitar shimmer and melodic clarity to keep your day dreams alive.

If the Beastie Boys never had a budget but had an indie-pop sensibility and a bedroom in New Mexico, they might have come up with something like Balue's (aka Eli Thomas) danceable and comic "Charming Flow." DIY rarely sounds this delirious.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:54

Song of the Day: 'Lullaby' by Luha

Swedish (at least that's our presumption) artist Luha has decided to keep her identity something of a mystery. It's a fitting strategy for the ambient, dream-pop sound of the single "Lullaby," which seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at once.

The ninth annual Midwest Mayhem -- KDHX's thank-you party for donors that contribute during its spring drive -- washed over the City Museum on Thursday night.

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