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Kenji Yoshinobu

St. Louisians D-Ex and Furius "Iceman" Stylz, the award-winning DJs and hip-hop diehards behind Deep Krate Radio, have a combined 50-plus years of experience as DJs.

Santa Fe native Zach Condon and his European-influenced pop project, Beirut, lit up the Pageant Sunday night in support of Condon's third full-length work, "The Rip Tide."

For the last three years, Chris Lawyer has been the host of Hip City on 88.1 KDHX, each Wednesday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Central. Every show is an opportunity to get schooled on some of the best and lesser-known gems of '60s, '70s and current funk and soul music, with the occasional cut of hip-hop thrown in for good measure.

The music of Black Moth Super Rainbow exists in a dimension where the best analog sounds of electronic and psychedelic music delightfully coexist. That being said, it is hard to imagine a live show capable of accurately portraying what the experimental band from Pittsburgh puts to record.

The Billiken Club at St. Louis University is an intimate and inexpensive (as in free admission) way to enjoy some of the more buzzed-about bands in indie music. On Tuesday night the student-run music venue hosted Philadelphia's the War On Drugs and Brooklyn's Caveman, the first show of its fall lineup.

San Francisco knows its psychedelia. So when a young band like Sleepy Sun materializes from the Bay Area and quickly makes its name on the scene, you know that some serious psych fans have vetted them.

Even though the door was closed to the Firebird when I arrived Friday night, I could hear the excitement as St. Louis' Scarlet Tanager took the stage.

"I'm not going for a run," I told myself after I got home from work. "I'm going to see the Black Lips tonight." As a seasoned Black Lips show attendee, I knew how off the wall the Atlanta foursome's concerts could get. I figured I'd be better off pogoing to some screaming guitars than embarking on an afternoon jog. I was right.

High fives and raised drinks abounded at the Firebird on Saturday night. The occasion for the celebratory conduct was the dual album release show for St. Louis indie rock bands, Bo and the Locomotive and Union Tree Review.

Friday, 10 June 2011 12:38

Frontier Ruckus 6/10/11

You know a band throws down when it has a dude playing the musical saw. Michigan folk rockers, Frontier Ruckus, brought its melancholy, autumnal sound to the KDHX studios and, yes, the musical saw made an appearance.

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