For a band that, in 2006, turned out an EP every month for the entirety of the year, a five year wait for new music is a long wait, but Bishop Allen's new work proves it was time well spent.
Cloud Nothings have made a lot of beautiful noise for a band that started out being fake.
Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones are made up of a big guitar, with an even bigger sound, and a blistering harp; add in a strong rhythm section, and the various forms of blues and swing are well represented.
It's often said there is safety in numbers, but there may be greatness too! With a sound as big as the band, Turkuaz excels in that unique combination of rhythm, blues, soul and jazz affectionately called funk.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, like Blanche DuBois before them, has depended on the kindness of strangers, catching fire on the Internet, rather than through traditional record company marketing, at a time when that just wasn't done.
St. Louis' own Clusterpluck play instruments that suggest bluegrass, and there is that element, but use them for a sound that is so much more.
Kings of Leon had a lot to prove to St. Louis and proved that, as always with our heroes, we value most those that have fallen and lift themselves back up.
Sugar Free Allstars bring rocking good times to family music that will delight both adults and children.
Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
After a long career fronting the Recoys and then the Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser has gone solo, has a new album and a sound that allows him to be closer, more personal and exhibit a freedom that may have been missing from his earlier work.