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Young, gifted and black, the Carolina Chocolate Drops aren't a novelty: They're proficient, ambitious ambassadors for the Carolinas' Piedmont string band tradition. Experience their foot-stomping sound during a live performance on KDHX.
The paradox of the New Familiars is the way they take that most tradition-centric of genres, bluegrass, and overturn comfortable expectations, while still sounding down home and accessible. The band joined the Musical Merry-Go-Round for music and conversation.
Hollywood hillbillies Jason and the Punknecks kick up an acoustic racket with heavy twang and hard drinkin' harmonies.
A howling voice, a droning guitar, a floorboard lined with looping gizmos, and a restless lyrical sensibility like few other songwriters: That's Richard Buckner the performer; he brought his one-man, musical hypnosis treatment to KDHX.
Portland, Oregon psychedelic punks the Unit Breed play an experimental brand of heavy, fuzzy, surrealist rock that recalls both Fugazi and Sonic Youth. Catch the exclusive in-studio on Trip Inside This House.
"My name is pilgrim and I'm going home," shouts Jason Kutchma on Red Collar's latest album. Home is somewhere between the psychedelic jangle of R.E.M. and the raving, blue collar rock of the Hold Steady. The band visited Coin-Operated Radio for a live performance.
You may know the Antlers as a boisterous and bizzarely dressed band of University of Missouri basketball fans. But don't forget the Brooklyn band of the same name, and their decidedly more controlled, graceful and heart-felt aesthetic.
The members of My Name Is Nobody possess a certain je ne sais quoi, and not just because they're from Pays de la Loire, France. With hushed acoustic guitars and delicate percussion that explode into pop choruses, the neo-folk rockers spent the evening with KDHX.
For her debut album, St. Louisian Sheila Shahpari asks, "What Is Real"? She answers with jazzy melodies, bluesy delivery and modern rock urgency. She spun round the Musical Merry-Go-Round during an exclusive in-studio session.