Now here's something we weren't expecting. Making the best of one of the recent snowpocalypses, St. Louis rock duo Bruiser Queen holed up, unplugged and laid down some acoustic takes on songs from its debut release "Swears" (and two songs from an album due out this spring). The acoustic version of "Kiss Me in My Dreams" sounds brand-new: dreamy and alluring but still very much Bruiser Queen.
Located in Cambridge, Mass., Club 47 (now known as Club Passim) was one of the most important venues of the folk revival, a joint where everyone from Taj Mahal to Joan Baez to Bob Dylan performed. On this new recording of the classic "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan meet up to relive the salad days of a pivotal time and place in American music.
According to St. Louis musician Beth Bombara, the new video for the song "Long Dark Hallelujah" was designed to "create beautiful images that at times blur the lines of photography with videography."
The year 2013 brought so much wonderful new music, but, like every year, it brought so much sad music news. The loss of Jason Molina, leader of Magnolia Electric Co. and the voice and vision behind Songs: Ohia, was one of the toughest. "Just Be Simple," a demo from the Songs: Ohia release "Magnolia Electric Co.," is a poignant reminder of his astonishingly honest, unpretentious art.
Adrian Krygowski may not be a household name, let alone pronounceable at first go, but his gifts as a songwriter and a crafter of gruff yet lyrical Americana are hard to deny. One listen to new track "Roam" is all the proof you need.