Thursday evening, Off Broadway filled with friends, family and new fans as two acts with ties to St. Louis took the stage.
From the Funky Butt horns to the Brothers Lazaroff, Melody Den weaves together veteran St. Louis musicians and other local heroes in a genre-crossing, collaborative effort called "Storylines."
"This is gonna be awesome when the guitar gets plugged back in!" Abigail Bengson shouted with a smile on her face during a slight hiccup during the Bengsons' set.
On Thursday night, the Pageant hosted a bill that featured two excellent bands whose styles and sounds cover a wide range.
There is something about a river that preserves Americana. St. Louis natives, the Trophy Mules, blend past and present influences from country, folk and rock, to produce a sound as inherent to this river delta as Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco.
The year has barely begun but exceptional new releases are coming fast and feverish -- with many more to follow. Apparently, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX are champing at the bit to hear them all.
From the first drum fill and crunching guitar lick, "Devil Moon" announces a new direction for UK folkie Bobby Long. The sound is tough, bluesy and unapologetically loud.
A choice cut from the new album by Dolly Varden, "Saskatchewan to Chicago" offers a master class on the art of transforming tradition into something fully contemporary, fully beautiful but still fully folk.