The Lone Bellow may call New York home, but their rootsy Americana calls to mind open highways and state-fair sing-alongs more than the Brooklyn, N.Y. diner where they first played together.
Since 1995 Milagro Saints have made southwestern-tinged, alt-rock jams. Not the obvious choice for a band started in New York City, based in Raleigh, N.C., and fronted by a British expat, but it works.
As warm, polished and fulsome as anything Aoife O'Donovan has recorded, "Beekeeper" blends pop and Americana and folk sensibilities with clear-eyed conviction.
Can you believe we're at the midyear mark of another year? Well, we are, and that means it's time to take stock of the albums and EPs that have received the most spins on KDHX in the first six months of 2013.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX are a diverse group, but the one thing that binds them together is their love of music -- and new music is a big part of that love. At the midyear mark of 2013 30 of those DJs have selected their favorite releases so far.
As we head into the second half of 2013, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX look back on the songs and shows that are sure to stick with them all through the year.
New York City's Milagro Saints are touring this week to celebrate Woody Guthrie's 101st birthday with their EP, "Mighty Road Songs." Comprised of their interpretation of six Woody Guthrie songs, the band's passing through St. Louis tonight en route to the annual free folk festival in Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Okla.
On this track from her forthcoming album, Neko Case unleashes a rush of whip-smart, fuzzy, feminist-with-a-wicked-twist rock 'n' roll as if it's been pent up for years. And it has. And it's been worth the wait.
"It doesn't matter what you say or what you do, I'm behind you," sings Linda Draper on "Shadow of a Coal Mine. "Go on run if you want to hon, nobody will be saving you." It's not quite a classic murder ballad, but that's only because the story is left open-ended -- and it's all the more riveting for it.