A good tribute show occurs on a narrow road bordered by nostalgia and cover-band schlock. The road gets slippery when the band being honored was a batch of local boys done good. For the second Uncle Tupelo tribute show in just over three years, eight St. Louis bands kept it on the road while having a hell of a lot of fun.
Each year brings more and better albums by St. Louis artists. 2013 brought so many that it wasn't possible to limit a list to the 10 best. It’s not a bad problem to have.
If you're ready to hear music made right here in the St. Louis area, music that will excite you just as much or more than anything released all over the world, here's the perfect starting point.
Fresh and revelatory holiday music can be hard to come by, but when Brothers Lazaroff join forces with electronic musician the Vaad, lyricist James Stone Goodman and members of the Klezmer Conspiracy, Hanukkah truly sounds like a festival of light and dedication for the 21st century.
Brothers Lazaroff is a band that melds genres, and they might share brainwaves, too.
St. Louis band Brothers Lazaroff is nothing if not prolific. But despite (or maybe because of) the brothers' work ethic, they consistently craft music with soulful intelligence. The sweeping, almost Robbie Robertson-esque "Battle Hymn" is the latest case in point.
Jacob Detering wears a lot of different hats. His musical and technical skills allow him to fit into whatever role is necessary as he works to help artists create, complete and distribute their albums.