The stroll to downtown St. Louis' City Museum consists of cracked and cobbled stones that prove themselves ankle-twisters after several libations. Their unsteady ground further rumbled under foot as an unseen siren's wail emanated from the building the path surrounds.
St. Louis' garage pop duo, Bruiser Queen, sounds like a '60s girl group, except with only one girl. And, well, a guy.
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.
I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.