Growing up in central Illinois, Ryan Heinz relied on magazine subscriptions, MTV and an occasional road trip to a concert for exposure to music. He still learns from those things, but now also takes tips from blogs and his fellow KDHX DJs when crafting the playlists for his show, "Coin-Operated Radio," which can be heard on Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. Central.
Imagine a perfect sunny day: No schedule, no clock, no alerts telling you to be this place or that place. Now imagine what you would hear while you spent that sunny day with great friends or your great love. Chances are that whatever you've just heard in your mind with your eyes closed sounds a lot like Night Beds.
School of Seven Bells might be named after a pickpocket academy, but don't worry, your watch and wallet are safe. Well, at least we think so.
Hailing from Sweden, Alberta Cross summons the epic and ambitious sounds of their American and British rock 'n' roll forebears, overlaying them with lyrics of striking personality and insight.
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter are preoccupied with the intangibles of existence. As such, their music is as ambiguous and mercurial as the layered worlds of their fancy.
Folk rock is a slippery genre, but the music of Eric Johnson, and his oft-revolving cast of musicians known as Fruit Bats, sums up both sides of the equation.
If there's a contemporary West Coast sound, Vetiver is capturing it in all its warm pop and country folk glory.
William Elliott Whitmore has an uncanny sound. One will recognize familiar strains from the sprawling canons of folk and Americana, but other elements are harder to place.
So Many Dynamos, deftly named using the linguistical mechanism of a palindrome, are well-versed in the indie rock style, but they give it their own distinctively St. Louis spin.
While neo-folk can seem too brambly, slipshod and unrehearsed in the hands of many, thankfully, there are artists like Alela Diane to imbue the style with a gentle preciosity and vivid, dreamlike structure.