Back in his Drive-By Truckers days, Jason Isbell's songwriting and plaintive vocals provided the melodic, contemplative counterpoint to Patterson Hood's gritty rambling Southern Gothic story telling.
The St. Louis blues scene heated up Thursday with the arrival of the John Nemeth Band.
If Brave Combo accomplished nothing else on Wednesday night, it restored the Hokey Pokey to cultural relevance. And that's no mean feat.
There's irony in the fact that what most people know about the band Nada Surf is that they once had a mainstream hit in the '90s by the name of "Popular" -- and that's about it.