Before the picks, I'm sorry to pass along the just-heard news that Springfield, Missouri musical treasure Lou Whitney -- who has given fans decades of pleasure with both his playing in the Morells, the Symptoms, and the Skeletons (for starters) and his producing -- is having significant health issues.
Eight bands from St. Louis paid tribute to one of the grand masters of songwriting on Saturday night at Off Broadway. And they all did Leonard Cohen's poetry proud.
When Spoon's Britt Daniel talked to KDHX's Kevin Korinek, he described the band's new album, "They Want My Soul," as one for playing on a car stereo. With shimmery synthesizers and guitar pedal work, the live possibilities of taking this beautiful production piece out of the car, combing it with their past efforts is daunting.
"Can we get some soul music up in here?!" Lee Fields shouted at the top of his lungs.