It wasn't until tUnE-yArDs' fourth song that singer Merrill Garbus finally picked up her baritone ukulele and the crowd cheered. "Oh you like this thing?" she smiled coyly before strumming chords over looping, flanged beats.
Empire Hall is as nice of a spot as any in St. Louis to host a party. Giant windows look out over California Avenue, and natural light spills into the space, illuminating the white pillars and shining hardwood floors of the interior. There is a subtle elegance to the space, making it the perfect spot for a wedding reception or a gallery opening.
Every week on "loudQUIETloud," Mondays 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Central, KDHX DJ Chris Ward seamlessly blends his favorite music with bargain-bin gold.
Armed with kick drum, accordion and an experimental-folk imagination, Lonesome Leash, the project of New Orleans musician Walt McClements, demonstrates on "The Night Was Old" that he's bound and determined to make roots music that's not quite like anything you've heard before.
With several tape releases under its belt, Trauma Harness readies the release of its first proper LP, the synth-damaged "Tried My Hardest."
Long-standing, avant-garde band Swans intricately weaves together an unwavering bass line, heavy guitar licks and discordant electronics and horns in "A Little God in My Hands" -- a sickly, unsettling yet mesmerizing seven-minute song.
Chad Eivins is a prolific experimental filmmaker, creating video installations for numerous St. Louis bands as well providing an archive of performances under the Chizmo.tv moniker.