The Firebird was barely a quarter-full when St. Louis' Tenement Ruth took the stage at 8:30 p.m. A couple dozen people, mostly older males, were scattered along the back wall near the arcade machines and sound board.
Closing out this year's installment of An Under Cover Weekend in the usual grand style, five St. Louis bands -- Arthur and the Librarian, Last to Show First to Go, Palace, Dots Not Feathers and Via Dove -- raised the bar and left the crowd anticipating next year's party at the Firebird.
Once again, we find ourselves at the time of year that everyone loves: An Under Cover Weekend, that magical pair of nights when some fine local artists in St. Louis put aside their own works to pay tribute to their idols.
The remnants of Hurricane Isaac may have rained out most Labor Day weekend barbecues in St. Louis, but Dan Deacon's show at the Firebird turned his brand of orchestral and electro noise into a steamy, collaborative party.
San Antonio-based Girl in a Coma played a roaring set last night at the Firebird In support of last year's "Exits and All the Rest." Local bands Scene of Irony and DinoFight! (not pictured) rounded out a perfect way to end a weekend.
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The Driftaways are a seven-man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. "Don't Hide" is full of high-energy jams and groovy improvisations that give the band's music a good-time vibe.