U.S. Royalty -- perhaps named as such because lead singer John Thornley's swagger is decidedly Mick-Jagger-inspired and bassist Jacob Michael is most certainly this century's Slash, at least in terms of hair and rocking out -- does not, at first glance and listen, make sense.
Touring behind their latest release "Life Like," Joan of Arc rolled into St. Louis on a bill that was as nearly full as the band's 15-album catalog.
"I'm not going for a run," I told myself after I got home from work. "I'm going to see the Black Lips tonight." As a seasoned Black Lips show attendee, I knew how off the wall the Atlanta foursome's concerts could get. I figured I'd be better off pogoing to some screaming guitars than embarking on an afternoon jog. I was right.