John Moen isn't just the drummer for the Decemberists; he's also leader of the jangle 'n' slide folk-rock project Perhapst, and his new release "Revise Your Maps" features the gently storming, gently melodic "Willamette Valley Ballad," an homage to Moen's home state of Oregon.
From Irish drinking songs to Nirvana covers, Stickley & Canan explore an eclectic repertoire delivered in the American folk tradition.
Dawes is from Los Angeles and have become linked to a new Laurel Canyon sound that remakes the sound (if not the scene) made in the late '60s by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds and others. Their music harks back to a time when the grass was green, not red or purple, and mellow was a way of life, not an ice cream flavor.
Thursday evening, Off Broadway filled with friends, family and new fans as two acts with ties to St. Louis took the stage.
The Shivering Timbers that make up the soul of this preview are Jayson and Sarah Benn, an Ohio-based husband and wife team that performs under that name.
The line at the door of the Firebird snaked through the parking lot. This was the first sign. Then -- the smiles, the excitement, no one worrying about not getting in -- a sense of fate in the air.