Put a bird on it! St. Louis band Scarlet Tanager blankets schoolyard rhymes with a summery pop sheen.
Nona Marie Invie, Dark Dark Dark's lead singer, accordionist and piano player, nodded at the audience and opened the show with "Say the Word" off 2010's "Wild Go." The song echoed around the venue and built toward an epic chorus.
A spooky moon shone down on us the night Fiction Is Fun, from Denver, filled the still air of downtown St. Louis. The band boasts a sound that makes you want to grab a pint, throw your arm around the nearest person and sing your heart out with them.
Like the masked Mexican wrestlers of lucha libre, the musical identity of Mariachi El Bronx is hard to pin down. The band will dazzle you with deft moves and put you in a paralyzing hold before you fully realize what's happening.
With a percussive guitar attack and a breathy, vulnerable delivery, Gina Holsopple is carving out her own niche in the contemporary folk scene.
A veteran of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Little Miss Ann knows a lot about songwriting, performing and getting the kids to clap, jump and stomp along.