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Bill Monroe once stated that Ireland, and Celtic music in general, is the musical motherland of bluegrass. Switchback testified to just that when they took the stage of the Focal Point on Saturday night.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:28

Song of the Day: 'Molly O!' by Simone Felice

Since departing the Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has explored funk, blues, pop and folk, both atmospheric and spare. The new track "Molly O!" finds the introspective songwriter reaching out in a catchy plea to the fellowship found along the road.

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From the flood of fingerpicking guitar and the authoritative voice that opens "Every Little Bit Hurts" you know you're in the presence of a folk master. Barton Carroll has woven another witty and wise tale of hard times when they come and good times where you find them.

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When backed by her band the Howlin' Moons, Ohio native Angela Perley is most likely to unleash a torrent of roots-soaked rock 'n' roll. But on the ballad "Brooklyn Girls" she shows just how far her vulnerable, phrase-sensitive voice can take a song.

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Named after a small Missouri town, Salisbury is the project of St. Louis-based singer and songwriter Eric Lysaght, well-known as leader of rock band Neptune Crush. But Salisbury, and its new album "Life Is a Heartbreak," evokes the folk and country of the heartland. With gospel harmonies and a dreamy sense of nostalgia and narrative detail, the track "Down at the Fair" is a microcosm of the Salisbury world.

Published in Music News
Friday, 22 November 2013 09:50

Song of the Day: 'Vermona' by Take Berlin

Recorded on an old tape deck that most musicians would be thrilled to unload on Craigslist for a sandwich and a case of beer, "Vermona" by Brooklyn, N.Y. duo Take Berlin has a delicate acoustic movement that's part found art, part elusive emotion.

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Tim Wilson, frontman of Seattle four-piece Ivan & Alyosha could not stop smiling during his band's performance on Monday night at the Firebird.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:08

Song of the Day: 'Sunboat' by Little Suns

The new breed of orchestral-folk bands is nothing if not precocious, and Montreal, Quebec band Little Suns is surely that, as well as spry in its rhythms and wry in its message of hope and companionship.

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Bassist for Eleanor Friedberger's current touring band, Cassandra Jenkins is a fine songwriter, singer and arranger in her own right, as evidenced by the new track "Up in Flames," which blends a folk sensibility with misty ambience.

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During "You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional," early in the Lone Bellow's set on Sunday night at the Old Rock House, frontman Zach Williams passionately sang, "We can dance around what happened / Play the music and soft and low / But you can be all kinds of emotional."

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Tok Releases Gold Dollar Hen House Volume 3

Tue April 8
Tok is a Festus based rock band who has been rocking St. Louis for 20 years. They are due to release their third installment of their Gold Dollar Hen House collection on February 28, 2014 at Schlafly's…