I walk into the Gramophone in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis at around 7:30 p.m. to find the members of Acoustics Anonymous in the middle of sound check.
In this year of the summer Olympics, we are keenly aware of the highly charged interconnections between sports and politics. This is, of course, not a new phenomenon though we get precious little exposure to the intense experiences in other countries. The Other Dream Team adds a compelling chapter focusing on Lithuania and its basketball team.
Of all the cover bands in St. Louis, Jake's Leg is surely among the most faithful. They're as close to the Dead as you'll get without a time machine.
If there's a contemporary West Coast sound, Vetiver is capturing it in all its warm pop and country folk glory.
When many folks hear the name Bruce Hornsby, they automatically hark back to his string of pop radio hits in the mid-1980s with his original band, the Range. Yet Hornsby is so much more as a musician and songwriter than that string of hits.