July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.
Wakarusa brings out the best in people -- bands love it, campers love it -- everyone is having a grand ole' time.
The Firebird opened its doors a little early for the all-ages show Saturday and the ambitiously punctual crowd filled the floors, eager to welcome a night of northwestern hip-hop. Headlined by Seattle's eternally boy-faced Grieves, the night also featured Fearce Vill, with a few guests of his own, and Vancouver's SonReal. The crowd was young and a little inexperienced at concert courtesy but the music prevailed and created a greatly enjoyable night.
Grieves breathes the heart of soul and mood of the blues into hip-hop with a semi melodic flow over shadowy, minor toned production.
Ask me how much I know about East Coast hardcore hip-hop and I might as well just not answer. I know where the East Coast is. I'd say I'm as familiar with hip-hop as your average music lover might be. It's that hardcore designation that escapes me.
Since late last year, the Studio room at the Kranzberg Arts Center has become home to a special treat for St. Louis hip-hop fans: an intimate sitting room that's already hosted many of the local scene's most instrumentally focused artists.