Troubadours of alternative country, the Old 97's stomped back into St. Louis on Wednesday with a set that showcased the band as rowdy and sincere.
A previously unreleased track from the 2013 "Ski Mask" album sessions, "Aloe Hills Are Blooming" has everything fans of Islands expect: fine harmonies and finer guitar and keyboard textures, and a sense of romance that's perfectly suited for the summer.
Led by New York-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding turns its cinematic, post-rock sights on glittering vistas for the new instrumental track "Kaleidocycle II."
"Can I be real for a minute? And let you know my heart's still in it." So begins "Flag" by California-based band Canto -- made up of three young brothers Seamus, Aidan and David Blackwell -- a hyper-romantic declaration that draws a straight line between love for another and love of country, and somehow does sound real for much more than a minute.
Parquet Courts rose to prominence in 2013 on the strength of their excellent second LP, "Light Up Gold," garnering critical acclaim and Pavement comparisons ad nauseam. On their follow up, "Sunbathing Animal," Parquet Courts deliver an underwhelming album that fails to match the energy of its predecessor.
Glasgow, Scotland's Chvrches have needed little assistance in emerging as a mainstream contemporary electronic dance-rock monolith.
The members of Denton, Texas band Centro-matic are the very definition of indie-rock survivors. The nearly 20-year friendship of Will Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom and Mark Hedman fuels the sound of its new album, "Take Pride in Your Long Odds," and the band has never rocked harder or more imaginatively. KDHX is proud to welcome Centro-matic to Off Broadway in St. Louis on Friday, June 6, 2014 for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.
Like school children sending notes back and forth across the classroom, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann were constantly exchanging songs cross-country in preparation for "The Both." Their debut release isn't so much a work of two separately renowned artists, but one in which the Both come together to create something unified, cohesive and extraordinarily catchy.
Michael Deni's efforts to galvanize the woozy Off Broadway crowd coalesced into a flagrant one-two punch. He bopped around the stage with straight shoulders and buoyant legs, eventually plunging into the crowd who finally shook itself out of the Thursday night stupor that left them boring and polite the first couple songs in.