July 4, 2015. Fireworks pop as night falls; downtown St. Louis lights up, and its sky fills with a barrage of colors.
There was a time, not so long ago, when a band called Union Tree Review was making its mark on the St. Louis indie-music scene. Headed by a forlorn crooner named Tawaine Noah, UTR added furious, gnarled guitar, relaxed viola to hash out Noah's ruminations on loss.
Last year, as bohemians in frilled tops jammed to the prominent and the popular at LouFest, deep in the basement of Empire Hall another sort of spirit sang: the punk, the experimental, the homegrown, the bold.
Corey Williams, aka Thelonius Kryptonite, hit the St. Louis music scene in 2013 with the one-two punch of an EP debut followed just months later by a collaborative full-length album. But he's been around for years (grew up here, in fact), and it shows: he knows the St. Louis scene, its sounds and its faces. And he's worked with the best of them.
When Lamar Harris talks about music, he moves like there's a beat in his head. Sometimes his shoulders move; others, his hands come up to mimic well-remembered movements, as if he has an instrument there right before him.
Something old, something new -- you'll be treated to a little of both by one of KDHX's newest shows, "Sittin' On Top of the World." The man behind it, Ryan Spearman, brings his knowledge of old-school Americana, vernacular music archives, and all the sounds of folks and their roots to the air every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon Central.
If you ever tune in to KDHX sometime between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Central in the wee hours of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, you'll hear a smorgasbord of experimental sounds. Psychedelia, drone, lo-fi, freak folk -- any and all could wander through Nathaniel Farrell's "Cure for Pain."
In December of 2013, KDHX DJ Jason Robinson placed "Major Arcana," the explosive debut album from Speedy Ortiz, on a year-end top 10 list titled the "Household Names, and Some That Will Be Edition." Two years later, that prophecy is coming true. Last month, the Boston-based experimental rockers released their sophomore album, "Foil Deer," launching the five members into a swarm of critical praise and national attention.