Growing up in central Illinois, Ryan Heinz relied on magazine subscriptions, MTV and an occasional road trip to a concert for exposure to music. He still learns from those things, but now also takes tips from blogs and his fellow KDHX DJs when crafting the playlists for his show, "Coin-Operated Radio," which can be heard on Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. Central.
When I asked the members of Middle Class Fashion how involved they felt they were in the St. Louis music scene, most were hesitant to answer. "I guess we're pretty involved," bassist Brian McClelland said apprehensively. "Yeah, I guess so," singer Jenn Malzone added.
The haze of the cigarette smoke from the night hung in the sunlight peaking through the bar's pane glass windows. The staff had run in circles attempting to prep the bar for the Sunday patronage and touching up whatever happened the night before.
A self-proclaimed "Beatles freak," Rich Reese hosts "Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst," a show rooted in the music of the Beatles and the music they influenced and were influenced by.
At age 46, after more than a decade touring, writing and recording his Florida-steeped, swampy blend of rock, soul, funk and blues with his band Mofro, JJ Grey may be at the sweetest point in his life.
Since its self-titled release in 2009, Seattle's the Head and the Heart has earned the adoration of fans and critics alike for crafting vulnerable, indie-folk sing-alongs.
Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire compared his band's upcoming album release show to a wedding. "This is the one I want people to come to," he said. "If you haven't seen us before or for a while, this is definitely the show to see."
James Hunter has been making music with his band, recently officially named the James Hunter Six, for over two decades, but the inspiration for his music comes from long before that. Starring saxophones, trumpets, and drums, James Hunter's music oozes 1950s and 1960s. His soulful, emotive voice finishes the deal.
With members from all over the United States, raised on record collections of all different genres, it is no wonder that the bluegrass music of the HillBenders bridges a wide variety of styles.