"St. Louis has an outsized writers' community, who more and more avoid boisterous coffee shops, which in turn don't want writers coming in just to sit and write anymore," says Austin Skinner, founder and owner of the STL Writers' Room. "It's become a purchase basis with them now. Seating is available with a receipt."
"Folk music is the music of the people," says KDHX DJ Kelly Wells. Here's an inside look at Wells' passion for soulful folk, blues and Americana music as heard every Wednesday on "Steam-Powered Radio," 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central.
Tommy Halloran is "making a living, not a killing." His newly released debut with his new band Guerilla Swing have excited his fans to see a new chapter unfold for a St. Louis veteran who plays some 300 nights a year.
Mike Heidorn lives in Belleville, Ill., not far from the neighborhood where he lent his punk gunfire drumming to Uncle Tupelo for its first three albums. Over a three-hour lunch at a local restaurant with his band's framed album covers on the wall, Heidorn talks as fast as he drummed for the band.
When she first joined KDHX as the Development Director she had no intentions of hosting a show, but it wasn't long before Caron House began working on Wax Lyrical, her Monday afternoon celebration of singer-songwriter craft.
Ellen Cook has been hot on the heels of the St. Louis music scene for years. Last fall she released her first full-length album, "Bang Bang Bang," which has done well locally, under her stage name Ellen the Felon.
One of KDHX's few hip-hop DJs, Wil Wander shows off the finer side of the genre during his show "Elevated Rhymestate," which can be heard early on Thursdays from 3 to 5 a.m. Central. With a focus on laidback or smooth sounds and poetic lyrics, Wil picks from the early rhymes of the 1980s or '90s, as well as newer releases, including some hip-hop from around the world.
A longtime KDHX listener and fan, Jenn DeRose hosts "Non-Alignment Pact" on Friday mornings 3-5 a.m. From the Clash and the Ramones to highlights of St. Louis' stellar local scene, Jenn packs her two-hour show full of hard-hitting punk music.
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.