A primer: Volcanoes is a St. Louis dance-metal duo composed of stoic guitarist Jon Ryan and the delightfully spastic Eric Peters. After being sealed up for several semesters inside Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, Missouri), Volcanoes released "Heavy Hands" in 2012. The chugging, hyper-aggressive sing-speak, drum-and-guitar melodies were comely enough to assuage any eyebrows raised, and jittered about in beguiling, scattered memorandums on a breakup.
With the newly expanded and renovated Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to flaunt, Jazz St. Louis started its 20th season with one hometown hero saxophonist David Sanborn.
This weekend isn't as crazy as most of late, but there are still more good shows than a person can attend.
You're killin' me, Saint Louis music venues! Perhaps you could take it down a few rungs on the "cool things to do" ladder -- I'm pretty sure we're working past that one you're not supposed to go above.
Before the picks, I'm sorry to pass along the just-heard news that Springfield, Missouri musical treasure Lou Whitney -- who has given fans decades of pleasure with both his playing in the Morells, the Symptoms, and the Skeletons (for starters) and his producing -- is having significant health issues.
We're back to the time of the year when the leaves turn pretty colors, the temperature starts to fall and 10 local bands descend on the Firebird to pay tribute to their favorite musicians. Now in its eighth year, An Under Cover Weekend is one of those events that needs to be experienced for any local music lover.