The Fog Lights is a side project (of sorts) of Justin Johnson (Pretty Little Empire) and Jim Peters (Upright Animals and Javier Mendoza), a chance to explore the two St. Louis musicians' love of acoustic music and close harmonies. "Lead the Way" beautifully illustrates the fruits of their musical friendship.
The musical "St. Louis Woman" is remembered for having some of the greatest music written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, and it helped make Pearl Bailey a star.
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.
To complement their lists of top 10 albums, some of our DJs weighed in with their picks for favorite songs and shows of the first half of 2015.
St. Louisan Ernie Wilkins was an important jazz figure as an arranger, writer and performer.