From the Funky Butt horns to the Brothers Lazaroff, Melody Den weaves together veteran St. Louis musicians and other local heroes in a genre-crossing, collaborative effort called "Storylines."
"This is gonna be awesome when the guitar gets plugged back in!" Abigail Bengson shouted with a smile on her face during a slight hiccup during the Bengsons' set.
Cicero's on the Loop played host to an eclectic night of local music on Friday, February 1.
A blue haze descended over Off Broadway as an ocean-colored light collided with the milky fog of a smoke machine. On cue, New Order's "Blue Monday" somersaulted out of the overhead speakers. Whether by serendipitous chance, or true fate, Friday night's So Many Dynamos and Née show was destined to be flawless.
There is something about a river that preserves Americana. St. Louis natives, the Trophy Mules, blend past and present influences from country, folk and rock, to produce a sound as inherent to this river delta as Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco.
A choice cut from the new album by Dolly Varden, "Saskatchewan to Chicago" offers a master class on the art of transforming tradition into something fully contemporary, fully beautiful but still fully folk.