Written by Dave Hamilton and Clarence Paul, and recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1964, "Purple Snowflakes" isn't known as a holiday classic, even though it really should be. St. Louis band Rough Shop updates the dreamy, jazzy, psychedelic sound with a cover that's both faithful and fully inspired.
You can have your Pandoras, Spotifies and Pirate Bays: St. Louis rock band Bruiser Queen, based in the duo of Morgan Nusbaum and Jason Potter, still believes in the power of good, old, analog frequency modulation to thrill and inspire -- and there's nothing quite like hearing a song like "On the Radio" on, yes, the radio. But a download is pretty sweet too.
Work off some Thanksgiving-related weight by shakin' your bones to some fine sounds -- many options to choose from.
Some shows to enjoy before your annual exercise in gluttony -- and one for when you've just got to step away from the food afterward.
With an unstoppable synth hook, hard-charging guitars and a refreshingly vulnerable portrait of romantic bliss -- "When I come home from the day's end with nothing but a dream/She's telling me she loves, she says I've been so sweet" -- "Never Afraid" by Bo and the Locomotive is as good as the St. Louis band has ever sounded.
On the new album "Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp," St. Louis' favorite funk-jazz brass band broadens its palette to spread hip-hop, Latin, rock, country and gospel tones across its always colorful style. The title track, featuring a nice guest spot by Dave Grelle of the Feed on organ, is classic Funky Butt Brass Band: plenty of jazz chops, buckets of soul and truckloads of funk.