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.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
A good tribute show occurs on a narrow road bordered by nostalgia and cover-band schlock. The road gets slippery when the band being honored was a batch of local boys done good. For the second Uncle Tupelo tribute show in just over three years, eight St. Louis bands kept it on the road while having a hell of a lot of fun.
Once known as Supermoon, St. Louis band Aquitaine returns with the second edition of "American Pulverizer," turning up and filling the sonic skies -- as that original name presaged -- with heavy psych-influenced rock.
At the CD/LP release party for Sleepy Kitty on Friday, Evan Sult summed it up best: "I think we had some kind of mini-festival going on here tonight!"
I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.
With a late-night, Latin-jazz groove and a vocal reminscent of a young Leon Redbone, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing comes into its own on the new track "My Favorite Sin."
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.