The early bird gets the worm, but it was the early crowd that filled the tables at the Old Rock House long before the first strum of guitar on Thursday. On stage, the congestion of the floor was matched by the clutter of the eight-piece Mingo Fishtrap, set to open the show. The Austin-based band broke the ice with comforting instrumental introduction, but by the time they dropped the first groove, the floor space had already disappeared from sight.
Shying away from her folk-rock beginnings where little more than the sounds of acoustic guitar and the cello were heard, Katie Herzig is now turning into a techno-pop enthusiast adding synthesizers and drums.
The last time Chicago's Wild Belle was in St. Louis was during LouFest 2013. Unfortunately, I could not attend, as I was too busy head banging to Jim James solos at the opposite stage. But I'm glad I forwent that show in order to see them in a smaller venue like the Old Rock House. For one thing, I was closer to the stage, but it was also a much more intimate show for both band and audience alike.
Ask me how much I know about East Coast hardcore hip-hop and I might as well just not answer. I know where the East Coast is. I'd say I'm as familiar with hip-hop as your average music lover might be. It's that hardcore designation that escapes me.
New Year's Eve is tricky. Expectations are high, and more often than not, the evening never quite seems to live up to them. Seeing a couple of bands that you know will rock your socks off seems about the best you can do. The line outside the Old Rock House as the doors opened on Tuesday night proved that to be a popular idea.