When Trampled by Turtles last visited St. Louis, playing the main stage at LouFest 2013, I noted that I appreciated the fact that they stood in a row on stage, rather than in a cluster with one member taking the status of frontman.
"I can't believe three years ago I was dancing on stage with this guy at the paper writing service Gramophone," spouts a cohort between gasps of belief. "And now I'm watching him sell out the Pageant."
Tribute bands have become a big deal -- and a big draw -- particularly when they are comprised of talented musicians from some of the most popular local bands. Rolling Stones tribute act Street Fighting Band is one of the latest incarnations of the trend that spawned tributes El Monstero and Celebration Day -- all of which share common members.
Around 2005, I stumbled upon the New Pornographers via one of those ubiquitous sampler CDs stuck in the middle of every music magazine of the aughts. The song "Use It" lead me to seek out the rest of the band's third album "Twin Cinema." It was love at first listen.