As thousands of fans descended upon the Scottrade Center to see reigning queen of pop Taylor Swift Tuesday night, across town at the Pageant, a different kind of diva took the stage. While ZZ Ward may not yet possess Swift-level global fame, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist certainly possesses the talent and charm to get her there.
Kristian Matsson takes the moniker the Tallest Man on Earth. And when he performs, you get the feeling he's earned the name.
"Does anyone know what day of the week it is?" singer Kevin Parker asked the crowd. "That's actually an honest question," he clarified, pointing to his bandmate, laughing. It was a clear indication that his band, Tame Impala, has been moving so fast that time is simply not on their radar.
The last time St. Vincent performed in St. Louis she supported the Black Keys. She was excellent. Without the heft of a headliner whose energy drooped lower than a basset hound's ears, Annie Clark was able to give the audience a piece of her self.
Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."