In the late 1970s and early '80s, Gary Numan became a new wave messiah with his paranoia-filled robo-rock tune "Cars."
When you dare to combine genres of music, you dare to combine more than simply sound and style. An audacious blend of music can bring together diverse cultures, and in the realm of American society there are few backgrounds more disparate than that of small-town bluegrass and the deep urban flavor of hip-hop. On Thursday night, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center made easy work of the task, lead by the prototypical alchemist of the genres, Gangstagrass.
Real Estate's session of three songs from their new album, "Atlas," finds them exploring a theme and sound of moodiness.
"St. Louis has an outsized writers' community, who more and more avoid boisterous coffee shops, which in turn don't want writers coming in just to sit and write anymore," says Austin Skinner, founder and owner of the STL Writers' Room. "It's become a purchase basis with them now. Seating is available with a receipt."