R.E.M.'s most well-known songs ("Losing My Religion," "Everybody Hurts," "The One I Love," etc.) aren't necessarily the tunes fans gravitate toward. That's not to say the late, great Athens band's hits are bad -- or that their loyalists are snobby.
Omaha-based indie-rock band Cursive came through St. Louis on Friday night and put on a high energy show at Off Broadway.
Cleveland based art rockers, mr. Gnome, came to St Louis and turned up the energy at Plush on Wednesday night.
Even with the transplant status of several band members and a few stints living abroad, the Head and the Heart have put down deep Seattle roots.
There's something in the music of Seattle's the Head and the Heart that brings on a wash of nostalgia and emotion: sepia-toned memories of rivers and fields, lilting three-part harmonies and saloon piano chords.
For a while now, Cherokee has had a strong reputation for supporting the visual arts with its galleries, outdoor festivals and street art. Yet the proliferation of music venues and recording studios, including the five month-old Texas Room, is making Cherokee an increasingly good place to keep your ear to the ground for new homegrown sounds.