With hints of surf-pop, swooning harmonies and misty psychedelia, "I've Got a Reason to Keep Living" by family (as in brothers, sisters and cousins) band Babes gives any fan of well-orchestrated indie pop a reason to keep listening.
Multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey (who has worked with artists like AC Newman, Elvis Perkins and the Felice Brothers) throws all of his pop, rock and experimental sensibilities into the whirling fuzz fest of "Wide Awake."
Montclair, New Jersey band Stolen Jars, featuring Molly Grund and Cody Fitzgerald, threads together delicate indie folk with sparkling and rhythmic electronic sounds on the new track "Bright Red."
Portland, Oregon by way of Kansas City band Minden infuses disco pop with velvety harmonies and playful electronic touches on the new track "Saint."
Though "Gooey" made my top 10 list of favorite tunes last year, and even after seeing Glass Animals perform it live, I still haven't any clue what the song is actually about. But none of that mattered anyway, because dancing was what the night was really about.
Friday night's performance at the Old Rock House was a bit outside the norm.
There was a time, not so long ago, when a band called Union Tree Review was making its mark on the St. Louis indie-music scene. Headed by a forlorn crooner named Tawaine Noah, UTR added furious, gnarled guitar, relaxed viola to hash out Noah's ruminations on loss.