For the second day of LouFest, the weather was absolutely perfect for an all-day music festival in Forest Park.
"They're trying to put the weight of life on us," sings Massimiliano Morini of Moro & the Silent Revolution. "Our first rule should be to never look behind." It's a dose of folk-pop optimism that's well-worth heeding and hearing.
Sounding like the musical offspring of acts like Best Coast and Real Estate, Canadian quintet Alvvays' (pronounced "always") self-titled debut album is surf-pop gold. But the sunny guitar sound paired with yearning lyrics might conjure up some conflicting emotions.
Last night, Beck Hansen made his long-awaited return to Mound City with a sold-out concert at the Pageant. Beck last played here on a tour supporting his album "Midnite Vultures" in January of 2000. Bill Clinton was still president, the iPod's debut was almost two years away and we had all somehow just survived Y2K (phew!)
As the warped mind behind "Afternoon Delight," every Friday noon-2 p.m. Central on KDHX, Jeff Hess surveys an eclectic musical landscape, touching on everything from classic rock to outsider music.
Coconut Records aren't exactly a household name, but judging from the enduring melody and spirit of a song like "West Coast," they should be. New York-based band Mainland pays a fittingly lo-fi and surfy tribute in this satisfying cover.
Anchored by front woman Monica Martin's hushed vocals, PHOX employs banjo and multi-layered acoustic guitars to flesh out its intricate arrangements.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.