For its new album the Oklahoma City band Skating Polly decided to work with lo-fi experimental king Calvin Johnson, and the results, as heard on the track "Alabama Movies," prove that art punk really can be made riotously fuzzy and scuzzy again.
Hundreds of fans waited in anticipation, chanting "Flog-ging Mol-ly!" to reel the band onto the stage, their howls elevating at the lowering of the lights until the band appeared and answered with a surge of hammering Irish rock.
I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.
To accompany my forthcoming St. Louis-centric list, here's a look at my favorite 10 albums on the national and regional scene, in no particular order.
2013 was a year of great comebacks, returns and follow-ups. Daft Punk. My Bloody Valentine. Boards of Canada. But it was also a year of new artists, and as I was compiling my list of my favorite albums of the year, I realized more than half of them were debuts.
A longtime KDHX listener and fan, Jenn DeRose hosts "Non-Alignment Pact" on Friday mornings 3-5 a.m. From the Clash and the Ramones to highlights of St. Louis' stellar local scene, Jenn packs her two-hour show full of hard-hitting punk music.
Lou Reed's body of work goes back to the underground of New York City in the mid '60s. While the West Coast was doing acid, NYC was using speed: sunshine and beaches vs. dark, cramped basements and alleyways; bubbly art vs. intellectualism. Reed's music reflected that environment and the way he experienced it.