Wednesday was a perfect day for an all-day music festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Parquet Courts rose to prominence in 2013 on the strength of their excellent second LP, "Light Up Gold," garnering critical acclaim and Pavement comparisons ad nauseam. On their follow up, "Sunbathing Animal," Parquet Courts deliver an underwhelming album that fails to match the energy of its predecessor.
With nods to the New York Dolls and the Stooges, the glam-punk sound of Brisbane, Australia band the Furrs reaches peak snarl and fuzz (and is that a banjo being beaten into submission?) on the new track "Get on Your Horse."
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.