Empire Hall is as nice of a spot as any in St. Louis to host a party. Giant windows look out over California Avenue, and natural light spills into the space, illuminating the white pillars and shining hardwood floors of the interior. There is a subtle elegance to the space, making it the perfect spot for a wedding reception or a gallery opening.
Going to see Those Darlins comes with one guarantee: Jessi Zazu will stare you down. Yes, she's playing with your mind; and yes, she's enjoying it.
Originally hailing from Seattle, Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden fuse dream-pop and pop-pop on the fulsome new track "Blue Hotel."
Roadkill Ghost Choir's sound has elements of rock and folk, and lyrics that have memorable characters and stories. Andrew Shepard started the band almost randomly, and RGC has so far enjoyed gigs at music festivals and TV appearances, and will head out on the road not long after LouFest to promote its new album "In Tongues."
My interview with John Gourley of Portugal. The Man was rescheduled twice, somewhat fitting considering how busy the Alaska-formed, Portland, Oregon-based band seems to be.
Fitting neatly but not too neatly between the folk-pop sheets of sound of bands like the Decemberists and the Head and the Heart, Chesapeake, Virginia band the Last Bison roams down its own anthemic path through "Bad Country."
Don't look for an Emily in the band Emily & the Complexes, but keep an eye on the Columbus, Ohio group all the same: the crunchy yet somehow bluesy power pop-powered rock of new track "You Won't" sounds like one last, loud hurrah for the summer.
Every week on "loudQUIETloud," Mondays 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Central, KDHX DJ Chris Ward seamlessly blends his favorite music with bargain-bin gold.
Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was the perfect date night for guitar players, geeks and dorks. The double bill of Jeff Beck and ZZ Top gave guitar players and their significant others, the best of both worlds. The musical wet dreams from Beck's fingers were for the six-stringed daydreamers, while the "Tube Snake Boogie" of ZZ Top gave everyone a reason to shake their booties.