When you think of holiday-music makers, you probably don't think of indie-rock band Los Campesinos! The Cardiff, Wales group wants to change that with a new Christmas EP this year and the irresistably melodic and quintessentially Campesino-esque track "When Christmas Comes."
This list has it all: indie rock, blues, country, folk, pop, reggae, jazz and everything in between. It's the kind of year-end roundup KDHX loves to make, because it illustrates the passion and curiosity of our DJs -- and of you, our loyal listeners.
Pink Floyd Tribute El Monstero kicked off its annual, six-show holiday run at the Pageant on Friday night to a sold-out crowd. Adding large, outdoor shows during the summer doesn't seem to have affected winter attendance for one of St. Louis' favorite tribute band. And what a band it is -- made up of some of the areas finest and most beloved musicians.
"The Cross We Bear," by the North Country, pushes and pulls against the private and the public, the clear-eyed and the chaotic, as a good, mult-layered, folk-rock tune should.
The music of Canadian-American songwriter Neil Holyoak has traces of Americana chamber folk, but those traces wouldn't mean much without his wide-open, impassioned voice and his dreamlike way with a lyric -- skills that shine on the new track "Sidereal Sunrise."
Sean Rowe, environmentalist and musician, has found a way to meld his love of the earth and his art.
Brooklyn, New York singer and songwriter Adam Levine, leader of Mappa Mundi, has no fear of sentiment. He knows that feelings need not be filtered through irony, even in the context of indie rock. On the lushly-arranged and folksy "So Obscure," he lays his heart on the line between bathos and beauty.
Chicago band of brothers (as in literally three brothers) the Safes channel all their love for classic Brit-Invasion rock like the Kinks and the just as classic American garage rock of the Sonics into their slightly poppy, always tautly-written songs. "Hopes Up, Guard Down" is a rock 'n' roll anthem for these guardedly hopeful days.
In the hard-charging, strummy, slightly skewed music of Chicago band the Handcuffs you'll hear echoes of the Killers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But in the new track "Baby I Love You" you'll also hear glam-punk shot through with made-for-radio hooks.