Opening with guazy folk-tronica and shifting into a tense but still spectral indie-rock sound, "Riddles" by Portland, Oregon band Old Wave (formerly known as Adam Brock 4; good call on changing names) is nothing if not hard to solve, even as it's quite an inviting listen.
It is, in the cheesiest way possible, quite fitting that Temples played the Old Rock House on this visit to St. Louis. The Kettering, UK-based band quite literally play old rock -- glam-acid psychedelia straight out of 1960, down to the leather and charm.
The band Young Tongue surely knows from whence comes the phrase "heavy metal" (that would be Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild"), but there's nothing pedantic (let alone metal) about the new track "Heavy Metal Thunder." It's a blast of classic, harmony-and-riff-driven rock 'n' roll.
You don't get the impression that Sharon Van Etten is a tour-de-force talent when you're talking to her one-on-one. But that's exactly what she is -- an artist with a simple sound of great magnitude. At first thought, the Luminary seems like a small venue for such an growing artist. But the intimate space only allowed her to shine brighter.
Brooklyn, New York's Monogold takes a looping, dreamy, quasi-electronic approach on the new track "Under Daisies." Flower power has rarely sounded so contemporary or so lush.