The 8th annual Midwest Mayhem -- KDHX's annual member thank-you party -- took place at the City Museum on Thursday, May 9.
Where to begin? The City Museum alone is a multi-level, dizzying attraction of slides, wrought-iron climbing structures, curiosities, aquatic life and gorgeous tile mosaics.
People came from all over the world came to perform and be a part of the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas this year.
A blue haze descended over Off Broadway as an ocean-colored light collided with the milky fog of a smoke machine. On cue, New Order's "Blue Monday" somersaulted out of the overhead speakers. Whether by serendipitous chance, or true fate, Friday night's So Many Dynamos and Née show was destined to be flawless.
Austin band Dry Season opened the night with a set of a neo-psychedelic soundscapes. The instrumentation was nicely supported by the ethereally reverbed-out and delayed vocals of Madelyn Carr.
So Many Dynamos, deftly named using the linguistical mechanism of a palindrome, are well-versed in the indie rock style, but they give it their own distinctively St. Louis spin.
So Many Dynamos combine the sound of what some may compare to Weezer or early Radiohead into their own frenetic Midwestern punk sum. The St. Louis natives gave a live performance on the Space Parlour.