For the second day of LouFest, the weather was absolutely perfect for an all-day music festival in Forest Park.
With smoky vocals, lyrics soaked with emotion and powerful rock 'n' roll energy, Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut album might leave you asking, "Ben, where have you been all my life?"
With the piercing falsetto of Christopher Richard -- known for his work with Edward Sharpe -- and a postmodern gospel-soul groove, "Motion Animal" by Crash tells it on the mountain -- and then some.
From his 2012 acclaimed debut "Time's All Gone," to his newest collection "Holly," Nick Waterhouse fluidly extracts the best of vintage music, from analog recording and vintage gear, to honey-coated back-up vocals and low-end saxophones -- but in doing so he creates something uniquely his own.
Under-the-radar alert: Here are eight recent album releases, all deserving of greater attention and all featuring American music -- meaning blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing and everything in between.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
Here are eight recent albums from the blues, soul and Americana side of the street that I think you'll find worthwhile.