There was a time, not so long ago, when a band called Union Tree Review was making its mark on the St. Louis indie-music scene. Headed by a forlorn crooner named Tawaine Noah, UTR added furious, gnarled guitar, relaxed viola to hash out Noah's ruminations on loss.
Once upon a time, Bruce Willis' famous line in "Die Hard" was changed for a TV broadcast to "Yippee ki yay, mother falcon!" Somewhere in the creative wilds of Austin, Texas a group of musicians adopted this inventive TV edit as its name and Mother Falcon was born.
Last night, St. Louis hosted Portugal. The Man on its first major headlining tour. But this was no normal tour. Its sponsor, Jägermeister, was everywhere, complete with a DJ spinning for the set changes and the all-important Jäger girls strutting about the Pageant in tight leather, handing out freebies and other swag.
The Jagermeister Music Tour came to the Pageant Sunday night, featuring three young indie-rock acts that each have a penchant for moody and melodic sounds.
Taking place in an empty 2720, a club which normally hosts a slew of reggae and hip hop shows, Union Tree Review's "Excavate" became one of Show Me Show's most thrilling performances.